Talk with Louis-Philippe Morency (CMU): “What is Multimodal?”

On July 3rd at 11am, Louis-Philippe Morency, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, will host the talk “What is Multimodal?” (Hybrid), providing a look into the world of multimodal research.

GAIPS Lab promotes the talk from INESC ID/Técnico and will take place in room 1.38, Instituto Superior Técnico, Taguspark and via Zoom.

Louis-Philippe Morency was PI under the CMU Portugal Exploratory Research project AGENTS, led in Portugal by Ana Paiva (GAIPS Lab I INESC D and Técnico) focused on how humor can be used in the interaction between social robots and humans.

Abstract:  Our experience of the world is multimodal – we see objects, hear sounds, feel texture, smell odors, and taste flavors. In recent years, a broad and impactful body of research emerged in artificial intelligence under the umbrella of multimodal, characterized by multiple modalities. As we formalize a long-term research vision for multimodal research, it is important to reflect on its foundational principles and core technical challenges. What is multimodal? Answering this question is complicated by the multidisciplinary nature of the problem, spread across many domains and research fields. Two key principles have driven many multimodal innovations: heterogeneity and interconnections from multiple modalities. Historical and recent progress will be synthesized in a research-oriented taxonomy, centered around 6 core technical challenges: representation, alignment, reasoning, generation, transference, and quantification. The talk will conclude with open questions and unsolved challenges essential for a long-term research vision in multimodal research.

Bio: Louis-Philippe Morency is Associate Professor at the Language Technology Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where he leads the Multimodal Communication and Machine Learning Laboratory (MultiComp Lab). He was formerly research faculty in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Southern California and received his Ph.D. degree from MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research focuses on building the computational foundations to enable computers with the abilities to analyze, recognize and predict subtle human communicative behaviors during social interactions. He received diverse awards, including AI’s 10 to Watch by IEEE Intelligent Systems, NetExplo Award in partnership with UNESCO, and 10 best paper awards at IEEE and ACM conferences. His research was covered by media outlets such as Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and NPR.

@CMUPortugal Talk: “Human-Centered and Responsible AI” with Carol Smith (CMU)


On May 26th, 2023, the CMU Portugal Program will host the Talk “Human-Centered and Responsible AI” with Carol Smith, a senior research scientist in human-machine interaction at Carnegie Mellon University. The talk will take place at CMU Portugal located at Factory Lisbon, in Hub Criativo do Beato. The talk will be followed by a light lunch at the premises.

Date: May 26th I 11:30am 
Location: CMU Portugal at Factory Lisbon, Hub Criativo do Beato
Registration: free but mandatory here.

Carol J. Smith

Carol Smith is a senior research scientist in human-machine interaction in the SEI AI Division. In this role Smith contributes to research and development focused on improving user experiences (UX) and interactions with the nation’s AI systems, robotics, and other complex and emerging technologies. Smith’s research includes human-computer interaction (HCI), cognitive psychology, ethics, and human-machine teaming. Smith is also an adjunct instructor for Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute where she has taught both bachelor and master’s level courses. Smith has been conducting research to improve the human experience with complex systems across industries for over 20 years. Smith has been researching and advocating for AI ethics and responsible approaches for human-machine teaming and experiences with AI systems, autonomous vehicles, and other emerging technologies since 2015. Smith has been an active volunteer in technical communities and was Vice President of the User Experience Professionals Association (UXPA) and served two terms on the international board. Smith is currently an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE working group member for the P7008 Standard, and an editor for the UXPA Journal of Usability Studies. Smith holds a master’s degree in HCI from DePaul University.

Abstract: Human-Centered and Responsible AI
AI-enabled systems can augment human’s work and play when they are designed using human-centered and responsible practices. Through decades of HCI and UX efforts we have developed excellent methods and practices, but the dynamic nature of AI systems requires more speculative thinking and more flexible designs. For example, we need to decide which decisions we allow the system to make; what exchanges between humans and machines will occur; how the interactions will change over time; and how we will keep people safe and in control. Particularly important is how the system will share the information that decisions were based on; how it will convey its capabilities within new contexts; and how the system’s confidence in its responses will be shared. The need for thoughtful design decisions regarding complex system interactions is not new, but the dynamic responses AI produces, and the potential for unintentional, but significant harms affecting broad populations, is new. In this talk new insights for building AI systems that are human-centered and responsible will be introduced to support you in making systems that people are willing to be responsible for.


Directions to the Venue

Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique 151 – Hub Criativo do Beato

Google maps link 
GPS coordinates: 38.73053899302507, -9.10613987240989.


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CMU Portugal Info Session: “How to apply to the 2023 Call for Mobility Programs”

On May 10th at 2pm (Lisbon-time) I 9am Pittsburgh, we will walk you through the application process to both CMU Portugal Mobility Programs “Visiting Students” and “Visiting faculty & Researchers” which are open until June 2nd, 2023.

The CMU Portugal Visiting Faculty & Researchers initiative will allow up to 10 grantees to spend from 2 weeks to 2 months working in research, education, and innovation in ICT with peers at Carnegie Mellon University to experience its culture and best practices.

The CMU Portugal Visiting Students initiative will allow up to 12 master’s students or masters who have been awarded a degree in the last five years in Portugal and in ICT-related areas to spend 1 to 3 months working in research in ICT at CMU.

Potential candidates will be able to attend the Info Session onsite at the ITI – Interactive Technologies Institute in Lisbon (Hub Criativo do Beato) or via Zoom. 

To register please fill in this online form. Directions to ITI, if you choose to attend onsite or credentials to join us on Zoom, will be sent by email the day before the event.

Info Session Agenda

Session Moderator – Sílvia Castro I CMU Portugal Executive Director

5′– Nuno Nunes I CMU Portugal National Co-Director
Welcome to the Session

10′– João Fumega | CMU Portugal Coordination Office
Overview of CMU Portugal Mobility Programs 

5′ – Megan Berty | CMU Portugal Coordination Office at CMU
Visiting period at CMU

5’ – Marta Freitas, CMU Portugal Visiting Student 2022 

5’ – Pedro Moura, CMU Portugal Visiting Faculty 2019

15′ – Q&A

call for CMU Portugal mobility initiatives is open

Paulo Marques Talk at CMU under the MSE Speaker Series

Paulo Marques, CMU Portugal Scientific Director and Co-founder at Feedzai, the first startup created under the scope of the CMU Portugal Program, will host the talk “From Zero to Unicorn Status: the role of AI in fighting fraud and money laundering worldwide”, on Wednesday 29 at 12pm (Pittsburgh) at CMU (SCR 265 and Zoom).

Abstract: Increased levels of online purchasing and reliance on remote banking during the Covid-19 pandemic created an ideal environment for innovative and enterprising criminals. The United Nations estimates that 2-5% of global GDP, or $800 billion – $2 trillion in current US dollars, is lost to fraud and money laundering risks such as impersonation scams, advanced fee fraud, investment scams, exploitation of government support, monkey mules and account takeovers, and falsification of financial documents. Whether or not you have been directly a target of financial crime, the consequences of global money laundering and fraud extract a social cost that greatly affects us all.

Bio: Paulo Marques is a CMU Portugal Scientific Director. He is the Co-founder and Technical Fellow at Feedzai, the first startup created under the scope of the CMU Portugal program.  He served as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Feedzai for 13 years, since its inception. Before founding Feedzai, Paulo was the Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Portugal Professional Master in Software and had a dual appointment at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Coimbra. Over the years, he led a large number of projects for the European Space Agency, Microsoft Research, and Siemens among other companies. Paulo holds a Ph.D. in Distributed Systems, and he has authored over 40 peer-reviewed papers as well as a book. He is currently the Scientific Director of the CMUPortugal program, member of the Forbes Technology Council and an early-stage investor.

More about the initiative:

The MSE Speaker Series aims to raise awareness about diversity, new ideas and emerging technology in software engineering. The program invites engineers, practitioners, scholars, policymakers, and other thought leaders who have demonstrated excellence in their careers and have acquired knowledge in areas of strategic importance to our students and faculty to the university for discussions on timely issues.

Closing Seminar on “AI in Healthcare” – IntelligentCare project

Hospital da Luz Learning Health has organized since June 2022, a series of Seminars on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare. The closing Webinar “AI in Healthcare: Trustworthy and controlled data synthesis” will take place on March 9 at 5pm, both onsite at Hospital da Luz (Auditório 2) and remotely.

Throughout this series of seminars, invited speakers shared their contributions and ideas on Advanced Analytics in Healthcare. The last session, will have Liliana Ferreira, Fraunhofer Portugal President and Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (AICOS) Director as speaker.

This initiative is promoted under the scope of CMU Portugal Large Scale project IntelligentCare. 

The Seminar will be held both onsite and online. Registration is free but mandatory.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Inês Lynce at Pavilhão do Conhecimento

On February 11th, to celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (IDWGIS) the CMU Portugal National Co-Director and President at INESC ID, will be part of Ciência Viva celebrations.

Inês Lynce is one of the invited speakers of the Roundtable “Pergunta-me o que é ser cientista” (Ask me what it means to be a scientist), where female researchers and university students from different areas of science (engineering, information technology, physics and mathematics) will speak about what it means to be a “woman in science” in each of their fields.

The IDWGIS at Pavilhão do Conhecimento will be entirely dedicated to promoting activities to encourage and promote access for all girls and women to training and education in the field of science.

Here’s the full agenda.

Info Session: How to apply for a CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. Scholarship

At this online Info Session, we will walk you through the application process to a CMU Portugal Program Dual Degree Ph.D. scholarship, which will confer a Dual Degree Ph.D. both by Carnegie Mellon University and a partner Portuguese University. This session is an excellent opportunity to gather information on how to successfully submit your application to a CMU Portugal scholarship that will allow you to spend 3 years in Portugal and 2 years at Carnegie Mellon University.

A Call is currently open for 6 Scholarships in 7 different Ph.D. Programs: Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Human-Computer Interaction, Language Technologies, Robotics, or Software Engineering.

More about the 2022 Call here.

Session Agenda: 
  • 5′ – CMU Portugal National Co-Directors
    Welcome to the Session
  • 15′ – João Fumega, Megan Berty | CMU Portugal Coordination Office
    Overview of the CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. Programs and scholarship funding 
  • 20′ – Jessica Tomko, Assistant Director of Admissions, Electrical and Computer Engineering
    Jenn Landefeld, CSD Marketing & Communications Director and Manager of SCS Doctoral & Undergraduate Programs
    The application process at CMU
  • 10′ – Carla Viegas, CMU Portugal  Dual Degree Ph.D. candidate
    Experience and advice
  • 25′ – Q&A


Registration is free but mandatory for the online Info Session. On the day before the event, you will receive by email the login credentials to attend the Zoom Webinar.

Registration Form

Webinar #5 – AIDA Webinar Series I Improving 5G Management

“Anomaly detection in large graphs” is the topic of the fifth and last session of the “AIDA Webinar Series”, an initiative promoted by the CMU Portugal project AIDA with CMU Portugal support.

The Webinar will take place online on September 30 at 3pm (UTC +1) Christos Faloutsos (Carnegie Mellon University) as main speaker, and also joining the session as speakers Jeremy Lee (Carnegie Mellon University), Mirela Teixeira Cazzolato (Carnegie Mellon University and University of São Paulo), Saranya Vijayakumar.

The session will be moderated by Pedro Fidalgo from the Project company promoter Mobileum.

Summary Webinar #5: Given a large who-calls-whom graph, how can we find patterns and anomalies? In this presentation we will discuss some patterns that several real graphs seem to obey (small diameter, power-law degree distributions), and how to use them for anomaly detection in real settings, like Mobileum’s call-graph, and other social networks.

For more information you can visit the AIDA  webpage and subscribe the newsletter by filling this subscription page.

First Seminar on “AI in Healthcare” I IntelligentCare project

Hospital da Luz Learning Health is organizing a series of Seminars on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Healthcare. The first session will take place on June 23 at 4:30 pm (Lisbon). This initiative is promoted under the scope of CMU Portugal Large Scale project IntelligentCare. 

Throughout this series of seminars, invited speakers will share their contributions and ideas on Advanced Analytics in Healthcare. The first session, “A blueprint of the AI-enabled hospital: Data, infrastructure, algorithms, and applications,” will have Jorge Cardoso as the speaker.

The Seminar will be held both onsite and online. Registration is free but mandatory.

The complete Program of the Series of Seminars is, and further information about the initiative is available.