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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

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.

FCT NOVA Distinguished Lecture by Fernando Pereira

On May 25 at 3pm will take place the  10th edition of the Distinguished Lecture of the Department of Computer Science and NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics at FCT NOVA. Fernando Pereira is the invited speaker with the  lecture  “Does Language Mirror the Mind? A Personal Journey”.

Fernando Pereira is the Google (USA) Vice President and Engineering Fellow, and leader of natural language and machine learning projects  and  member of CMU Portugal External Review Committee.

The Distinguished Lecture will take place in the Main Auditorium of NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA organized by the Department of Computer Science and NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics led by Luis Caires, NOVA LINCS Director and CMU Portugal Scientific Director.

Lecture: Does Language Mirror the Mind? A Personal Journey

Over 20 years ago, I wrote the following in an invited paper:

Given the enormous conceptual and technical difficulties of building a comprehensive theory of grounded language processing, treating language as an autonomous system is very tempting. However, there is a weaker form of grounding that can be exploited more readily than physical grounding, namely grounding in a linguistic context. Following this path, sentences can be viewed as evidence for other sentences through inference, and the effectiveness of a language processor may be measured by its accuracy in deciding whether a sentence entails another, or whether an answer is appropriate for a question.

This path turned out to be even more productive than I imagined, though with different technical tools than the ones I favored then. So, is language-internal modeling all we need for creating language-using systems that pass the (Turing?) test? I will illustrate the question with a sequence of examples drawn from the work of many collaborators and colleagues, not answering it decisively, but still marveling at how so much of the contents and processes of our minds can be mechanically inferred from our constant chatter.

Fernando Pereira bio:

Fernando Pereira is Vice President and Engineering Fellow at Google, where he leads research and development in natural language understanding and machine learning.

His previous positions include chair of the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International.

He received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and has over 120 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, as well as several patents.

He was elected AAAI Fellow in 1991 for contributions to computational linguistics and logic programming, ACM Fellow in 2010 for contributions to machine learning models of natural language and biological sequences, and ACL Fellow for contributions to sequence modeling, finite-state methods, and dependency and deductive parsing. He was president of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 1993.

Webinar #4 – AIDA Webinar Series I Improving 5G Management

“Protecting the Security of the AIDA platform and the Privacy of its Data” is the topic of the fourth 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 June 8 at 3pm (UTC +1) with José Flora, (University of Coimbra) and Cláudia Brito (INESC TEC and University of Minho) and Justine Sherry (Carnegie Mellon University) as moderator.

Summary Webinar #4: Software is not perfect, therefore it is expected that attacks may happen. AIDA is no exception, needing attention in this field, both for the security of the platform as for the privacy of the data subject whose data is being exposed and/or used. To achieve that, AIDA will be using state of the art security mechanisms, studied, and evaluated by the researchers of the project team, taking into account the new risks that rise from the migration to an Edge architecture and the employment of 5G.  This webinar has the main goal of presenting and explaining these issues within the AIDA platform, but also explain mechanisms of intrusion detection and tolerance used, as well as for monitoring and adaptation of the platform. Furthermore, it will also address how secure communications were achieved, never forgetting the privacy of the data subject and secure processing.

Registration to access the Zoom Webinar #4 is free but mandatory.

The “AIDA Webinar Series I Improving 5G Risk Management” will count with a total of five (5) Webinars held every two months from December 2021 to September 2022, gathering leading experts from academia to industry involved with the project.

For more information about this initiative and about the previous Webinars available at the AIDA Website.

The next and last Webinar of this Series will take place on September 30, 2022.


Info Session: US – Portugal International Partnerships go to Europe

The PERIN network (Portugal in Europe Research and Innovation Network), in collaboration with Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) international partnerships – CMU Portugal, MIT Portugal, and UT Austin Portugal – will host a virtual info session about further research opportunities under EU funding programs on May 5th, 2022, 2:00- 4.30 pm (Lisbon Time) / 9:00 /11:30 am (Pittsburgh Time). 
The US Partnerships aim to promote the internationalization of Portugal’s Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and research organizations through innovative projects with leading US Universities and the mobility of highly qualified human resources. This info session intends to explore other funding paths, in addition to the typical funding available through the International Partnerships, that may help already established US-PT move their results along the value chain and/or further their collaborative research.
Participation in this event is restricted to researchers involved in these initiatives.


Agenda

Date: May 5,  2:00- 4.30 pm (Lisbon Time) / 9:00 /11:30 am (Pittsburgh Time)
Speakers: Ana Reis, Rui Munhá  and David Marçal (FCT)

1. Opening Remarks: Portugal in Horizon Europe and International Cooperation
2. Horizon Europe and synergies with the CMU Portugal, MIT Portugal, and UTAustin Portugal
3. ERC opportunities for the CMU Portugal, MIT Portugal, and UTAustin Portugal: exploring synergy, where US institutions or USA researchers can be beneficiaries
4. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: Postdoctoral Fellowships, opportunity to return to Portugal + secondments in the USA; Staff Exchanges, an opportunity for people from Portuguese institutions to do periods of 1 to 12 months in the USA
5. ERA-CHAIRs: to attract top researchers from the USA to Portugal (permanently or temporarily) to lead the implementation of a research group in Portugal
6. Q&A

Webinar #3 – AIDA Webinar Series I Improving 5G Management

“Federated Learning: Methods, Applications and Challenges” is the topic of the third 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 April 20 at 3pm (UTC +1) with Paula Silva (Research Assistant at INESC TEC) as speaker and Nuno Antunes (Assistant Professor at University of Coimbra) as moderator.

Webinar #3 Summary: The last few years have been strongly marked by artificial intelligence, machine learning, and telecommunications networks. As a result, several challenges arose in data science regarding how data can be accessed and stored. For example, sharing of telecommunication network data, for example, even at high aggregation levels, is highly restricted nowadays due to privacy legislation and regulations and other critical ethical concerns. It leads to scattering data across institutions, regions, and states, inhibiting the usage of AI methods that could otherwise take advantage of data at scale.

Registrations are open. 

The “AIDA Webinar Series I Improving 5G Risk Management” will count with a total of five (5) Webinars held every two months from December 2021 to September 2022, gathering leading experts from academia to industry involved with the project.

For more information about this initiative and about the previous Webinars available at the AIDA Website.

Online info session: How to apply for a CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. Programs Scholarship

On February 23rd  at 2pm (Lisbon-time), we will walk you through the application process to an FCT-CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. Programs Scholarship which is open from February 15th 2021 to March 31st 2021 (12:00 GMT).

The second edition of the CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. Programs Initiative, launched for the first time in the 2021/2022 Academic year, offers Ph.D. scholarships in selected cutting-edge areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), related to the scope of the CMU Portugal Program.

The Affiliated Ph.D. Program will be entirely hosted by a Portuguese University, with a research period at Carnegie Mellon up to 1 year. Upon the Ph.D. conclusion, candidates will be awarded a degree by the Portuguese host University.

Info Session Program

 

Session Moderator – Sílvia Castro I CMU Portugal Executive Director

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

15′ – João Fumega | CMU Portugal Coordination Office
Overview of the CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. Programs and scholarship funding

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

10′ – John Mendonça I CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. student testimony
CMU Portugal Ph.D. candidate experience

25′ – Q&A

To register please fill in this online form. Credentials to the Zoom session will be send by email the day before the event.