A group of 10 Researchers from Portuguese Institutions was selected to visit Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh during 2019 to develop their research work in the field of Information and Communication technologies (ICT) supported by the CMU Portugal Program and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). The researchers will be granted a scholarship funded under the CMU Portugal Mobility Program “Visiting Faculty and Researchers Program” 2019 Call that was closed in late March 2019. The scholarships will allow Portuguese researchers to spent up to 4 months at CMU to collaborate in teaching and research activities hosted by CMU colleagues.
According to the CMU Portugal Program National Directors Nuno Nunes and Rodrigo Rodrigues, “this is a great opportunity for Portuguese faculty and researchers to work directly with peers from their areas at CMU and thus open doors for future collaboration between both parties. At the time of application, candidates have already point out a research area and a CMU host to work with and that will also receive them in their own Department or Lab. This support is undoubtedly one of the great advantages of this initiative.”
Since 2007, 71 researchers had the opportunity to visit CMU under the scope of CMU Portugal mobility programs. They have developed diverse activities with very concrete results including: improvements to the scientific writing process; changes in teaching methods, toward a higher focus on student learning and involvement; introduction of new and dynamic ideas to improve organization within their own departments; higher interaction with other research groups in Portugal, enabled by the relations with other participants in the program; the jump-starting of ongoing research collaborations with their peers at CMU.
This year’s edition will be attended by researchers from Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade de Coimbra, Universidade da Madeira and Universidade de Lisboa who will collaborate with six departments at CMU including Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Computer Science, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Psychology, Institute for Software Research and Department of Mechanical Engineering.
2019 Participants Profile:
Andreia Mordido: Department of Informatics at Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL)
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Computer Science, Professor Frank Pfenning.
Research Area: Probabilistic logic, Probabilistic satisfiability, Type theory, Formal methods
Bongkeum Jeong: Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI) from LARSyS.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Human-Computer Interaction Institute (School of Computer Science), Professor Jason Hong.
Research Area: interactive technologies for HCI, issues of wearable computing, mobile computing, and context-aware computing.
Bruno Direito Leitão: Instituto de Ciências Nucleares Aplicadas à Saúde at Universidade de Coimbra.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging (Department of Psychology), Professor Marcel Just.
Research Area: Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), functional magnetic resonance imaging neurofeedback, neurorehabilitation and machine learning.
Élvio Rúbio Gouveia: Department of Physical Education and Sport at Universidade da Madeira.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Human-Computer Interaction Institute (School of Computer Science), Professor Daniel Siewiorek.
Research Area: Technologies for the improvement of Quality of Life (QoL).
Paulo Dias: Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics at Universidade de Aveiro.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Professors Daniel Siewiorek and Asim Smailagic
Research Area: Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), applications and practices.
Pedro Manuel Soares Moura: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Universidade de Coimbra.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Javad Mohammadi.
Research Area: Distributed energy resources, such as electric vehicles (EV) and solar photovoltaic (PV).
Petia Georgieva: Department of Electronics Telecommunications and Informatics at Universidade de Aveiro
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Professor Pei Zhang.
Research Area: Machine Learning, Control Systems, System Theory, Deep Learning.
Thomas Durieux: INESC-ID.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Institute for Software Research, Professor Claire Le Goues.
Research Area: Automatic program repair and self-healing.
Vânia Silvério: INESC-MN / Instituto Superior Técnico.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Mechanical Engineering Department (Soft Machines Lab: SML), Professor Carmel Majidi.
Research Area: Microfluidics Scientist, R&D projects combining nanotechnology with simulation tools for the design, fabrication, integration and test of microfluidic devices and sensors.
Vasco Miguel Gomes Nunes Manquinho: Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico.
Department and Host at Carnegie Mellon University: Computer Science Department, Ruben Martins.
Researc Area: Program synthesis, usage of computational logic methods for verification.