CMU Portugal welcomes 12 new Affiliated Ph.D. students for 2023/2024

A new group of 12 students was selected under the third edition of the Affiliated Ph.D. Programs initiative and will commence their studies in the 2023/24 academic year. This CMU Portugal initiative offers Ph.D. scholarships in selected cutting-edge areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), related to the scope of the Program. 

With scholarships funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), students will be fully hosted by Portuguese Universities, with the opportunity of a  research period at Carnegie Mellon  for up to 1 year. Upon completing their Ph.D. studies, these candidates will receive a Ph.D. diploma from their Portuguese host University.

The main focus of the Affiliated Ph.D. Programs initiative is to strengthen the collaboration between Portuguese higher education institutions and Portuguese companies through a strong partnership with Carnegie Mellon University. Candidates were encouraged to apply with work plans involving the collaboration of Portuguese ICT companies, and most have answered this challenge. Through  their Ph.D. journey, the new students will work closely with companies such as Ingeniarius, Nevaro Tech and PDMFC).  

This year, 12 Scholarships were granted to students in the following CMU Portugal research areas: Computer Science (4), Human-Computer Interaction (3), Electrical and Computer Engineering (3), Robotics (1), and Engineering and Public Policy (1). 

In Portugal, the Ph.D. candidates will be hosted by five different institutions: NOVA School of Science and Technology (4), Instituto Superior Técnico (3), Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (3), Universidade de Coimbra (1) and Universidade da Beira Interior (1).

During their one-year research period at CMU, candidates will be hosted also by seven CMU Departments: Human-Computer Interaction Institute (3), Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (3), Robotics Institute (1), Computer Science Department (1), Institute for Software Research (1), Engineering and Public Policy (1), and Biomedical Engineering Departments (1).

All candidates were selected after a rigorous selection process by a committee of faculty members from Portuguese Universities and CMU. Here are the new Affiliated Ph.D. students by research area:

Computer Science

  • Afonso Pinho Lourenço (Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto, Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Programa Doutoral em Informática)
  • Francisco Braga (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Departamento de Informática, Programa Doutoral em Informática)
  • João Afonso Vilalonga (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Departamento de Informática, Programa Doutoral em Informática)
  • Sofia Ferraz (Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto, Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Biomédica)

Electrical and Computer Engineering:

  • Nila Bagheri (Universidade da Beira Interior, Departamento de Engenharia Eletromecânica, Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores)
  • Francisco Neves (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Departamento de Informática, Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores)
  • José Maria Senart (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa, Departamento de Física, Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Física Tecnológica)

Engineering and Public Policy:

  • Ana Catarina Ferraz (Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto, Departamento de Engenharia e Gestão Industrial, Programa Doutoral em Engenharia e Gestão Industrial)

Human-Computer Interaction

  • Alessandro Gambetti (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Departamento de Informática, Programa Doutoral em Informática)
  • Jennifer Cunningham (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa, Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Programa Doutoral em Media Digitais)
  • Ziqi Huang (Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa, Departamento de Engenharia Informática, Programa Doutoral em Media Digitais)

Robotics

  • Mário Cristóvão (Universidade de Coimbra, Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Sistemas Inteligentes)

2022/23 Affiliated Ph.D. candidates
 2021/22 Affiliated Ph.D. Candidates