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2016 Project Review Meeting High-Quality Scientific Work Close to Local Industry Brings Excellent Results

project review The CMU Portugal Program (CMU Portugal) held its Annual Project Review Meeting on March 8-9 2016, at Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, in Lisbon. The Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs) from the 2013 call have accomplished excellent results and the new ERIs, which started in 2016, were considered by the Review Committee (RC) as having innovative ideas that they believe will accomplish great outcomes. The evaluation moment brought CMU Portugal researchers and the RC together.

The teams of the 12 ERIs in the scope of the Program, and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), presented their achievements and outcomes, on March 8. Six of these projects started in 2013, and because of their many results, they went through a more detailed evaluation. Some of the teams were able to show prototypes or even talk about the continuation of the projects.

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About the more recent ERIs, the RC says: “The new ERIs starting in 2016 aim at ground breaking results in many fields like wearable electronics, sustainable development, smart cities, medicine or recommendation systems. We encourage the research teams to use the synergies with CMU to make these aims a reality.”
This year, the panel committee was chaired by Carles Sierra, from the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spanish National Research Council (Spain), who led a team of international experts: André Tosi Furtado from the Instituto de Geociências da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), Hans-Dieter Burkhard from the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), Helmer Strik from the Centre for Language and Speech Technology, Radboud University, (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Miguel Lagunas from The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (Spain) and Paolo Bonato from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University (USA).

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On March 9, a poster and demo session took place and the researchers were able to showcase their prototypes and results. This functioned as a network moment between all research teams, which provided a good starting point to create synergies.

This day activities counted with the presence of the Board of Directors of CMU Portugal: the President of the Board of Directors and of FCT, Paulo Ferrão; the Rector of the Universidade do Porto and Representative of the Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas, Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo; the Executive Director of Novabase Corporate, Rogério Carapuça; the National Director of CMU Portugal, João Claro; the Dean of the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU); the Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy at CMU, Jimmy Hsia and the Director of CMU Portugal at CMU, José M. F. Moura.

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March 2016