The Info Session was addressed to all researchers and students who wanted to confirm their eligibility for these initiatives and spend a research period at CMU, guiding them through the requirements to submit a successful application.
The Info Session was moderated by the Program Executive Director in Portugal, Sílvia Castro, and started with CMU Portugal National Co-Director Nuno Nunes, who spoke about his experience under the CMU Portugal Program. Nuno has been involved with the Program since its first phase, as Faculty member and researcher, followed by a period as Scientific Director and now National Co-Director. At the end of his welcome note, he encouraged all participants to apply and try to benefit from this great opportunity to be immersed in one of the top ICT universities in the World.
The application guidelines and main requirements were then introduced by João Fumega, CMU Portugal’s Education Officer. Megan Berty, CMU Portugal Associate Director at CMU, spoke next on the CMU requirements and the support available by the CMU Portugal coordination office in Pittsburgh.
Next, Marta Freitas who visited CMU in 2022 as a Visiting student, shared her experience with the audience. Marta was at the time a Researcher at the Institute of Systems and Robotics (University of Coimbra), hosted at the Department of Mechanical Engineering by Professor Carmel Majidi. Her research topic is centered on “Integrated Printed Soft Robots” and, as a result of this visit, she applied to the 2022/23 Call for Dual Degree Ph.D.s.
Pedro Moura, a 2019 Visiting Faculty and Researchers participant, also shared a few words with the audience. Pedro is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Coimbra and Researcher at the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR Coimbra). He was hosted at CMU by Javad Mohammadi from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering. His research activities are focused on smart grids and energy planning, with research work on topics such as demand-side management and demand response programs, grid integration of renewable energy generation, electric vehicles, and energy storage. It is a collaboration that started on 2019 through this initiative and that continues today.
Finally, to end the session, there was time for a fruitful 20-minute Q&A, which allowed all participants to clarify their doubts with the panelists.
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