Six new exploratory projects selected under the CMU Portugal 2022 Call

Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) has announced the six new Exploratory projects selected under the 2022 CMU Portugal Call for Exploratory Research Projects. The awarded projects will focus on ICT related areas ranging from digital health technologies to internet intervention to detect, treat, and monitor anxiety and depression in breast cancer survivors, bioelectronic implants, neural probes, distributed networks, and automatic evaluation of graphics based on machine learning. 

The 2022 call for proposals featured a total of 36 projects, 6 of which were recommended for funding by FCT under the scope of the CMU Portugal Program. The winning projects will be led by four Portuguese research Institutions: two projects headed by Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research, two by INESC ID, one by Universidade de Aveiro and one by Universidade de Coimbra. The projects will run in collaboration with 4 different departments at Carnegie Mellon University: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Software and Societal Systems, and Computer Science

In addition to the leading Institutions, other institutions will join the projects: Centro Hospitalar Universitário de S. João, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil, Universidade do Porto (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto) and Instituto de Telecomunicações

The projects are planned for a period of 12 months, granting the scientific community the opportunity to identify and explore new ideas in a bottom-up way. Overall, CMU Portugal is supporting the Portuguese teams with 354 493€.

The CMU Portugal Program supports the launch of Exploratory Research Projects (ERPs) on a regular basis, with the main objective of promoting Portugal’s international competitiveness and innovation capacity in Science and Technology (S&T) in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Since 2017, the Program has launched four Calls for Exploratory Projects  for a total of 27 funded projects and counting. The first Call for Exploratory Projects in 2017 funded 8 projects in a collaboration between 11 Portuguese institutions and 4 CMU departments; the 2019 Call selected 7 new projects involving 12 Portuguese research units and 4 different departments at Carnegie Mellon University and the 2021 Call funded 6 projects with 10 Portuguese partners and 5 CMU Departments. 

Now in 2023, six (6) new projects were recommended for funding by the FCT under the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, including:

  • AutoEvaVis: Automatic Evaluation of Visualizations – a Machine Learning Approach

Principal Investigator in Portugal: Evgheni Polisciuc
Principal Investigator at CMU: Dominik Moritz
Partner Institutions: Universidade de Coimbra, Human-Computer Interaction Institute (CMU)
Keywords: Evaluation of Visualizations; Machine Learning; Automatic Visualization; Information Visualization

  • iNNOV Sensing: a pilot cognitive-behavioral internet intervention to detect, treat, and monitor anxiety and depression in breast cancer survivors based on multimodal active and passive sensing data

    Principal Investigator in Portugal: Cristina Mendes Santos
    Principal Investigator at CMU: Mayank Goel
    Partner Institutions: Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de S. João, Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto Francisco Gentil, Software and Societal Systems Department and Human-Computer Interaction Institute (CMU).
    Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; Digital Phenotyping;Internet Interventions; Breast Cancer Survivors

  • Integrated photonic neuronal probes towards neuromorphic computing

    Principal Investigator in Portugal: Maria Rute André
    Principal Investigator at CMU: Maysam Chamanzar
    Partner Institutions: Universidade de Aveiro, Instituto de Telecomunicações and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (CMU)
    Keywords: Neural probes; Photonics; Hydrogel; Neuromorphic computing

  • mm-Size Stimulator Implants

    Principal Investigator in Portugal: Jorge Fernandes
    Principal Investigator at CMU: Marc Dandin
    Partner Institutions: INESC ID, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (CMU)
    Keywords: mm-size implant; Deep implant; Bioelectronic implant; Electroceuthicals

  • Synthesizing Adaptive Large-scale Accelerated and Distributed Network Functions 

Principal Investigator in Portugal: Luís Pedrosa
Principal Investigator at CMU: Srinivasan Seshan
Partner Institutions: INESC ID, Computer Science Department (CMU)
Keywords: Programmable Networks; Network Synthesis; Network Optimization

  • Value systems in digital health technologies Investigation

Principal Investigator in Portugal: Ricardo Melo
Principal Investigator at CMU: Sarah E. Fox
Partner Institutions: Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research, Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, Software and Societal Systems Department (CMU)
Keywords: Values; Health; Participatory Design; Human-Centered Design

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