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CMU Portugal Academy opens its doors in Lisbon

On May 16th 2024, the CMU Portugal Academy was officially launched at the event “Partnerships for Tomorrow’s Education: Building Future Jobs for a Digital Portugal.”The event was held at the Unicorn Factory, Hub Criativo do  Beato, and included the presence of the Portuguese Minister of Education, Science, and Innovation, Fernando Alexandre; the Administrator of Santander Group Miguel Belo de Carvalho and from the Santander Foundation, Inês Rocha de Gouveia;  the Vice-President of Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)  Francisco Santos; and the President of Instituto Superior Técnico Rogério Colaço. 

The CMU Portugal Academy is an initiative of Instituto Superior Técnico and the Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI), in partnership with the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program (CMU Portugal) and with the support of the Santander Portugal Foundation. It is designed to empower future professionals through advanced training programs in digital technologies. The deadline for applications is September 9, 2024, and each program has 30 available positions. Early applicants will gain access to an introductory bootcamp covering the three topics, taking place on June 21, 22, 28, 29, and July 5 and 6 after work hours.

Under the theme “Partnerships for Tomorrow’s Education: Building Future Jobs for a Digital Portugal”, the event highlighted the importance of strengthening partnerships between the academic and corporate sectors for the education and qualification of future professionals.

The event was opened by Nuno Jardim Nunes, CMU Portugal Program National Co-Director and President of the Institute of Interactive Technologies, who welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of the CMU Portugal Academy that are aligned with the mission of the CMU Portugal Program. Nunes remarked that “CMU Portugal’s main goal is to develop and attract talent to Portugal in the field of ICT, and the new CMU Portugal Academy will contribute to expanding the talent base that has access to the best that is done internationally in this field, creating professionals of the future”.

Nuno Jardim Nunes

James Garrett Jr., Provost of Carnegie Mellon University, participated via video emphasizing CMU’s commitment to shaping the future of education and cultivating a highly skilled workforce, as well as the close collaboration between the CMU Portugal Academy and several Portuguese companies, a tradition in all CMU Portugal’s initiatives. The Provost also referenced Lisbon Mayor Carlos Moedas’ vision of positioning Lisbon as one of Europe’s most innovative cities and the CMU engagement to supporting Portugal and the city of Lisbon in this ambitious endeavor, expanding the entrepreneurial ecosystem, fostering economic growth, and nurturing a culture of innovation that attracts talent and sparks transformative ideas.

James Garrett Jr.

Next, João Mendes Borga, executive director of the Academy, provided details about the new Advanced programs, teaching methodologies, and expected results. The CMU Portugal Academy will offer three Advanced Training programs: AI, Data Science, and Machine Learning; Product Management; and User Experience and Service Design. Classes will take place primarily onsite at ITI – Hub do Beato facilities, in Lisbon, and the courses will be developed through a collaborative effort between the Instituto Superior Técnico, Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, NOVA School of Science and Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University, with the support from the Santander Portugal Foundation.

João Mendes Borga

The presentation of the initiative was followed by a discussion panel on the impact of synergies between academia and industry on education, a differentiating factor of the CMU Portugal Academy,  and how these partnerships could shape the future of education in Portugal. The discussion panel included the participation of Paulo Dimas (VP Product innovation, Unbabel), Francisco Santos (VP, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), and Inês Rocha de Gouveia (Head of Santander Universidades), with the  conversation moderated by Raquel Yam (Executive Director of the Interactive Technologies Institute).

Paulo Dimas, Francisco Santos, Inês Rocha de Gouveia and Raquel Yam

The celebration of the Partnership with Santander Portugal was signaled, by Rogério Colaço, President of Instituto Superior Técnico, and Miguel Belo de Carvalho, Administrator of Santander. 

The Minister of Education, Science, and Innovation, Fernando Alexandre, closed the ceremony by highlighting the importance of the partnerships between Academia and Industry for talent development. 

Miguel Belo de Carvalho and Rogério Colaço

Fernando Alexandre

CMU Portugal Welcomes 14 Undergraduate Students from CMU Pittsburgh

On May 10th, the CMU Portugal program hosted a delegation of 14 undergraduate students from Carnegie Mellon University, representing various disciplines within the field of engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering), accompanied by Treci Bonime, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, with CMU’s College of Engineering. 

The hosted students participated in a CMU Portugal networking lunch where they engaged with Ph.D. students and alumni, along with members of the Coordination office in Portugal, and faculty and researchers from the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR).

The students were in Portugal for a 10-day visit supported by CMU during which they visited several academic institutions, research and innovation centers, and companies. This experience marks their inaugural tour abroad, offering them a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a different culture while gaining exposure to diverse academic and research perspectives.

Following the networking lunch, students visited the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR) of Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, hosted by Alexandre Bernadino, Professor at Técnico and CMU Portugal Faculty.  The CMU delegation had the opportunity to get to know the work being developed at the different laboratories: Signal and Image Processing Group (SIPG), Computer and Robot Vision Lab (VisLab), Dynamical Systems and Ocean Robotics Lab (DSOR), Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering Lab (LaSEEB), and Intelligent Robots and Systems Group (IRSg); and they were also treated to demonstrations showcasing the research and development in these areas. 

The visit to ISR Lisboa was accompanied by associated CMU Portugal students and faculty who also shared their experiences at CMU and in Portugal, through the partnership. It included the participation of  Alexandre Bernardino, Professor at Técnico and CMU Portugal faculty; Diogo Cardoso, CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D student at Técnico in Electrical and Computer Engineering CMU Department; José Pedro Gomes, CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering CMU Department; Marcelo Jacinto, Ph.D. student at Técnico and Visiting Faculty and Researcher of CMU Portugal; Pedro Valdeira, CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D student at Técnico in Electrical and Computer Engineering CMU Department; and Rui Bettencourt, Ph.D. student at Técnico. 

Photos by Bárbara Teixeira (ISR)

NOVA SBE hosted the first Inaugural initiative of CMU Portugal Patient Innovation Accelerator

The 2nd anniversary of the Nova SBE Haddad Entrepreneurship Institute, held on April 10th, 2024, marked the inaugural initiative of CMU Portugal Patient Innovation Accelerator, a joint collaboration between the CMU Portugal Program, NOVA Medical School and the Nova School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), supported  by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). 

This joint Accelerator, officially launched on April 9th, represents a significant milestone in the healthcare innovation landscape in Portugal, aiming to boost advanced healthcare solutions and foster entrepreneurship in the sector. 

The Patient Innovation (PI) platform was created in 2014 within the framework of CMU Portugal project TEIPL, an Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs) launched in 2013. 

The inaugural event counted on the presence of CMU Portugal National Co-Director, Nuno Nunes, and of the CMU Portugal Director at CMU, José Fonseca de Moura (via ZOOM). Pedro Oliveira, Dean Nova SBE and the presence of Helena Canhão, Nova Medical School Dean, both founders of the PI Platform, hosted the Session

More about the Launch of the Patient Innovation Accelerator and Bootcamp.

Info Session: “How to apply to CMU Portugal 2024 Affiliated Programs”

The CMU Portugal online Info Session “How to apply to a CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. Program Scholarship”, was held on April 9th via Zoom, gathering potential candidates willing to know more about the 2024 available scholarships.

Under this call,  12 Scholarships are currently available for the 2024/2025 academic year in selected cutting-edge areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), related to the scope of the CMU Portugal Program. The selected candidates will be hosted at a Portuguese University and benefit from a research period of up to 12 months at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Applications are open until May 2nd

The Info Session was moderated by Mariana Carmo, CMU Portugal’s Communications and Events Officer, who introduced CMU Portugal National Co-Director Nuno Nunes, to welcome the participants and offer a first insight of the Program.

João Fumega, CMU Portugal’s Education Officer, presented the application guidelines and main requirements.

Megan Berty, CMU Portugal’s Associate Director at CMU, spoke next on the supervision requirements at CMU and the support available by the coordination office in Pittsburgh.

The Session continued with the participation of Tamás Karácsony, an Affiliated Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at FEUP and researcher at INESC TEC, who shared his experience under the Program, from the application process to his research period at CMU.

Tamás advised potential Ph.D. students to apply as early as possible since there are several mandatory procedures (visa, housing) that need early preparation. The affiliated student referred to his stay at CMU as a challenging and very productive opportunity, and also offered a quick look into his research on bed-action recognition using deep learning

Finally, to end the session, a 20-minute Q&A allowed all participants to clarify their doubts with the panelists.

For further doubts you can visit our website under the Affiliated Ph.D. Program page, check our FAQ Page or contact us at apply@cmuportugal.org.

CMU Portugal Spring Lunch Welcomes Students Back to Campus

The CMU Portugal program hosted a lunch on the Carnegie Mellon campus in Pittsburgh on February 7, 2024. This event brought together CMU Portugal students currently studying in Pittsburgh.

Attending students included Dual Degree Ph.D., Affiliated Ph.D., and visiting students from across disciplines, including Software and Societal Systems (S3D), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Human Computer Interaction (HCII) and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). This gathering  gave everyone an opportunity to catch-up while enjoying a meal together, sharing their experiences at CMU in Pittsburgh so far. 

CMU Portugal currently has an open call for new PhD students for 2024-2025. If you are interested, please visit our website for more information.

CMU Portugal Exploratory project “Signo” kickoff meeting

The Kickoff Meeting of CMU Portugal new Exploratory Research Project (ERP) Signo took place at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS on January 10th, 2024. Funded under the 2022 CMU Portugal Call for ERPs,  this year-long initiative, led by Fraunhofer with collaboration from Instituto de Filosofia (Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto) and the Software and Societal Systems Department at Carnegie Mellon, aims to integrate principles of Human-Centered Design.

SIGNO Team

The project titled “Signo: Value systems in digital health technologies Investigation” proposes to bring together design, human-computer interaction, and philosophy researchers with patients and healthcare professionals in the context of ophthalmology, with a special focus on the glaucoma condition. 

The goal is to explore, experiment, prototype, and test technology and data visualizations that are built on a shared set of values and understand how they are communicated. The project will focus on the design of more useful and effective technology in healthcare by applying methods of co-creation and participatory exploration to generate a set of recommendations and experimental prototypes, exploring the issue of values. 

According to the project PI, Ricardo Melo, Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, “Signo will employ a participatory approach, where different researchers and participants will co-create technology and data representations built on a shared set of values, and understand together how these values are communicated. Researchers from design and HCI will contribute with their knowledge on the design of technology while philosophers will contribute to the discourse and analysis of technological artifacts in a person’s relationship with the world and with oneself. Lastly, healthcare professionals as well as patients will contribute with their professional vision and lived experience, respectively.”

This should translate into more appropriate health technology design, support clinical decisions, better-informed patients, and, ultimately, better health for all. 

“We hope to achieve this by supporting the design of more appropriate, considerate, and inclusive health technologies, ones where the values of those designing technologies are aligned with those using it, be it healthcare professionals or patients.”, Ricardo Melo.

CMU will collaborate throughout the project, addressing glaucoma patients specifically, organizing, conducting, and analyzing fieldwork and co-design activities with patients. Results will be shared and analyzed conjunctly throughout the project.

In terms of results, the expectation is to have by the end of 12 months “exploratory prototypes, including speculative visual representations, future scenarios, and, if applicable, speculative technology archaeology, that seek to convey sets of values identified in participatory design workshops with professionals and patients. The experiments will be designed to understand which value systems can be inferred by users by comparing existing technology with technology created for the scenarios. These prototypes, in turn, will inform the reflection of the entire project, its results and implications, and enable the identification of actionable principles on conveying value systems to apply to the design of technology and health data presentation”, shares Ricardo Melo. 

The CMU Portugal Program supported under its 2022 call, 6 Exploratory Research Projects (ERPs) designed to assist teams of researchers from Portuguese institutions, Carnegie Mellon University and industry partners, to bootstrap high-impact potential research activities of strategic relevance for the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.

More about CMU Portugal Exploratory Research projects

2023 CMU Portugal Doctoral Symposium: Fostering Collaboration and Building a Strong Community network

The 2023 CMU Portugal Doctoral Symposium took place on December 6th and 7th at Culturgest, Lisbon, and Scott Hall, CMU, bringing together over 80 Ph.D. students, faculty members and researchers. 

The Symposium, a cornerstone of the CMU Portugal Program, provided a platform for students to engage in a collaborative exchange of ideas, building upon the success of the Program’s previous Orientation days and the 2021 Doctoral Symposium. The event is a hub for fostering collaboration and expanding the network of Ph.D. candidates. Throughout the day all students had the opportunity to present their research developed under the Program and to discuss the results with their peers.

The first day started in Lisbon with a Welcome Session with the presence of president of Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Madalena Alves, and CMU Portugal National Co-Director Inês Lynce, who welcomed the new students and highlighted the Program’s commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation among its community. 

Following the Welcome session, “Roundtable: The CMU Portugal Ph.D. experience” took place with CMU Portugal Ph.D. students Maria Casimiro, Luís Gomes, Neeta Khanuja (remote) and Pedro Mendes in a session hosted by Inês Lynce. This discussion, organized by students Maria Casimiro and Diogo Pereira, featured insights, best practices, and personal narratives to share with other students an overall vision of what it’s like to study  at CMU.

The CMU Portugal Program 2023 Symposium counted on the submission of 16 posters by first and second-year students currently in Portugal or CMU, all exhibited at Culturgest. Students attending in Lisbon were able to present their posters onsite during the Poster Session, giving them a great opportunity to foster connections within the  CMU Portugal Community and showcase the research that they will further develop during their Ph.D. 

All posters are also available on the Symposium E-Poster Gallery

The afternoon in Lisbon and morning in Pittsburgh, was dedicated to students from third year onwards, who had the opportunity to present their research through 24 engaging oral presentations across four parallel sessions. CMU Portugal faculty members chaired these sessions across several fields of research. 

Session 1 was moderated by Cláudia Soares (FCT NOVA) and Paula Marques (UAveiro) and showcased  students from Electrical & Computer Engineering and Engineering & Public Policy: Diogo Cardoso, Manuel Reis Carneiro, Latifah Almaghrabi, Tamás Karácsony, Pedro Valdeira, Afonso Amaral and Afonso Tinoco.

Session 2 was led by Gabriel Falcão (UCoimbra) and Lia Patrício (FEUP) with students from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy and Computer Science: Cláudio Gomes, Diana Vieira Fernandes, João Fonseca, Sofia Martins, António Brito, Miguel Ferreira and Margarida Ferreira.

Session 3 had João Magalhães (FCT NOVA) as moderator and included CMU Portugal students from 4 different áreas, Computer Science, Language Technologies, Software Engineering and Human-Computer Interaction: Luís Borges, Daniel Ramos,  Maria Casimiro, Pedro Mendes and Catarina Fidalgo.

Session 4 was moderated by Nuno Santos (Técnico | INESC ID) with presentations from students in Computer Science and Software Engineering: Luis Gomes, Ricardo Brancas, Eduard Pinconschi, Nuno Sabino and Paulo Canelas. 

Together, they provided evidence for a perspective on the diverse and multidisciplinary research developed under the scope of CMU Portugal Program. Throughout the day, all participants were invited to vote in the Best Poster and Best Presentation through a Web App created exclusively for the Symposium. At the Closing Session, CMU Portugal Director Inês Lynce awarded Cláudia Mamede (currently at CMU) for her Poster and António Brito for his oral Presentation!

The second day was exclusively dedicated to students attending in Lisbon who engaged in two tailored training sessions: “Entrepreneurial skills for scientists: the basics”, a capacity building workshop on generating and developing entrepreneurial ideas and “Making Great Presentations”, a workshop to explore how to present with power and to get your ideas heard and understood.

The 2023 CMU Portugal Doctoral Symposium celebrated the achievements of its students, fostered collaboration, while building valuable networks to support them throughout their Doctoral Pathway.

 2023 CMU Portugal Doctoral Symposium Symposium website.

 

Hirokazu Shirado (CMU) led @CMUPortugal Talk on Social Coordination in Hybrid Systems of Humans and Bots

On November 10th, 2023, the CMU Portugal Program hosted the Talk Experiments with Social Coordination in Hybrid Systems of Humans and Bots” with Hirokazu Shirado, Assistant Professor of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII Institute) in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). This event took place at the CMU Portugal/ITI Premises at Factory (Hub Criativo do Beato) and drew an engaged audience of over 20 participants.

Shirado’s expertise lies in investigating the interplay between social interactions and technology, particularly in understanding how social order emerges and how communities collectively navigate social dilemmas. His thought-provoking presentation shed light on experimental studies exploring the dynamics of human coordination within the context of human-AI hybrid systems, offering valuable insights into the potential impact on human prosociality.

During the talk, Shirado delved into groundbreaking research, including a study published in Nature in 2017. This research involved introducing bots into experimental networks where individuals were engaged in a coordination game, revealing that the performance of human groups improved when bots exhibited seemingly irrational behaviors.

The second part of the presentation focused on a recent study investigating the social implications of intelligent assistance, such as emergency automatic steering assistance, in a novel cyber-physical experiment. The findings prompted a compelling discussion on how AI could potentially influence human prosociality by altering social foci.

Hirokazu Shirado was in Portugal for two months as a CMU Portugal Visiting Faculty and Researcher collaborating with Prof. Ana Paiva at INESC ID I Técnico GAIPS Lab (Research Group on AI for People and the Society”): “My two-month visit to Portugal has been an amazing opportunity for me to expand my research agenda and academic networks. I’ve had the chance to exchange ideas with various researchers at Portuguese institutions, including Ana Paiva and her lab members. Additionally, my stay in Portugal has allowed me to learn more about Portuguese culture, which has led me to reflect on my research interests in human cooperation across multiple cultures”, shares Shirado. 

During his stay in Portugal, he had the chance to discuss with Ana Paiva about the potential of machines to facilitate human collaboration and decision-making in groups. While machine intelligence has been developed for individual use, it may not always be effective in group settings due to social dynamics and network mechanisms. 

“To tackle this challenge, Ana and I have come up with a research idea that involves robot control to manage the attention dynamics in communication networks between humans and robots. This idea is a combination of Ana’s social robot studies and my social network experiments on resource allocation. We are currently discussing the details of the research project and plan to execute it once I return to Pittsburgh”, explains the researcher.”

Learn more about the speaker and his research here.  

 

CMU Portugal Fall Lunch Welcomes visitors to Pittsburgh

The CMU Portugal Program hosted a Fall Lunch on campus in the Cohon University Center at CMU, on November 8, 2023. This event brought together Dual Degree Ph.D. and Affiliated Ph.D. students currently studying at CMU as well as visitors from the Visiting Students and Visiting Faculty and Researchers Programs. 

The welcome event was hosted by CMU Portugal Director José Moura and counted on members from seven different departments including Electrical Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, Robotics, Language Technologies and Software & Societal Systems, providing an opportunity for all  those connected by the CMU Portugal to network and enjoy a meal together as the holiday season begins. 

The fall semester at CMU will be attended by a group of 41 CMU Portugal members, including 17 Dual Degree Ph.D. students, 4 Affiliated Ph.D. students, 11 Visiting Students and 9 visiting faculty and researchers at CMU this semester.