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Applications for up to 8 CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. Scholarships

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program and Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), have an open Call starting on February 1st (11:59 am EST I 4:59 pm GMT) for up to eight (8) Dual Degree Ph.D. scholarships to start in the 2024/2025 academic year in ICT related areas.

The applications are currently open and must be submitted online directly at CMU. Specific application deadlines for each one of the five Ph.D. programs available are the following:

  • February 8th, 2024 (11:59 pm EST I 04:59am GMT): Software Engineering (SE) and Societal Computing (SC) 
  • February 14th, 2024 (11:59 pm EST I 04:59am GMT): Computer Science (CS), Language Technologies (LTI),
  • February 28th, 2024 (11:59 pm EST I 04:59am GMT): Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP)

Please notice that each Ph.D. has its own application process: Software Engineering (SE); Societal Computing (SC), Computer Science (CS), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) and Language Technologies (LTI)

The Dual Degree Ph.Ds. fellowships allow students to spend three years in Portugal and two years in Pittsburgh, integrated as regular students at Carnegie Mellon University. Upon completion of the Ph.D., the student is granted two diplomas, one from his selected Portuguese university and one from CMU.

The two years at CMU are one of the distinctive features of these Programs, giving students the opportunity to be integrated in the CMU scientific community and becoming part of the ecosystem of one of the most prestigious Universities in ICT. 

All the information needed on how to apply is available on the CMU Portugal website

Since the start of the CMU Portugal Program in 2006, 156 Scholarships have been awarded under the Dual Degree Ph.D. Programs initiative and 91 have already completed their Ph.D. Our alumni network is also a proof of the Program’s success. Many alumni are working in renowned companies in the US within their respective fields, such as IBM, Apple,  Google, Meta, Amazon, as well as top-tier universities such as Carnegie Mellon University, University of California, Berkeley ou John Hopkins University. In Portugal many are working in leading Portuguese ICT-related companies such as Feedzai, Unbabel, and Cloudfare. In other European countries, some hold positions in institutions such as Utrecht University, Rotterdam School of Management, and Eindhoven University, as well as in companies like Huawei, Amazon, and the European Commission. 

For additional information about our Ph.D.s and application process please visit our Admissions and Scholarships page.

Portuguese Team TWIZ, from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and CMU Portugal Farfetch Chat R&D project, wins Alexa TaskBot Challenge 2

The Portuguese team TWIZ from NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA) secured 1st Place in the Alexa TaskBot Challenge 2 and won a $500,000 prize. 

The winning team was led by João Magalhães, a researcher at NOVA LINCS, Professor at the Department of Informatics at FCT NOVA, and PI at CMU Portugal Farfetch Chat R&D project, and included CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D. students Diogo Tavares and Diogo Silva.

Under Farfetch Chat R&D, the FCT NOVA team supported the development of a multimodal conversational agent for the online fashion marketplace with the company Farfetch, a growing area of research where users and the conversational agent communicate by natural language and visual data. Farfetch Chat R&D project was led by Ricardo G. Sousa  at Farfetch, and other PIs, besides João Magalhães, include João Paulo Costeira from Instituto Superior Técnico and Alexander Hauptmann from the Languages Technology Institute at CMU.  

In this year’s edition, Alexa TaskBot Challenge 2, participants worked to address one of the most complex problems in conversational AI — creating next-generation conversational AI experiences that delight customers by addressing their changing needs as they complete complex tasks. 

The challenge was also expanded to include more hobbies and at-home activities. Teams were asked to find exciting ways to incorporate visual aids into every conversation turn when a screen was available. Innovative ideas on improving the presentation of visual aids and the coordination of visual and verbal modalities were part of the judging criteria.

João Magalhães talks about this year’s experience at the competition and its challenges: “I’m extremely happy about the team’s creativity in designing the groundbreaking TWIZ LLM for Alexa. TWIZ LLMs make the Alexa TaskBot conversational experience fun, rich, and multimodal. It plays an important role in features like “What’s in your fridge?”, “fun facts”, and making task execution easier. TWIZ’s cherry on top of the cake is the video dialog feature. Conversations about video content take CX to an all-new level, and I’m very proud of pioneering video dialog in the Alexa Prize. I think there’s much to explore here .”

Diogo Silva, CMU Portugal Ph.D. affiliated student, adds that: “Participating in the Alexa Prize Taskbot Challenge was a very hectic experience, in a good way, of course. The team was highly motivated, which led to many exciting ideas that came with some tough decisions on which ones to pursue. Overall, I’d say that our biggest challenge was improving our visual interface, a crucial part of the interaction, as our team didn’t have anyone focused on HCI”.

This is the team’s second time participating in the Alexa TaskBot Challenge. Diogo Tavares, another CMU Portugal Affiliated Ph.D student, participated in both editions. He highlights the importance of the past experience: “The team and I are extremely proud of what we achieved. I think we built something that’s not only cutting-edge but also useful and fun to use! I think a lot of our success came from having last year as a learning experience. We gained a lot of insight into how users interact with chatbots in the real world. It was also the first time most of us had seen an Alexa! This year, we got to apply all our new knowledge to push the boundary“. 

The opportunity to participate in the first Alexa TaskBot Challenge was possible thanks to the research already being developed on conversational assistants under the CMU Portugal large-scale collaborative project Farfetch Chat R&D. At the time, João Magalhães highlighted the relevance of CMU Portugal to Alexa TaskBot Challenge: “the Program played a key role as an enabler, both through the Farfetch Chat R&D project and CMU Portugal funded Ph.D. students. The Farfetch Chat R&D team at NOVA University already had a solid research program in multimodal conversational agents, so this was a natural step. This outstanding achievement was mainly due to several groundbreaking AI advances invented by our students: the robust dialog understanding Transformer algorithm and the language generation algorithms capable of talking about curious facts and algorithms to answer questions about the recipe and its video“.

Anyone can try the added functionality by trying “Alexa, let’s work together.”

Between this and last year’s prizes and awards for the students, the TWIZ team’s support from Amazon has totaled so far about $1.3 Million.

TWIZ work is now featured in the Alexa TaskBot Proceedings and featured at Amazon news article

ITI at Unicorn Factory Lisboa: A new Hub for Innovation and Collaboration in Interactive Technologies

The opening ceremony of the new Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI) facilities took place on October 17th with the presence of Lisbon’s Mayor, Carlos Moedas. ITI is the first research institution part of Unicorn Factory Lisboa based in Hub do Beato, an initiative by  the Lisbon City Council to support startups and scaleups in creating sound products and business models, achieving sustained accelerated growth in Lisbon.

Credits: ITI

The inauguration event showcased a research demo show, where researchers and students will showcase prototypes they have been developing, including video games, robots and rover teleoperation control units. Rogério Colaço, President of Instituto Superior Técnico; António de Sousa Dias de Macêdo, President of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon; Carlos Francisco Lucas Dias Coelho, President of the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Lisbon; and Inês Oom de Sousa, President of the Santander Portugal Foundation, also attended the ceremony.

ITI President and CMU Portugal National Director, Nuno Nunes, explains that “this is a unique research unit in the Portuguese landscape combining technology, design and art. Having partners such as Carnegie Mellon University, Fundação Santander Portugal and Câmara Municipal de Lisboa committed to this venture is certainly a privilege and an incentive to push our research efforts even further.”

Credits: ITI

The Interactive Technologies Institute was established as the result of a partnership between Instituto Superior Técnico (Técnico) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), under the scope of the CMU Portugal Program. Currently the Institute supports 90 doctoral students and 80 master’s students that are developing cutting-edge research and systems of interaction between people and digital technologies.

Emerging from the Carnegie Mellon International Partnership (CMU Portugal), the Interactive Technologies Institute is a research institution dedicated to advancing digital technology and its applications across various fields. Established in 2010 in Madeira Islands, Portugal, the creation of the Institute followed the success of  the CMU Portugal Dual Professional master’s degree in human-Computer Interaction (HCI) initiative at Universidade da Madeira, which proved to be a key instrument to attract talent and build critical mass in interdisciplinary areas of HCI. 

ITI has been later relocated to Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, where it has since become a hub for interdisciplinary research, attracting experts from engineering, design, social sciences, arts, and humanities.

The institute’s founding vision was to create a unique environment fostering innovation and collaboration in interactive technologies. Since its inception, the Interactive Technologies Institute has concentrated on understanding the intricate relationships between humans, the environment, and technology to shape a sustainable and inclusive future for all.

“The collaboration with Carnegie Mellon, established through the CMU Portugal Program, was crucial to the foundation of M-ITI, now ITI. This US partnership has allowed us to create in Madeira a groundbreaking national and international innovation hub, focused on research in the field of human-machine interaction. The growth and impact that the Institute has achieved would not be possible without the collaboration of CMU, one of the top Universities in the field.”, explains Nuno Nunes. 

Now as part of the Unicorn Factory Lisboa, ITI will collaborate with Lisbon’s Council to expand the city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and serve as an engine for economic growth and a driving force in innovation. 

More on the Unicorn Factory website.

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 

CMU Portugal will be hosting 20 Portuguese Research visitors to Carnegie Mellon in 2023

In 2023, CMU Portugal will be hosting 20 research visitors from Portuguese Institutions at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) field. These visitors consist of nine faculty & researchers and eleven master’s students & recent master’s graduates. This initiative is made possible through the support of Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) under CMU Portugal’s Mobility initiatives.

The nine selected candidates under the Visiting Faculty & Researchers Program will have the opportunity to spend up to 2 months engaging in ICT research, education, and innovation. They will collaborate with peers at Carnegie Mellon University,  gaining valuable insights into the university’s culture and best practices.  This  group of nine new scholars represent five different Portuguese Research Institutions: NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), Faculty of Engineering of Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Instituto Superior Técnico (Técnico), Universidade de Aveiro, and Universidade de Coimbra. They will be hosted in seven CMU Departments including the Robotics Institute, HCII Institute, Software and Societal Systems, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. This program has already benefited 81 faculty members from Portuguese research centers.                                                                                     

The CMU Portugal Visiting Students Program will support 11 visits to CMU in 2023. The students  will have the opportunity to spend up to three months working in research in ICT at CMU, mentored by leading faculty and researchers, fully immersing themselves in Carnegie Mellon’s culture. These selected candidates represent three different Portuguese Institutions (FEUP, Técnico, Universidade do Minho). They will be hosted in seven CMU Departments including the School of Architecture, Software and Societal Systems, Robotics Institute, Software and Societal Systems Department, Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Department of Computer Science, and the Language Technologies Institute.This initiative has already benefited 48 students from Portuguese Universities and in 2023, 11 new candidates will join this cohort. 

2023 Visiting Faculty & Researchers:

  • Alexandra Mendes, Assistant Professor at FEUP, hosted at the Software and Societal Systems Department by Nicolas Christin.
    Research Topic: Usable security, Blockchain usability in security software.                                                                                
  • Diana Neves, Assistant Researcher at Técnico, hosted at the Department of Engineering and Public Policy by Granger Morgan.
    Research Topic: Energy transition pathways, energy communities’ deployment and interaction, social acceptability.
  • Filipa Correia, Assistant Researcher at Técnico, hosted at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute by Nikolas Martelaro.
    Research Topic: Human-Robot Interaction, User Experience Design.
  • João Paulo, Assistant Researcher and Invited Professor at Universidade de Coimbra,  hosted at the Robotics Institute by Fernando De la Torre.
    Research Topic: Machine Learning-based Techniques.
  • Fernando Ramos, Associate Professor at Técnico, hosted at the School of Computer Science by Justine Sherry.
    Research Topic: Programmable networks.
  • Jácome Cunha, Associate Professor at FEUP, hosted at the Software and Societal Systems Department by Joshua Sunshine.
    Research Topic: Reproducibility and replicability of scientific work.
  • Rodolfo Oliveira, Associate Professor w/ Habilitation at FCT NOVA, hosted at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering by Hyong Kim.
    Research Topic: 6G networks, computer networks. 
  • Shabnam Pasandideh: Researcher at FCT NOVA, hosted at the Software and societal systems Department by Eunsuk Kang.
    Research Topic: Cyber resilience and cyber security in Cyber Physical Social Systems.
  • Stanislav Maslovskiy, Associate Research Professor at Universidade de Aveiro, hosted at  the department of Mechanical Engineering by Sheng Shen.
    Research Topic: Electromagnetics of metamaterials, smart and active media and  quantum-electromagnetic effects in such media, in particular, the Casimir-Lifshitz forces and the super-Planckian radiative heat transfer. 

2023 Visiting students:

  • André Duarte, Master alum at INESC ID, hosted by the Language Technologies Institute by Lei Li.
    Research Topic/field: Exploring retrieval-based question answering for knowledge extraction from legal text / scientific articles and sustainable deployment of large language models.
  • David Pissarra, Master student at Instituto Superior Técnico, hosted at the School of Computer Science by Tianqi Chen.
    Research Topic: Machine Learning Systems, ML Compilation (TVM).
  • Filipe Peixoto, Master student at FEUP, hosted at the Departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering by Peter Steenkiste.
    Research Topic: 5G telecommunications, 5G Medium Access and Low Latency Services.
  • Hugo Sousa,  Master alum at FCUP hosted at the Machine Learning Department by Tom Mitchell.
    Research Topic: temporal information contained in texts from online education course platforms, such as www.ck12.org
  • João Sá, Master student at Técnico, hosted at the School of Computer Science by Rúben martins.
    Research Topic: Constraint optimization in real-world scenarios.
  • Lázaro Costa, Master alum and Ph.D. candidate at FEUP, hosted at the Software and Societal Systems department by Joshua Sunshine.
    Research Topic: Interaction between humans and computers in the research process. 
  • Lourenço Mourão, Master student at Técnico,  hosted at the School of Architecture by Daniel Cardoso Llach.
    Research Topic: Agent-Based Modeling Techniques for Designing Sustainable Coastal Infrastructures.
  • Manuel Barros, Master student at Universidade do Minho, hosted the Software and Societal Systems department by Eunsuk Kang.
    Research Topic: Application of formal methods to distributed systems. 
  • Pedro Andrade, Master student at Universidade do Minho, hosted at the Robotics Institute by Zachary Manchester.
    Research Topic: Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS) of a satellite.
  • Rafael Gonçalves, Master student at Técnico, hosted at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering by Limin Jia.
    Research Topic: Application of formal methods to software security problems, namely in the form of symbolic execution. 
  • Valentim Romão, Master student at Técnico,  hosted at the Software and Societal Systems department by David Garlan.
    Research Topic/field: Distributed Systems.

More about these initiatives on CMU Portugal website: Visiting Students and Visiting Faculty & Researchers.

News – 2022 Visits

CMU Portugal welcomes six new Dual Degree Ph.D. Students for the 2023/2024 Academic Year

The CMU Portugal Program welcomes six new Dual Degree Ph.D. candidates for the 2023/2024 academic year. The new Ph.D. students will be funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)  and will start their journey in September 2023, embarking on a full-time program split between 2 years at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and 3 years at a Portuguese university.  

The selection process for these candidates was overseen by a committee composed of faculty members from Portuguese Universities and Carnegie Mellon University, resulting in an overall acceptance rate of 7%.

This year’s scholarship awardees will cover diverse areas of study, with four specializing in Electrical and Computer Engineering, one in Software Engineering, and one in Engineering and Public Policy. 

In Portugal, the host institutions for these scholars will be distributed as follows:  three will be based at Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto (FEUP), two at Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa and one at Universidade de Coimbra. Two of the admitted scholars – Marta Freitas and José Gomes – have previously participated in the 2022 edition of CMU Portugal Visiting Students Program.

The group includes four students from Portugal and two from the United States of America. Furthermore, the CMU Portugal Program is proud to report significant progress in promoting gender equality within its admissions, with 66% of female students admitted for the 2023/2024 academic year, marking a notable 30% increase since 2021.

The CMU Portugal Program has enrolled a total of 180 students, and it currently maintains an active community of 60 students (composed of Dual Degree and Affiliated programs) and 90 alums. 

Here are all the new students by Ph.D. Program:

Ph.D. Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering

  • José Gomes (Carnegie Mellon University/ Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa) 
  • Marta Freitas (Carnegie Mellon University/ Universidade de Coimbra) 
  • Pedro Cachim (Carnegie Mellon University/ Instituto Superior Técnico – Universidade de Lisboa) 
  • Xiyu Deng (Carnegie Mellon University/ Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto)

Ph.D. Program in Software Engineering

  • Cláudia Mamede (Carnegie Mellon University/ Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto)

Ph.D. Program in Engineering and Public Policy

  • Brissa Acevedo (Carnegie Mellon University/ Faculdade de Engenharia – Universidade do Porto)

2022/23 Admitted Dual Degree Ph.D. Students

Eco-friendly conductive ink promises to revolutionize the production of soft stretchable electronic circuits

Researchers at the Faculty of Science and Technology of Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC) and Carnegie Mellon University, including CMU Portugal Dual Degree Ph.D. student Manuel Reis Carneiro, developed a water-based conductive ink tailored for producing flexible electronic circuits.

The technique, developed with CMU Portugal’s support, sidesteps the necessity of employing conventional organic solvents, renowned for their detrimental environmental impact due to pollution and toxicity. The results have been published in the scientific journal Advanced Science.

By being water-based, this ink is more sustainable and ecological and significantly reduces the environmental impact of existing solutions. On-skin bio stickers to monitor patients’ health or recyclable smart packages with integrated sensors for monitoring the safe storage of perishable foods are among the possible uses. 

Manuel Reis Carneiro, a CMU Portugal doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering, is part of the team led by Mahmoud Tavakoli, which already has extensive experience developing stretchable electronic circuits efficiently, quickly, and cheaply.  They are now taking a new step by creating an ink that is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Manuel Reis Carneiro with Portuguese Minister Elvira Fortunato at CMU

Manuel Reis Carneiro explains: «Using a water-based ink for printing and producing flexible electronic circuits brings numerous advantages. On the one hand, it radically reduces the ecological footprint of production because it does not use polluting materials. On the other, it makes recycling and subsequent reuse of circuits much easier, which previously consisted of a complex procedure. Here, it is enough to place the circuit in alcohol. The components and metallic particles separate and are ready to be reused».

Unlike its predecessors, this innovative ink does not require refrigeration, facilitating storage and markedly reducing ecological footprints and maintenance costs. These advancements hold transformative potential in the medical and food industries. In healthcare, biomonitoring sensors and stickers can capture patient data like muscle activity, breathing, body temperature, heartbeat, brain activity, and emotions. The advent of this ink, enabling easy and affordable recycling, is especially impactful in combating electronic waste (e-waste) generated by single-use medical devices.

This innovation finds its place in the food industry’s next era of smart packaging. Applying this ink on plastic-based sensors affixed to packages of perishable goods enables real-time temperature monitoring, guaranteeing preservation and quality assurance. This approach empowers consumers by identifying storage issues and informing decisions.

Manuel Reis adds: «These “smart stickers” currently incorporate a temperature sensor that alerts users to contamination risks. The solution’s low production cost foreshadows future inclusion in perishable goods packaging to assure quality. While the focus is presently on temperature and exposure to unfavorable conditions, in the future, we hope to be able to monitor other factors such as pressure, humidity, position, or location».

These advancements exemplify the development of sustainable solutions, marrying technology and environmental consciousness. As the world leans into electronics, merging functionality and environmental stewardship emerges as a beacon of progress.

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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

More here and on FCT website

CMU Portugal 2023 Mobility Initiatives: Calls for Visiting Faculty & Researchers and Visiting Students

EXTENDED DEADLINE

The deadline for both Calls – Visiting Faculty & Researchers and Visiting Students – was extended until June 5 at 11.59pm,  2023.

Calls for CMU Portugal Mobility initiatives Visiting Faculty & Researchers and Visiting Students  are open between April 26th, 2023, and June 2nd,  2023. Both calls, launched under the scope of the CMU Portugal Program with the support of Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), aim for research periods at Carnegie Mellon University in 2023.

Visiting Faculty & Researchers 

The CMU Portugal Visiting Faculty & Researchers initiative will allow up to 10 grantees to spend from 2 weeks to 2 months working in research, education, and innovation in ICT with peers at Carnegie Mellon University to experience its culture and best practices. Candidates must be Portuguese citizens or foreign citizens with permanent residence in Portugal who hold a doctoral degree by the time of the application and are affiliated with a Portuguese Higher Education Institution or Research lab. The Visiting Faculty and Researchers Program builds on the success of the Faculty Exchange Program, launched in 2007. So far, 81 faculty from Portuguese research centers have benefited from this initiative.

More information about this initiative at Visiting Faculty & Researchers page.

Visiting Students

The CMU Portugal Visiting Students initiative will allow up to 12 master’s students or masters who have been awarded a degree in the last five years in Portugal and in ICT-related areas to spend 1 to 3 months working in research in ICT at CMU. While at CMU, candidates will be mentored by leading faculty and researchers and have the opportunity to be immersed in Carnegie Mellon’s culture. Visiting Students must be Portuguese or foreign citizens with permanent residence in Portugal. The Visiting Students Program builds on the success of the Undergraduate Internship Program initiated in 2014. So far, 48 students from Portuguese Universities have benefited from this initiative

More information is available at: Visiting Students page.

The deadline for applications to both Calls is June 2nd, 2023. The work plan must be conducted by December 31st, 2023.

To apply visit the Admissions and Scholarships page.
If you have further questions about these initiatives, please get in touch with us at apply@cmuportugal.org

call for CMU Portugal mobility initiatives is open