The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program held its 4th Annual Project Review Meeting on January 20-21, 2015, at Centro Científico e Cultural de Macau, in Lisbon. The research teams of the 15 R&D projects from the 2009 call and the research teams from the 6 Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs), carried out in the scope of the program, and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), presented their challenges and achievements.
“The projects from the 2009 calls of the CMU Portugal Program have achieved impressive results, in terms of successful Ph.D. defenses, publications, technology transfer, community building, and strengthening of Portuguese leadership for research and technology in key ICT areas.
The ERI projects hold the promise to leverage the successes of the completed projects and to expand the scope of the program with an increased emphasis on achieving significant entrepreneurial impact.
The evaluation of the ERI projects showed a clear indication that the projects are proceeding well. We strongly recommend that the projects keep on track with their proposed industrial collaborations.
Overall, the CMU Portugal Program has been very successful in developing internationally competitive research and technology transfer at the highest level. It remains important and challenging to leverage on the successes of the Program, and in particular to ensure that brilliant graduates, young researchers, and faculty that developed or consolidated their outstanding capacities within the Program could remain in Portugal, either in academia or in industry.”
Professor Gilles Barthe, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) – chair
Professor Björn Asheim, University of Lund
Professor Carles Sierra, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, Spanish National Research Council
Professor David Padua, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Professor H.S. Jamadagni, Indian Institute of Science (IIS)
Professor Miguel Lagunas, The Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya