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Altice International Innovation Award (AIIA) 2022

on 24-09-2022

... Altice International Innovation Award (AIIA) intends to award projects from finalist students and startups in the incubation phase, who present innovative projects in technological areas relevant to Altice International’s core business (such as AI/ML, Extended Reality, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Living, Big Data, eHealth, Digital Content, Future Networks, Over the Top services, security, blockchain, etc).

It also awards projects that promote digital inclusion and accessibility to communication, particularly in school, professional and social contexts, providing a set of services, solutions, or technological initiatives for people with disabilities. This category is powered by Fundação Altice Portugala partner of AIIA, and will be called “INCLUI”.

As part of the partnership between Altice Labs and the National Innovation Agency (ANI), AIIA is also promoting the Born From Knowledge (BfK) Awards, which aims to distinguish Portuguese “knowledge-born” projects, as well as Portuguese startups that stand out in the most in R&D activities.

The AIIA initiative intends to recognize innovative projects, in three categories:

A) Academia: Ph.D. students only from Portuguese universities who have presented their thesis recently (2021 or 2022) or intend to present it in the current year (2022);
B) Startups: incorporated startups in early stages (created after the 1st of January 2019) with offices in the geographies where Altice operates – Portugal, France, Israel, USA or Dominican Republic – or offices in one of the countries of the European Union;
C) “INCLUI” by Fundação Altice PT: All the eligible projects for the previous categories (academia and startups) and Private Institutions of Social Solidarity (IPSS), developing and promoting digital solutions, mobile applications, or online platforms for digital inclusion and communication of people with disabilities.
Note, that each entity may only apply to one of the above categories (AIIA – Academia, AIIA – Startups and “INCLUI”).

The awards for the three winning projects from the three categories are:

Startup award – only 1st place:

Prize money of € 50.000 (estimated value, since income withholding taxes, local taxes or taxes related to international bank transfers may apply, according to Portuguese tax law).
Together with the prize money, it may be offered to the winning startup the possibility to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Altice to perform a proof-of-concept (PoC) to evolve its project technically and pre-commercially. The duration period for the PoC will be 9 months, extendable, if both parts wish so, up to 12 months.
Academy award – only 1st place:

Prize money of € 25.000 (estimated value, since income withholding taxes, local taxes or taxes related to international bank transfers may apply, according to Portuguese tax law).
Inclui by Fundação Altice Portugal:

Prize money of €20.000 (estimated value, since income withholding taxes, local taxes or taxes related to international bank transfers may apply, according to Portuguese tax law).
The winner of BfK Award will receive “The tree of knowledge” piece of art and a certificate.

Apply until September 23rd 2022!

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CLONAR - Cloud Native Real Time Systems at ETFA 2022

on 06-09-2022

... The team Mohammad Ashjaei (Mälardalen University), Daniel Corujo (Instituto de Telecomunicações and Universidade de Aveiro) and Paulo Pedreiras (Instituto de Telecomunicações and Universidade de Aveiro) are organizing the Workshop CLONAR - Cloud Native Real Time Systems in conjunction with ETFA 2022.

The workshop will focus on the incorporation of cloud services that have been regarded for the realization and evolution of Industry 4.0 systems. One such cloud-based evolutionary example is the deployment of industrial processes and systems not as a virtualized translation of that system into cloud computing, but instead being built from scratch to be operated over the cloud. These are dubbed cloud-native applications, which embody the main principles of cloud operations, ranging from availability, distribution, scalability, resiliency, and other aspects of equal importance to the industrial domain. The challenge lies when the cloud and factory domains “collide” and complex engineering solutions need to provide the intended benefits, without incurring drawbacks. One of such examples lies with real-time communications, particularly in the scope of hard real-time communications, where the shared infrastructure environments and distributed locality of information pose stringent requirements and complexity for a cloud-native solution.

ETFA 2022 is the 27th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) focusing on the latest developments and new technologies in the field of industrial and factory automation. The conference aims to disseminate novel ideas and emerging trends, research results, and practical achievements. ETFA 2022 will be held on September 6-9, 2022, in Stuttgart, Germany.

CLONAR will be held on the first day of the conference, Sept 6. Papers are limited to 8 double-column pages they must comply with ETFA guidelines regarding formatting and must be submitted electronically in PDF format through the conference submission system. Accepted papers must be presented at the workshop to be included in the ETFA conference proceedings available at IEEEXplore.

If you would like to know more about the workshop please contact: Mohammad Ashjaei (; Daniel Corujo (; Paulo Pedreiras (

Photo credits: ETFA 2022

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