Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Quantum Internet

on 14-05-2019

... Stephanie Wehner, QuTech & Delft University of Technology

Date & time: Tuesday, May 14th, 17:00h
Location: Room 1, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
Note: Entrance is free. No registration is necessary.

The internet has had a revolutionary impact on our world. The vision of a quantum internet is to provide fundamentally new internet technology by enabling quantum communication between any two points on Earth. Such a quantum internet will — in synergy with the “classical” internet that we have today — connect quantum information processors in order to achieve unparalleled capabilities that are provably impossible by using only classical information.
​This talk is an introduction to a quantum internet in which we will investigate what a quantum internet is good for, why counter-intuitive quantum phenomena can enable new applications, and how such a network might be built across Europe.

Speaker's bio:
Stephanie Wehner is Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Professor at Delft University of Technology. Her passion is quantum communication in all its facets, and she has written numerous scientific articles in both physics and computer science. Stephanie is one the founders of QCRYPT, which has become the largest conference in quantum cryptography, the coordinator of the Quantum Internet Alliance, and has been awarded the KNAW Ammodo Science Award 2019.
From 2010 to 2014, her research group was located at the Centre for Quantum Technologies, National University of Singapore, where she was first Assistant and later Associate Professor. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology in the group of John Preskill. In a former life, she worked as a professional hacker in industry. More Information..

Artificial Intelligence - Applications (the good and the bad)

on 17-04-2019

... Mário Figueiredo, Professor of IST and a senior researcher of the Pattern and Image Analysis group of IT in Lisbon

Date & time: Wednesday, April 17th, 18:30h
Location: Main Auditorium, Culturgest, Lisbon

Artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, big data. These terms became part of the everyday public discussion, often appearing in the contemporary political, economic, social, and even philosophical discourse. Few areas have remained immune to this impact.

In this presentation, Mário Figueiredo will begin by explaining what artificial intelligence and automatic learning are and how they fit into the more general context of data science. He will give a historical perspective on how the explosive development of these tools is closely linked to the generalization of Internet access.Finally, he will describe a wide range of applications, some clearly good (e.g., fighting poverty, medical diagnosis, preservation of endangered species), others obviously bad (such as interference in elections and cyber-terrorism) and several others about which he will not make any value judgment, leaving the discussion of their impacts to the second day of this series of debates and presentations.

Mário Figueiredo has PhD and habilitation degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, where he is a professor. He is also a senior researcher, area coordinator and group leader at Instituto de Telecomunicações. His research fields are machine learning, image processing and analysis, and optimization. Since 2014, he has been included in the prestigious Highly Cited Researchers (Clarivate Analytics) annual list, being the only Portuguese that holds this distinction in the areas of engineering or computer science. More Information..