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ConfTELE: Telecoms Conference 2021 goes virtual

by IT on 18-02-2021
ConfTELE Best Paper Award

IT’s flagship conference returned this year with its first-ever virtual edition, under the theme “Telecommunications Technologies Pursuing Enhanced Quality of Life in Urban Environments”.


The 12th edition of ConfTELE 2021, organized by the Polytechnic of Leiria and Instituto de Telecomunicações, gathered more than 160 researchers, engineers and students to discuss the latest trends in telecommunications. The conference presented a total of 72 scientific papers and featured two Plenary Talks and one Panel Session. 


This year’s keynote speakers were Mário Figueiredo, whose presentation focused on “Artificial Intelligence: Historical Aspects, Modern Applications and Implications”, and Maria da Graça Carvalho, member of the European Parliament, who spoke about “Horizon Europe - The new Research and Innovation programme”.


The panel discussion was on “Portuguese Participation in Space Activities” and involved guests from the industry and the national space agency:  Ricardo Conde (PT Space), Ricardo Correia (SINUTA), Arlindo Marques (EFACEC) and Rodolfo Martins (EVOLEO Technologies). The session was chaired by Nuno Borges de Carvalho, coordinator of IT’s Radio Systems Group.


The winners of the ConfTELE 2021 Best Paper Award, sponsored by Wavecom and Optilink, were Mariana Ramos, Sara Mantey, Nuno Silva, Armando Pinto and Nelson Muga — researchers at IT in Aveiro. 


Their work, “Algorithm for State-of-Polarization Generation in Polarization-Encoding Quantum Key Distribution”, proposed and validated an algorithm for the automatic and deterministic state of polarization generation, with direct application in polarization-encoded quantum key distribution systems.


Seven other papers were also nominated finalists for this award by the Reviewers and the Technical Program Committee, and were announced during the event’s closing session. The full list of nominees was published here.