Joel Rodrigues, a collaborator of IT in Covilhã, was attributed the title of Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The IEEE, the world´s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of electrical and electronic engineering technology, is composed of several societies. Joel Rodrigues was appointed a Distinguished Lecturer by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc).
With over 7,000 scientific papers, more than 550 publications and dozens of Qualis A articles, indicative of high quality scientific output, Joel Rodrigues is regarded as a reference in topics such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Sensor Networks, e-Health and Mobile Health Technologies and also Vehicular Networks.
Besides being an international recognition for his achievements, Joel Rodrigues is now part of a group of engineering professionals who, during the next two years, will travel to various IEEE technical and regional groups, with the mission of help leading their fields in new technical advancements that shape the global community.
Together with Joel Rodrigues, other 15 researchers from around the world were announced as Distinguished Lecturers during the IEEE GLOBECOM 2017 (http://globecom2017.ieee-globecom.org/), held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Singapore, December 4-8.
IT was present at the first meeting of the project "Mobilizador 5G", which took place at the Altice Labs facilities in Aveiro between 8-9 January. Sixty representatives from 14 national academic and industry institutions gathered for the first technical discussions aimed at the design, implementation and validation of a set of national technological products, capable of integrating and providing services within the framework of future 5G networks.
The duration of the project is of 36 months, until the end of 2020, presenting a perfect alignment with the current worldwide development and production schedule for the 5G technology.
Still under development, the 5G technology is expected to go into production in 2020, representing a great technological advance, allowing even faster communications (in speed and response time), reliable and with less energy consumption. It will support a large number of services, including mass and industrial IoT (internet of things), and multimedia with virtual and augmented reality.
In addition to the products to be implemented, the project will create synergies among the entities involved, thus becoming a national and international reference in the promotion of 5G technology and its implementation in Portugal.
The consortium involves the Altice Labs, Altran Portugal, EFACEC Energia, EFACEC Engenharia e Sistemas, INESC TEC, Instituto de Telecomunicações, IT Center, Nokia Solutions and Networks Portugal, One Source, PDM and FC, UBIWHERE, University of Coimbra, TICE.PT and WAVECOM. In addition to these, other entities will do a follow up on the project. These are EDP, Infraestruturas de Portugal, MEO, Porto de Aveiro and VIATEL.
The project is part of the "Programas Mobilizadores" and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Portugal 2020 Program for an amount of more than 6 million euros.