Once again the research developed at IT received great recognition in another edition of the URSI's Portuguese Committee Congress, sponsored by ANACOM. In this 13th edition, the ANACOM URSI Award distinguished the work " ISTSat-1 - The First Portuguese University CubeSat”, which, according to the jury, was recognized for its “excellent quality, scientific rigor, clarity and cross-disciplinary”.
The ISTnanosat team developed a CubeSat to perform a space mission demonstrating Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) technology for tracking aircrafts in remote regions of the planet. Since 2017, under ESA´s “Fly your Satellite!” Program, the team chose to develop almost all subsystems from scratch through several MSc theses. Having already designed, built and integrated all subsystems, and passed several testing campaigns, the team is now focused on the final acceptance tests and preparation for launch, which is likely to happen in the last quarter of 2020. The ISTnanosat team includes researchers from Instituto Superior Técnico, IT, INESC-ID and IDMEC.
The winner of the Best Student Paper Award was José Jesus, student of the 2nd year of the Master in Engineering Physics from IST, with the work: "Quantum Key Distribution through free space", supervised by Manfred Niehus (IT/ISEL) and Yasser Omar (IT/IST). This work reports the first demonstration of free-space quantum key distribution (QKD) in Portugal. By demonstrating free space QKD over 200 meters between the two towers of Instituto Superior Técnico, the work opens the way for autonomous Portuguese national and international quantum space communications, as well as for quantum communication between satellites.
João Caiado, from the University of Aveiro, was in third place, with the work “Ultra-wideband Log-periodic Antenna Array for LEO Constellations Terminals”, a work developed at IT in Aveiro, under the coordination of Tiago Varum and João Matos (both from IT/UA).
There was also involvement of IT in the second place, won by Daniela Godinho (IBEB-FCUL) with the work “Extracting Dielectric Properties for MRI-based Phantoms for Axillary Microwave Imaging Device”, supervised by Raquel Conceição (FUCL-IBEB) and co-supervised by Carlos Fernandes (IT/IST).
Photo: João Paulo Monteiro (on the right), PhD student supervised by Paulo Gil (IDMEC/IST) and Rui Rocha (IT/IST), in representation of the ISTnanosat team, received the certificate of the ANACOM URSI Award, delivered by the Vice-President of ANACOM, João Coelho.
Shahid Mumtaz has won the IEEE ComSoc Best Young Professional in Academia Award, at the 2019 IEEE Global Communications Conference – GLOBECOM 2019. The event was held from December 9 – 13, in Waikoloa, Havai, USA.
Currently a researcher in the Mobile Systems group of IT in Aveiro, Shahid Mumtaz was distinguished “In recognition of his contribution to innovative wireless communication research and development, especially, in the area of Physical and MAC layer technologies”.
In his work, the IT researcher uses mathematical and system level tools to model and analyze emerging wireless communication architectures, leading to innovative and/or theoretically optimal new communication techniques. He is working closely with leading R&D groups in the industry to transition these ideas to practice.
With more than 12 years of wireless industry/academic experience, Shahid Mumtaz is an ACM Distinguished speaker, IEEE Senior member, EiC of IET "journal of Quantum communication" , Vice-Chair: Europe/Africa Region- IEEE ComSoc: Green Communications & Computing society and Vice-chair for IEEE standard on P1932.1: Standard for Licensed/Unlicensed Spectrum Interoperability in Wireless Mobile Networks.