Prof Carlos Salema was awarded the title of ''Professor Emeritus'' by the Technical University of Lisbon in recognition of the excellence of his teaching and contributions to Engineering as professor of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (DEEC), for almost 40 years. He joined IST in 1965, obtained the PhD in 1972 from the Queen Mary College of London University and was elevated to Full Professor of DEEC/IST in 1979.
His academic, scientific and professional accomplishments though, largely extend beyond IST, with marked contributions to the national scientific community and constant engagement in technical and scientific activities with society outreach. He is the president of the Board of Directors of Instituto de Telecomunicações, President of the Academia de Engenharia and member of the Academia das Ciências de Lisboa.
IT researcher Verónica Orvalho received an Honorable Mention with her work on ''Reusable Facial Rigging and Animation: Create Once, Use Many'' presented for the The 2009 IBM Scientifc Prize Contest.
This research presents a portable character rigging system that integrates into current animation production pipelines. It automatically transfers the facial rig and animations created for one character to different characters, independent of their shape and appearance. It enables artists to create more lifelike facial models in less time; about 90-99 percent faster than traditional manual rigging.
The IBM Scientifc Prize established in 1990 is inteded to promote high standard research work in the areas of Computer Science, stimulating young researchers in Portugal to excel in their work and to interact with the industrial community.
The awards cerimony for the 2009 edition was held at Instituto Superior Técnico on July 19th, 2010.