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LxMLS 2018: The 8th edition of the school that teaches about how machines learn

on 25-06-2018

... Once again, from 14 - 21 June, the IST campus welcomed the eager students of the Lisbon Machine Learning School 2018. With its popularity growing every year, it is by now with no surprise that the LxMLS organization announced that once again all the applications and participation records were broken. In its 8th edition, the LxMLS received 548 applications (in 2017 there were 530 applicants) from which 237 students were accepted (about 200 in 2017) from more than 20 countries.

During 8 days, students, researchers and professionals from the areas of Natural Language Processing and Computational Linguistics had the chance to gain a deeper understanding about automatic learning, with the focus on the main areas of machine learning and natural language processing. In the mornings participants attended lectures focused on Classification, Structured Prediction (sequences, trees, graphs), Parsing, Deep Learning and more. Then, in the afternoons, each of these concepts was tested in practice. This practical component consisted on implementing exercises in Python of the methods learned in the lectures, testing them on real examples. “The goal is not to give an in-depth vision of these contents, but to give a clear explanation about the basics and provide a general overview of what is done, particularly in NLP”, says Telmo Pires, one of the instructors of the LxMLS. During the late afternoons students also attended special talks of concrete applications of these techniques being currently used in production. These tutorials, conducted by highly recognized international specialists, were particularly popular among the students. As for the practical sessions, “The lab sessions about Deep Learning were the ones that arouse the greatest interest among the students“, says Telmo Pires.

Students also had the chance to expand their network during Demo Day (, held this last June 19 within the LxMLS 2018. This informal gathering was a great opportunity for students and researchers to exchange ideas and for companies to showcase their products and services.

IT presents new 5G network services at the 3rd NFV Plugtests

on 24-06-2018

... Eduardo Sousa, a researcher from IT in Aveiro (coordinated by Diogo Gomes and Rui Aguiar) was at the the 3rd NFV Plugtests event to present the Network Services (NS) Heimdall Web and Heimdall Hybrid.

These NS allow to accelerate the processing of encrypted traffic (SSL / TLS) that circulates through the network, allowing to perform functions such as caching, anti-virus, compression, among others. Most important, it allows to add / remove new functions without requiring many changes. “The Heimdall Web allows all the traffic to flow into the cloud for processing. The Heimdall Hybrid Web allows part of the functions to be performed on the Edge, since there is traffic that may not even need to be processed in the cloud, with benefits in terms of response time and speed of navigation”, explains Diogo Gomes. Both Heimdall Web and Heimdall Hybrid Web can represent use cases for 5G networks, with large enterprises and telecom operators as potential costumers. Developed by the Telecommunications and Network Group of IT in Aveiro, these NS were developed in an inter-project collaboration (5GinFIRE, Smart Entercom and DEVNF).

The NFV PLUGTESTS are promoted by ETSI with the aim of accelerating the development of the standards that will support 5th generation mobile networks. The 3rd NFV Plugtests event was held in ETSI´s headquarters in Sophia Antipolis, France, from May 29 - June 8.

On the photo (from left to right): Rui Aguiar, Eduardo Sousa and Diogo Gomes