Caroline Loss, PhD student in Textile Engineering, was distinguished with an honorable mention in the Student Paper Award at the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Workshop Series on Advanced Materials and Processes (IMWS-AMP) 2017 Conference, promoted by IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (MTT-S) and the European Microwave Association (EuMA), held in Pavia last September 20-22.
The aim of this conference was to bring together researchers and scientists of different backgrounds to share the most recent advances in new materials and manufacturing processes for the development of RF, microwave, mm-wave, circuits and systems.
The awarded paper is entitled “Influence of the Laminating Manufacturing Technique on the S11 Parameter of Printed Textile Antennas”, which integrates the PhD thesis supervised by professors Rita Salvado (UBI-DCTT) and Pedro Pinho (ISEL/IT in Aveiro). This work was developed between the Department of Textile Science and Technology (UBI) and the IT in Aveiro, and also had the contribution of Ricardo Gonçalves, researcher at IT in Aveiro.
This paper focuses on the study of wearable antennas and describes how the applied manufacturing technique can affect the return loss parameter of printed textile antennas. The work was distinguished for its contribution to analyze the influence of the laminating manufacturing technique on the electromagnetic behavior of the conductive and dielectric textile materials, giving guidelines to optimize the manufacturing process of the textile antennas and thus increase their performance.
On 29th September 2017 Dr. Caroline Conti received from the hands of the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education (Prof. Manuel Heitor) the prestigious IBM Scientific Prize, amounting to €15k cash. The ceremony, held at ISCTE-IUL, had also the participation of the President of IBM Portugal (António Raposo de Lima), the head of IT (Prof. Carlos Salema), and the Rector of ISCTE-IUL (Prof. Luís Reto). Additionally, Dr. Costas Bekas from IBM Research-Zurich, gave a talk to the audience.
This was the 27th edition of the IBM Scientific Prize, which is arguably the most prestigious prize in Computer Science and related fields of Engineering in Portugal, with a list of notable winners since 1990 (http://www-05.ibm.com/pt/pc/vencedores). For the first time the award was given to a PhD research work conducted at ISCTE-IUL.
Dr. Caroline Conti’s is entitled “Efficient Solutions for Light Field Coding” and was supervised by Prof. Luís Ducla Soares and Prof. Paulo Nunes, both from the Multimedia Signal Processing Group in Lisbon.
From the Abstract of her work, one can learn that her “work addresses specific challenges and requirements that still need to be overcome for introducing light field applications and services in the consumer market by developing and evaluating various solutions for efficient LF content coding”. With image and video technologies evolving to provide end-users a more immersive and visual experience, light field imaging technology has currently risen up as a practical and prospective approach for future visual applications and services.
Dr. Caroline Conti is now an Invited Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science and Technology of ISCTE-IUL, and a postdoctoral researcher at IT.