The popularity and interest generated by the Lisbon Machine Learning School (LxMLS) keeps growing every year. After the 6th edition (2016) achieving a record of more than 450 candidate applications, this year´s edition pulverized that number with more than 530 applications received. “LxMLS 2017 can be considered a great success. Continuing the trend observed in the previous years, we had record numbers of candidates and participants (almost 200) from all around the world, mostly PhD and MSc students, but also people from companies and research institutions”, said Mário Figueiredo (IT), one of the organizers of the event.
According to the LxMLS organization, the feedback from both the participants and the speakers was very positive. “People have praised the high quality of the lectures, the usefulness of the hands-on laboratory sessions, and also the excellent opportunity to meet people working in related areas, which is so important in today's networked world”, concluded Mário Figueiredo.
One of the best chances participants had to expand their network was during Demo Day. Organized within the LxMLS, the demo day joined technical companies, research institutions and the LxMLS and other Portuguese institutions´ students. This informal gathering was a perfect opportunity for students and researchers to see how other solved similar problems in their work and also for companies to showcase their products and the problems they solve.
Organized by IST, IT, INESC-ID, Unbabel, and Priberam Labs, the LxMLS 2017 took place at IST between 20-27 July
On the last July 14, IT in Lisbon received a visit from the illustrious Naledi Pandor, the South African Minister of Science and Technology. One of the infrastructures of SKA (Square Kilometer Array) will be built in South-Africa. In this sense, Manuel Heitor, the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, promoted a presentation about the IT participation in SKA for Minister Naledi Pandor. The main goal was to bilateralise Portuguese and South-African interests and to confirm Portugal´s adhesion to SKA.
Following brief presentations of IST by Dr. Rui Mendes and IT by Professor Carlos Fernandes, Domingos Barbosa, IT researcher and the coordinator of project Engage SKA, gave a presentation regarding the “Capacitation and Sustainability of Portuguese participation in SKA”. “We were told that The Minister (Naledi Pandor) was very pleased with the degree of involvement with SKA, which is higher than expected, and with the level of Research and Innovation she observed from the presentations”, said Domingos Barbosa.
Together with Minister Naledi Pandor, the South African delegation that visited IT also included Anna Maraba, the Minister´s Assistant, Thomas Auf der Heyde, the Deputy Director-General: Research Development and Support, Vinny Pillay, the Minister’s Counsellor at S&T Department: South African Mission to the European Union and Hugo Lambrechts, the Political Counsellor of the Republic of South Africa´s Embassy in Portugal.