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.
BITalino is among the top 10 technologies to have been selected by the European Commission (EC) for the 'Industrial & Enabling Tech' category of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017.
As described in the Innovation Radar Prize webpage “BITalino is a low-cost hardware and open-source software toolkit to learn and prototype biomedical applications. It has been primarily designed for students, teachers, makers, artists, researchers and corporate R&D, with no electrical skills being required”. The technology is a spin-off project from IT and it was licensed to PLUX, Wireless Biosignals SA. in 2013.
BITalino is the only Portuguese entity chosen for the five categories of the Radar Prize. "This nomination is yet another example of the excellence of the innovative work that takes place daily in our research centers and a great recognition of the role that associated laboratories can play in advancing the business fabric and society in general”, says Hugo Silva, IT researcher and a Chief Innovation Officer at PLUX.
The Innovation Radar Prize aims to identify Europe´s top future innovators and their innovations. In particular, the 'Industrial & Enabling Tech' category prize “aims to recognize new technologies and components, developed with EU-funding, that have industrial relevance and/or potential to enable the emergence of new applications”, as stated by the Innovation Radar Prize webpage.
Up until this coming October 15, people will be able to vote for their favourites among 48 nominees, distributed in five different categories. The top four in each category will advance to the final stage of the competition.
Use the link bellow to cast your vote: