Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications
I guess we all agree that, much like any other creative endeavor, scientific research demands prolonged periods of intense focus, necessitating a tranquil working environment. Furthermore, I think it is safe to say that if this holds true for individual researchers, it should also hold true for the institutions that host them. Regrettably, I have the impression that achieving this ideal environment seems almost unattainable in our country. I acknowledge that, after many decades during which science in Portugal was far from a priority, there is an extensive backlog of challenges that need to be addressed. I also recognize the need to adapt to the rapid changes we are witnessing.

Nonetheless, even if we take pride in the significant strides we have made in advancing science in Portugal, I find it difficult to accept the persistent uncertainty we live in. Either we are attempting to address too many challenges simultaneously, or we are too slow in responding to even the most urgent ones.
In the case of individual researchers, we made a commitment to build a scientific research career for a substantial number of young people. We granted them research contracts lasting six years, with the promise of establishing a definitive framework for their future careers. Now, with only two months remaining on their contracts, this promised legislative framework is still pending.

Regarding institutions, we went through the last evaluation and corresponding basic funding for the period from 2020 to 2023 back in 2018-2019. Yet, here we are, on the cusp of 2023, and the next evaluation, which is supposed to determine the subsequent basic funding allocation, has not yet even begun.

It is evident that something is very wrong, and deserves collective thought.

José Carlos Pedro
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IT Researchers ranked among the Top 2% of Scientists Worldwide by Stanford University

A representative group of IT researchers are among the most-cited scientists worldwide, falling within the top 2% in their respective scientific fields. From an outcome of 200 thousand names, the result of an extensive analysis of data gathered from 210,198 scientists worldwide, we proudly register twenty-six IT researchers ranked in this list...

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IT integrates the European Project Quantum Secure Networks Partnership
Officially launched in the spring, the consortium is dedicated to advancing quantum communications through its primary objective of developing and implementing quantum cryptography technology...
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PICadvanced secures 17.4 million to develop optoelectronic components for fiber-to-the-home networks
Founded in 2014, PICadvanced is an IT spin-off co-founded by António Teixeira (Senior IT Researcher), Francisco Rodrigues, and Ana Tavares (former graduate students at IT)...
Pedro Gonçalves won 2023 IEEE Best PhD Thesis Award
Pedro Gonçalves' Ph.D. thesis on "Fault-Tolerant Predictive Control of PMSGs in Offshore Wind Turbines" won the "Best Ph.D. Thesis Award" by IEEE...

Emanuel Marques won this year's edition of the Altice Innovation International Award (AIIA)
Emanuel Marques, a finalist doctoral student at the University of Coimbra's Faculty of Science and Technology, received a 25,000-euro prize for his groundbreaking work...
Silently Controlled Language Generation

Catching up with Hugo Silva...
We caught up with Hugo Plácido da Silva, the coordinator of the biosignal’s technology behind the HALO "Silently Controlled Language Generation" at IT.

HALO aspires to give a response to individuals overcoming physical and communication disabilities.

HALO's cutting-edge technology, originally conceived to assist those with physical limitations, has revealed an unexpected marvel of versatility. Tailored for individuals dealing with conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, HALO transcends boundaries. What's truly remarkable is that even individuals without physical pathologies are discovering the immense value of using biosignals for seamless communication, especially during activities like phone calls. HALO's user-friendly interface ensures that every interaction is a step toward a more inclusive future...
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Bahram Khan
Optimization of 5G Second Phase Heterogeneous Radio Access Networks with Small Cells

PhD in Optimization of 5G Second Phase Heterogeneous Radio Access Networks with Small Cells, at the Department of Electromechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Universidade da Beira Interior, concluded on July 25, 2023, with the supervision of Fernando Velez.

His Ph.D. thesis emphasizes the challenge posed to current cellular networks by the rising demand for high-data applications. It advocates for the implementation of heterogeneous networks to meet future traffic needs. The focus is on the commercialization of 5G technology, promising enhanced wireless capabilities. 

His PhD was funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie ETN TeamUp5G and COST CA 20120 INTERACT, partially supported by FCT/MCTES through national funds and when applicable co-funded EU funds under the project UIDB/50008/2020.

Currently, Khan is a senior research specialist at Nokia (Bell Lab Denmark).


Marina Jordão
Over-The-Air Characterization of 5G MIMO Systems

Marina concluded her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Aveiro in 2021, under the supervision of Nuno Borges de Carvalho, Arnaldo Oliveira, and Rafael Caldeirinha (from IT).

Her thesis was focused on Over-The-Air (OTA) techniques, where the main goal was to develop testing techniques to evaluate 5G devices, more precisely MIMO antennas and IoT devices.

Currently, she is working at Talkdesk as a Quality Assurance Automation Engineering, where she keeps working on the development of test solutions, in the Telecommunication field, more precisely for SIP communications.

Alireza Sepas-Moghaddam

In September 2015, I joined the MSP–Lx group at Instituto de Telecomunicações as a PhD researcher, working under the esteemed supervision of Paulo Correia and Fernando Pereira. My research centered on an FCT-funded project, exploring advancements in multi-view imaging technologies and machine learning techniques to enhance security and surveillance systems. Specifically, I focused on developing more sophisticated biometric recognition and presentation attack detection systems with improved performance. After a journey filled with challenges and discoveries, I completed my Ph.D. degree with distinction and honor in Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 2019.

From 2019 to 2021, I held a postdoctoral fellow position at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, Canada, where I contributed to various projects funded by both public and private sectors. I actively participated in both theoretical and applied machine learning research across diverse domains and also maintained my collaboration with IT, extending the theoretical foundations of my Ph.D. work. 

Later, I served as the Senior Computer Vision Scientist at Socure, a globally recognized predictive analytics and machine learning technology company headquartered in New York. In my current role as a Senior Applied Research Scientist at Ericsson, I am actively involved in the digital human project, dedicated to breaking down language barriers and facilitating effective communication across diverse languages.

Thank you to IT for being the cornerstone of my education and instrumental in shaping my career journey!

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