Inês told us how 2011 edition of INBIO influenced her decision to become a biomedical engineer
Living up to past editions, this participation of IT in Ciência Viva no Laboratório is no exception, namely with four internships in the Biomedical (INBIO), Telecommunications, and Electronics & 5G themes.
These internships have highlighted the interest and, consequently, the success of these subjects among the students. This is proved by the testimonial of Inês Godinho, the next candidate for IT's research group on biosignals, now in the first year of her degree at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).
We asked Inês how it was, and how her participation in the 2021 edition of INBIO influenced her decision to become a biomedical engineer.
I joined IT in 2017 when I started my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering...
By that time, we began working on an experimental implementation of a complete quantum key distribution (QKD) system based on polarization encoding. This ambitious and overarching goal set the conditions that allowed me to deepen my understanding of a variety of different topics, such as experimental quantum optics concepts, algorithm development for simulation purposes, and hardware programming to drive optical system components.
This journey ended in February 2022, when I decided to take a new challenge and move abroad to join the Quantum Group at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) as a scientist. Currently, I am pursuing a similar path of research as the one I took at the beginning of my PhD, mostly focused on experimental work related to QKD. Additionally, I also grab the chance to enter the promising field of Quantum communications that I believe will drive a major portion of research in the industry of photonic integration for the next 5 years. Apart from the joyful experience of doing scientific research, AIT also gives us the chance of gaining experience in project management. One year after I joined this institution, I already took the responsibility of leading a privately funded project with a leading US company, and step forward as an AIT representative to manage the work packages related to the photonic integrated circuits, electronic circuits, signal and post-processing of a European project (the EU QT Flagship project QSNP).
Looking back, I feel fortunate to have joined the Optical Quantum Communications group as it provided me with what I believe were essential tools for my current professional development and laid the foundations for a very fruitful partnership that still holds until this day.