Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Rui Morais


on 04-06-2020

... From there on I’m engaged in the participation of national and international research projects as well as in the design of optimization algorithms for the company planning tool. (see more)







I started my story with IT in 2007, after I finished my pre-Bologna course in Applied Mathematics and Computation. At that time I joined the Optical Communications group of IT Aveiro under the supervision of Prof. Armando Nolasco Pinto. The task was to develop statistical tools for the dimensioning of multilayer networks and the project was funded by IT and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). At that time I didn’t even know that optical fibers existed! This project was also the opportunity to pursuit an MSc in Mathematics and Applications. After, I had collaborated in various research projects regarding the optimization of multilayer networks, funded either by FCT and PT-Inovação. This was also an important time as allowed me to gain experience in industry and academia oriented research (not always both have the same goal). However, the big step was done in 2011 when I was invited by Prof. Paulo Monteiro to join the research group of NSN as a PhD candidate. It was a big decision as I needed to move to Lisbon but attend all my PhD classes in Aveiro, resulting in a lot of time on the road! Transport networks were moving from point-to-point optical networks to multilayered meshed networks, and the optimization tools where key in this business. During my PhD I developed heuristic algorithms and ILP models that take into account the proprietary constraints of the equipment. Apparently, my job went well and in 2014 I was invited to join the research group of Coriant (in the meanwhile Coriant was formed comprising NSN optical business, Tellabs and Sycamore). From there on I’m engaged in the participation of national and international research projects as well as in the design of optimization algorithms for the company planning tool. As aforementioned, I still collaborate with IT and try to help new students to pursuit the same road as I. IT really changed my mind, and if in 2007 I would say that with some sadness inside, today I can said with proud that “I have entered IT as a mathematician and left as an engineer”.


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Maria Fátima Domingues


on 04-06-2020

... In 2015, I started an FCT Post-Doc grant at IT in collaboration with the Centro de Automática y Robótica, CSIC-UPM in Madrid, Spain.







I started in IT in the beginning of 2010, working in the FCT project “FEfOF”, under the supervision of Professor Paulo André. My main task was to contribute towards the study of the catastrophic optical fiber fuse effect, its characteristics and impact in optical fiber networks.

Based on the work developed during that year, and fascinated by the possibility to purse a doctorate degree, I was granted a FCT PhD grant the next year. My work, still under the supervision of Professor Paulo André, targeted the study of the degradation of optical fibers’ lifetime and its impact in optical fiber communication networks.

In the final stage, our work developed into the recycling of the damaged fibre, in order to cost-effectively produce Fabry-Perot optical fiber sensors. I have concluded my PhD in 2014. The topic, explored in the final stage of my PhD, gave me new perspectives of research, which I planned to pursue within my Post-Doc research.

In 2015, I started an FCT Post-Doc grant at IT in collaboration with the Centro de Automática y Robótica, CSIC-UPM in Madrid, Spain. This collaboration aimed to develop smart optical fiber solutions to be integrated in physical rehabilitation exoskeletons, in order to improve the wellbeing of debilitated patients.

The development of this type of solutions led to a more ambitious design, towards the development of an e-Health monitoring system, through an integrated optical fiber sensor network, capable of monitoring health conditions in the lower limbs. This last topic was supported by IT through the financing of the internal project WeHope - Wearable e-Health optical fiber monitoring systems, encouraging me and our team to pursue other substantial financing sources.

IT has definitely helped me grow as a researcher, and was always a support in all my academic path. For that… Thank you!


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