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Hugo Plácido da Silva


on 04-06-2020

... Today I’m still a very proud Researcher at IT, an Invited Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal and Chief Innovation Officer at PLUX. (see more)







Sharing my learning and accomplishments at IT with the world! I first joined the lab in 2004 while pursuing a MSc in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), under the supervision of Professor Ana Fred and integrated on what evolved to become the Pattern and Image Analysis (PIA) group. This work proposed several contributions, especially to the then emerging field of biometric recognition based on Electrocardiographic (ECG) signals. The conclusion of the MSc started me on a path in entrepreneurship as one of the co-founders of PLUX - Wireless Biosignals, S.A., a company established in 2007 to develop innovative biomedical solutions. When an opportunity came to further develop my studies, there was no place other than the IT where I saw myself doing so, and in 2010 I joined the lab as a full time researcher once again enrolled in a PhD in ECE at IST with a scholarship from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) and Professor Ana Fred as supervisor. Completed in 2013, my dissertation proposed new methods and applications of physiological sensing, and was a corollary of the unique environment found at IT. Results include a patented technology for “off-the-person” ECG biometrics and establishing the foundations to what is currently CardioID - Technologies Lda., founded in 2014. The most iconic output, however, was BITalino, an award-winning low-cost hardware and open source software toolkit, recently recognised by the European Commission’s DG-CONNECT as the best “Industrial and Enabling Tech” in their Innovation Radar Prize 2017. Now with thousands of devices in use by leading academia, industry and individuals at large in more than 60 countries, BITalino is redefining biomedical education, research and prototyping, and it all sprung out of the ingenuity fostered by IT. Today I’m still a very proud Researcher at IT, an Invited Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal and Chief Innovation Officer at PLUX. I’ll be forever grateful to IT for providing the groundings and culture of excellence upon which most of these achievements are rooted, and can only hope that others may benefit from such a stellar experience.


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João Monteiro Soares


on 04-06-2020

... These days, next-generation cloud infrastructure, distributed/edge computing and 5G are in my daily vocabulary. (see more)







It all started in 2008, during my final year of the Master’s program in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at University of Aveiro. I decided to pursue my thesis project with Professor Susana Sargento at IT, in collaboration with Portugal Telecom Inovação (PTIN, today Altice Labs). During this project, I worked towards improving seamless handover mobility mechanisms across different technologies (Wi-Fi, 2G, 3G, etc). After that I got the (triple) chance to join PTIN and pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Aveiro as a member of IT. We were in 2009 and the cloud computing paradigm was starting to boom, leading me to be among the first to work on the integration of cloud computing technologies and operator network services. Technologies and concepts such as server virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), service chaining and distributed cloud become part of my day-to-day. This period also opened me the door to the international scene, allowing me to be part of several international research projects and to collaborate with a large set of diverse people and companies. Among many other great things, this was also the time during which I had the pleasure to lecture at the University of Aveiro. 2014 was the year when I decided that I wanted to broaden my horizon, professionally and culturally. This led me to join late that year the Cloud Systems and Platforms Research Group at Ericsson. It also meant moving up (geographically speaking). These days, next-generation cloud infrastructure, distributed/edge computing and 5G are in my daily vocabulary. The business and technology competition is increasingly fearless, and those at the forefront continue to break boundaries. To be at the forefront you also need to see what others in this forefront are doing. For that reason, and because of the great friends I have at IT, each time I visit Portugal I pass at IT to get a technology update. A decade has passed and I still look back with the certainty that it all started with one decision in 2008.


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