Creating and sharing knowledge for telecommunications

Fernando Silva


on 31-05-2020

... In May 2019, I joined Novo Banco Digital as lead data scientist and deputy director.







I joined Instituto de Telecomunicações in 2011 to work on my master thesis under the supervision of Anders Lyhne Christensen (ISCTE-IUL).

After successfully completing the MSc in 2012, I obtained an IT-hosted PhD scholarship from FCT. In 2013, I started working on a PhD under the joint supervision of Anders and Luis Correia (FC/UL).

My PhD research focused on studying new ways to enable efficient online learning in groups of autonomous robots. We developed novel evolutionary computation-based techniques for automatic behavior synthesis, and successfully demonstrated real-robot online learning and adaptation in a timely manner.

For example, robots were able to learn new tasks, adapt to changing environments, and overcome faults in the sensors and/or actuators in one hour or less, thus bringing online learning through evolution closer to widespread adoption.

The opportunity to work at IT allowed me to learn from high-caliber researchers and high-potential students. After concluding the PhD in 2017, I decided to take on new challenges and transition from academia to industry.

Since starting in the private sector, I have held multiple positions at the intersection of data, artificial intelligence, and engineering. I have worked at the Portuguese unicorn Talkdesk, and in blue chip companies such as Vodafone Portugal and China’s state-owned Cofco International.

In May 2019, I joined Novo Banco Digital as lead data scientist and deputy director. At Novo Banco Digital, which is a central department in Novo Banco, I focus on shaping and scaling up a talented team of data scientists and data engineers, provide technical and scientific guidance, and identify potential partnerships with academia at multiple levels.

My role is to fuel digital disruption through data science, advanced analytics, and artificial intelligence. At Novo Banco, we are committed to reinventing services and products in banking, and to bringing a brighter, more digital future to our customers.


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Bruno Baptista


on 31-05-2020

... Currently, I am working in research and development at WEG in Portugal, namely in the area of electromagnetic design of electric machines and new technologies. (see more)







I joined IT - Coimbra in 2008 when I started my Master thesis under the supervision of both Prof. Eduardo Saraiva and Prof. Marina Perdigão, followed by a research scholarship in their FCT project in the field of electronic ballasts and dimming technologies. In the following years, with a doctorate title in mind, I participated in another IT research project, Fault Diagnosis in High Power Drives Based on Multilevel Converters, under the guidance of Prof. André Mendes and Prof. Sérgio Cruz, both from the Power Systems Group at IT Coimbra. With hard work I happily concluded my PhD thesis in 2017. Later that year, I was once again a fellow researcher on another IT project on automatic tuning for inductive charging systems under misalignment conditions for urban electric transportation. All these years of collaboration with IT, and in particular with the Power Systems Group, have been very important to my academic and professional career. I had the opportunity to learn and share knowledge with many people I came across, to develop critical reasoning and improve my abilities to solve or tackle many scientific and technical challenges. Currently, I am working in research and development at WEG in northern Portugal, namely in the area of electromagnetic design of electric machines and new technologies. WEG is regarded as one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electric motors and automation technologies. Here, I have had the opportunity to continue the research path begun at IT and to foster the close relationship between the company and the universities/research institutes, which is always a winning partnership.


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