30 June 2009

Post Doctoral Academy in Mathematics

July 7-8
Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, Portugal

This Academy brings together all post-docs of the Mathematics programs of both the Carnegie MellonPortugal and UTAustinPortugal partnerships.

“In the Academy we will have two courses by leading mathematicians as well as presentations by the post-docs and we expect to attract to the audience both senior faculty as well as junior faculty and advanced graduate students”, explains Diogo Gomes, scientific director of Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.

This year the main topic of the Academy is Applied Analysis and Partial Differential equations. “We will have courses by Luis Caffarelli from University of Texas at Austin and Panagiotis Souganidis from the University of Chicago”, says Diogo Gomes adding “we are also planning a presentation by the leaders of the research projects in Mathematics under these partnerships. We hope to get the new post-docs actively involved in the research activities at Portuguese institutions. As such, we believe that activities such as this Academy are essential for the integration of the post-docs hired under these programs in ongoing research projects.”

Who is Luis Caffarelli?
Luis Caffarelli is a Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair at the University of Texas at Austin, and has been awarded in 2009 the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement. He is also the Director of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin of the CoLab - UTAustinPortugal partnership program.

Who is Panagiotis Souganidis?
Panagiotis Souganidis is a Charles H. Swift Professor of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. He has been awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award (1987), an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (1989) and the 1996 Bodossaki Foundation Academic Prize, which is awarded to outstanding Greek scholars under the age of 40.

More information http://math.utaustinportugal.org/pdworkshop/

25 June 2009

Seminar announcement Language Technologies and CALL

Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Date: 14:00, Thursday, June 25th, 2009
Room VA2, building of Civil Engineering, IST-Alameda

Speaker: Maxine Eskenazi, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

Abstract: Language Technologies are still in their early stages of use as far as Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL) is concerned. But some notable progress has been made and some systems have appeared. This talk will discuss three applications that I have developed: Native Accent, Let's Go Lexical Entrainment, and REAP. We will look at how each one uses language technologies. We will also discuss the challenges that each system overcomes when it combines the need to serve the language learner well with the present state of each technology. We will also examine the learning science questions that are raised when the interface between the technology and the student is created.

Bio: Maxine S. Eskenazi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from Carnegie -Mellon University in 1973. She received her DEA (Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies - equiv. Masters) in Linguistics from the University of Paris VII in 1981 and her Doctorat de Troisieme Cycle in Computer Science from the University of Paris XI in 1984. Her thesis was on "Caracterisation acoustique des voyelles francaises en vue de leurreconnaissance automatique" and her thesis advisor was Jean-Sylvain Lienard. She has been President and Chief Technical Officer of the Carnegie Speech™ Company (2001 - ). Carnegie Speech™ is a CMU spinoff. She is presently Associate Teaching Professor in the Language Technologies Institute of the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University. From 1980 to 1994 she worked as a grad student andthen a tenured researcher at LIMSI-CNRS in Orsay, France.

20 June 2009

First Annual Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Conference - Program

Re-Boot and Re-Connect"

Palácio da Bolsa, Porto, June 22, 2009


9:00-9:30 Check-in, Morning Coffee and Networking

Salão Árabe
9:30-10:45 Opening Session
- José Marques dos Santos, Rector of the Universidade do Porto
- José Fonseca de Moura, Director of ICTI@Carnegie Mellon

Presentation of a Working Draft of a Strategic Plan for the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
“ICT Portugal: An Innovation Agenda for Research, Technology and Graduate Education”
- João Barros, National Director, ICTI@Portugal

Keynote Speech:
- Marvin Sirbu, Carnegie Mellon University

Opening remarks:
- Alfredo Baptista, CTO of Portugal Telecom
- José Mariano Gago, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education
- José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal

10:45-11:00 Coffee Break

Salão Árabe
11:00-11:45 Research and Innovation in the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
Lightning Round of Short Presentations by Graduate Students and Alumni with Industry

11:45-12:30 Poster Session and Demos from MS / PhD Students and Collaborative Research Projects

12:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-15:45 Parallel Technical Sessions on Key Focused Areas of ICT

Salão Árabe
Session A: Next Generation Networks for Trusted High-Quality Services

- Paulo Veríssimo, Director of LASIGE, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

- Hyong Kim, Cylab, Carnegie Mellon
- José Alegria, Portugal Telecom
- Rui Aguiar, IT, Universidade de Aveiro
- Michel Ferreira, IT, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto

Sala Dourada
Session B: Software Engineering for Large-Scale Dependable Systems

- João Gabriel Silva, Director of Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra

- Ricardo Machado, Universidade do Minho
- Paulo Marques, Universidade de Coimbra
- Henrique Madeira, Universidade de Coimbra
- Lorrie Cranor, Carnegie Mellon University
- Carlos Parreira, Novabase
- Nuno Silva, Critical Software
- Anselmo Silva, PT-SI

Sala das Assembleias Gerais
Session C: Cyber-Physical Systems for Ambient Intelligence
- Pedro Guedes de Oliveira, Board Member of Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), INESC Porto, FEUP

- João Paulo Costeira, ISR, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
- Priya Narasimhan, Carnegie Mellon
- Eduardo Tovar, CISTER, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
- Luis Meireles, CEO of Bio-Devices
- João Paulo Cunha, IEETA, Universidade de Aveiro

Sala dos Retratos
Session D: Human-Centric Computing

- Isabel Trancoso, Professor, INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico

- Richard Stern, Carnegie Mellon
- Nuno Nunes, UseLab, Universidade da Madeira, Scientific Director of ICTI@Portugal
- Luisa Coheur, INESC-ID, Instituto Superior Técnico
- José Carlos Medeiros, Porto Editora

Sala do Tribunal
Session E: Mathematics for Information and Communication

- Carlos Salema, Director of Instituto de Telecomunicações

- Miguel Rodrigues, IT, Universidade do Porto
- João Xavier, ISR, Instituto Superior Técnico
- Paulo Mateus, IT, Instituto Superior Técnico

15:45-16:00 Coffee Break

Salão Árabe
16:00-17:00 Roundtable Discussion: ICT-enabled Innovation
- Francisco Veloso, Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
- Manuel Beja - Director for Innovation and Organizational Development at Novabase
- Artur Calado - Executive Director of Inova-Ria
- Eduardo Carqueja - CEO of Ndrive

17:00-17:30 Closing Remarks
- João Barros, Director of ICTI@Portugal
- José Fonseca de Moura, Director of ICTI@Carnegie Mellon
- João Sentieiro, President of Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia
- Manuel Heitor, State Secretary for Science, Technology and Higher Education

Pátio das Nações
17:30-18:00 Porto de Honra / Kick-off of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Summer Academy

(*) To be confirmed.


05 June 2009

First Annual Carnegie Mellon | Portugal Conference

Welcome to the First Annual Carnegie Mellon Portugal Conference

The First Annual Carnegie Mellon Portugal Conference, entitled “Economy 3.0: Re-Boot and Re-Connect” is sponsored by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia and will take place on June 22, 2009, at Palácio da Bolsa, Porto, Portugal.

The current financial crisis has casted some doubt on the existing economic model. Rather than re-booting the system, leaders around the world must re-connect and work towards the growth of global innovation networks, capable of providing robust and sustainable solutions for our common future.

In this context, information and communication technologies have no doubt an important role to play, not only because they remove both geographic and cultural barriers, but also because they are basic building blocks in the search for technical solutions that ensure a more intelligent use of the resources of our planet (e.g. smart grids, vehicular networks, precision agriculture, etc.) and of the talents of our people (workflow software, social networks, personalized contents, etc.). Any increase in competitive advantage is necessarily tied to our ability to lead this search in focused areas of technological innovation. The goal of this conference is to identify some of these areas, from basic research to applications, actively promoting the formation of industrial and academic consortia capable of meeting the challenges of Economy 3.0.

The program includes:

  • keynote address by Prof. Marvin Sirbu, Carnegie Mellon University
  • presentation of a strategic document on the key focused areas of our program and announcement of the next open call for proposals
  • research talks by CarnegieMellonPortugal faculty, researchers and MS/PhD students
  • technical contributions by our industrial affiliates
  • first results and demos by all teams of ongoing research projects
  • welcome and closing addresses by senior government officials
  • networking opportunities for students, faculty, researchers and industrial affiliates

Although conference admission is free of charge, we kindly ask you to fill a short registration form for planning purposes.
Students and Alumni should register and submit their poster topics until June 12, 2009. An online form is available here.
All other participants, please register until June 15, 2009. The form is available here.

More information in http://www.cmuportugal.org/conference2009/ .

04 June 2009

Carnegie Mellon|Portugal Summer Academy

Dear Members of the CarnegieMellonPortugal Community:
The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Summer Academy is a unique event organized by ICTI involving several workshops and talks covering many breakthrough and practical issues on the area of information and communication technologies (ICT). Tailored for an industry audience with hands-on experience in key methods and techniques for service, software and game development, technology change and entrepreneurship. The workshops and talks will be offered by an international team of experts from the Carnegie Mellon faculty and also invited professors from world renown institutions in the ICT field.

The workshops will take place on June 23-25 according to the following timetable:
June 23, from 9:00h to 18:00h
June 24, from 14:00h to 18:00h
June 25, from 9:00h to 18:00h

Participation is subject to registration, the fee includes all the material to be used in the workshops plus the meals and meetings presented in the timetable.

Event location
Hotel Ipanema Porto
Social venues
Welcome event - 22 June 2009 at Palácio da Bolsa (18.00h)
Closing Dinner - 25 June 2009 at Taylor’s Port Wine Cellars (19.30h)