09 December 2013

Orientation Day in Portugal Strengthens Collaborative Network

On October 19, 2013, the CMU Portugal Program welcomed its new dual degree doctoral students at the Annual Student Orientation Day, which was held in Porto, Portugal. This informal networking event involved students, alumni, faculty and entrepreneurs in Portugal at the time, and had a strong focus on the global graduate education experience provided to the dual degree students. 

Read the full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4999.

Madeira-ITI Wins European Grant of €2.35 Million to Boost Research

The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (Madeira-ITI), created under the auspices of the CMU Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, ends 2013 with two major accomplishments: the inauguration of its new facilities, and an European Research Area (ERA) Chairs grant of €2.35 million for the next four years.
Read the full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=5023.

17 October 2013

CMU Portugal Program Newsletter - September / October 2013

The Newsletter of the CMU Portugal Program is out!

Find articles about research outcomes, alumni paths, as well as features on several events recently held about the Google Glass, and on how to convert technology into business. Our dual degree student Leid Zejnilovic speaks about his research work on the Patient Innovation project, our alum Cristobal Cheyre explains the importance of Entrepreneurs and Ideas for Clusters, and our alumni Inês Freitas Oliveira, from PT Inovação, and Ricardo Caetano, from Google in London, share their success story.

CMU Portugal Open Session for Faculty Members and Prospective Students

Insights, Community Building and the Google Glass Achievement and Demo

Date: October 19, 2013
Venue: INESC TEC Auditorium, Porto, Portugal

On October 19, 2013, the CMU Portugal Program will held an Open Session for faculty members, students, doctoral students, prospective students, and entrepreneurs. This event is shaped to provide insights on the CMU Portugal Program, to share the story of the Google Glass achievement, as well as to present statements from dual degree doctoral students, alumni, researchers and entrepreneurs.

For more information, please visit: http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4940

18 September 2013

CMU Portugal Public Sessions on the Call for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives


We are organizing a new series of meetings in Portuguese universities to present and discuss the goals, structure, and financial support for the ERIs. As you know, the CMU Portugal Call for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives will remain open until 5pm (GMT), of October 16, 2013. Funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), the Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs) are projects in science, engineering, management and policy that link both fundamental and applied research to technological innovation and economic development, explicitly focusing on important real world problems entailing significant scientific challenges. Approximately € 6 million, half in Portugal and half at CMU, are expected to be available to support four to seven ERIs, for up to 4 years. More information about the Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs) is available at link.

The target audience for these meetings includes faculty members, researchers, doctoral students, senior staff of innovation and entrepreneurship support organizations, business executives, and startup managers. The director of the CMU Portugal Program will present the concept and goals for the ERIs, followed by a Q&A moment.

Calendar for these events:

September 13, 2013
16:00 - 17:30 Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade do Porto (Amphitheatre 2, DCC Building)

September 19, 2013
09:30 - 10:30 Universidade do Minho (Amphitheatre A2, Informatics Department, Gualtar Campus, Braga)
15:00-16:30 Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Library Auditorium)

September 20, 2013
11:00-12:00 Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC)
15:00-16:30 Universidade de Aveiro (tbd)

September 24, 2013
15:00 - 16:30 Fundação of the Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade de Lisboa (Amphitheatre)

September 27, 2013
Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

tbd
Católica-Lisbon School
Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto

In order to prepare the logistics for the event, please register http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4858.

Please forward this announcement to any interested parties, and feel free to contact us if you think that we can be of any help, using the email eris@cmuportugal.org.

30 July 2013

PRESENTATION ABOUT THE CALL FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL RESEARCH INITIATIVES IS OPEN


Last week, the leadership of the CMU Portugal Program gave several public presentations about the Call for the Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives, funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. The presentation slides shown during the public sessions can be downloaded at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4786.

2013 Project Review Meeting: International Cooperation Instrumental in Advancing Portuguese Research in ICT


2013 Project Review Meeting
The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program held its third Annual Project Review Meeting on June 19-20, 2013, at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, in Lisbon. The teams of the 25 R&D projects ( tohttp://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=130) carried out in the scope of the program, and funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), presented their achievements, emphasizing the most significant outcomes, which included the establishment of testbeds, the creation of prototypes, or the development of follow-on project proposals approved by national and international funding agencies, among others. 
This year the panel committee was chaired by Adam Wolisz, from the Technische Universitaet Berlin (TUB), who led a team of international experts: Carles Sierra, from the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) Spanish National Research Council, Gilles Barthes, from the Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA), H.S. Jamadagni, from the Indian Institute of Science (IIS), and Ulises Cortés, from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC).

22 July 2013

The July/August 2013 Newsletter of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program is out!

You will find articles about the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop, honors and awards received, our presence at the LARSyS event, as well as information about the Faculty Exchange program, and much more information. Find it here

21 July 2013

CMU Portugal Program: Call for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives


We are pleased to announce that the CMU Portugal Call for Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs), funded by the Portuguese Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), is now open. Approximately € 6 million, half in Portugal and half at CMU, are expected to be available to support four to seven ERIs, for up to 4 years. The Call will remain open from July 17 to 5pm (GMT), of October 16, 2013.


The Phase II of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program emphasizes advanced education and research that can lead to significant entrepreneurial impact. The activities of the program are for the most part configured in Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives (ERIs). ERIs are projects in science, engineering, management and policy that link both fundamental and applied research to technological innovation and economic development. This bridging is pursued by explicitly focusing on important real world problems entailing significant scientific challenges. ERIs consist in integrated activities in research, innovation, advanced education and training of human resources, with industry collaboration and emphasis on the commercialization of technology for real world impact.

ERIs seek to stimulate and promote Portuguese innovation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) as such, and as enabling technologies in nearly all application sectors, in a global context where markets, industries, resources, and talent are internationally distributed. These projects seek to advance technology and engineering, develop talented innovators in Portugal and increase the competitiveness of the Portuguese ICT industry in today’s globalized economy. Ultimately, they seek to foster a culture that integrates discovery, innovation and internationalization by acting as international engines of innovation and growth.

An international innovation engine is in fact a symbiotic relationship between researchers and industry partners, embedded in international knowledge and business networks, to create new ideas and to translate them into products, processes and services.


11 June 2013

Ph.D. Student Investigates New Techniques to Improve Speech Recognition


João Miranda is a dual degree Ph.D. student in Language Technologies at the Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), within the CMU Portugal Program. As part of his Ph.D., he is developing new techniques to improve speech recognition, with his two advisors, João Paulo Neto, from IST/UTL, and Alan W. Black, from CMU.

Read the full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4618.

Ph.D. Student Chooses Portugal to Study Renewable Energy Policies

Ivonne Penã is a dual degree Ph.D. student of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) since 2010/2011. As part of her Ph.D., Ivonne Penã is investigating the impact of policies, grid connection rights and the goals of countries in terms of a widespread use of renewable energies in the European Union, using Portugal as a case study.

Read the full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4656.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop


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REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN
June 20, 2013
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop
Place: Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon
Organized by: Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia 

OPEN CALL FOR THE PITCH COACHING SESSION "PRODUCT IDEA"
Deadline to submit a proposal: June 14, 2013 (extended deadline)
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On June 20, 2013, the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program will hold the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop, at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, in Lisbon. This half-day event (13:00 – 18:00) will combine a Pitch Coaching Session "Product Idea" with Case Studies on “Multiple Paths for Technology Commercialization," and will finish with a roundtable about "The Life of Intellectual Property." The goal of the workshop is to discuss different potential commercialization pathways, to provide an overview of different types of support for knowledge transfer in Portugal and at Carnegie Mellon University, to provide an overview of the IP lifecycle, as well as to bring together the CMU Portugal community. 

The Pitch Coaching Session “Product Idea” is mostly oriented to students and faculty members, with an interest in receiving feedback about ideas for applications of their research. You are all invited to be a part of this session, and to contribute by presenting your ideas for products or services created from your research. You can find detailed information about this session at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4660.

During the event we will have several speakers, namely: João Claro, national director of the CMU Portugal Program; Susana Sargento, co-founder of Veniam; Hugo Gamboa, CEO of Plux - Wireless Biosignals; Reed McManigle, manager for business development and licensing, CTTEC, Carnegie Mellon University; Paulo Marques, co-founder and CTO of Feedzai; Pedro Araújo, CEO of ACSystems - Advanced Cyclone Systems; José Maria Maurício, member of the directive council at INPI; Maria Oliveira, director of Universidade do Porto Innovation (UPIN)*; and Luis Joaquim, PMO director of Critical Software. The final agenda is available at: http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4658.

*tbc

14 May 2013

Sabina Zejnilovic, Dual Degree Ph.D. Student: “I would like to make a positive impact in our everyday life"

Natural from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and with industry and academic experience, Sabina Zejnilovic is a dual degree Ph.D. student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) since 2011/2012, at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).


Networks fascinate her, “whether they are connecting communication equipment, as in a telecom network, or computers on Internet, or even people in a social network.” As part of her Ph.D., she recently presented a poster titled “Communication Complexity and Energy Efficiency on Consensus Algorithms,” on the Inaugural Symposium of the CMU Portugal Program. Sabina explained that, in conjunction with her two advisors, they “discovered that some slower algorithms are in fact more efficient than the faster ones, as they require overall less communication to achieve the same goal,” adding that “we have also shown that in some network topologies, the algorithms are as efficient communication wise, as they are in complete networks.”

As a Ph.D. student she does not have a clear idea of what she wants to do after completing her graduation: either pursuing academic research or going back to industry. Of one thing she is sure: “I enjoy solving interesting problems, applying engineering practicality and creativity, and seeing the solutions making positive impact in our everyday life,” Sabina Zejnilovic said.

Portuguese Team is one of the Finalists of the Ericsson Application Awards 2013


The GreenSpark team, which involves a Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program master student, is one of the finalists in the student category of the Ericsson Application Awards 2013, an international competition for Android application developers. The application created by the team helps to manage solar panels, making their use simpler and more cost-effective.

The team includes Joel Rodrigues, a post-graduation student in Human Aspects of Technology at the Universidade da Madeira, and Poan Shen, a student in the dual degree Masters Program on Entertainment Technology, of the Universidade da Madeira and Carnegie Mellon University, as part of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program. The GreenSpark team seeks to promote innovative ideas to boost the use of green energies.

Read the full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4614

Building Global Innovators: Roadshow Session

Date: May 14, 2013
Time: 16:00
Place: Auditorium, INESC Porto

Agenda
   16h00 Opening Remarks
       Mário Jorge Leitão (INESC Porto)
   16h10 Panel Discussion:
       Moderator: Alexandra Xavier, INESC Porto 
       Speakers:
        Carlos Brito, Universidade do Porto 
        João Claro, Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
        Michael DaCosta Babb, Dueto SGPS 
        João Afonso, Musikki, Alumni BGI 
        Gonçalo Amorim, Building Global Innovators 
   17h00 Networking

More information available at: http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4624 .

11 April 2013

09 April 2013

Applications are Open for the Faculty Exchange Program!


The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program supports a Faculty Exchange Program, in which individuals holding a doctoral degree and affiliated with Portuguese Higher Education Institutions or Research Labs, can spend one term working in research, education and innovation at Carnegie Mellon University to experience its culture and best practices. Carnegie Mellon professors are also given the opportunity to spend time in Portugal to engage in teaching and research activities with local institutions of higher education and research labs.

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The main goal of the Faculty Exchange Program is to accelerate the adoption of best practices in research, education and innovation, through cultural immersion at Carnegie Mellon University.
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This unique opportunity is offered by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program to promote a positive exchange of culture and experiences.

How to Apply

Gopala Anumanchipalli Receives IEEE Spoken Language Processing Student Grant

 Gopala Krishna Anumanchipalli Gopala Anumanchipalli, a dual degree doctoral student in Language Technologies at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Carnegie Mellon University, was the recipient of one of two IEEE Spoken Language Processing Student Grants for his paper at the International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP-2013).

Read the full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4546

New Facilities of M-ITI Reflect the Commitment to the CMU Portugal Program’s Mission


Madeira ITI JClaro The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), a not-for-profit innovation institution, which was created in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program in 2009, opened its new facilities on March 22, 2013. The national director of the Program, João Claro, stated at the inauguration ceremony that M-ITI is “an exemplary realization of the mission of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program.”

Read the full article at
http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4560 .

22 March 2013

Zita Marinho Gives a Talk on "Spectral Algorithms for learning Hidden Markov Models"

ZMarinho 2012 PRIBERAM Machine Learning Lunch SeminarDate: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Speaker: Zita Marinho (dual degree Ph.D. Student in Robotics, at Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa and Carnegie Mellon University)
Venue: IST Alameda, Sala PA2 (Edifício de Pós-Graduação)
Time: 13:00 
Lunch will be provided

More information available at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4544

Madeira-ITI Opens New Facilities

Madeira ITI The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, a not-for-profit innovation institution that focuses its research in the areas of computer science and human-computer interaction, will be inaugurating its new facilities on Friday, March 22, 2013. The Universidade da Madeira, the Madeira Tecnopólo and Carnegie Mellon University, as an honorary partner, launched the Institute in January 2010, in the scope of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia.


Byron Yu Visits Portugal to Strengthen Research Collaboration on Neuroscience

Byron Yu Byron Yu, an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, visited Portugal at the end of 2012. The goal was twofold: to meet with several faculty members of Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST/UTL), and to establish a co-advising relationship for João Semedo, a dual degree doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), who started his doctoral program recently.

Full article at http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4524

18 March 2013

Mobility Initiatives Empower Academic Community


Ian Oakley Ian Oakley, an assistant professor at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute of the Universidade da Madeira, was at the Human Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University during the fall of 2012, as part of the exchange program of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal. According to the professor, ”the experience was inspiring, practically and culturally speaking,” and he strongly recommends it to other faculty members.

Full article at: http://www.cmuportugal.org/tiercontent.aspx?id=4514


Sven Stork Ph.D. Thesis Defense in Software Engineering

Sven Stork Abstract:AEminium: Freeing Programmers from the Shackles of Sequentiality
Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 14:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. at CMU)
Place: Sala dos Capelos of the Universidade de Coimbra or 5324 Wean Hall (Via Video Conference from Portugal)
 Sven Stork is a dual degree doctoral student in Software Engineering, at Universidade de Coimbra and Carnegie Mellon University
Advisors: Paulo Marques (Universidade de Coimbra) and Jonathan Aldrich (Carnegie Mellon University)

Feedzai Achieves Profitability with Application Focus

 feedzai
FeedZai startup, created as a result of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, funded by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), achieved profitability 18 months after its first product availability. FeedZai’s new Fraud Prevention software protects over $85B in electronic payments per year for Global 2000 customers.

José Moura Elected to the National Academy of Engineering

José M. F. Moura 
José M.F. Moura, director of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. University Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Moura was elected for his contributions to the theory and practice of statistical signal processing.

10 January 2013

Inaugural Symposium "Carnegie Mellon Portugal: An Entrepreneurial University-Industry Ecosystem in ICT"

Date: Monday, January 21, 2013
Venue: Amphitheater VA4 at the Civil Pavilion, Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Portugal (Alameda Campus; http://www.ist.utl.pt/en/about-IST/location/)
Registration Form: http://tinyurl.com/9wfox49

Agenda
09:30 – 10:00 Welcome Coffee and Registration

10:00 – 11:15 Opening Session

                        Welcome:
                        
António Cruz Serra, Rector, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
                        Chairs:
                        
José Marques dos Santos, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the
                        Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program and Rector of the Universidade do Porto
                        James H. Garrett Jr., Dean of the College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
                        Roadmap for Phase II:
                        “ICT Portugal: An Entrepreneurial Research Initiative”
                        
João Claro, National Director, Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
                        Keynote:
                        Duplex Characteristics of Shared Vision and Understanding in the
                        Research Business
                        
Sir John O’Reilly, Chairman of the External Review Committee of the
                        Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program and Vice-Chancellor of the Cranfield University
                        Miguel Seabra, President, Foundation for Science and Technology
                        Leonor Parreira, Secretary of State for Science 
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11:15 – 11:30
Coffee-Break with Demos and Posters
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11:30 – 13:00 Towards an Environment for Creative Science and High-Growth Ventures

                        Chair: Luigia Aiello, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”
                        Moderator: João Barros, Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto
                        Speakers:
                        João Gabriel Silva, Rector, Universidade de Coimbra
                        Francisco Veloso, Dean, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics
                        Rogério Carapuça, Chairman, Novabase
                        Priya Narasimhan, Carnegie Mellon University
                        José Epifânio da Franca, Chairman and CEO, Portugal Ventures
                        Paulo Marques, CTO, Feedzai
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13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
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14:00 – 15:00 Case Studies of Entrepreneurial Research Initiatives

                        Moderator: Ed Schlesinger, Carnegie Mellon University
                        Speakers:
                        João Paulo Cunha, Faculdade de Engenharia of the Universidade do Porto
                        Frank Pfenning, Carnegie Mellon University
                        João Paulo Costeira, Instituto Superior Técnico of the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
                        David Garlan, Carnegie Mellon University

15:00 – 16:30 Engaging Sessions


I) Bridging Science and Market
II) Building and Exploiting
Test Beds
III) Fostering Inter-Disciplinary Research
Coordinator and Rapporteur:Mário Zenha-Rela, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra
Pedro Oliveira, Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics
Hugo Vieira, Faculdade de Ciências of the Universidade de Lisboa
Bernardo Motta, Founder and Manager, Observit
Pedro Ferreira, Carnegie Mellon University
José Mendonça, President, INESC Porto
Coordinator and Rapporteur:Peter Steenkiste, Carnegie Mellon University
Manuela Veloso, Carnegie Mellon University
Rui Avelãs Nunes, Critical Software
Rui Meireles, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science (Universidade do Porto and Carnegie Mellon University)
Michel Ferreira, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto
Paulo Ferrão, Director, MIT Portugal Program
Coordinator and Rapporteur: Nuno Nunes, Universidade da Madeira
Marija Ilic, Carnegie Mellon University
José Carlos Gonçalves, CEO, Logica Iberia*
Ana Venâncio, Alumna in Technological Change and Entrepreneurship (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, Católica-Lisbon, and Carnegie Mellon University)
Maria Gil, Managing Director, Novabase Capital
Valentina Nisi, Universidade da Madeira
Nuno Correia, Director, UT Austin Portugal Program
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16:30 – 16:45
Coffee-Break
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16:45 – 17:30 Wrap-up of the Engaging Sessions

                        Chairs: Joel Moses, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and
                        Tariq Durrani, University of Strathclyde
                        Rapporteurs:
                        
Nuno Nunes, Universidade da Madeira
                        Peter Steenkiste, Carnegie Mellon University
                        Mário Zenha-Rela, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the Universidade de Coimbra

17:30 – 18:00 Closing Session                        

                        Arlindo Oliveira, President, Instituto Superior Técnico of the
                        Universidade Técnica de Lisboa
                        Sir John O’Reilly, Chairman of the External Review Committee of the
                        Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program and Vice-Chancellor of the Cranfield University
                        José M.F. Moura, Director at CMU, Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
                        João Claro, National Director, Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program
                        Carlos Oliveira, Secretary of State for Entrepreneurship, Competitiveness
                        and Innovation*
*To Be Confirmed
_________If you are planning to attend this event we would like to recommend a hotel in the area:
    Holiday Inn Lisboa    Avenida António José de Almeida, 28-A
    1000-044 Lisboa

All guests should make their own hotel reservations by January 10th, 2013 using the following emails: Clara Ferreira clara@grupo-continental.com or Cristina Silva csilva@grupo-continental.com. When making the reservation the guests should mention: "USA CMU PORTUGAL" After January 10th, the availability and rates are subject to change.
About Lisbon: http://www.visitlisboa.com/Home_UK.aspx .
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For more information, please send an email to news@cmuportugal.org or call to the ICTI@Portugal Office (+351) 222 094 065.