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 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).
“Overall, the CMU Portugal Program has achieved impressive results. Multiple patterns of very successful ‘community building’ resulting in leadership, in research and development involving academia and industry in an international setting have been created. This has been the case both in big projects as well as in clusters of smaller projects.
For the second phase of the program one can expect both: new proposals (in new directions) and the continuation of cooperation. We recommend supporting proposals for ‘community building’ prepared by new consortia. We also recommend supporting projects leading to strengthening the leadership already achieved in phase one.
The program has been very successful in developing human capital capacities in an international and highly competitive environment. There is, however, a concern that due to the limited amount of positions in academia, numerous brilliant graduates/young researchers are tending to leave the country.
The international cooperation has proved instrumental in advancing the current position of Portuguese research in ICT.”
Professor Adam Wolisz, Technische Universitaet Berlin (TUB) – chair
Professor Carles Sierra, Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) Spanish National Research Council Professor
Gilles Barthe, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA)
Professor H.S. Jamadagni, Indian Institute of Science (IIS)
Professor Ulises Cortés, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC)
Directors (ex officio):
Professor João Claro, Director of ICTI@Portugal
Professor José M.F. Moura, Director of ICTI@Carnegie Mellon