The fourteenth conference of the Portuguese Committee of URSI (União Rádio Científica Internacional), sponsored by ANACOM, was held virtually on December 10, 2020, under the theme “Telecommunications in the pandemic crisis: paths to virtualization”.
In the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the event highlighted the importance of telecommunications in guaranteeing citizens’ connectivity in all facets of society, such as health, education, services, industry and entertainment.
The first-place winner of the Best Student Paper Award was Ayman Sabah, UNL student and PhD Research Asssistant at IT, for his paper “Aggregate Interference Power Characterization for Directional Beamforming Wireless Networks”.
The other award-winner was Amélia Ramos (UA/IT), who took third place for her work “3D printed horn antenna for satellite communication systems”, developed at IT in Aveiro.
Lastly, IT also played a part in the second-place win, which went to Daniela Godinho (FCUL/IBEB) and whose work — “Optimização do Algoritmo de Remoção de Artefactos em Imagem por Microondas da Região Axilar” — was supervised by Raquel Conceição (FCUL/IBEB) and co-supervised by IT researchers Carlos Fernandes and João Felício.
As in previous years, the ANACOM-URSI Best Student Paper Award aims to encourage and distinguish young Portuguese researchers and students. In this year’s edition, ten students presented their work during the conference proceedings, in the form of a 3-5 minute pitch presentation.