Celebrating this year its 25th anniversary, IT has decided to associate this emblematic date with one of the largest national technology forums – Techdays – that brings together the best of the R&D done in national centers, companies and public institutions.
With Techdays 2017 taking place this comming October 12-14 in Parque de Exposições de Aveiro, the comemorative session “IT 25 anos” will be held on October 12. The session will feature some highly recognized speakers from the fields of quantum communications to technological development, namely Martin Cooper, considered the "father" of the mobile phone, Arlene Harris - an entrepreneur with a history in the telecommunications world - and Upkar Dhaliwal, an entrepreneur and consultant in the area of wireless communications of the future. The forum will also be attended by Manuel Heitor, the Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology.
On the photo: IT stand during Techdays 2016
For all the good reasons, June 2017 will certainly be a month that Caroline Conti won´t soon forget. Having recently concluded her PhD at ISCTE-IUL hosted by IT, supervised by Luis Ducla Soares and Paulo Nunes (also both from IT at ISCTE-IUL), Caroline Conti is the winner of this years´ edition of the IBM Science Award.
Since its first edition in 1990, this award is attributed every year by IBM Portugal to a young Portuguese researcher to distinguish works of high merit in the field of Computer Science. According to Caroline, now a Post Doctoral researcher at IT, “It is a great honor to receive this award and to have our work recognized in this select group of internationally prestigious researchers who have been awarded in these last 27 years”.
The work that got Caroline to win the €15k cash award is entitled “Efficient Solutions for Light Field Coding”. As explained in the synopsis, “this work addresses specific challenges and requirements that still need to be overcome for introducing light field applications and services in the consumer market by developing and evaluating various solutions for efficient LF content coding”. With image and video technologies evolving to provide end-users a more immersive and visual experience, light field imaging technology has currently risen up as a practical and prospective approach for future visual applications and services.
The award ceremony is expected to take place this coming September.