For the 9th consecutive year, the Lisbon Machine Learning School (LxMLS) welcomed students, researchers and industry professionals from around the world to share their knowledge and learn about the most recent innovations in the areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Jointly organized by IST, IT, INESC-ID, Unbabel, Priberam Labs. and Feedzai, the event was held at Instituto Superior Técnico, 11-18 July, and included lectures, talks, poster sessions, practical activities and many possibilities for networking.
In another successful edition, the LxMLS gathered more than 180 participants, who were selected from over 680 applicants. Mário Figueiredo, Professor of IST, a researcher of IT, and one of the organizers of the event highlights that “Most of the participants are MSc and PhD students, but more than 30 participants come from companies”. Coming from all continents, the wider range of foreign participants came from Germany. However there were also participants arriving from much more distant countries, such as Ethiopia, South Africa and Australia.
As in previous editions, one of the most awaited moments in LxMLS 2019 was the Demo Day, which took place on July 15th, bringing to LxMLS many people who had the chance to get in touch with several companies and research units. Besides being an opportunity to network, Demo Day was also a great opportunity to contact and know more about different solutions and products from the areas of AI and Machine Learning. Outsystems, Fartech, Feedzai and Unbabel were some of the companies showcasing their products and services.
Mário Figueiredo attributes the growing number of applicants and participants in each edition of the LxMLS to “the growing interest about artificial intelligence and machine learning”, and also “because this is an event of great international prestige”. “About 20 students received funded scholarships. Google provided 10 scholarships”, says professor Mário Figueiredo, stressing that “this is a way of bringing LxMLS many people who would be deprived from participating without this support”.
Composed of students from the MSc in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering of the University of Aveiro (UA), the “Know Antenna” team reached the 2nd place in the 2019 IEEE AP-S Student Design Contest, of the IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radio Science Meeting, held in Atlanta, USA, between 7-12 July.
Francisco Pinto, Guilherme Maniezo, Tânia Ferreira (3rd year students), Lucas Leitão e Manuel Neves (4th year), under the supervision of João Matos and Armando Rocha (both from IT/UA), took to Atlanta an equipment designed to demonstrate, in an accessible way, the properties of a radio-wave antenna (transition element between the electronic circuit and the air, a transmitter and between the air and the electronic circuit in a receiver) to an audience with no previous knowledge in the field.
This is a low budget (in terms of components) measurement system that can be adapted for classes or Science demonstrators.
On the photo (from left to right): Guilherme Maniezo, Tânia Ferreira, Lucas Leitão, Manuel Neves and Prof. João Matos