Rui Aguiar, from IT in Aveiro, was recently reelected for a second two-year term as the Chairman of the NetWorld2020 Steering Board. After his first election in 2016, Rui Aguiar will continue to steer the future of European communications networks from 2019 - 2021.
With more than 1000 organization members, bringing together industry leaders, SME´s and leading academic institutions, the NetWorld 2020 is the European Technology Platform for communications networks and services. The Networld2020 Steering Board is composed of about 30 members elected for two-year terms. The Steering Board then appoints a more executive group, with a Chair and three Vice Chairs. The appointment of the new Steering Board took place this last December during the NetWorld2020 General Meeting.
“This reelection was an acknowledgment of the work carried out during these two years in defense of European research, as evidenced by the fact that large companies did not even run for this position (Nokia, for instance, is one of the elected Vice-Chairs and did not run for Chair)”, says Rui Aguiar.
Taking stock of his first two years as the Chairman of the NetWorld2020, Rui Aguiar said that “During the first term we were fundamentally focused on issues associated with the launching of the next program framework. Particularly, in the first phase, we were engaged in the development of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda, identifying areas of relevant research for the next 5 to 10 years. In a second phase, our work was focused on defending the field of communications networks within the next program framework, where several meetings were held with members of the European Commission's Office, having achieved the recognition (explicit within the text of the program framework) of the need to fund the field of «smart networks»”. Finally, for this second term Rui Aguiar projects that “we will have to face the challenges of this next program framework, in the context of the widespread 5G networks and the associated societal changes”.
As it happened in previous years IT was once again very well represented in the “XII Congresso do Comité Português da URSI”, held last December 14 at the Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações, in Lisbon, with two of its students winning the first and second places of the Best Student Paper Award.
With the aim of encouraging young authors, since 2011 ANACOM has sponsored the Best Student Paper Award, in the amount of 500€, to be awarded to the best article submitted by a student, who is the first author of the article to be presented in the annual Congresso do Comité Português da URSI.
Solange Silva, a PhD student from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of the University of Coimbra, was awarded the first place, which amounts to 500€, for her work “Trapping Light in Open Nanocavities with Spatial Dispersion”. In her work, developed at IT in Coimbra under the coordination of Tiago Morgado and Mário Silveirinha, Solange Silva demonstrated that spatial dispersion effects open novel possibilities for inducing embedded eigenstates in plasmonic nanostructures, which can have applications in optical memories and others. Unlike the local meta-atom configurations, the nonlocal particle is capable of sustaining multifrequency embedded eigenstates for the same geometry.
The second place went to Filipa Fernandes for the work “Simulation of MIMO Channel for 5G in Millimeter Waves”. The MsC student from Instituto Superior Técnico has developed her work at IT in Lisbon under the coordination of António Rodrigues and Maria Paula Queluz. Filipa Fernandes developed a MIMO channel simulator for millimeter-waves, which, contrary to the existing ones, considers the antennas' real-life conditions and detailed test conditions, which allows to evaluate different types of antennas for mm-wave in terms of implementation on mobile phones
Photo: Solange Silva with the Vice-President of ANACOM, João Coelho