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This issue of our NEWS.IT is dedicated to the commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) that was recently held at the Oeiras Taguspark.

In a full-day event, which was attended by about 300 IT collaborators and friends, four keynote talks, addressed up-to-date topics such as research opportunities in 6G networks, cyber-security risks and countermeasures, history and conquests of artificial intelligence, and the product innovation model of the private company Unbabel, were put together with one speech of the IT President, one by the Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, and a video declaration of the President of the Portuguese Republic.

The event was closed by a public homage to several individuals that played key roles in setting up IT, in particular, its first President, Prof. Carlos Salema, and to several IT collaborators that have been working with us for more than 20 years, followed by the – in these occasions mandatory – birthday cake and the sparkling wine toast.

Being established in 1992 under a landmark Portuguese scientific program, IT then passed through a 20-year period of significant growth, in which it more than doubled its number of associated institutions. Now, 30 years later, we will simply not say that IT reached maturity only because this could be erroneously interpreted as having reached its full development, something that might give an impression of steady-state, and so completely inappropriate for the dynamic scientific research institution that it is. But, IT certainly enlarged its human resources, competencies, laboratories, and administrative facilities, becoming an unavoidable R&D institution in the Portuguese scientific ecosystem. Nevertheless, like any other curious kid, although happy for its anniversary, and proud of its achievements, IT is not only enjoying its present but is already laying out its future.

Indeed, now IT feels better prepared and more motivated than ever, to fulfill its mission of scientific knowledge creation, technology transfer, support of public policies, as well as hosting post-graduate students. In a few words, the first 30 years were just the start of another 30-year period in which we will continue inspiring young scientists and bridging the gap between academia and the technology-based industry.

Congratulations to all!
José Carlos Pedro
(IT Chairman)
Our highlights ...
Instituto de Telecomunicações: 30 years in science, 30 years of achievements in the field of TICE

Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) celebrated, on the 5th of December 2022, its 30 years of history at an event showcasing a sample of research work and the contribution the entity has made over time to pursue the goals of national and international science and technology policy. Amongst the guest speakers were Rui Aguiar, Pedro Inácio, Mário Figueiredo, and Paulo Dimas from Unbabel, who spoke respectively about 6G technology, Cybersecurity, AI, and entrepreneurship. IT also received the Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education, Elvira Fortunato. It was also an occasion to honor founders and everyone who contributed to the 30-year journey of IT!

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read the full interview of IT President >>
Greetings vídeo from Mr. President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

The President of the Portuguese Republic sent a video congratulating IT and the historical president of IT, Carlos Salema. Carlos Salema received a standing ovation from the entire audience. It was a memorable moment of recognition of the Professor's work and life.

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IT and IST invest in the Development of Nano-Satellites
On December 5, the Boards of the Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) inaugurated the clean chamber dedicated to the development, integration, and testing of nano-satellites qualified for space, an infrastructure that aims to create knowledge and conditions and which results from a consortium that includes IT and IST.
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IT researchers are among the most-cited scientists worldwide
Twenty-six IT researchers are among the most-cited scientists worldwide, falling within the top 2% in their respective scientific fields; and, in the top 10 of the most cited scientists, two are from IT: the late José Bioucas-Dias and Mário Figueiredo.

The paper “Nonreciprocal and Non-Hermitian Material Response Inspired by Semiconductor Transistors”, co-authored by Sylvain Lannebère et. al. won the Best Theoretical Paper Award, at the "Metamaterials - International Congress on Artificial Materials for Novel Wave Phenomena 2022".
Master Student of IT awarded with IEEE Portugal Section - Outstanding MSc Thesis Award 2022
Tiago Oliveira, a student of the Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic of Leiria (2020-2022) has been awarded the IEEE Portugal Section - Outstanding MSc Thesis Award 2022, which distinguishes the best Master's dissertations in Portugal in the technical areas covered by the IEEE, during of the IEEE Portugal Engineering Day.
SKA radio telescope assembled to discover the first galaxies
SKA (Square Kilometre Array), the largest radio telescope in the world began construction on December 5, a moment marked in South Africa and Australia. IT will provide a platform that distributes computational resources via the Internet (cloud computing) for the processing of scientific data and support for the provision of services by companies participating in the construction and maintenance of the SKA. 

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IT and UA project wins first place at the 73rd International Astronautical Congress
Instituto de Telecomunicações, in partnership with the University of Aveiro, wins first place in the International Space Solar Power Student Competition 2022. The winning project foresees the construction of a set of satellites that will be placed orbiting the Moon so that they can capture solar energy.

Vitor Cunha, Ph.D. student of the Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering, supervised by João Paulo Barraca and Daniel Corujo from IT, both from DETI, was awarded the Altice International Innovation Award 2022 (AIIA 2022). This year, 125 projects were submitted, including from Ireland.
Instituto de Telecomunicações wishes to its members, researchers, associates, stakeholders, sponsors, and friends, Season's Greetings and a Prosperous Year 2023, with more and better science, because "somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be discovered" (Carl Sagan).

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