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One of my previous Editorials for the IT Newsletter was dedicated to the shortage of qualified human resources that we are facing. It may seem repetitive to continue discussing this same topic, but it is still a major threat, and I see no signs of improvement. So, although six months have passed since I wrote that text, I see no symptoms of improvement!

Addressing this problem requires planning and measures that may need decades to take effect. This is because changing the perspective of the entire society towards formal education is essential before we can even dream of start preparing the number of engineers we need. Unfortunately, I see the opposite happening. For instance, at a time when we know that a shortage of professors in both high schools and universities is coming, there seems to be no plan to mitigate its inevitable effects.

In the 1980s, Portugal made the decision to broaden the population's access to education, leading to an influx of professors into the system. Now, all of these professors are set to retire in less than ten years, and we should already be preparing their replacements, or, at least, working to change society's perception of teachers, in particular, and of formal education, in general. However, there is no evidence of such preparation or effort.

Professors are overwhelmed by administrative duties, and they complain that their salaries have continuously been comparably reduced, leading some to even go on strike. As a result, we not only see unhappy professors, but we may also have students without classes.

I do not know whom to blame or how to solve this issue, but I do know that this does not contribute positively to society's perception of education. On the contrary, I am afraid it reinforces the lack of qualified human resources as a potential topic for future IT Newsletter Editorials.

José Carlos Pedro
(IT Board  - Chairman)
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Mariana Abreu
A Multimodal Approach for Epileptic Seizures Assessment and Prediction

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico (expected 2024), supervised by Ana Fred and Hugo Silva (IT-IST).

She chose this route because wanted to deepen an area of interest (data science and artificial intelligence), in the development of solutions with a positive impact on quality of life and health.

Her main interests include Data Analysis, Machine Learning, Event Prediction, and Health Monitoring.


Patrícia Bota
Autonomous Scentic States Assessment: A Pervasive Approach for Wellness Monitoring

Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering by the Instituto Superior Técnico (expected 2024), supervised by Ana Fred and Hugo Silva (IT-IST).

She is currently a Ph.D. student at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), where she is dedicated to the study of human group emotions in a naturalistic context through artificial intelligence algorithms based on physiological data.

Her main interests include Artificial Intelligence, Affective Computing, Physiological Data and Signal Processing.


Kyatam Shusmitha
Thermal management in high power devices using diamond 

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering by the University of Aveiro since January 2023, supervised by Luis Filipe Mesquita Nero Moreira Alves and Joana Catarina Martins Mendes (both from IT/UA). 

The thesis focuses on the development of thermal management techniques in optoelectronic devices using high-κ materials such as diamonds. Novel passive thermal management methods are proposed with proof-of-concept experiments, thermal analysis (FEA), and thermal model validations. This research leads to a decrease in device operating temperatures, and a reduction in form factor thereby increasing the efficiency and lifetime of optoelectronic devices.

Shusmitha is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at IT Lisbon. 


Virginie Felizardo
Context-aware algorithms for Diabetes or Prediabetes prediction and diagnosis support in Ambient Assisted Living

Ph.D. in Computer Science by the Universidade da Beira Interior, March 2023, supervised by Nuno M. Garcia (IT/UBI) and Miguel Castelo-Branco (UBI).

The aim of this thesis was to develop a context-aware framework for hypoglycemia prediction using sparse data, information fusion and classifiers' consensus decisions in a 24-hour time frame. This approach proposes a hypoglycaemia prediction algorithm, in a self-management scenario, allowing it to be used by patients who perform their monitorization using a glucometer.

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Diogo Matos

I’m a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering. My research and link with IT started during my master's thesis in 2017. I was involved in a European Project supervised by Nuno Matos (IT-UA), about the effects of civil construction materials in RF signals to develop radar. Later, I joined the Ph.D. program, under the supervision of Nuno Borges Carvalho and Ricardo Correia, focusing on developing new Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) solutions for IoT applications, in a project in collaboration with Huawei-Sweden. This project allowed us to develop innovative solutions to improve transmitter efficiency. 

Currently, I’m an RF Engineer at Sinuta S.A., where we are developing new intelligent antenna architectures and ground stations for the new LEO satellites constellations, capable of providing high-speed communication links for most various fields such as aeronautical, autonomous vehicles, maritime or IoT. I’m also an external collaborator of IT-Aveiro, where I co-supervise one Ph.D. student and two master's students in collaboration with Nuno Borges Carvalho.

Even though I am in a different institution, IT continues to be a part of my life, where I maintain professional and personal relationships. I hope that the current collaboration between IT – Radio Systems Group and Sinuta can be the most successful for many years. I take this opportunity to acknowledge IT, its researchers, and administrative personnel for the collaboration over the last 7 years. Thank you!

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