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Unless you have been hibernating in a cave for the last year, you are surely aware of all the excitement surrounding the recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI)!

The deployment of the most advanced large language models (LLMs) and the chatbots based on their fine-tuned versions (ChatGPT being the most famous) has generated a turbulent mixture of unseen levels of enthusiasm and concern, reaching the mainstream media and even the governments of many countries. At the extreme of this concern, a group of well-known AI people (including from OpenAI, maybe ironically, the very company that created ChatGPT) has claimed that AI poses an existential risk for humanity, on par with pandemics and nuclear wars, which isn't being given adequate attention.

This focus on AI’s existential threat has raised criticism: on the one hand, many experts see it as unrealistic in the near to medium future; on the other hand, it may overshadow other significant risks, downplaying urgent global issues such as climate change. Instead of focusing on uncertain future risks, attention should be paid to pressing issues related to the current use of AI: exacerbating inequalities and biases, undermining freedom and/or privacy, producing disinformation that could destabilize democracies. These issues demand political and regulatory solutions, but they also present technical and scientific challenges in the pursuit of responsible AI (RAI). Conducting research towards RAI is essential to harness the huge potential of AI to serve humanity, while ensuring its responsible and fair use across various scientific, technological, and business domains. A balance must be sought between exploiting AI's potential and mitigating its possible adverse effects through responsible practices. 

The newly created Center for RAI (CRAI), funded by the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan, is at the forefront of R&D towards RAI and aims to position Portugal as a major player in this field. IT is one of the research partners in this consortium, with our participation spearheaded by André Martins, a world-leading expert (and two-time ERC grantee) in natural language processing (NLP), the area of AI within which LLMs and chatbots, including ChatGPT, were developed.

IT is thus well positioned to play a relevant role in the crucial quest for responsible AI. 
Mário Figueiredo
(Coordinator of the thematic line Information and Data Sciences at IT and Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico)
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Instituto de Telecomunicações is a research partner of the consortium for the new Center for Responsible AI (CRAI)

A 78 million PRR-supported initiative, CRAI aspires to position Portugal (and Europe) as a global leader in Responsible AI technologies. Instituto de Telecomunicações, researcher partner of the consortium, plays an important role...

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A tour to the admirable world of quantum and biomedical tech

QuLab offered a "tour to the admirable world of quantum technologies", and the group Pattern and Image Analysis (IT Lisbon) presented their ongoing Ph.D. and MSc works (ScientISST student team). 

This initiative is a two-way experience, so we've talked to the researchers involved to ask them for their feedback. 

Watch the slideshow we have prepared!

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Rafael Caldeirinha elected new President of ANACOM's National Technical Commission for Standardization
Rafael Caldeirinha has been appointed President of ANACOM's technical commission for electromagnetic fields and human environment...
Pedro Escaleira won APDC Best Thesis Award in the area of Telecommunications
Pedro Escaleira was the winner in the area of Telecommunications of the 3rd edition of the APDC Best Thesis Award...
DeepNeuronic awarded with Cities and Territories of the Future Prize by APDC
The start-up DeepNeuronic was distinguished with an Honorable Mention, in the Cities and Territories of the Future Prize...

Instituto de Telecomunicações participates in three major 6G technology European projects
Three projects approved under the European Smart Networks and Services Joint Undertaking (SNS JU) will cover a variety of areas associated with the development of new communication technologies...
Plenoptic imaging for skin lesion assessment

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IT Leiria is innovating in cancer disease detection by using light field technology. 

The project coordinator Sérgio Faria explained it on our podcast "How cool is your science?"...
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Neha Chaudhary 
Visible light communication-based indoor localization 

Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering by the University of Aveiro since January 2023, supervised by Luis Filipe Alves (from IT/UA) and Zabih Ghassemlooy (from Northumbria University). 
Her thesis suggests ways to enhance the accuracy of Visible Light Positioning (VLP) systems for indoor applications by tilting the transmitter towards the center of the receiving plane, exploring the transmitter position, and using artificial neural networks (ANNs), polynomial regression, support vector machines (SVMs), and convolutional neural networks (CNNs). The methods are appropriate for applications requiring coarse positioning accuracy, and the CNN-based system can process 67 images per second, allowing real-time positioning. 
Neha is currently working as an Assistant Consultant at Accenture, Braga.


Ivo Soares
Computational Analysis of Fundus Images, Rule-Based and Scale-Space Models

Ph.D. in Biomedicine by the University of Beira Interior, Junho 2022, António Pinheiro (IT/UBI) and Miguel Castelo-Branco (UBI).

His thesis focus is to develop automated algorithms capable of recognizing and segmenting retinal anatomical structures and pathological clinical manifestations in fundus images. The algorithms are based on scale-space and rule-based models. This approach shows robustness and efficiency to deal with the complexity inherent to these medical images.

Ivo is currently an invited assistant Professor in Optometry and Vision Sciences at the University of Beira Interior.


#PhD Pitch
Mariana Rodrigues
Healthcare Status and Behaviour Monitoring based on Smart Tailored Environments

We caught up in our elevator Ph.D. pitch series (2023) with Mariana Rodrigues to know more about her research on smart tailored environments and the benefits it can bring to people with motor or other vulnerabilities.
Mariana is currently in the final phase of her Ph.D. research and she is already a Guest Assistant at the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies (ISTA/ISCTE).

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Mariana Ramos

I joined IT in September 2017, when I started my Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in the research Optical Quantum Communications-Av group. By that time, we began working on an experimental implementation of a complete quantum key distribution (QKD) system based on polarization encoding. 

In February 2022, I decided to take a new challenge and move abroad to join the Quantum Group at the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) as a scientist. Currently, I am pursuing a similar path of research as the one I took at the beginning of my Ph.D., mostly focused on experimental work related to QKD. 

One year after, I already took the responsibility of leading a privately funded project with a leading US company, and step forward as an AIT representative to manage the work packages related to the photonic integrated circuits, electronic circuits, signal, and post-processing of a European project (the EU QT Flagship project QSNP). 

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