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H | Visions of the Future | The first issue of the e-magazine of INESC Brussels HUB

Discover our newest publication: Visions of the future, the first issue of the e-magazine of INESC Brussels HUB.

 

It brings you fresh ideas on the most important issues in scientific research and technology today, together with the stories of those who will develop the technological innovations of tomorrow. It focuses on the stories and the projects of the people who work in INESC, and of INESC’s international present and potential partners.

 

For this issue, we wanted to give our contribution to the Conference on the Future of Europe, through a thematic publication on the future of technology

 

Learn about the new perspectives and challenges of artificial intelligence, robotics, telecommunications, the energy transition, health technologies, and more.

 

Read here

 

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INESC-ID researchers awarded ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper

A joint team of researchers including INESC-ID researchers Vasco Manquinho and Pedro Orvalho will receive an ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award for their work on a new analysis engine for the popular Alloy modeling language.

The paper “AlloyMax: Bringing Maximum Satisfaction to Relational  Specifications” has been chosen to receive an ACM SIGSOFT Distinguished Paper Award at  upcoming ACM Joint European Software Engineering Conference and Symposium on the Foundations of Software Engineering (ESEC/FSE 2021).

The team of authors is composed by Changjian Zhang (CMU), Ryan Wagner (CMU), Pedro Orvalho (INESC-ID/IST, Universidade de Lisboa), David Garlan (CMU), Vasco Manquinho (INESC-ID/IST, Universidade de Lisboa), Ruben Martins (CMU), and Eunsuk Kang (CMU).

Distinguished papers are given to at most 10% of the papers accepted at  an ACM SIGSOFT-sponsored conference. The winners were chosen by the  program co-chairs from those papers that had either a nomination for  distinguished paper award, or at least two accept scores and no  negative scores.  In total eight papers were recognized this year.

“The Alloy language is widely used in software engineering for verification, automatic generation of test cases, or security analysis. Considering that the software is currently pervasive on any device we use, some defects can result in serious failures in the operation and safety of the devices”, mentioned Vasco Manquinho.

The work, in collaboration with the CMU team, extends the Alloy modeling language to enable the generation of optimal solutions according to a given optimization criterion. For example, it enables to obtain solutions that maximize the performance or security of systems. The INESC-ID research team has a long-term collaboration  with Prof. Rúben Martins (CMU) in the development of new  optimization algorithms using computational logic.

“This distinction is important because it allows greater visibility to our work in the field of computational logic. Reality is demonstrating the importance of this area in numerous engineering contexts”, adds the INESC-ID researcher.

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CIMPLE: Countering Creative Information Manipulation with Explainable AI

What’s the role that Artificial Intelligence can play in fighting misinformation?

CIMPLE project aims to research and develop innovative social and knowledge driven creative AI
explanations, and testing it in the domain of detection and tracking of manipulated information, while
taking into account social, psychological, and technical explainability needs and requirements.

“Our domain is the manipulation of information that we see on social media, in the news… it is about
the dissemination of information or news that is factually wrong because it does not tell the truth or it has been manipulated, misleading the public”, mentioned  Sofia Pinto, the INESC-ID Researcher involved in the project.

The CIMPLE project is all about Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) requirements related to AI-driven misinformation detection, XAI by design using Knowledge Graphs and XAI models for detecting
information manipulation. The Researchers involved aim to be able to generate creative and engaging
explainability visualisations and personalize XAI to end-users skills and topic affinity.

 

“INESC-ID’s role is to look for ways to explain the manipulation of information, in a way that the interlocutor has the ability to listen and to question himself. It is more than just presenting facts, as it is very difficult to convince someone else who believes something otherwise. And this is where creativity comes in. We are going to work on this explanation of manipulation using computational creativity to attract people’s attention, so that they can visualize where there was manipulation and so that they can reach to their own conclusions”, adds the researcher.

 

Explainability is of significant importance in the move towards trusted, responsible and ethical AI, yet
remains in its infancy. Most relevant efforts focus on the increased transparency of AI model design and
training data, and on statistics-based interpretations of resulting decisions (interpretability).
Explainability considers how AI can be understood by human users. The understandability of such
explanations and their suitability to particular users and application domains received very little
attention so far. Hence there is a need for an interdisciplinary and drastic evolution in XAI methods.

CIMPLE will draw on models of human creativity, both in manipulating and understanding information,
to design more understandable, reconfigurable and personalisable explanations. Human factors are key
determinants of the success of relevant AI models. In some contexts, such as misinformation detection,
existing XAI technical explainability methods do not suffice as the complexity of the domain and the
variety of relevant social and psychological factors can heavily influence users’ trust in derived
explanations.

Past research has shown that presenting users with true / false credibility decisions is inadequate and
ineffective, particularly when a black-box algorithm is used. Knowledge Graphs offer significant potential to better structure the core of AI models, using semantic representations when producing explanations for their decisions. By capturing the context and application domain in a granular manner, such graphs offer a much needed semantic layer that is currently missing from typical brute-force machine learning approaches.

To this end, CIMPLE aims to experiment with innovative social and knowledge driven AI explanations,
and to use computational creativity techniques to generate powerful, engaging, and easily and quickly
understandable explanations of rather complex AI decisions and behavior. These explanations will be tested in the domain of detection and tracking of manipulated information, taking into account social,
psychological and technical explainability needs and requirements.

 

The Project is a Partnership between INESC-ID, EUROCOM (Paris, France), The Open University (UK),
University of Economics and Business (Prague, Czech Republic) and WebLyzard technology, WLT
(Vienna, Austria).

CIMPLE was one of the CHIST-ERA projects approved under the 2019 call “Explainable Machine
Learning-based Artificial Intelligence”.

CHIST-ERA is a network of funding organisations in Europe and beyond supporting long term research on digital technologies with a high potential impact. It selects every year two new topics of emerging
importance and launches a call for transnational research projects on these topics.

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Rui Henriques

Short Personal Interview

 

 

Rui Henriques was born in 1987, in Lisbon he is an INESC-ID Researcher since 2010, integrating the Scientic Area Information and Decision Support Systems (IDSS).

 

 

 

How did you get to INESC-ID?

Master thesis at IST

 

INESC-ID is…

highly supportive, particularly team-, staff- and logistic-wise. Impeccable project support, HR contracting, budget execution facilities, access to legal opinion, acquisition processes, and formalization of bilateral agreements.

 

Research project(s) under development

ILU – Integrative Learning from Urban Data and Situational Context for City Mobility Optimization (ILU (IDSS))

 

WISDOM – Water Intelligence System Data

Data2Help – Data Science for Optimization of Emergency Medical Services

iCare4U – Decision Support System for Personalized Medicine in ICUs

IPOscore

 

 

How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

Biomedical data analysis for disease study, therapeutics and prognostics (primary research); Urban data analysis to assist mobility planning; Sensor data analysis for detecting fault behavior in utility supply/distribution systems; Spatiotemporal data analysis to optimize resource allocation

 

 

Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

Multi-omic data analysis to identify the frontiers between psychiatric disorders, especially psychotic (such as schizophrenia) and affective (such as bipolar disease), and assess the adequacy of molecular therapies (specially antipsychotic drugs and mood stabilizers) at a personalized level.

 

What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

Maybe time. The necessary time for validating therapeutic possibilities and translating the contributions into the daily clinical practice.

 

What book are you currently reading?

“Cada um vê o que quer num molho de couves” by Isabel Abecassis Empis

 

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is? How do you explain what means to be a researcher in this area?

Study diseases, especially mental illnesses, dementia, and cancer, in order to offer better therapies for restoring our natural states of health and well-being.

 

 

 

Email

rmch@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

 

 

Linkedin Profile Link

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rui-henriques-4a300b8/

 

Academic Degree *

PhD

 

Training / Research Area(s)

Machine Learning, Data Science, Epigenetics, Health Informatics

 

 

INESC-ID Scientific Area

Information and Decision Support Systems (IDSS)

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Luis Miguel Silveira

Short Personal Interview

 

Luis Miguel Silveira was born in 1963, in Lisbon. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since its inception, currently integrating the Scientic Area High-Performance Computing Architectures and Systems (HPCAS).

 

 

How long have you been part of the INESC-ID Team?

1999, when it started, I was previously a researcher at INESC since my student days.

 

How did you get to INESC-ID?

I was a young researcher at INESC before starting my PhD program and kept my association with the institute ever since. Later became an IST professor and have been a researcher at INESC-ID since the institution was started. I have also had the privilege of serving as President of the Scientific Council of the institute.

 

INESC-ID is…

An environment of excellence for conducting dynamic, challenging and multidisciplinary R&D&I

 

Research project(s) under development

NeuronReduce

 

How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

Develop algorithms to build efficient simulation models of biological neuronal networks

 

Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

HiFi-MRI, an international collaboration project for mapping and analyzing whole-brain activity using ultra-high field MRI data

 

What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

Understanding the biological context and learning the associated “language”

 

What book are you currently reading?

Dilbert Turns 30

 

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is? How do you explain what means to be a researcher in this area?

Find ways to describe complex behavior in a simple manner by concentrating on essential aspects

 

How do you see the mission of INESC-ID “ to produce added value to people and society, supporting the response of public policies to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges, in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering”?

I see enormous potential in all those fields in making technology more widely available, more friendly, more efficient and increasingly devoted to improving our daily lives. And I see INESC-ID having a pivotal role in that transformation

 

 

 

Email *

lms@inesc-id.pt

 

 

Linkedin Profile Link

https://www.linkedin.com/in/luis-miguel-silveira-77a3304/

 

Academic Degree *

Licenciatura, MSc, ECE IST Tecnico, MSc, EE, PhD MIT

 

Training / Research Area(s) *

Design Automation

 

INESC-ID Scientific Area *

High-Performance Computing Architectures and Systems (HPCAS)

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Francisco S. Melo

Short Personal Interview

 

Francisco S. Melo was born in 1977, in Guarda, Portugal. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since 2009, integrating the Scientic Area Artificial Intelligence for People and Society (AIPS).

 

 

 

 

How did you get to INESC-ID?

I started in 2009 as an Associated Laboratory Researcher, and in 2010 I joined IST as a faculty. At that time, I became a senior researcher at INESC-ID.

 

INESC-ID is…

A research institution that fosters state-of-the-art research in electrical engineering and computer science and facilitates knowledge and technology transfer between academia and industry in Portugal.

 

Research project(s) under development

HOTSPOT – Human-robOt TeamS without PrecoOrdinaTion

 

ANIMATAS – Advancing intuitive human-machine interaction with human-like social capabilities for education in schools (ANIMATAS)

 

ILU – Integrative Learning from Urban Data and Situational Context for City Mobility Optimization

 

 

How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

HOTSPOT seeks to develop robots that can successfully collaborate with humans across multiple tasks.

 

ANIMATAS is a European initiative that seeks to build a network of PhD researchers in the area of human-robot interaction.

 

ILU seeks to improve traffic conditions in the city of Lisbon using Artificial Intelligence.

 

 

Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

My favorite project so far was project INSIDE, which was a collaboration with several research institutions in Portugal and the USA, Portuguese companies and a Hospital, and investigated the use of robots in the therapy of children with autism spectrum disorders.

 

What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

I work in artificial intelligence, specifically, a subarea of artificial intelligence known as machine learning. Currently, research in machine learning poses challenges along three orthogonal “perspectives”:

– Scientific: In spite of the big successes of research in machine learning and artificial intelligence, current methods require absurd amounts of data and computation. One of the challenges is, therefore, to reduce the requirements of such methods. Another important challenge is related with interpretability: the aforementioned successes rely on complex models that are hard to interpret by humans, which brings forth several issues (e.g., trust).

– Ethical: Relying on large amounts of data, machine learning algorithms are naturally subject to the biases that humans exhibit, and thus the algorithms tend to exhibit the same sort of discriminative outputs that are present in the data. Pursuing research in machine learning that mitigates the effect of such biases is, therefore, a very relevant challenge in this area.

– Methodological: The large amount of computation required by state-of-the-art algorithms requires that institutions performing research in these areas have large computational budgets available, with two important consequences: institutions with humbler budgets find it challenging to compete with larger institutions/companies, and must therefore find research “niches” where the computation is a less central requirement; on the other hand, the results portrayed in many articles are hard to reproduce without access to such computation, which brings about the challenge of reproducibility.

 

What book are you currently reading?

  1. Sapkowski, “Blood of Elves”.

 

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is? How do you explain what means to be a researcher in this area?

My job is to make machines more intelligent and able to learn.

 

How do you see the mission of INESC-ID “to produce added value to people and society, supporting the response of public policies to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges, in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering”?

I think that, in light of the technological advances of recent years, if INESC-ID is able to keep this mission in sight during its internal and external strategic decision-making, it has a unique opportunity to position itself as a top research institute at the national, European and even at the world level.

 

 

 

Email *

fmelo@inesc-id.pt

 

 

Linkedin Profile Link

https://www.linkedin.com/in/francisco-melo-aba83b8/

 

Academic Degree

PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Training / Research Area(s)

Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning/Reinforcement Learning)

 

INESC-ID Scientific Area *

Artificial Intelligence for People and Society (AIPS)

 

 

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António Grilo

Short Personal Interview

 

António Grilo was born in 1973, in Lisbon. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since 1999, coordinating the Scientic Area Communication Networks (CN)

 

 

 

How did you get to INESC-ID?

As PhD student.

 

INESC-ID is…

A Portuguese cutting edge, Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering research institute.

 

Research project under development

WiMeCOMA Moroccan wireless smart metering solution

 

How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

Tools to help Distribution System Operators to plan and optimize their smart metering (smart grid, in general) communications infrastructure.

 

Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

WiMeCOMA Moroccan wireless smart metering solution

 

What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

To develop efficient optimization algorithms, and to harmonize the theoretical models with the practical measurements. The latter is seldom an easy task, since increasing the accuracy of theoretical models usually translates into additional time complexity. The latter must be minimized in order to make the tools suitable for practical use.

 

What book are you currently reading?

In the past few months I seldom had time to read anything other than computer networks engineering related books and articles. Anyway, my current Literature reading is “À la Recherche du Temps Perdu” by Marcel Proust. Since this work has seven volumes, in between I also read my beloved Portuguese classical authors, as well as History books, with focus on Military History.

 

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is? How do you explain what means to be a researcher in this area?

I research new and improved mechanisms to support communication among people, computer systems and things.

 

How do you see the mission of INESC-ID “to produce added value to people and society, supporting the response of public policies to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges, in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering”?

The results of the research carried out at INESC-ID can improve processes belonging to different sectors of society, which, in the long run, is expected to have a significant impact on the quality of life in general. In addition, the close relationship with Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa has creates a symbiotic relationship that enriches engineering education with knowledge resulting from INESC-ID research. At the same time, I have always felt a great motivation of students to actively participate in the research work in the context of MSc and PhD projects.

 

 

Academic Degree

PhD

 

Training / Research Area

Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

Email

antonio.grilo@inesc-id.pt

 

Linkedin Profile Link

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ant%C3%B3nio-grilo-459b6440/

 

INESC-ID Scientific Area

Communication Networks (CN)

 

 

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Gonçalo Rodrigues

Short Personal Interview

 

Gonçalo Rodrigues was born in 1995, in Lisbon. He is an INESC-ID Researcher and PhD Student since 2020, integrating the Scientific Area Nano-Electronic Circuits and Systems (NECS).

 

 

How did you get to INESC-ID?

During my master thesis

 

INESC-ID is…

one of the most advanced and innovative technology centers in Portugal.

 

Research project(s) under development

Position2 (European project with Philips) and Moore4Medical.

 

How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

Next generation of biomedical tools.

 

Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

Position2 with many futuristic ideas in the biomedical field.

 

What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

Long waiting times to get results.

 

What book are you currently reading?

Papers and more papers (not books).

 

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is? How do you explain what means to be a researcher in this area?

Design circuits that can be as small as a grain of sand, which will be part of an even more complex system.

 

How do you see the mission of mission INESC-ID “ to produce added value to people and society, supporting the response of public policies to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges, in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering”?

I think we are going in the right path. INESC-ID has a variety of working areas which covers most of those challenges.

 

 

Academic Degree

Masters

 

Training / Research Area(s)

Nanotechnology / Biomedical

 

INESC-ID Scientific Area

Nano-Electronic Circuits and Systems (NECS)

 

Email

goncalo.rodrigues@inesc-id.pt

 

Linkedin Profile Link

https://www.linkedin.com/in/gonçalo-rodrigues-brás/

 

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Lusa e Inesc-ID convidam cidadãos a apoiar construção de ferramenta contra desinformação

A agência Lusa e o Inesc-ID convidam os cidadãos a participarem na construção de uma ferramenta que ajudará a combater a desinformação, através da resposta a um inquérito para aferir a perceção sobre credibilidade dos conteúdos noticiosos.

O inquérito, que está disponível em http://inforadar.inesc-id.pt/inquerito/#artigo, é parte de um projeto maior, em desenvolvimento, de construção de uma ferramenta que tem como objetivo final estimular o espírito crítico dos leitores e contribuir, assim, para a sua literacia mediática.

“O objetivo da aplicação que pretendemos criar assenta na ideia de que deverão ser os utilizadores a selecionar a informação que pretendem consumir — ou partilhar –, fornecendo-lhes um conjunto de indicadores relevantes que lhes permitam averiguar ou questionar a credibilidade da informação que estão prestes a consumir”, explica a investigadora do Inesc-ID, Paula Carvalho.

O objetivo, reforça Paula Carvalho, “não é censurar, é empoderar os leitores, dotá-los de meios que lhes permitam tomar decisões informadas”.

Numa primeira etapa de desenvolvimento desta aplicação, que está a ser desenvolvida pela agência Lusa e o Inesc-ID, foi feito um estudo que consistia na anotação de notícias por um conjunto restrito de profissionais da comunicação, o que permitiu identificar indicadores relevantes para distinguir notícias credíveis de não credíveis.

Como a ferramenta não se destina especificamente a profissionais da comunicação, mas ao público em geral e à partida menos sensível aos princípios e regras da redação jornalística, foi considerado “fundamental que os indicadores de credibilidade previamente identificados sejam também avaliados por leitores comuns, de modo a verificar a sua pertinência e ponderar a sua integração na ferramenta em desenvolvimento”, afirmou.

Ao participarem no inquérito, disponível `online`, que terá tanto mais sucesso quantas mais forem as pessoas a participar, os cidadãos estarão a verificar aspetos como, por exemplo, as estratégias utilizadas no título da notícia, a menção no texto a fontes credíveis, o grau de imparcialidade do autor, normalmente alinhado com o uso de uma linguagem neutra e objetiva, um discurso coerente, que não recorra a falácias, etc.

“O que pretendemos investigar é a importância relativa que os utilizadores atribuem a cada um destes aspetos, de modo a selecionar os atributos por si considerados mais relevantes e informativos para determinar a credibilidade dos conteúdos com que são confrontados” esclarece a investigadora do Inesc-ID.

Muitos trabalhos se têm focado em encontrar estratégias para distinguir notícias credíveis de notícias não credíveis ou falsas (conhecidas como `fake news`), mas, de acordo com a investigadora, “esta abordagem é bastante redutora, procurando agrupar um conjunto muito heterogéneo de conteúdos noticiosos e, em última análise, estilos jornalísticos, em apenas duas categorias”.

Usando a metáfora das cores, Paula Carvalho simplifica que “nem tudo é branco ou preto. Pelo contrário, o cinza impera. Portanto, o que consideramos mais adequado é assumir que conteúdos textuais podem apresentar diferentes graus de credibilidade, em função da análise dos diferentes indicadores tidos em consideração”.

Por exemplo, se o leitor for confrontado com um texto que revele ter um baixo grau de rigor linguístico, utilize estratégias de `clickbait` no título, para atrair a atenção e gerar cliques, que não cite fontes fidedignas e emita opiniões e sentimento, “cremos que não terá dificuldade em fazer os seus próprios juízos de valor acerca da credibilidade do texto”.

Pretende-se com esta ferramenta perceber quais as características textuais que estão mais associadas a conteúdo jornalístico rigoroso, por um lado, e a desinformação, pelo outro, na ótica de um leitor comum.

Em relação à estrutura do inquérito, é pedido a cada respondente que leia um texto (que lhe será aleatoriamente atribuído) e responda a um breve questionário, composto por um conjunto de perguntas fechadas sobre esse texto.

Esse questionário coloca em evidência aspetos textuais que devem ser considerados ao julgar criticamente a credibilidade de um artigo, acabando por ter um caráter didático.

A investigadora do Inesc-ID diz acreditar que, “ao responder a essas perguntas, o leitor está a exercer o seu espírito crítico, podendo acontecer que, em alguns casos, a sua intuição inicial acerca da credibilidade do conteúdo noticioso se altere, após refletir sobre os aspetos com que foi confrontado nas suas respostas”.

Este é um dos objetivos do projeto: “A ferramenta a ser disponibilizada permitirá estimular o espírito crítico dos leitores e contribuir, assim, para a sua literacia mediática”, assinalou.

Na medida em que as respostas a este inquérito vão estar espelhadas na ferramenta, pode dizer-se que os leitores vão contribuir ativamente para a definição dos “ingredientes” que devem compor os rótulos nutricionais das notícias.

O inquérito está incluído no 5.º módulo do Curso Cidadão Ciberinformado, https://www.nau.edu.pt/pt/curso/cidadao-ciberinformado/, desenvolvido pela agência Lusa e o Centro Nacional de CiberSegurança, mas pode ser respondido de forma independente, sem ter que fazer todo o curso. O Cidadão Ciberinformado vai já na sua segunda edição, tendo tido até ao momento mais de oito mil participantes.

O novo módulo do curso “Cidadão Ciberinformado” ajuda o formando a compreender e a analisar a “informação nutricional” de uma notícia, considerando todo o seu conteúdo, desde a credibilidade das fontes, a origem ou se o texto tem elevada carga emocional ou subjetividade.

O curso “Cidadão Ciberinformado” tem a duração média de quatro horas, é gratuito, destina-se a todos os cidadãos que consultam informação `online` e está disponível até 31 de agosto 2021.

 

Fonte: Lusa / RTP

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Miguel Pupo Correia

Short Personal Interview

 

Miguel Pupo Correia was born in 1968, in Figueira da Foz, Portugal. He is an INESC-ID Researcher since 2011, integrating the Scientic Area Distributed, Parallel and Secure Systems (DPSS). Miguel Pupo Correia is also member of the Scientific Council of INESC-ID.

 

 

How did you get to INESC-ID?

When I was contracted by IST early 2011, I naturally joined INESC-ID and the Distributed Systems Group. I was with INESC years before, until 1997, before INESC-ID existed.

 

INESC-ID is…

A great place for doing research!

 

Research project(s) under development

QualiChain – Decentralised Qualifications

DE4A – Digital Europe for All

 

How would you explain in the most accessible and least technical language possible, what is the application / expected results of this (these) project (s)?

Blockchain-based applications for improving (ex-)student mobility and contracting.

 

Tell us about your favorite project so far (or one of them)?

A great project was SafeCloud. The persons involved were great and we had very nice results on cloud security.

 

What are the biggest challenges of working in research in this area?

Similarly to most Computer Science and Engineering subareas, in mine there are too many researchers world-wide and industry producing new products fast, so the area evolves so quickly that it’s hard to see which directions will have impact in the medium term, not to say long term.

 

What book are you currently reading?

One that I’ve read recently and enjoyed was “Saint Peter’s Fair”, a medieval mystery novel by Ellis Peters. I have also been enjoying some old books by Armando Ferreira, a 20th century journalist who was an IST graduate.

 

How would you explain to your child (or your parents or grandparents) what your job is?

In short: teaching and investigating, which are deeply entangled activities.

 

How do you see the mission of mission INESC-ID “to produce added value to people and society, supporting the response of public policies to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges, in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering”?

As a researcher my main focus is on academic research: keeping up to date with the literature and producing new results. However, I also interact with society in different ways, from roles in external organizations (EBP, .PT) to collaborations with industry. These interactions are useful to fertilize more fundamental research, but also to understand what society needs from us as researchers and teachers.

 

 

 

Academic Degree

PhD

 

Training / Research Area(s)

Cybersecurity, Dependability, Distributed Systems

 

INESC-ID Scientific Area

Distributed, Parallel and Secure Systems (DPSS)

 

Email

miguel.p.correia@tecnico.ulisboa.pt

 

Linkedin Profile Link

https://www.linkedin.com/in/miguelpcorreia/

 

Twitter Profile Link

https://twitter.com/miguelnpcorreia