The December 2022 INESC-ID newsletter is out!
The December 2022 issue of NEWS-ID — the INESC-ID Newsletter — is out! You can read it here. Containing recent news from our researchers and their projects, open positions and some extra bits of content, our monthly newsletter is a great one-stop spot for great…
Accelerat.ai: a new consortium to accelerate digital transformation in Portugal
INESC-ID has joined a wide ranging set of partners in Accelerat.ai — a new consortium whose goal is to accelerate the digital transformation of the public and private sectors in Portugal. Representing an investment of 34.5 million euros supported by the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience…
How and when viruses move: predicting the spread of COVID-19 using neural network models
A group of researchers, led by Arlindo Oliveira, has proposed a new method to compute the spatio-temporal dynamics of COVID-19 infections. In a paper published this week on ACM Transactions on Spatial Algorithms and Systems, four INESC-ID researchers (Mário Cardoso, André Cavalheiro, Alexandre Borges and…
INESC-ID takes part in the world’s largest consortium on Responsible AI
INESC-ID has been announced as one of the members of the world’s largest consortium on Responsible Artificial Intelligence (Responsible AI). Led by Unbabel — and including a set of ten other startups, eight research institutes (in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra, amongst them INESC-ID, Instituto Superior…
Girls in Artificial Intelligence: a video series of young talent in AI
Girls in AI, a new video series of young talent in Artificial Intelligence, has been launched and is now fully online. Isabel Trancoso — INESC-ID researcher in the Human Language Technologies Research Area and Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) — has, together with…
Diogo Nunes awarded “Best Clinical Scientific Article” Prize
Diogo Nunes has been awarded the “Best Clinical Scientific Article” Prize by Associação Portuguesa para o Estudo da Dor (the Portuguese Association for the Study of Pain). An Early Stage Researcher at the Human Language Technologies Research Area, Nunes was awarded his best paper prize…
INESC-ID doctoral student awarded Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Award
Maria Catarina Botelho, an Early Stage Researcher at INESC-ID, has been awarded one of the Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo Awards (Prémios Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo, this year in their sixth edition) in the “Young Alumna” category. A graduate from the Integrated Masters program in Biomedical…
Open call for six doctoral research fellowships
INESC-ID has an open call for six Research Grants for Doctoral Degrees in the scientific areas listed below, under the FCT Research Grant Regulation (RBI) and the Statute of the Scholarship Holder of Research (EBI). The impact of the research carried out at INESC-ID is…
The November 2022 INESC-ID newsletter is out!
The November 2022 issue of NEWS-ID — the INESC-ID Newsletter — is out! You can read it here. Containing recent news from our researchers and their projects, open positions and some extra bits of content, our monthly newsletter is a great one-stop spot for great…
Susana Vinga and Pedro Monteiro honoured with Universidade de Lisboa / Caixa Geral de Depósitos Scientific Awards
Two INESC-ID researchers have been honoured in the 2022 Universidade de Lisboa / Caixa Geral de Depósitos Scientific Awards (Prémios Científicos Universidade de Lisboa / Caixa Geral de Depósitos). The awardees lists recognised Susana Vinga with a scientific award and Pedro Monteiro with an honorable…
Seminar: Combining Reasoning and Learning for Discovery
07 June, 1.30pm, at Sala José Tribolet in Pavilhão Informática II at IST.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly advancing field inspired by human intelligence. AI systems are now performing at human and even superhuman levels on various tasks, such as image identification, face and speech recognition, and chatbots such as chatGPT. The tremendous AI progress that we have witnessed in the last decade has been largely driven by deep learning advances and heavily hinges on the availability of large, annotated datasets to supervise model training. However, often we only have access to small datasets and incomplete data. We amplify a few data examples with human intuitions and detailed reasoning from first principles and prior knowledge for discovery. I will talk about our work on AI for accelerating the discovery for new solar fuels materials, which has been featured in Nature Machine Intelligence, in a cover article entitled, Automating crystal-structure phase mapping by combining deep learning with constraint reasoning . In this work, we propose an approach called Deep Reasoning Networks (DRNets), which seamlessly integrates deep learning and reasoning via an interpretable latent space for incorporating prior knowledge. and tackling challenging problems. DRNets requires only modest amounts of (unlabeled) data, in sharp contrast to standard deep learning approaches. DRNets reach super-human performance for crystal-structure phase mapping, a core, long-standing challenge in materials science, enabling the discovery of solar-fuels materials. DRNets provide a general framework for integrating deep learning and reasoning for tackling challenging problems. For an intuitive demonstration of our approach, using a simpler domain, we also solve variants of the Sudoku problem. The article DRNets can solve Sudoku, speed scientific discovery  provides a perspective for a general audience about DRNets. DRNets is part of SARA, the Scientific Reasoning Agent for materials discovery . Finally, I will also talk about the effectiveness of a novel curriculum learning with restarts strategy to boost a reinforcement learning framework . We show how such a strategy is characterized by left heavy-tails and can outperform specialized solvers for Sokoban, a prototypical AI planning problem.
Professor Carla P. Gomes: Department of Computer Science, Cornell University
Carla Gomes is the Ronald C. and Antonia V. Nielsen Professor of Computing and Information Science, the director of the Institute for Computational Sustainability at Cornell University, and co-director of the Cornell University AI for Science Institute. Gomes received a Ph.D. in computer science in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. Her research area is Artificial Intelligence with a focus on large-scale constraint reasoning, optimization, and machine learning. Recently, Gomes has become deeply immersed in research on scientific discovery for a sustainable future and, more generally, in research in the new field of Computational Sustainability. Computational Sustainability aims to develop computational methods to help solve some of the key environmental, economic, and societal challenges to help put us on a path toward a sustainable future. Gomes was the lead PI of two NSF Expeditions in Computing awards. Gomes has (co-)authored over 200 publications, which have appeared in venues spanning Nature, Science, and a variety of conferences and journals in AI and Computer Science, including five best paper awards. Gomes was named the “most influential Cornell professor” by a Merrill Presidential Scholar (2020). Gomes was also the recipient of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) Feigenbaum Prize (2021) for “high-impact contributions to the field of artificial intelligence, through innovations in constraint reasoning, optimization, the integration of reasoning and learning, and through founding the field of Computational Sustainability, with impactful applications in ecology, species conservation, environmental sustainability, and materials discovery for energy” and of the 2022 ACM/AAAI Allen Newell Award, for contributions bridging computer science and other disciplines. Gomes is a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
INESC-ID ESR Talks – June 2023
If you are a masters/PhD student or a postdoctoral fellow, come and present your work in an informal and friendly environment – and savour some tasty snacks!
Individual talks will be 10-15 minutes plus time for feedback. Enroll on your selected date by emailing pedro.ferreira[at]inesc-id.pt.
Happening on the second Wednesday of every month (4pm-5pm):
- 14 June (Alves Redol, Room 9)
- 12 July (Alves Redol, Room 9)
We hope to see you there!
OLISSIPO Summer School in Lisbon | Computational phylogenetics to analyse the evolution of cells and communities
We are happy to announce the OLISSIPO Summer School on Computational phylogenetics to analyse the evolution of cells and communities, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, at INESC-ID, between July 2-7, 2023.
David Posada, University of Vigo (class)
João Alves, University of Vigo (hands-on)
Nadia El-Mabrouk, Université de Montréal (class)
Mattéo Delabre, Université de Montréal (hands-on)
Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Claremont McKenna College (class and hands-on)
Russell Schwartz, Carnegie Mellon University (class and hands-on)
See the preliminary agenda at: https://olissipo.inesc-id.pt/tree-tango-school
Registration is mandatory. You can register at: https://forms.gle/VsASFHW5E7MJvaCc9
The registration fee is 250€ for students and OLISSIPO members and 350€ for postdocs or other researchers (meals indicated at the schedule of the school are included, accommodation and flights are not). All details will be made available upon registration.
We will have slots for flash talks (3-10 min depending on the number of submissions) to present yourself and the work you have been developing in your research.
The 13th Lisbon Machine Learning School | LxMLS 2023
The Lisbon Machine Learning Summer School (LxMLS) takes place yearly at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST). LxMLS 2023 will be a 6-day event (14-20 July, 2023), scheduled to take place as an in-person event.
The school covers a range of machine learning topics, from theory to practice, that are important in solving natural language processing problems arising in different application areas. It is organized jointly by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a leading Engineering and Science school in Portugal, the Instituto de Telecomunicações, the Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores, Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa (INESC-ID), the Lisbon ELLIS Unit for Learning and Intelligent Systems (LUMLIS), Unbabel, Zendesk, and IBM Research.
Check online for information about past editions: LxMLS 2011, LxMLS 2012, LxMLS 2013, LxMLS 2014, LxMLS 2015, LxMLS 2016, LxMLS 2017, LxMLS 2018, LxMLS 2019, LxMLS 2020, LxMLS 2021, LxMLS 2022 (you can also watch the videos of the lectures for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2020).
31st International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2023)
The 31st International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2023) conference provides a forum for research and developments in the field of information systems. The theme of ISD 2023 is “Information systems development, organizational aspects and societal trends”. New trends in developing information systems emphasize the continuous collaboration between developers and operators in order to optimize the software delivery time. The conference promotes research on methodological and technological issues and how IS developers and operators are transforming organizations and society through information systems.
The ISD 2023 conference held this year also provides an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to promote their research, practical experience, and to discuss issues related to Information Systems through papers, posters, and journal-first paper presentations.
ISD 2023 will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Portugal, on August 30–September 1, 2023.