INESC ID will lead two new exploratory research projects (ERPs) selected under the 2022 Carnegie Mellon Portugal (CMU Portugal) Call, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT). The CMU Portugal Program supports the launch of ERPs on a regular basis, with the main objective of promoting Portugal’s international competitiveness and innovation capacity in Science and Technology (S&T) in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

In 2021, two INESC ID projects were selected under the CMU Portugal Call, and two others will now be launched:

mm-Size Stimulator Implants

 The project is led by Jorge Fernandes at INESC ID and by Marc Dandin at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department (CMU) with a total funding of 50.000€.

Bioelectronic Medicine (BEM) is at the intersection of scientific disciplines and has experienced a huge development in the past 5 years, being able to revolutionize how medicine is practiced by favoring the use of electroceuticals to interface with the nervous system instead of drugs.

The “mm-Size Stimulator Implants” project is focused on the development of subdermal and deep mm-size implants. The main goal is to design a microelectronic implant circuit using state-of-the-art techniques at circuit level to obtain a simple implant with extremely low-power consumption (<1mW), capable of harvesting its’ own energy, having enough communication capabilities to receive commands and send status, and finally, being capable of stimulating nerves. 

SALAD-Nets: Synthesizing Adaptive Large-scale Accelerated and Distributed Network Functions 

The SALAD-Nets project is led by Luís Pedrosa at INESC ID and Srinivasan Seshan at the Computer Science Department at CMU with a total funding of 49.948,25€.

The goal of this project is to allow developers, operators, and even cloud customers to design a virtual network of software NFs, and a synthesizer to map this large-scale distributed network onto the underlying network substrate, as deployed in the datacenter. Considering each device’s capabilities and limitations, SALAD-Nets partitions and optimizes the network functionality, generating the code that powers not only the myriad devices in the network, but also the controller that orchestrates it all to realize on the physical network fabric the same functionality that was specified in the virtual network topology.

More on CMU Portugal website.