Faculty Exchange Program Is “First Step Towards Identifying Common Research Interests”
Sá Silva, assistant professor at the Universidade de Coimbra, spent four months
at Carnegie Mellon University – Silicon Valley, between January and May 2014. According to the professor – who is also senior researcher at the Laboratory of Communication and Telematics of
the Centre of Informatics Engineering (LCT)
of the Universidade de Coimbra (CISUC) – when he decided to stay at the Silicon
Valley campus of CMU his main goal was “to contact with a new research group at
CMU that works in an area similar to mine.”
opportunity to exchange ideas with scientific research groups from a different
country was an asset to “conceptualize and develop new research subjects,” particularly
the meetings with faculty members and with the director of CMU’s Silicon Valley,
Bob Iannucci, and the participation in Pei
Zhang’s (one of the leading experts in Electrical and
Computer Engineering at CMU Silicon Valley) research group activities.
Passionate by wireless sensor networks, mobile
environments and next-generation networks, Jorge Sá Silva explains that this
visit to CMU’s Silicon Valley campus, located in California, U.S., was a chance
to “discuss the state-of-the-art, and to analyze and refine what I am currently
working on,” as well as “to discuss future research projects,” he adds. The
meetings with the Nokia and Renault teams, and the visit to the Nissan Research
Centre, also highlighted by the professor, were examples of that.
in the U.S., “we proposed and explored new joint models for the Internet of
Things, integrating wireless sensor networks with Human in the Loop systems,” Jorge
Sá Silva explains. As a result of this work, the visiting researcher, together
with Pei Zhang, has been involved in the organization of two international
conferences: ExtremeCom 2014 –
Extreme Conference on Communication and Computing – The Galápagos Expedition,
held between August 11 and 15, 2014, on the Galápagos Islands, in Ecuador; and Mobiquitous 2015 – 12th International Conference
on Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems: Computing, Networking and Services, which
will take place in Coimbra, Portugal, between September 16 and 19, 2015.
Faculty Exchange Program was also fruitful in the sense that Jorge Sá Silva was
given the opportunity to attend some Master classes in Electrical and Computer Engineering,
more specifically “Wireless Network Security,” taught by Patrick Tague, “Mobile and Pervasive Computing,” taught by Pei Zhang, and “Java for
Smartphone Development,” taught by Bob Singh.
specifically, during the four-month stay, Jorge Sá Silva, who received his Ph.D. in Informatics Engineering in 2001, managed to improve his research about the Human
in the Loop model, leading a joint research paper titled “Human in the Loop:
state-of-the-art analysis,” submitted to IEEE Tutorials and Surveys. Having also worked on the development of new
algorithms and protocols suitable for the Internet of Things, the visiting researcher
is now working on a new joint research paper titled “Human in the Loop over
Networks,” to be submitted to the INFOCOMM Conference.
“The main benefit of this visit was the contact with an excellent research center
that necessarily has a different view on possible approaches to research
objectives,” he states. Moreover, “this scientific mission opened new
communication channels between the two research groups, which is a first step towards
identifying common research interests,” he concludes.
four-month stay was made possible by the Faculty Exchange Program, offered
by Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program that is funded by the Fundação para a
Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).
The Faculty Exchange Program is offered by the Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program and it allows academics from Portuguese universities to spend at least one term working in research and education at Carnegie Mellon, experiencing the culture of a top university in the United States. Carnegie Mellon professors are also given the opportunity to spend time in Portugal to engage in teaching and research activities with local higher education institutions and research labs.