CMU Portugal Alumnus
Receives the 2014 IBM Scientific Award
Cabral, recently graduated from the dual degree doctoral program in Electrical
and Computer Engineering (ECE) by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), won the
IBM Scientific Award 2014 with his doctoral thesis "Unifying Low-rank
Models for Visual Learning." Ricardo Cabral's advisors were João Paulo
Costeira and Alexandre Bernardino, from ISR-IST-UL, and Fernando De la Torre, from CMU.
an honor to receive this award, a scientific distinction that has been renowned
for 25 years. I am very happy and proud to see my work alongside the other
winners, scientists with worldwide impact, that I admire and respect,” says Ricardo Cabral.
According with the press release sent by
IBM, “Ricardo Cabral's thesis work may be an evolution in the
field of computer vision, allowing computers to ‘see' like humans.” This researcher of the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR/IST) explains “we studied models of 'low-rank' learning that
seek the simplest possible explanation for a data set. In the
'low-rank' learning problem, there are two main models proposed; a
traditional one that was discovered 30 years ago, and another one that was
recently proposed as a replacement five years ago. In this research, we
discovered a model that encompasses both strategies, and allows the
unification of the advantages from both sides."
result, this research work attempts to contribute to the theoretical
understanding of the ‘low-rank’ learning models and improves the outcomes of its
application. Computer vision is a growing field, expanding to robotics,
architecture, virtual reality, special effects or mapping and navigation.
IBM Scientific Award jury has distinguished this research due to its quality
and mathematical rigor, and the potential demonstrated in object classification
issues in low supervision images. The IBM Scientific Award was created in 1990
by IBM Portugal with the goal of highlighting the best work within the Computer
Science field. It is intended to motivate young Portuguese researchers to
disseminate their projects, fostering the relation between the business,
academic and scientific research communities. André Martins, also a CMU Portugal alum, was distinguished with this award for his paper in 2011.
The jury was composed by a
group of internationally renowed experts and recognized leaders
in the main areas of knowledge that the
Scientific Prize encompasses: Prof.
Carlos Salema (IST and president of the jury), Prof. Carlos Mota Soares (IST), Prof.
João Rocha (UA), Prof. Joaquim Júdice (UC), Prof. José Esgalhado
Valença (U. Minho), Prof. José Fernando Ferreira Mendes (UA), Prof. José
Júlio Alferes (FCT UNL), Prof. Luís Oliveira e Silva (IST), Prof. Maria Isabel
Lobato Faria Ribeiro (IST), Prof. Pedro Veiga (FCUL), Prof. Vladimiro Miranda (FEUP)
e Carlos da Naia Sardo (IBM).
Ricardo Cabral defended his Ph.D. thesis in February 2015 and is now part of the
research team at an international company.
The ceremony was held on November 11, 2015, at Fundação Champalimaud, in Lisbon.
(updated on November 11, 2015)