UIP Members: César Carpinteiro and
Portuguese Researchers Thrilled with Carnegie Mellon University
Carpinteiro and Francisco Torres, both from Faculdade de Engenharia of the
Universidade do Porto (FEUP), were at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the
scope of the Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP), promoted by the CMU
Portugal Program. The students were hosted by Shawn Blanton, faculty member at
the ECE department at CMU, and sponsored by José Machado Silva and Vítor Grade
Tavares, faculty members at FEUP and researchers at INESC TEC. During the
undergraduate internship they were immersed in a new academic environment.
February to May 2015, César Carpinteiro (report
) moved to CMU to work on an algorithm aimed
to improve chip detection of circuit failure. This research work helped him to
“learn more about parallel hardware architectures.” César explains, “In a first
stage I devised an architecture and implemented the algorithm in an hardware
description language. In a second stage I synthesized my design to a Field-programmable Gate Array (FPGA) and
evaluated its performance. Although I had familiarity with the design of
digital circuits, the bigger scale of this task provided me invaluable
Torres (report) was also at CMU at the same time, with the goal of implementing a novel
security system in hardware. By working closely with his host at CMU and his sponsor
in Portugal, Francisco Torres was able to complete the schedule and tasks successfully,
and “the final result was a complete implementation of the system in a board,”
at CMU, these two Portuguese young researchers had several opportunities to present
their research work. “I had the opportunity to join the weekly meetings of the
Statistical Learning in Chip Group with Professor Don Thomas and four more Ph.D.
students,” says Francisco Torres adding “I led this meeting two times, where I
presented my work and got some excellent feedback about it.” César Carpinteiro
also participated in several meetings, and led a meeting to present the results
of his hardware implementation.
CMU campus has endless activities for students,” says César Carpinteiro adding
“I left specially impressed with the size and quality of the job fair held in
the first week I was at Pittsburgh.” For
Francisco Torres, “the whole experience was absolutely great, in a
professional, cultural and social standpoint,” adding that “I was in touch with
the best research that is being done in ECE and in a city that has a lot to
Blanton was very pleased to receive these young researchers. “Cesar Carpinteiro’s
work at CMU was excellent. He exceeded our expectations and we hope to have him
as a PHD student here at Carnegie Mellon,” adding “we continue to follow-up on
Cesar's research work and hope to soon publish the results.” For Francisco
Torres, Shawn Blanton wrote a recommendation letter in support of his
nomination for the Best Master Thesis Prize where he states “We established a very agressive work schedule for Francisco that included milestones that were not only technical in nature but also included occasional updates that required formal presentations to our Ph.D. students. (...) Francisco not only
completed the entire project but did so in a very stellar manner.”
After returning from CMU, César Carpinteiro continued the project he was developing there and presented it as part of his Master's thesis. For him, "this Undergraduate Internship made me stand out among the competition, and this month, [September 2015], I started my first job as a Electronics Engineer Trainee at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland."
Francisco Torres, after returning from CMU, also presented his thesis and finished his Master's degree. "The project developed at Carnegie Mellon allowed me to have a highly successful thesis. Furthermore, I am still in contact with both my supervisors, Professor Vítor Tavares and Professor Shawn Blanton, in order to write a paper publishing the results obtained. Fortunately, this three-month internship opened excellent doors and brought me exceptional opportunities," says Francisco Torres.
César Carpinteiro and Francisco Torres were at CMU in the scope of the Undergraduate Internship Program (UIP), offered by the CMU Portugal Program, funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT).