IEEE Portugal Section

November 8th, 2015
Location: University of Porto
Dates: October 23rd-25th, 2015
Organisation: Student Branch at University of Porto
Number of participants: 11

IEEEXtreme is a global challenge in which teams of IEEE Student members—advised and proctored by an IEEE member, and often supported by an IEEE Student Branch—compete in a 24-hour time span against each other to solve a set of programming problems. This year, although with a national event at Coimbra, Porto kept the tradition alive with 4 teams competing locally. As usual, in Porto, there were fresh subs for lunch, pizza and lots of coffee which in the end resulted in the 1st and 2nd places being teams from and competing in Porto.
Between the teams competing in Porto, there were 6 new IEEE members, 2 of which were 1st year electrical engineering students and 2 informatics engineering 2nd year students.


October 20th, 2015

Location: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro
Dates: October 6th, 2015
Organisation: Rohde and Schwarz, Instituto de telecomunicações, and MTT-s Student Chapter at University of Aveiro
Number of participants: 25

Rohde and Schwarz, Instituto de telecomunicações, and MTT-s Student Chapter at Universidade de Aveiro organized a workshop dedicated to 5G. The idea was to outline concepts and ideas of the upcoming telecommunications revolution, from the hardware to the protocol level. The workshop included demonstrations and a series of talks, lasting one full day.


Members of the MTT-S student chapter not only helped to organize the workshop but also presented a talk and one demonstrator to the participants. The full program for the workshop is below:

9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and Reception / Introduction – IT & Rohde&Schwarz

9:30 – 11:00 “Design and characterization of amplifiers for 5G” – B.Schincke (R&S)

  • Types of Amplifier and its principles
  • Envelope Tracking, Load Pull, Harmonic Pull
  • Differential Ampl.
  • Measurement of characteristic parameter of Amplifier

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:00 “Digital Pre-Distortion of Radio-Frequency Base-Station Power Amplifiers” – L.C. Nunes/F. Barradas (MTT-S Chapter/IT)

12:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30 “Challenges of LTE advanced Rel. 10…13 ( IOT)” – L. Walther (R&S)

  • 8×8 Mimo
  • Wifi Offloading
  • D2D communication
  • Multichannel Signal generation and Analysis

15:30 – 16:15 “ORCIP Infrastructure” – P. Monteiro/N.B. Carvalho (IT)

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00 “The Way to 5G” – L. Walther/B. Schincke (R&S)

  • WW Research Activities and Initiatives
  • Envisages requirements for the next generation
  • Why LTE cannot fulfil these requirements
  • Technology Options and Air Interface Candidates
  • Channel Sounding
  • Generation and Analysis of dig. modulated signals in V-Band

18:00 Live Demos – IT & Rohde&Schwarz Multiport Solutions

The workshop counted with the participation of 40 people, mostly working engineers but also students developing work in the area of telecommunications.



October 18th, 2015

Dear IEEE Portugal Section Member,

We are pleased to announce the opening of the electoral process that will yield the next Executive Committee of IEEE Portugal Section, for the biennium 2016-2017.

Until 20th October 2015, you are invited to submit your nomination. In line with IEEE recommendations and practice, we welcome nominations of candidates for single positions, i.e. not in list format. The ballots will present all candidates for each position, and voters will vote for each individual. The mandatory positions are:

  1. Chair
  2. Vice-Chair(s)
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer

Nominations for single positions must be sent to <>, accompanied by the following information:

  1. Candidate full name;
  2. Candidate IEEE member number;
  3. Candidate biography, and activity proposal for the biennium (maximum 1000 characters);
  4. Candidate photo.

The information should be formatted as a Word document (.doc), and the photo should be sent in JPEG format. All candidates should comply with the eligibility requirements set forth by IEEE. Please use the this template.

After the candidatures are received and accepted, this information will be sent by email to all voting members of IEEE Portugal Section.

The elections will take place between 29 of November and 2 December 2015 (both included), and members will vote electronically using the IEEE vTools system. All information about candidates and voting procedures will be sent by email for all members until 23th November.

Pedro Pinho
Nominations & Appointments Coordinator

August 28th, 2015
O IEEE Day 2015 realiza-se no próximo dia 6 de Outubro e a organização está a procura de verdadeiros heróis para o superman_5IEEE Day Ambassadors.

Se estás interessado em ser embaixador de Portugal, preenche o seguinte formulário:

Tens até dia 04 de Setembro máximo pois caso contrário ficará muito em cima da data.

O que irás fazer:
1. Estar em contacto com a secção, student branches, affinity groups, etc de forma a informá-los do IEEE Day
2. Organizar e dar suporte à organização de eventos durante o IEEE Day
3. Dar suporte em campanhas de marketing
4. Promover os beneficios do IEEE, novos membros a juntarem-se e encorajar os actuais a renovarem
5. Contribuir com ideias, feedback e sugestões
6. Dar assistência no recrutamento de futuros embaixadores
7. Divulgar nas redes sociais (Facebook, G+, Instagram, Twitter, Collabratec IEEE Day Community).

Qualquer dúvida ou clarificação, pode ser enviado um email para <>.

Peço também aos que preencherem o formulário que enviem um email para <> e <> (cc) – para que possamos estar informados e passar conhecimento referente ao ano passado.


Esta é uma excelente oportunidade para desenvolverem experiência de trabalho no IEEE em Portugal.

Gonçalo Carito & Rafael Arrais
IEEE Day 2014 Ambassadors


August 19th, 2015

The IEEE Portugal Section will award outstanding volunteers, chapters and student branches for 2014.

Nominations for the following awards can be submitted by email to <> until 18th September 2015.

  • IEEE-PT Best IEEE Volunteer [link]
  • IEEE-PT Outstanding WIE member [link]
  • IEEE-PT Outstanding Chapter [link]
  • IEEE-PT Outstanding Student Branch [link]
  • IEEE-PT Outstanding Young Professional member [link]

Please follow the above links for specific instructions and regulations for each award.

June 30th, 2015


Most thin magnetic films have their magnetization lying in the plane of the film because of shape anisotropy. In recent years there has been a resurgence of interest in thin magnetic films which exhibita magnetization easy axis along the surface normal due to so-called Perpendicular Magnetic Anisotropy (PMA). PMA has its origins in the symmetry breaking which occurs at surfaces and interfaces and can be strong enough to dominate the magnetic properties of some material systems.

In this talk I explain the physics of such materials and show how the magnetic properties associated with PMA are often very well suited to applications. I show three different examples of real and potential applications of PMA materials: ultralow power STT-MRAM memory devices for green computing, 3-dimensional magnetic logic structures and a novel cancer therapy.


Speaker: Professor Russell Cowburn – IEEE distinguished Lecturer 2015, Univ. Cambridge, Reino Unido

Date: July 1st, 2015 at 11 a.m.

Place: Anfiteatro VA3 (Pavilhão de Civil) – Campus Alameda, IST


June 17th, 2015


We would like to congratulate the Portugal Section Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society Chapter for receiving approval and official formation.


Welcome and good luck for upcoming activities!!



June 16th, 2015

This year, the IEEE – Women in Engineering’s Portuguese Section celebrates its 5th anniversary in Braga.

On June 20th, we will have an event that will gather experts to talk about leadership, an issue which has no gender and so in vogue in today’s society.

Being a leader is something far more unconscious than just take responsibility. It is someone who can, under pressure, define the best solutions quickly and spontaneously. The question is… How to make the best decisions?

To find out the answer and improve your leadership skills, don’t miss the opportunity to take part of this event!


June 16th, 2015
Location: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro
Dates: June 12th, 2015
Organisation: MTT-s Student Chapter at University of Aveiro
Number of participants: 20

The MTT-s Student Chapter organized a practical short-talk addressing microwave measurements in the Linear and Nonlinear Vector Network Analyser (VNA and NVNA), and associated calibrations problems. For this talk, we had invited Diogo Ribeiro, a PhD student at Universidade de Aveiro who has been working at the RF division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the United States of America, his CV can be found here:

Diogo addressed the calibration theory necessary to obtain accurate measurements with a VNA and NVNA, as well as the NIST Microwave Uncertainty Framework that Diogo has been using at NIST. This software performs accurate calibrations of the RAW measurements and, at the same time, elaborates an uncertainty analysis (more information can be found here:

The talk included practical examples using a VNA and NVNA and counted with the presence of 20 students working in the field.


June 16th, 2015


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In June 1st, Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP) held a workshop to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Portuguese Chapter.Entitled “Artificial Intelligence in the 21st century: What are the new challenges?”, the event was organized by Ana Madureira (IEEE Portugal Section Chair) and Prof. João Calado (CIS Portuguese Chapter Chair). It began with two presentations about the past and present of AI given by Prof. José Carlos Quadrado (ISEP Vice-President and founder of the CIS Portuguese Chapter) and Prof. Inês Dutra (Faculty of Science, University of Porto). The two presentations were followed by a discussion regarding the workshop’s main topic.

The panel’s members included several leading figures of the Portuguese Artificial Intelligence (AI) scientific community namely Prof. Alípio M. Jorge (Faculty of Science, University of Porto / LIAAD), Prof. Ernesto Costa (Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra), Prof. Miguel Calejo (Minho University /APPIA), Prof. Pavel Brazdil (Faculty of Economy, University of Porto) and Prof. Vladimiro Miranda (Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto/INESC TEC).

During the debate, there were several different perspectives concerning the role of AI and Computational Intelligence such as human reasoning and bio-inspired technologies.

The debate shifted to the question of whether the AI is in fact present in our daily lives, and if so to what extent. New challenges inherent to AI were presented. The need for legal regulation of AI activities was also raised, particularly regarding Big Data analysis. Other challenges were pointed out like Multi-agent cooperative scenarios and signal processing integration.

The event involved more than 50 people, among which IEEE members, guests and students, and it ended with a get-together lunch between the speakers.