IEEE Portugal Section

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.


June 8th, 2015
Surfing the WavesSurfing the Waves 2
Location: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro
Dates: June 8th, 2015
Organisation: MTT-s Student Chapter at University of Aveiro
Number of participants: 25

The second talk of the Surfing the Waves (a series of talks dedicated to spreading knowledge with interest in the field of Electrical Engineering with focus on Microwave Engineering, organized by the IEEE MTT-S student branch at Universidade de Aveiro) was about Memristors, in which it was divided in an introductory presentation about the Memristors definition and applications and followed by another presentation about Memristors modeling.

The talk counted with the presence of 25 people, mainly students in electrical engineering.


May 17th, 2015
Unity WorkshopUnity Workshop2
Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
Dates: May 13th, 2015
Organising OU: IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch
Number of participants: 14
Unity is a development platform for creating multiplatform 3D and 2D games and interactive experiences. In this workshop for beginners, the guest speaker introduced the basic concepts of the Unity Game Engine, such as creating a project and the project assets (sprites, scripts, animations). Then, the participants created a simple platform game, involving: the movement of the playable character and the camera, physics and collisions, enemies and death spots, among others.


May 9th, 2015
Location: Universidad de Alcalá and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
Dates: April 23rd-25th, 2015
Organization: IEEE UPM and IEEE UAH Student Branches

During the weekend of 23rd-25th of April, IEEE students from Portugal and Spain gathered in Madrid for the 4th edition of the Iberian Student Branch Congress. This event aimed to strengthen the cooperation between both sections, motivating student branches to work together and share their experiences. This edition of ISBC was organized by two different SBs from Madrid – IEEE UPM and IEEE UAH – and was held at the Universidad de Alcalá and Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. In the programme there were technical lectures about projects being developed by researchers of those universities and other companies. There were also nontechnical activities about IEEE and its programmes.

This was a great opportunity for new members to learn more about the IEEE spirit and get motivated to develop new activities in their SBs.
During the weekend, there were several opportunities to create connections between students from both countries and, of course, to learn from the experiences shared by them.

Summarizing, the balance of this event was definitely positive and may result in innovative projects developed by both countries.


May 7th, 2015
Surfing the Waves Surfing the Waves2

Location: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro,
Dates: May 6th, 2015
Organization: MTT-s Student Chapter at University of Aveiro
Number of participants: 36

The IEEE MTT-S Student Branch at Aveiro’s University is organizing a series of talks dedicated to spread knowledge with interest in the field of Electrical Engineering, focusing on Microwave Engineering. This series called Surfing the Waves, started with a presentation on Antennas which as divided into four themes: antenna simulation (FDTD), antenna arrays, lens antennas, and transparent antennas. The talk counted with the presence of more than 30 people, mainly students in electrical engineering.


April 28th, 2015
DML talk DML talk

Location: Instituto de Telecomunicações, Universidade de Aveiro,
Dates: April 22nd, 2015
Organization: MTT-s Student Chapter at University of Aveiro
Number of participants: 48

Every year the MTT-S chooses a number of experts in several areas of microwaves for the Distinguished Microwave Lecturer program. We were pleased to receive the DML talk The Wonderful World of Nonlinearity: Modeling and Characterization of RF and Microwave Circuits from Prof. José Carlos Pedro, who is an expert in nonlinear distortion of microwave circuits. This talk had a large audience and it was composed by last year MsC students, PhD students and also some Professors. The community showed significant interest in the talk and in the topics covered.