IEEE Portugal Section

February 23rd, 2015


This year, the IEEE-IST Student Branch will be 25. They will celebrate with technical talks, panels, workshops, presentations on IEEE, social and networking events, and a ceremony. They will showcase their current projects, bring back recent members who left their mark on the branch, hear other personalities share their IEEE stories, cheer on as faculty are promoted to IEEE senior member and student members move on to the next stage of their membership and learn about the multiple opportunities within IEEE.

Speakers will be IST alumni, current students, and other IEEE personalities, such as Efthymia Arvaniti (BrainArK), Rui Costa (Veniam), David Dias (^lift, &yet, IST), Diogo Mónica (Square, IST), José M. F. Moura (CMU), Hugo Silva (PLUX, IST), José Pedro Silva (Critical Manufactoring), and Manuela Veloso (CMU). Their talks will range from autonomous robots to vehicular networks, touching on big data, biosignals, neuroengineering, or startup life, as well as the workings of IEEE.

Date: March 6 to 8, 2015.

Place: Taguspark campus (March 6, included in SET – Semana Empresarial e Tecnológica) and Alameda campus (Abreu Faro Auditorium, March 7 and 8).

Don’t forget to register:


January 6th, 2015

Dear IEEE Portugal Section Member,

In the election ending December 3rd, members chose the IEEE Portugal Section executive team for 2015:

  • Chair: Ana Madureira (ISEP)
  • Vice-Chair: Ana Sofia Gomes (UNL)
  • Vice-Chair: José Pedro Silva (Critical Manufactuing)
  • Secretary: Gonçalo Carito (IST)
  • Treasurer: Miguel Marques (Efacec)

The new ExCom has already confirmed its willingness to serve, and will take office on January 1st, 2015.

Pedro Pinho
IEEE Portugal Nominations and Appointments Committee Coordinator

December 20th, 2014


Date: 04.12.2014
Organising: IEEE-­IST Student Branch (Instituto Superior Técnico)
Number of participants: 33

With Christmas knocking on the door, it was time to organize a creative and fun activity allusive to the theme. So we thought, why about cupcakes? Teams of 2­4 people had the opportunity to make their own cupcakes.
The activity had three stages: creating the base, baking and decorating. The participants creativity was shown by the combinations of flavors, textures and colors. The activity also allowed the participants to acquire more cooking notions and tricks for the holiday season.
In a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the teams showed enthusiasm, proactivity and cooperation between them (taking into account the limited number of cooking utensils).
Considering the fact that the cupcakes disappeared within the first hour of their completion, it is fair to say the event was a success!

December 20th, 2014

Date: 10 December 2014
Organising: IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch
Number of participants: 26
Activity name: LaTeX Workshop for Beginners

Given last year’s success, the IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch organized another LaTeX Workshop for beginners, in which the participants could learn the basics of LaTeX. A brief presentation on LaTeX was given, followed by a practical exercise consisting in replicating a simple document containing different elements using a LaTeX word processor. After this exercise, the school’s template for dissertations was explained.
With this workshop, participants took the first step to start writing reports / articles / essays with LaTeX word processor, which allows the user to abstract from the appearance of the document and focus on its content instead.

November 15th, 2014

Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Castelo Branco
Date: 05/11/14
The student core of IEEE Student Branch IPCB organized its first technical activity of this academic year, a workshop of HTML5, connected to the area of Web pages creation. The student and president of the respective student branch, Élvio Sousa, was the speaker of this activity, by which it was proposed to introduce a whole introductory set of bases that which is the new version of the text markup language to creating Web pages.
With a strong students’s support, the workshop was held the first of many activities that will be organized by the respective student branch along this school year.

October 28th, 2014

Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria

Date: Out 7th, 2014

We celebrated IEEE Day with an activity called “1000 toys, 1000 smiles”. In this activity, students learned how to perform the adaptation of toys with a simple electronic system (with on/off button), so that children with special needs can easily play with them. These adapted toys will be delivered to different institutions throughout the country.
This activity was held in a stand in an open place, where students from all over the school who passed by could come over and participate, as well as learn about IEEE and our Student Branch.
There was also a live tweet and live feed with other Student Branches, and a television showing videos about IEEE and IEEE Day. Furthermore, we programmed a robot manipulator to draw “Happy IEEE Day” on a board.
Some students showed interest in joining IEEE and they are now our newest Student Branch members.

October 15th, 2014

We are pleased to announce the opening of the electoral process that will yield the next Executive Committee of IEEE Portugal Section, for the year 2015.
Until 07 November 2014, 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:

A. Candidate full name;
B. Candidate IEEE member number;
C. Candidate biography, and activity proposal for the year (maximum 1000 characters);
D. 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 following template IEEE-PT-Biography-Blank.doc

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 1 and 3 December 2014 (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 between 22 and 29 November 2014.

Pedro Pinho

October 4th, 2014

Nominations for the IEEE Portugal Section Outstanding Student Branch are open until 20 October 2014.

The purpose of this award is to provide recognition of exemplary Student Branch operations for the period of 2013/2014.

Portuguese Student branches wishing to be considered need to submit a pdf slideshow with a maximum 20 slides, to the email <>, with subject [IEEE Portugal Section Outstanding Student Branch Award_Student Branch Name].

The complete rules of the award are as follows:


● Yearly award
● To be given at the Portuguese Student Branch Meeting
● Distinguishes the student branch with the best performance during the year.

● Active Student Branches belonging to the Portugal Section
● Required up-to-date activity and officer reporting
● Activities reported to IEEE-PT page and R8 News

● Student branches wishing to be considered are to submit a slideshow, maximum 20 slides, standard dimensions for projection.
● There are no specific requirements regarding the content of the presentation. Generally, it should showcase branch activities and accomplishments.
● This is the only required and accepted document.
● Nominations are delivered by email to <> with subject [IEEE Portugal Section Outstanding Student Branch Award_Student Branch Name]

● The winner will be decided by a committee appointed by the Section Executive Committee, including the Section Student Officers.
● The primary decision criterion will be the number, quality and relevancy of the activities organised, although financial performance and member recruitment and retainment, among others, also play a role.

● Engraved IEEE wall plaque
● Extra funded invitation to the meeting where the award is given

September 17th, 2014



From 6th to 10th of August, the IEEE Region 8 Student Branch and Gold Young Professionals Congress (SYP) was held at Krakow, Poland. SYP is an international event with more than 400 young engineering students and young professionals from more than 350 universities of Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The Portugal IEEE Section sponsored a student from each Student Branch in a total of 9 students who had a chance to interact with other students in order to gain further insight, exchange knowledge and skills, and bring back fresh ideas to their own branches.

Furthermore, the University of Porto branch was the winner of the Poster competition that has held during the conference. The winning poster highlighted the developed activities by the branch since the previous SYP edition, which at the time was named Student Branch Conference (SBC).




September 3rd, 2014

The IEEE 103rd Region 8 Committee meeting and the IEEE Sections Congress, took place from 20th to 24th of August 2014, in Amsterdam RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, Netherlands. While the IEEE 103rd Region 8 Committee Meeting represents one of the bianual meetings of IEEE Region 8 (region composed by sections from Europe, Middle East and Africa), Section Congress is an event that gathers IEEE Sections from all around the world, and which only takes place every three years.

IEEE Portugal Section was represented by Sofia Gomes, Section Vice-Chair, and José Silva, Section Secretary, in both of these events.

Some of the Region 8 meeting’s highlights include the election of the new Operating Committee of Region 8, and budget discussion and voting for 2015.

Professor Rui Cruz, Portugal Section Past-Chair, was also elected as a member of the Nominations & Appointments Committee for Region 8, a very prestigious committee which is responsible for evaluating volunteers eligibility for the Region 8 Board and appointing members for top volunteer positions within Region 8.

After the Region 8 Committee meeting, the IEEE Sections Congress 2014, took placed from 22nd to 24th of August, also in the Amsterdam RAI Convention Center. IEEE Sections Congress, held every three years since 1984, provides sections with a priceless leadership training opportunities for volunteers, with the goal to impact the future of IEEE.

Taking this congress as an opportunity to cultivate IEEE knowledge and express our concerns to the future, Portugal Section representatives had the chance to participate in numerous workshops and schedule private meetings with key IEEE coordinators and staff members. The materials gathered in the workshops and contacts made within the private meetings will definitely improve our daily operations and expedite many of our requests to IEEE headquarters.

The Sections Congress was an excellent opportunity to gain information, develop leadership skills, network and build relationships with other volunteers, which hopefully will generate new programs and initiatives in Portugal Section’s future.

More information about the meeting and sections congress, can be found here: