IEEE Portugal Section

IEEE
September 17th, 2014

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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).

 

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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: http://www.ieeer8.org/committee/meetings/2014-august-amsterdam/2014-august-amsterdam/


June 30th, 2014

IEEE Young Professionals (YP) Portugal launched a new project/program named as Young Professionals Internships (YPi). With YPi the YP Portugal aims to create a strong link between companies and Student Branches, in order to promote the integration of Academia students in Industrial environment, give to students an early contact with the labor market and enable companies to identify future employees.

“In the current social-economics context, where the young unemployment rate keeps breaking new records every day, the secret to succeed is often to adopt a good strategy when applying to a new job. With this in mind, YPi is a great way for students and Young Professionals gain experience, have their first contact with the business world and interact with new technologies and paradigms” said Miguel Marques, Chair of YP Portugal.

YP Portugal will provide to Students and Young Professionals many opportunities of “including programs”, providing all the means and tools to ensure the students’ integration in a “first job”.

According to the Operations Director Teresa Carreiro of Critical Manufacturing, “This program is an excellent opportunity for students to complement the academy instruction, integrating them in real industrial environment and giving them the opportunity to cooperate directly with ambitious projects. For the company, the ability to cooperate with IEEE and the access to motivated Students and Young Professionals gives us a competitive advantage over traditional internship programs that we already had in the past”.

The first participants are now applying to the available programs and will be integrated in the companies in July of the current year.

Join us in this program/project!


June 23rd, 2014

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Location: Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão do Instituto Politécnico de Leiria Dates: 29 May 2014
Organising: IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch
Number of participants: 17

This workshop was given by members of Leiria’s Toastmasters Club, and it aimed to help participants improve their communication and public speaking skills. In this workshop, participants were given tips on how to approach a public presentation. Then, every participant had the chance to give an improvisation speech on a random topic, and afterwards they received feedback, in order to understand what they need to improve.


June 7th, 2014

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Location: Instituto Telecomunicações, Campus Universitario de Santiago

Dates: 21 May 2014

Organising: MTT-S Student Branch Aveiro and CST

Number of participants: 22

CST is a 3D electromagnetic simulation software that enables the design and optimization of devices operating in a wide range of frequencies and for many different kinds of applications. It has been used my many to simulate and optimize the designs of antennas, filters, waveguides, but also electromagnetic compatibility of PCB designs, or electromagnetic energy absorption by human tissue when in close range of RF appliances. The range of applications is vast and of wide interest for graduate and graduating students alike and also very useful for PhD students and researchers working on radiofrequency electronics.

The workshop was held between 9:30 and 17:00. Started with an introduction to the software and the most relevant features of the CST2014 release. Then a series of presentations were followed, by representatives from CST as well as PhDs from the University of Aveiro, to show the application of the software to solve different problems and how to perform the simulations to obtain the best results. The workshop also counted with an online support session for students to exchange ideas and pose questions about specific simulation aspects and how to solve certain problems with the software. The full program is sent with the attachments.

The workshop counted with around 20 participants plus 2 representatives from CST and 2 representatives from Instituto de Telecomunicações.


June 7th, 2014

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

Date: 6 May 2014

Organising: IEEE IPLeiria Student Branch

Number of participants: 350

The Technical Conference on Electrical Engineering is an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge. It aims to provide future engineers and researchers, today’s professionals, and the general community, a clear vision of the business, industrial and research activities related to the Electrical Engineering field.

This conference brought together students, teachers, research institutes and companies, through the presentation and discussion of current and very interesting topics, such as:

  • Wireless Technologies for the Internet-of-Things (IoT);
  • Smart Grids;
  • Embedded Systems;
  • Autonomous Vehicles;
  • High-performance Electrical Machines.

Aside from these presentations, several companies provided exhibitions on their products and solutions, allowing the participant to get a closer look to the labor market.

This event was a success, with the number of participants surpassing our expectations. The guest speakers and their presentations were good, and the feedback from the participants was positive.


May 10th, 2014

The 19th edition of “Concurso Micro-Rato” took place on May 7th, 2014, in the Auditorium of the Library of the University of Aveiro.

The Micro-Rato contest is already part of the history of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics (DETI), of the University of Aveiro . This competition consists of various events of technical nature where the target audience, students from the 1st to the 3rd cycle of higher education institutions across the country,  are challenged to build and/or program robots with a very specific end goal , solve a “maze” . Thus, participants develop skills acquired in curricular areas in addition to some soft skills.

The 19th edition of “Concurso Micro-Rato” had 30 teams enrolled, adding to a total of about 80 youngsters, divided into 3 events: Micro-Rato , Ciber-Rato and PathFinder. This edition lived moments of great energy as the audience watched the groups of future engineers put to the test all the hard work they had done through the last few months.

This year’s competition had a wide variety of snacks available throughout the afternoon, open to all participants and audience, and enjoyed the visit of the Redbull Wings Team which distributed joyfully drinks to the assistance. There was also a stand of the local company, Micro I/O, which took the chance to advertise their products and projects, and collect some of the participants CVs.

Each event, this year, had at least one participation of a team outside of the DETI. From students of Escola Profissional de Aveiro, in Pathfinder competition, to students from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Oporto, in Ciber-Rato , and Instituto Superior Técnico , in Micro-Rato.

The first places the Micro-Rato and Pathfinder were assigned to home teams, while the team of the IEEE Student Branch of the University of Oporto took home the first prize of Ciber-Rato competition, an ASUS VE228H LCD Monitor, sponsored by IEETA – Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro.

As regards for the remaining prizes, 3 Raspberry PI, 3 Arduino DUE and 3 Arduino UNO were awarded to the Pathfinder competition, with support from the SPR – Sociedade Portuguesa de Robótica and DETI, and for Micro-Rato the prizes were 3 professional qualifications via e-learning, offered by UNAVE – Associação para a Formação Profissional e Investigação da Universidade de Aveiro, and 3 Raspberry PI, sponsored by the SPR.

The organization would like to emphasize the fantastic work done by the IST team, which was the only team brave enough to participate with a robot built by the same, purposely for the competition.

The executive committee of IEEE Student Branch of the University of Aveiro leaves a thank you to all participants, audience, sponsors, technical support, referee team, jurors and the rest of the organization of Micro-Rato 2014.

Some news:

http://www.pcguia.pt/2014/05/concurso-micro-rato-na-universidade-de-

http://www.diarioaveiro.pt/noticias/micro-rato-da-ua-diverte-enquanto-ensina/

 

More information:

http://microrato.ua.pt/

https://www.facebook.com/microratocontest


April 23rd, 2014

Location: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Dates: 20 March 2014
Organising: University of Porto IEEE Student Branch
Number of Participants: 5

A training session named “The IEEE Xplore Digital Library’s New Content, Features & Functionality: Advanced Search Strategies for Scientific ­Technical Research” was given by Michael Shapiro. The event was freely available to all professors, researchers and students of Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto.

As a local IEEE student branch, we reached out to Shapiro and offered our support. We also gave him a tour around our headquarters to also talk about our activities and possible partnerships with our future endeavours.


April 21st, 2014

És membro estudante do IEEE e queres participar no maior evento de estudantes de toda a Região 8? Então este concurso é para ti!

O Desafio:
Escreve uma proposta para melhorar o funcionamento da Secção (em qualquer das suas áreas de impacto) que possa ser implementada nos próximos 12 meses.
(máximo 800 palavras)

Dicas de estrutura a seguir:
- Introdução e identificação do problema
- Proposta de solução
- Recursos necessários
- Plano de execução.

Prémios:
1º Prémio: Inscrição e viagem* para o SYP Congress 2014
2º Prémio: Inscrição e metade dos custos de viagem** para a SYP Congress 2014
3º Prémio: Inscrição para o SYP Congress 2014

Regras:
A participação neste concurso é individual e limitada a membros estudantes (Student Member ou Graduate Student Member) da Secção Portuguesa que tenham uma inscrição IEEE válida para 2014.

Os trabalhos devem ser entregues por email para students[at]ieee-pt.org até às 23h59 de 12 de Maio 2014, acompanhados pelo número de membro do(a) participante.

Os vencedores serão informados por email até ao dia 20 de Maio.

A Secção reserva-se ao direito de alterar as regras do concurso e de não atribuir prémios, caso a qualidade das propostas não seja meritória de tal.

O júri será composto pela ExCom IEEE Portugal, SSR, e SSAC.

*Até 400€ em custo de viagem
**Até 200€ em custo de viagem.


April 17th, 2014

Location: Universidade de Aveiro

Dates: 2 April 2014

Organising: University of Aveiro IEEE Student Branch, University of Porto IEEE Student Branch

Number of Participants: 20

The Web Development Workshop was target for students that want to build their own website and want to know how to develop with HTML and CSS. Lectured by Ana Gomes and José Bateira, this session had a first part of theoretical concepts about HTML and CSS and then in the second part the students had the opportunity to develop a small website, based on a screenshot we gave. This was a Borrow a Workshop session, where the invited lecturers from Porto went to University of Aveiro.