After the formalization of the agreement with MIT, at the beginning of the month, the Government signs this morning the collaboration protocol with the North American University of Carnegie Mellon, foreseeing the creation of a virtual institute, advanced training programs and research agreements. Mariano Gago had already guaranteed that the three technological collaboration programs with North American Universities would be formalized by the end of November, and the agreement with the University of Texas has now to be signed.
Mariano Gago, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education stated at the launch conference that this is a partnership that wants to be stable and for many years, where the creation of the joint international institute, virtual and «without walls», and with both poles , shows a willingness to work for the future. «This may prove to be one of the most innovative international institutes in this area», he guarantees.
The program, according to what is considered one of the best schools in the world in the areas of Information and Technology Management, Information Systems and Informatics, foresees the creation of three annual Master’s programs with a double degree with Carnegie Mellon University and four PhD programs in Computer Engineering and Electrotechnics, Computational Sciences, Computational Speech Processing, Information and Technology Management, and Mathematics.
Similar to the agreement with MIT, a preliminary evaluation phase of the collaboration with Carnegie Mellon was carried out, with areas of scientific and technological cooperation identified, as well as for the strengthening of the R&D and postgraduate teaching capacity of national institutions. in an international context.
Among the entities participating in the agreement are 12 Universities, 8 faculties and schools that integrate research centers and four laboratories and an institute. The FCCN and UMIC are also involved in the protocol.
The creation of the international virtual institute, known as the Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI) is one of the pillars of the agreement, with the creation of two different centers, ICTI @ Portugal and ICTI @ CMU. The concept’s innovation was also highlighted by Manuel Heitor, Secretary of State for Science and Technology.
The Institute’s program of action will focus on information processing and information networks, including software, information networks, information security and computational language treatment, but involving application components of sensor networks and technologies and critical infrastructure management, as well as analysis of information policies and management of the technological change process, involving, still, the area of mathematical investigation.
Companies with relevant role
The agreement also attributes a relevant role to companies, which will launch an industrial affiliation program within the scope of the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies, which has member companies in INOVA-RIA (Association of Companies for an Innovation Network in Aveiro ). The protocol also includes Portugal Telecom, Novabase and Siemens, as well as technological companies such as Critical Software, SkySoft Portugal, Altitude Software and Priberam Informática.
Mariano Gago highlighted the interest of companies that have been committed to the partnership since the beginning, making relevant commitments, multiplying their own R&D investment and recruiting new researchers, assuming principles defined in the Technological Plan.
Editor’s Note: [2006-10-27 11:58:00] The news was updated with information collected in the meantime at the press conference.[2006-10-27] Information on the commitments assumed by the companies was made autonomous in another news item, Companies are again crucial partners in an agreement between the Government and CMU
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