Special Sessions


Doctors in Industry

Michael Figueiredo (ex‐PDEEC)
Design engineer @ Next Silicon, Lda.


Michael Figueiredo received his M.Sc. and Ph.D degrees from Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal, in 2007 and 2012, resp. Since 2012 he has been with Next Silicon/Aura Semiconductor (Portugal/India) as a design engineer. His primary interests are Bluetooth low energy and subghz transceiver design. He is the recipient of the IEEE CAS Outstanding Young Author Award 2012.

Ana Fachada Fernandes (ex‐PDEEC)
Design engineer @ Next Silicon, Lda.

Project Manager on B2B Segment of Portugal Telecom: Integrated in the direction of management of the business segment, in the market strategy department of PT Portugal, where I carried out analyzes of data from the business and the market customers, in order to translate and identify the results into concrete and effective strategies in addressing the customer and increase business. Moreover I also have the responsibility of leading projects related with the launch of Products into the market guaranteeing that all the related streams are in accordance to what is expected.


Ana Sofia Fernandes, 33 years, has a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon and has initiated her professional activity in 2006 has consultant at Deloitte. In 2007, she started her PhD in in Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialty Computer and Perceptional Systems at the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon, in partnership with "Liverpool John Moores University." The doctoral thesis focuses on the identification of survival risk levels, based on techniques of data mining using survival analysis models using artificial intelligence techniques. In 2010 she has returned to the industry, working at Portugal Telecom, where she remains since then. In Portugal Telecom, she has had various roles, such as Product Manager, Portfolio and Market Intelligence Manager, Cloud Business Developer and lately as Go‐to‐market Project Manager.

Nuno Souza e Silva


Nuno Souza e Silva is member of the Executive Board and the General Manager of R&D Nester since 2013. Prior to joining R&D Nester, Nuno was Country Manager in Portugal for DNV KEMA Energy Consulting, an energy consulting multinational company. Nuno has also assumed engineering and senior management roles in several telecommunications and energy related companies and in the Ministry of Economy. Nuno has a Degree in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal, an MSc. in Electrical Engineering from the same University, an MBA from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and an MSc. in Business Management from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

João Pimentão


João Paulo Pimentão. PhD in Electrical Engineering from the New University of Lisbon in 2006 with the Thesis “Secure communication without the need of cipher”, Master's Degree in Computer Engineering from the New University of Lisbon in 1994. He has been lecturing in the Computer Science Department and in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the New University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL) since 1990. He has participated in many international and national projects from different programmes such as FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7 and the European Space Agency, in projects that cover areas of Factory automation, Robotics, Pattern Recognition, Software Agents Technology, Decision Support Systems based on Fuzzy Logic and Data warehousing and Data Mining. Since 1985 he has been collaborating with the Center for Technologies and Systems on the UNINOVA Institute. He is co‐author of more than 80 scientific articles with peer revision, for international conferences and journals. Co‐founder of HOLOS (www.holos.pt) he is currently its Chief Technology Officer.

Carlos Coutinho (ex‐PDEEC)
"Caixa Mágica"


Carlos Coutinho is the CEO and R&D Manager at Caixa Mágica Software in Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, awarded in 2013 by the New University of Lisbon (FCT‐UNL), Portugal, where he also does research, with interests in Enterprise Interoperability, Adaptable Platforms and Systems, SOA, and Model‐Driven Engineering. He has more than 10 years of experience teaching the fields of IT at Portuguese universities ISEL, ISCAL, ISGB and ISCTE. He also holds a PMI‐PMP® title and has a post‐graduation in Project Management by Instituto Superior Bissaya‐Barreto (ISBB) in Coimbra, Portugal.

Alfredo Matos


Alfredo Matos is a software engineer with a strong network background, a PhD in computer science, and an entrepreneur with a taste for new product development. He founded Metrifly, a start‐up bringing a new approach to network performance management with mobile/cloud integration. He’s also an R&D Engineer, working on the latest technologies and creative solutions.

Orfeu Flores


Orfeu Flores, PhD in Molecular Genetics, MSc. in science commercialisation, CEO, is a very experienced entrepreneur in Life Sciences, has started 3 successful businesses and helped creating more than 50 new high qualified jobs, of which 15 PhDs. He has all the experience to train incoming fellows in matters such as acting CSOs, IP protection, business development and genomics technical tasks, like genome sequencing and genome genotyping. He was awarded “Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2001” by the Portuguese Academy of Young Businessmen. Experience in mentoring post‐doctoral fellows, namely in the Marie Curie scheme and co‐supervising PhD students and master students. Orfeu Flores has also 10 years of experience working as a external expert for European Commission. He has participated in more than 120 exercises of proposals evaluation and proposals reviewing, mostly taking place at Brussels, at REA headquarters or DG Research central office. Orfeu’s expertise has served the EC over the following Calls in the past 10 years.


Knowledge and Innovation

Prof. Paula Urze
Currently, knowledge and the capability to create and utilize it are considered to be the main source of a company's sustainable competitive advantage. One possible approach is to consider knowledge as a key support to innovation research as it ranks first in the hierarchy of strategically relevant organization’s resources. In fact, networking, cooperation, and knowledge accumulation and transference are some of the key intangible factors of innovation. Considering this assumption, this session, based on a research project, aims to deepen the understanding of the factors that leverage, or constrain knowledge circulation, to support innovation and its impact in terms of the capacity of generating new ideas, processes and products. The project is grounded on an extended case study of a large company in Portugal. This R&D network integrates members from several domains and business activities (e.g. research institutions, universities, associations, start‐ups and suppliers).


Paula Urze, PhD in Economic and Organizational Sociology (ISEG/UL), 2005. Professor at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, New University of Lisbon (FCT/UNL) and Researcher at Interuniversitary Center for the History of Science and Technology (CIUHCT). Has been researching in the areas of innovation, knowledge transference and collaborative networks. Has coordinated projects with scientific contributions for the sociology of Innovation, sociology of organizations and sociology of work. Since September 2013 she has been President of APSIOT ‐ Portuguese Association for Professionals in Industrial, Organisational and Labour.

IP & KTC in my Life

Dra. Marta Cerejo
This session aims to introduce the different situations where highly qualified professionals will encounter Intellectual Property (IP) and Knowledge and Technology Transfer (KTC) issues in their life. In a simple way, this session aims to show how they can use these tools to bring added‐value to society.


Marta Cerejo is the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Officer of FCT NOVA. Working at the Research & Innovation Accelerator (RIA), Marta supports FCT community in IP rights protection, tech transfer agreements and industry interface, downstream and upstream of the research & development value chain, from idea conception to market introduction. Marta has a 12 year career dedicated to research in biotechnology and life sciences, developed at several institutions, national and international, from the academic, public and private sectors, such as BIOALVO SA, University of Tübingen, INIAP/IPIMAR (current IPMA) and University of Montpellier II. Marta holds a PhD in Bioengineering of the MIT‐PT Program at FCT NOVA, an MSc in Marine Costal Sciences and a BSc in Biology, both from University of Aveiro. Marta uses her scientific background and industry insights to bring closer to the market FCT NOVA added‐value technologies.