Oradores Convidados


João Barros

Chief Executive Officer, VENIAM

Short bio:João Barros is Founder and CEO of Veniam Inc. and Professor Catedrático (on leave) of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Porto, Portugal. He was Founding Director of Instituto de Telecomunicações in Porto, which grew from 8 to 100 researchers during his six-year tenure. Joao Barros was also a Fulbright scholar twice and has held visiting appointments at MIT, Stanford, Cornell and Carnegie Mellon. He regularly teaches at the Porto Business School and serves on the board of Streambolico, a WiFi multicast company he co-founded.

Dr. Barros has received several awards, including the 2010 IEEE ComSoc Young Researcher Award (EMEA), the 2011 IEEE ComSoC and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award, the 2012 BES National Innovation Award, the 2013 Building Global Innovators Grand Prize (ISCTE-IUL and MIT) and a best teaching award by the Bavarian State Ministry of Sciences, Research and the Arts. His work has been featured on NPR, BBC, MIT Technology Review, TechCrunch, FastCompany, and The Atlantic, among several other relevant media outlets.

João is fluent in Portuguese, German, English, French and Spanish. He received his undergraduate education in ECE from the Universidade do Porto (UP), Portugal and Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany, a performing arts degree in flute from the Music Conservatory of Porto, and the Ph.D. degree in EE and IT from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), Germany.

Keynote: "Connecting all vehicles is crucial to sustainability"

Abstract:This talk will show that the dream of a future mobility system whose vehicle utilization grows from 5% to 80% can only be achieved by finding smart ways to move massive amounts of data between vehicles and the cloud. Building on Veniam's seven years of experience building mesh networks of connected cars, buses and trucks we discuss the challenges and opportunities in ensuring that all vehicles become a real-world network that improves the lives of millions of people.

Francisco C. Santos

Instituto Superior Técnico & INESC-ID, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Short bio: Francisco C. Santos is Associate Professor of the Department of Computer Science of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon. He is a senior researcher at the Group on Artificial Intelligence for People and Society (GAIPS) part of INESC-ID. He received a PhD in Computer Science Eng. from the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), as a Marie Curie PhD Fellow at the Institut de Recherches Interdisciplinaires et Intelligence Artificielle (IRIDIA). After his PhD, he was Chargé de Recherches at the Machine Learning Group of ULB (MLG, Brussels), and senior researcher at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (CENTRIA-UNL). He is interested in applying and developing modelling tools to understand collective dynamics and decision-making in social and life sciences. He has been working on problems related to the evolution of cooperation, human social norms, network science, urban planning, artificial life, and environmental governance. His lecture at INForum 2019 will focus on this last challenge.

Keynote: "Climate action and cooperation in an uncertain world"

Abstract: When attempting to avoid global warming, individuals often face a social dilemma in which, besides securing future benefits, it is also necessary to reduce the chances of future losses. In this talk, I will resort to game theory and populations of adaptive agents to offer a theoretical analysis of this type of dilemmas, in which the risk of failure plays a central role in individual decisions. This model can be shown to capture some of the essential features discovered in recent key experiments, while allowing one to extend in non-trivial ways the experimental conditions to regions of practical interest. This approach also leads us to identify useful parallels between ecological and socio-economic systems, particularly in what concerns the evolution and self-organization of their institutions. Our results suggest that global coordination for a common good should be attempted through a polycentric structure of multiple small-scale agreements, in which perception of risk is high and uncertainty in collective goals is minimized. Whenever the perception of risk is low, our results indicate that sanctioning institutions may significantly enhance the chances of coordinating to tame the planet’s climate, as long as they are implemented in a decentralized manner. I will discuss the impact on public goods dilemmas of heterogeneous political networks and wealth inequality, including a distribution of wealth representative of existing inequalities among nations. Finally, I will briefly discuss the impact of scientific uncertainty — both in what concerns the collective targets and the time window available for action — on individuals’ strategies and polarization of preferences.



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