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Public Lectures by Pedro M. B. Silva Girao
June 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
About the Event:
10:00 am ‒ The World Today and in the Future
To say that the world is changing at a faster pace than ever before is a cliché. However, only older people, who were born until the third quarter of the past century, are really able to appreciate the full extent of the changes on our way of living that we have been experiencing in the last decades. In short, what we have been through is the result of GLOBALIZATION.
This lecture will address the following issues: globalization, its causes and consequences, the need to grow sustainable resources, the possibility of forecast in several domains, political systems, and global organization vs chaos among others.
12:00 pm ‒ Teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Near Future
For those paying attention to the academic issues, it is obvious that the education paradigms must change at all levels of education and training. Electrical and Computer Engineering is no exception and is probably one of those scientific and technical domains where those changes are more pertinent and needed.
This lecture will discuss the future of teaching Electrical and Computer Engineering with the following agenda: framing of the issue, models of the university engineering teaching, the role of an electrical and computer engineer in the future, what should be taught in 20 years’ time and how.
Both talks will be followed by discussions.
About the Speaker:
Pedro M. B. Silva Girao is a Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (UL), and a Senior Researcher, the Head of the Instrumentation and Measurements Group, and the Coordinator of the Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies of the Instituto de Telecomunicações. His main research interests include instrumentation, transducers, measurement techniques, and digital data processing, particularly for biomedical and environmental applications. Dr. Silva Girao authored or co-authored one book, 29 book chapters, 80 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and over 260 papers in conferences. He is a co-editor of nine books, has ten Portuguese patents and contributed to one international standard on digital data acquisition systems. He has also produced over 60 pedagogical texts.
Dr. Silva Girao is a Senior Member of the IEEE, Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IMS (2015-2018), Honorary Chairman of the International Measurement Confederation (IMEKO) TC19—Environmental Measurements, and Vice-President of the Portuguese Metrology Society.