5th Congress of the Portuguese Committee of URSI closes with award of prizes

José Amado da Silva, chairman of ANACOM’s Management Board, has presented the Portuguese Committee of URSI Career Prize (2011), the ANACOM - URSI Portugal Prize and the Best Student Paper Award, making the awards during the closing ceremony of the 5th Congress of the Portuguese Committee of URSI on 11 November.

The career prize, which distinguishes a career which has contributed to the advance of radio science in Portugal, was awarded to António Amândio Sanches de Magalhães, an engineer by training who has been a pioneer in national radio-astronomy. Responsible for planning and managing construction of Portugal’s first micro-computerised solar radio spectrograph, António Magalhães worked as a researcher at the Astronomy Observatory and at the Geo-Space Sciences Research Centre of Porto University for a great part of his working life. The decision to honour his career with this prize was taken unanimously by the Portuguese Committee of URSI.

The prize was awarded ex aequo to the following works:

  • "UHF/UWB hybrid antennas for passive RFID for localization and identification systems for interior environment", authored by Ana Catarina Caniço Cruz, of the Instituto de Telecomunicações (Telecommunications Institute), ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute) and of Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade Técnica de Lisboa (IST Technical University of Lisbon).

  • "Novel Excitation Signals for Efficient Microwave Power Transmission: From theory to system integration in commercial RFID reader", authored by Alírio de Jesus Soares Boaventura, of the Department of Electronics, Telecommunications and Informatics, of Aveiro University.

Worth five thousand euros, this prize aims to stimulate creativity and rigour in scientific research work in Portugal. It was also awarded an honourable mention to Fernando Velez for the work "Fixed WIMAX Profit Maximisation with Energy Saving Through Relay Sleep Modes and Cell Zooming".

For the first time this year, and with the goal of encouraging young authors, ANACOM decided to sponsor the Best Student Paper Award with a value of five-hundred euros, to be presented in recognition of the best article presented by a student. The award was made to Marco Carvalho of the Electronic and Telecommunications and Computer Engineering Department at the Lisbon Superior Engineering Institute (ISEL) and Instituto de Telecomunicações (Telecommunications Institute), for the work "An Enhanced Handover Oscillation Control Algorithm in Self-Optimizing LTE Networks".