M-ITI President Nuno Nunes is responsible, among others, for the proposal of the next stage of the Carnegie Mellon Programme (CMU) Portugal. The Programme funded by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) results of a collaboration between the Portuguese Government and the Carnegie Mellon University in the area of Information Technology and Communication, having started in October 2006 and renewed until 2017.
Nuno confirmed that if the Programme is renewed, there will be a focus on the so called 'data science' as a determinant economic growth factor. "We are in an important moment in which companies like Uber, AirBnB or Booking.com (which deal essentially with data and information) are worth more than the main company groups in their sectors (automobile, hotel).
He said: "M-ITI is still the only institute in Portugal with an institutional partnership with CMU, but the problems with the limitations and constraints in the development of the project are vastly known. These areas are highly competitive and aren't sympathetic with our rhythms." He also gave an example: "While we discussed the future of M-ITI, Google has created a center with over a thousand people in Pittsburgh. Uber hired an entire department of automatic learning and has autonomous cars circulating in Pittsburgh, and Amazon launched Alexa, which is being developed in the Pittsburgh lab. Being capable of this implies a huge change of mindsets which will take longer than a generation."
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