From the Portuguese side, there is the major involvement of the University of Lisboa Faculty of Sciences (FCUL), through the Department of Informatics, and the collaboration of researchers from two other main universities, namely the University of Coimbra Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCTUC), through the Department of Informatics, and the University of Aveiro (UA), with the Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática de Aveiro.
Key personnel from FCUL involved in the program, both at the education and research level, are Paulo Veríssimo, António Casimiro, Miguel Correia, Nuno Neves and José Rufino, together with Henrique Madeira from FCTUC and André Zúquete from UA.
This initiative aims at setting up a joint-venture which, as a criterion of success, expects to become internationally visible as a distributed centre of excellence for its results in state-of-the-art scientific research and advanced education, in the field of Information Processing and Networking, and more specifically in Information and Infrastructure Security and Dependability. This project differentiates itself by addressing such difficult issues as the Internet and the Critical Information Infrastructures of the future, and their interpenetration: the dramatic security and dependability problems posed the inevitable fusion between classical Internet and embedded and computer control systems justify per se the existence of an effort focused on this theme. Dependability and Security are two very important fields of computer science and engineering which have until recently been concerned with complementary aspects of system trustworthiness: accidental faults, defects or bugs; and malicious hazards, attacks or intrusions. The purpose of this proposal is to address both security and dependability on an equal foot. This proposal tries to give some contribution to the study and solution of the above-mentioned problems, through a coordinated set of initiatives: education at the level of MSc and PhD, and joint research.
This initiative is an opportunity to take advantage from the experience and excellence of CMU in the area of Information Processing and Networking, to train young graduates and professionals, with great importance for the Portuguese ICT circuit, including affiliated institutions and companies. It will also constitute an opportunity for joint teaching and research experiences between CMU and Portuguese faculty, expected to create enduring relationships, and long-lasting and interdisciplinary record of research between teams on both sides of the Atlantic. In the end, we expect that this initiative will contribute to create in Portugal first rate, internationally recognized, education and research programs in an area of significant relevance, such as Information and Infrastructure Security and Dependability.
There are two graduate programs in this initiative: MSc and PhD. Either program will confer a dual degree to the successful candidates, respectively: (a) MSc in Information Technology - Information Security (MSIT-IS) from the Carnegie Mellon University and Mestre em Segurança Informática from the University of Lisboa Faculty of Sciences; (b) PhD degree in Computer Science, or Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the Carnegie Mellon University and Doutor em Informática, espec. Ciência da Computação, ou Engenharia Informática from the University of Lisboa. A number of scholarships are available to cover the tuition and expenses of students in either program, regardless of their nationality.
The Joint Research program aims at contributing to create long-term, mutually fruitful relationships between the US and Portuguese groups, which may leverage the international visibility of the associated Portuguese universities. Specifically, the program is designed to take advantage of the complementarities of research made on each side, and/or to create critical mass by reinforcing hot areas where both sides have strong positions in the international research arena, in the areas of Information and Infrastructure Security and Dependability.