Nuno Borges de Carvalho

Nuno Borges de Carvalho

Prof. Dr. Nuno Borges Carvalho 
Associate Professor

Dep. Electrónica, Telecomunicacões e Informática 
Instituto de Telecomunicacões
Universidade de Aveiro | 3810-193 Aveiro | Portugal or\nbcarvalho

1. What are your personal perspectives as a researcher?

My main perspectives as a researcher is to be able to maintain the quality University of Aveiro has achieved in Telecommunications research. Despite UA with it’s Telecommunication center (Instituto de Telecomunicações has already achieve the recognition in terms of Telecommunications research either national or international, my goal is that I can contribute to maintain that quality in the next years.
From my point of view University of Aveiro and Aveiro can definitely be the incubator of excellence in Telecommunications in Portugal and Europe, and the strong teams we have in radio communications, optical communications and networks definitely make a difference in the path to this goal.
In a more specific and more focused in my personal perspectives, the two emerging areas we have been working on, Software Defined Radio and Wireless Power Transmission will definitely be the key areas of my future research path in next years. In that respect we are proposing several projects to National and International Funding Agencies in order to increase the research collaborators working in this area.

2. In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges in your area of research?
The main area of research from my group is on Software Defined Radio and Wireless Power Transmission, and the main challenges that we face are the increase in energy efficiency in both systems. It is also my strong believe that this will only be possible if we start to collaborate closely with material colleagues, in order to be able to maximize some of the main basic components used in RF electronics.
The main goal of my research is that in the future all mobile systems do not need any connection using wires, either for communications, but also for energy battery recharging.

3. Where are the strengths of the UA in your opinion?
The main strengths of UA is the possibility to have a cross disciplinary group of research labs that can collaborate together.  There are already some examples of this cross-disciplinary work, as for instance the physics and electronics departments within IT. Moreover I also think that the co-existence of institutions as IT, which is a private non-profit organization within the University can maximize the potential and flexibility of research in Portugal, and especially in UA.

4. Could you give one idea to improve research in the UA?
From my point of view the free of thinking is the best contribution we can give to science, and the personal initiatives should be supported. This can be explored better in organizations that can be autonomous in financial and organizational terms. The independence that Universities claim for themselves could be applied to individual departments and research unities as much as possible, allowing the initiative from each individual to promote excellence in the University.

última atualização a 14-07-2014

Nuno Borges Carvalho was born in Luanda, Angola, in 1972. He received the Diploma and Doctoral degrees in electronics and telecommunications engineering from the University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, in 1995 and 2000, respectively.

He is currently an Associate Professor with “Agregação” and a Senior Research Scientist with the Institute of Telecommunications, University of Aveiro, where he coordinates the wireless communication thematic area and the Radio Systems Group (

He coauthored Intermodulation in Microwave and Wireless Circuits (Artech House, 2003). He has been a reviewer and author of over 200 papers in magazines and conferences He is the co-inventor of four patents. His main research interests include software defined radio front-ends, wireless power transmission, nonlinear distortion analysis in microwave/wireless circuits and systems, and measurement of nonlinear phenomena. He has recently been involved in the design of dedicated radios and systems for newly emerging wireless technologies.

Dr. Borges Carvalho is the chair of the IEEE MTT-11 Technical Committee, an IEEE Senior Member and member of IEEE MTT-20, MTT-24 and MTT-26. He is the chair of the URSI-Portugal Metrology Group. He was the recipient of the 1995 University of Aveiro and the Portuguese Engineering Association Prize for the best 1995 student at the Universidade de Aveiro, the 1998 Student Paper Competition (Third Place) of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society (IEEE MTT-S) International Microwave Symposium (IMS), and the 2000 IEE Measurement Prize.

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