1. What are your personal perspectives as a researcher?
A researcher is a person that has the flexibility to work in new, unexplored and interesting areas, but that also has the responsibility to take the most out of its research towards the public, in new services, products, knowledge areas, etc. The research can take a huge impact both in industry, education and the end-user, as it is the basis of innovation in the world. Working and researching in future communication networks, being able to think about the future of the networks, how to connect everyone, every-time and everywhere, working on the services that can be provided through this ubiquitous communication, is very challenging but also very rewarding professionally and personally.

2. In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges in your area of research?
I usually say that I am very lucky to be researching communication networks in an era of revolution of this area. I started my research path when the mobile phones were starting taking place, and after that a great electronic revolution has taken place. At this stage we ear the concept of smart cities and smart places everywhere. To have this concept come true we need to have information about everything and everyone, from the people to the vehicles and sensors around a place, being able to coordinate all the services in a dynamic and autonomous way. The communication networks are very important to provide the knowledge of all the information of the people and things around, being mostly mobile. The research of a communication network that is able to connect people, cars, boats, drones, bicycles, sensors, homes, office, is the main challenge I have been researching in the last years. The services that can be provided through such a network, all the data available and how to use it, is also a big challenge nowadays.

3. Where are the strengths of the UA in your opinion?
UA is very strong in telecommunications since the beginning. The experience we have in UA in this area since the beginning makes us in the forefront of these technologies. From the knowledge and human resources to the lab and real-world experimentation conditions, we have all that we need to be in the cutting edge of the telecommunications research.

4.  Could you give one idea to improve research in the UA?
The main aspect that needs to be improved is to provide attractive conditions to maintain our researchers in our departments and research institutes, through good contracts and a clear research evolvement path.

última atualização a 22-09-2016

Susana Sargento is an Associate Professor with “Habillitation” in the University of Aveiro and the Institute of Telecommunications, where she is leading the Network Architectures and Protocols (NAP) group (http://nap.av.it.pt).

In March 2012, Susana has co-founded a vehicular networking company, Veniam (www.veniam.com), a spin-off of the Universities of Aveiro, Porto and Instituto de Telecomunicações, which builds a seamless low-cost vehicle-based internet infrastructure.

Susana has more than 15 years of experience in technical leadership in many national and international projects, and worked closely with telecom operators and OEMs. Recently she won the EU Prize for Women Innovators 2016.

Susana’s main interests are in the areas of self-organized networks, in ad-hoc, vehicular mechanisms and protocols, and content distribution networks.

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