UFMG Summer School on Brazilian Studies comes to a close

Ambassador Celso Amorim (Brazil’s former foreign affairs and defense minister), UFMG President Sandra Regina Almeida and Dean for International Affairs Aziz Saliba.

Summer School students during a field trip in Belo Horizonte.

UFMG launched on July 15th, 2019 the second edition of its Summer School on Brazilian Studies (SSBS). Nearly 60 students from 15 different countries and 22 world-class universities joined UFMG for an academic and cultural experience on a comprehensive schedule on Brazilian topics.

Over the course of two weeks, participants were challenged and inspired by some of UFMG’s best teachers who shared their expertise at lectures on topics as diverse as history, geography, society and culture, including sessions on law, politics, economy and foreign policy.

International students also had language training in Portuguese as an Additional Language, and were invited to visit some of our beautiful sites on fieldtrips, including breathtaking Inhotim – the largest open-air contemporary art museum in the world – and the historical city of Ouro Preto – a truly picturesque Unesco-acclaimed World Heritage Site.

Visits to the Football Museum, at Mineirão Stadium, a walking tour to Pampulha Architectonic Complex, and some leisure time at CEU – UFMG Leisure and Sports Center – were also included in the program.

The Summer School classes took place concomitantly with many cultural events – as the UFMG Winter Festival, and Virada Cultural – so students had an overload of artistic concerts, exhibits and performances to choose from throughout the weeks.

Last but not least, we were deeply honored and thrilled to welcome to UFMG’s Pampulha campus Ambassador Celso Amorim, who gave the closing lecture for this year’s UFMG Summer School on Brazilian Studies.

Robotics specialist holds lecture at the School of Engineering on artificial intelligence and intelligent vehicles

Takes place at the School of Engineering of UFMG, on November 14th, the lecture Towards new sensors and representations for autonomous navigation in large scale human-like environments, held by Professor Patrick Rives, from the Center Recherche INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée. Professor Rives has been at UFMG since the beginning of November and will develop teaching and research activities in the area of robotics and artificial intelligence at the Department of Electrical Engineering until December.

This initiative is being developed under the Franco-Brazilian Chairs Program at UFMG 2018, funded by the Office of International Affairs and the French Embassy in Brazil, in order to promote research and foster collaboration between UFMG and French universities.

Check below the summary of the presentation and Professor Rives’ bio:

The recent deployment of applications like intelligent vehicles or social robotics, lead us to investigate new paradigms in term of perception, navigation and control. These new applications share common specific issues like safety, robustness and capabilities to interact with time-varying large-scale environments. They also have to satisfy social rules when robots and humans share a common living space. In this talk, we focus on the perception and autonomous navigation aspects and we present some recent results obtained by the INRIA team LAGADIC in Sophia Antipolis.

Patrick Rives received his Ph.D. degree in Robotics and Automation from the University of Montpellier, France, in 1981. He is now senior researcher at INRIA Sophia Antipolis Méditerranée, and leads the Sophia Antipolis part of the INRIA team LAGADIC bilocalized between Rennes and Sophia Antipolis. His main research interests concern perception techniques applied to autonomous robotics with a peculiar emphasis on sensor-based control techniques. He addressed also the problems of autonomous navigation and SLAM for aerial, underwater and urban vehicles.