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Information mathematics wins a prize for a Portuguese working in Switzerland



Information mathematics wins a prize for a Portuguese working in Switzerland

Afonso Bandeira is the first mathematician to receive the António Aniceto Monteiro Prize, a partnership between the Portuguese Society of Mathematics (SPM) and Unilabs. This was the first edition of the award for mathematicians under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves by significant contributions to the discipline.

Afonso Bandeira is 34 years old and is from São Pedro do Sul, Viseu district. He is a professor at ETH Zurich, a public institution in Switzerland, and conducts research in information mathematics, combining the tools of probability theory, theoretical statistics and convex optimization to present innovative ideas that have revolutionized and uniquely stimulated the field in which he is considered a leader.

“To put it simply, the mathematics of information is about understanding how much information is contained in a given set of data,” explains Afonso Bandeira. The mathematician explained to JN that in recent years this is an area that is constantly evolving and allows you to get information for different fields of knowledge, such as physics or health.

“This allows us to perceive patterns in the network, such as proteins. In fact, it is this information that has allowed us to build the understanding of the coronavirus that we have.” For Afonso Bandeira, what interests him most is to understand, beyond how this data is extracted, how difficult it is to obtain this data.

When he learned that SPM had chosen him to receive this award, the mathematician felt honored. “I think they chose me because they liked my work, my curiosity. But more important to me than receiving an award is to receive it in person at SPM and be with mathematicians that I know and haven’t seen since the beginning. pandemic,” concludes Afonso Bandeira.

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The next step

Although this is a field in constant development, Afonso Bandeira says he already has plans for what he will explore further in information mathematics. “Now I’m interested in understanding the relationship between the amount of data (with a certain quality), the response time and the quality of the solutions presented by computers when solving computational problems,” he explains.

Afonso Bandeira admits that it is impossible to predict the data that will be analyzed by this area, noting that even in a dream one will not be able to perceive the information that can be obtained from these data. “However, it’s great for those who like to ask questions.”

Mathematician award

The award ceremony took place this Wednesday, July 20, as part of the National Mathematical Assembly. The award was presented by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Elvira Fortunato.

The Antonio Aniceto Monteiro Prize is a tribute to the mathematician of the same name, who was one of the founders of SPM and Portugaliae Mathematica. His research work is considered evidence of an extraordinary era and life.

His modernist essay “An Essay on the Foundations of General Analysis”, published by the Lisbon Academy of Sciences in 1939, is an example of the innovative ideas that intoxicated his generation and sparked the progress of research in Portugal.

“The purpose of this award is to recognize the exceptional achievements of the new generation of Portuguese mathematicians, highlight the great quality of their research, inspire the youngest and advance mathematics,” explains João Araujo, President of the SPM.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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