José M. F. Moura is the Philip L. and Marsha Dowd university professor. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the National Academy of Innovators, a corresponding member of the Academia das Ciencias of Portugal, a Fellow of the IEEE, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2019, he is President and CEO of IEEE, the largest professional organization with 422,000 members over 160 countries.

He holds 16 patents. The technology of two of his patents (co-inventor Alek Kavcic) is used in more than three billion hard disk drives in 60% of all computers sold in the world. Those patents were the subject in 2016 of a $750 million settlement between CMU and a semiconductor manufacturer in the largest-ever settlement in the IP area.

He has received several awards including the IEEE Signal Processing Society “Society Award,” the IEEE Signal Processing Society “Technical Achievement Award,” and the IEEE Signal Processing Society “Meritorious Service Award.” Moura has been elected university professor at CMU. In 2015-16, he received the CMU College of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Engineering Award. Prior to this, he received the CMU Philip L. Dowd Fellowship Award for contributions to engineering education, and the CMU Engineering Outstanding Research Award.

In 2016, Moura was the IEEE vice president for technical activities and a member of the IEEE Board of Directors. In 2012-2013, he was the IEEE Division IX director and member of the IEEE Board of Directors. Prior to this, he was the president of the IEEE Signal Processing Society, and the editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing. Moura has served in the editorial boards of major technical journals.

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1978 Agregacão, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon

1975 DSc, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1973 EE, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1973 MS, Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1969 Licenciado EE, Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon

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Carnegie Mellon – CMKL | Thailand

CMKL Tech Summit 2019 on AI for a Sustainable Future

On December 16, 2019, CMKL University held its third tech summit in Bangkok, Thailand, on the topic of AI for a sustainable future.

CMU Portugal

Moura hosts Portuguese delegation at CMU

Portugal’s Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education visited Carnegie Mellon alongside a delegation of 15 people. The visit, hosted by ECE/CMU Portugal’s José Moura, strengthened the cooperation between the Portuguese government and Carnegie Mellon in the field of Information and Communication Technologies.

CMU Engineering

Moura named 2018 IEEE President-Elect

José M. F. Moura, Philip L. and Marsha Dowd University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University and IEEE Life Fellow, has been elected to serve as the 2018 IEEE President-Elect. Moura will begin serving as IEEE President on January 1, 2019.

The Institute

Interview with Moura featured in The Institute

An interview with ECE’s José M.F. Moura was recently published in The Institute, a newspaper for IEEE members. Moura is a candidate for 2018 IEEE president-elect.

The Atlantic

Moura and Kottur’s paper on non-human robot languages cited in The Atlantic

Much like the Facebook researchers who discovered their robots communicating in a non-human language, ECE’s Satwik Kottur and José M. F. Moura have also observed machines formulating their own languages.

CMU Engineering

$16.5M gift for data science and engineering

$16.5 million was donated to Carnegie Mellon to support education and research in data science and engineering.

CMU Engineering

Moura, Veloso, and Kavčićs give $16.5M

Professors José Moura, Manuela Veloso, and Aleksandar Kavčić and Dr. Sofija Kavčić have jointly donated $16.5M to CMU to support data science and engineering.

CMU Engineering

Recovering data from shrinking disk drives

Over the last 30 years, Carnegie Mellon engineers have contributed in many different ways to the progress of disk drive storage.

CMU Engineering

inRes connects Portugal, Pittsburgh, SV

inRes is an early stage acceleration program for Portuguese entrepreneurial teams.

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