Portuguese students create an innovative project of Artificial Intelligence.

Four young people from Aveiro and Porto are participating in a scientific internship at the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC) and will develop an "innovative solution" in the area of artificial intelligence.

Portuguese students create an innovative project of Artificial Intelligence.
Portuguese students create an innovative project of Artificial Intelligence.

Tiago Teixeira, Cármen Silva, Ruben Leal, and Renata Lei are between 15 and 18 years old and have been working since Monday at INESC TEC laboratories to develop tasks and small projects related to data science, artificial intelligence, and automatic learning.

Under the motto "How will Artificial Intelligence be in 2030?", The stage, developed under the Live Science Laboratory program, aims to "challenge students to think about how artificial intelligence will impact people's lives."

In an interview with Lusa, José Manuel Mendonça, chairman of INESC TEC's Board of Directors, explained that during the week seven researchers from the institute are working together with the youngsters of secondary education in an attempt to " interest and passion "for science and technology.

"We show them the impact, usefulness, and use of the various technologies that we have in the institute, from taking food to patients in hospitals, to collaborating with workers in factories or performing tasks that are dangerous for humans," he said.

After passing through a series of specialized workshops and taking part in some external visits, the young people will present a final project with a significant impact in 2030, based on an innovative idea, be it a new company, business or technology.

For José Manuel Mendonça, this moment will be the most "challenging" of the whole internship, but also the most important for young people to begin "to train skills related to the creative process."

"They are in an interesting phase because they do not know if they go to bioengineering, computer science or another area and the internship also helps them in this process," he said.

The 23-year Science Live Lab program has already involved more than 16,000 students through scientific laboratory placements throughout the country.

This year, the initiative plans to carry out more than 300 internships in areas as diverse as robotics, 3D printing and renewable energies in 68 institutions nationwide, covering about 1,050 students from the 9th through the 12th grades of schooling.