Interview with Bruno Romeira

April 7, 2020


Bruno Romeira joined the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Braga, Portugal, as a Marie Curie COFUND Research Fellow, and he is currently a Staff Researcher and a Coordinator of the EU-H2020-FET-OPEN Project ChipAI.

He received the Ph.D. degree (summa cum laude) in physics and the European Ph.D. degree from the University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, jointly with the University of Glasgow, Glasgow, U.K., and the University of Seville, Seville, Spain, in 2012.

Bruno Romeira is also strongly involved in Arts and Science initiatives at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and is currently working with Mathew Biederman in a Vertigo STARTS Artistic Residency – the Mark II spiking perceptron | Reimagining Rosenblatt’s Perceptron through neuromorphic light based computation.

At INL since 2017, how was your journey before arriving here, and what were the most important projects you’ve worked in?

Before arriving at INL, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Applied Physics Department and Institute for Photonic Integration of the Eindhoven University of Technology (2015–2017), where I worked towards the physical understanding and the development of minuscule light sources, including ultrasmall LEDs and lasers.

I arrived at INL in late 2017 as a Marie Curie COFUND Research Fellow and I am currently Staff Researcher at the Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics group and coordinator of the H2020-FET-OPEN project “ChipAI”. Since my arrival at INL, I continued my work towards the development of novel minuscule LED sources. However, now my focus has been to use inspiration from the brain’s synaptic connectivity to develop neuron-like LEDs capable of learning tasks of interest for artificial intelligence technologies.


You have been involved in several initiatives and programs that put Arts and Science side by side, how do you see these worlds work together?

In the context of Arts and Science, I had the opportunity to share my research experience and showcase my research activities with a few artists at INL. I soon realized how artists are interested in the process of making science and in the fine technical details that lead to a given result or scientific breakthrough. Therefore, bringing two different communities together, with very different backgrounds, can help both artists and scientists to communicate better their achievements to society.


About this experience in particular, with MARK II project, what has been the impact in you, in your work and your career?

Within the MARK II project, I had the opportunity to showcase the results of our ongoing project related to the development of neuron-like LEDs capable of learning tasks of interest for artificial intelligence technologies. This helped me to improve my skills in communicating my research results to a different community. Therefore, these type of experiences can help me as a scientist to communicate better my scientific achievements to the society, for example in outreach activities.