A summer school to imagine the future of computation


July  2019 – PORTO, Portugal

What technologies will support computation in the Future?

Computers have had profound impact over the last 50 years, dramatically reshaping how we live. However, the core technology that supports computation – silicon chips – has remained relatively stable. Most of the improvements/increases in computing power have been achieved by increasing the clock speed at which individual calculations occur, building denser chips, and developing parallel data processing architectures. But there are physical limits to how much we can scale down and speed up our chips, and there are serious challenges regarding the power efficiency of current processors.

Current computing technologies struggle to address these issues, but, clearly, new technologies must arise to complement them or even replace them. It is precisely this vision of the future that will be addressed in the UPTEC School on the Future of Computing, and in particular attempt to answer a key question:

Which technologies will support computation in the future, and which will be the decisive factors for them to succeed in practice?

To reflect about these questions, we will gather specialists from several fields of computation to share their ideas and knowledge about state-of-the-art and help establish a vision of how computation will evolve in the next 50 years and even beyond.

We hope that this school can provide participants with a productive combination of historical perspectives, accurate technical knowledge and insightful outlooks about the world of computation. This school aims to host an environment that combines technical accuracy and speculation and, in the process, inspire participants to imagine the future of computation.


  • History of Computation
  • State-of-the-art of Industrial Technologies
  • Neuromorphic Computing
  • Photonic Computing
  • Quantum Computing
  • Computation on Biological Substrate (e.g. DNA)
  • Chemical Computing
  • Bionic Computing / Hybrid Man-Machine Substrates


Come and combine your ideas with those of others. Together we will bridge the gap between imagination and reality!


Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto
Av. de Rodrigues de Freitas 265,
4000-222 Porto


Starts 25 of June, 2018
Ends 29 of June, 2018

Our Motivation

This UPTEC School will gather world experts to teach us about the possible futures of computation, with a special focus on trying to understand the trends, the technologies and challenges that computation will face in the next 5 to 50 years. Additionally, besides providing an environment for knowledge sharing, we hope:

  • to encourage industry participants (specially from start-ups) to attempt larger and more disruptive steps toward the future of computation, and to envision new business models based on the these advancements;
  • to inspire the research community to address new lines of research, especially those with higher risk and greater reward potential in terms of their benefits for future computer industries; and
  • to enumerate possible themes around which Academia can design and develop new courses/degrees for preparing the future builders of the next generation computer hardware and software.

Who is this School for?

The intended audience includes people who:

  • Invent the future of computation:
    PhD and MsC students, Researchers in Academia and Industry;
  • Create markets for future computation platforms:
    entrepreneurs, cloud providers, software companies;
  • Fund the creation of the Future:
    venture capital, research funding agencies);
  • Regulate practical aspects of the Future
    governmental agencies, policy makers.

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The Structure

The main body of the school will be organized in 3 Parts:

  1. Part 1 (Past to Next 3-5 Years): Day 1 of the school will focus on providing a common technical and historical background to all attendees, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art on conventional computation technologies, and what evolution is expected to occur in the next 3 to 5 years. 
  2. Part 2 (5-50 years ahead): Days 2, 3 and 4 will address specific future paradigms of computing and non-conventional forms of computation, within an horizon of 5 to 50 years. This part will consist of technically grounded speculation about the future of computation including technologies such as neuromorphic computing, quantum computing, photonic processors, biochemical computers, DNA computers, bonic computing, etc.
  3. Part 3 (Imagining the Future): Day 5 consists of a creativity challenge directed to the participants. Attendees will be asked to consider i) solutions for current blockers of future computing technologies, and ii) to think about potential practical applications that can be supported by future computing technologies when they become available. This challenge will involve a “Hacking” session and a “pitching” session.

Additionally, there will be a series of 4 Expand your Mind talks whose goal is to lead participants into having “aha!” moments that can provide inspiration for new industry, start-up or research projects.



We will address technically grounded speculation about the future of computation


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