NSense presented in IEEE Healthcom2016


NSense: A People-centric, non-intrusive Opportunistic Sensing Tool for Contextualizing Social Interaction

The scientific paper NSense (Rute C. Sofia, Saeik Firdose, Luis Amaral Lopes, Waldir Moreira and Paulo Mendes) has been accepted in IEEE Healthcom 2016 (September 14th-18th, Munich). NSense is a software tool developed by COPELABS that tracks and infers social interaction aspects in the form of computational utility functions that aim at describing two indicators of interaction: propinquity, and social interaction level.

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Ddicas goes to the Mobicom16 app contest

Ddicas is going to be presented in Mobicom2016, Mobile application contest, on October 4th 2016, NY,USA. Ddicas is a tool that relies on Wi-Fi fencing to perform user recommendations concerning local events or activities.


DDicas has the following advantages: low-cost; no need to have constant Internet access; no need to have constant GPS access (works indoors and outdoors); advertisement provided based on interests, and not based on geo-fencing.

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COPELABS gets additional funding by FCT

 In July 2016, COPELABS has been awarded additional funding by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) in the context of its research unit Funding Support Programme 2016. This additional funding award amounts to 20 300 Euros for the period of 2016-2018, and refers to the Proxemics Data Lab project that has been established in June 2016 by COPELABS. In 2015, COPELABS had been awarded with a grade of "Good" and a core funding of 30 000 Euros funding by FCT in the category of small unit (less than 40 researchers holding a PhD) with high laboratorial intensity, based on its proposed strategic planning for 2015-2020.

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Oi!: Communicating directly, without Internet access

COPELABS is developing, in the context of the H2020 UMOBILE project, a set of applications that does not require Internet access for users to exchange information. Such opportunistic transmission applications rely on social interaction between devices to better propagate (route) information.

Oi! is one of such tools. Under development with the purpose of allowing message exchange without Internet access, Oi! considers the SOCIO framework to better select nodes to propagate the messages to.

Interested? http://goo.gl/NG8f3R

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ReHab2016: 4th Workshop on ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques

REHAB 2016: 4th Workshop on ICTs for improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques . This workshop invites authors to submit contributions on concepts Virtual Rehabilitation Discussion, applications, techniques or environments where interaction design play a central role by improving the rehabilitation process at all levels. http://www.rehab-workshop.org/2016/



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H2020 UMOBILE project: Universal, mobile-centric and opportunistic communications architecture.
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 645124


The Systemic Lisbon Battery (SLB) is a virtual reality online platform  that consists of a small town populated with digital robots. This virtual town includes several buildings arranged in eight square blocks, a 2-room apartment, and a mini-market in its vicinity, in both of which participants are able to move freely around and to grab objects. The platform was developed using Unity 2.5.



C-BRAIN MeetingsIn 2015/2016, the C-BRAIN (COPELABS BRAINstorming) meetings occur monthly, Tuesdays, 14h00-15h30, COPELABS, room U.0.10, ground floor of Building U, University Lusofona. C-BRAINs are motivated by the interdisciplinary nature of COPELABS, and are intended to assist in creating sinergies and giving rise to new ideas, in contexts where Informatics meets Psychology.


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SITI - Informatics Systems and Technologies Group

SITI w400SITI is focused upon user-centric trends that are emerging in several fields of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), OSI Layers 2 and 3. As in other grassroots movements, the user will have an active say concerning services provided and consequently, concerning the techno-social environment that surrounds him/her.

CTIP - Technology Intensive Psychology Group

CTIP w400This group is based (i.e. integrated members) on a core of scientifically active researchers from the former CEPCA (Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira, Rodrigo Brito, Paulo Lopes, and Ana Loureiro) 2 more recent PhDs (Cristina Camilo and Bárbara Gonzalez). Note, however, that the CEPCA team (team size, funding and indicators included in 5.) changed substantially since 2008, when it had 8 PhDs (of which only PG remains) and 5 groups. In 2011-13 the team grew to 14 integrated PhDs in 2-3 groups. By 2013, however, it was clear that the bulk of CEPCA output of international level (13 of the 14 indicators in table 5.) was the responsibility of the neurocognitive/cyber therapy-focused group, with only 3 PhD and 2 non-PhD members (PI: PG). The inevitable consolidation of CEPCA around this core group pointed to the desirability of joining forces with an informatics team – SITILABS – to create COPELABS as an interdisciplinary R&D unit (see Description of the R&D unit).

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