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COPELABS in a Nutshell

 

COPELABS is a research unit of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, originally established as a new unit in Portugal, having been awarded the grade of “Good” in the  last (2013) FCT evaluation, in the quality of small multidisciplinary unit.

 In 2016/2017 COPELABS has evolved to become a unit solely focused on computer science, under the department of Informatics Engineering and Information Systems of the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts, and Information Technologies (ECATI).

 

 COPELABS currently integrates a team comprising 41 elements: 28 integrated researchers (18 holding a PhD) and 13 collaborator researchers. All elements correspond to teaching and researchers’ staff holding agreements with COFAC c.r.l., in two different poles - Lisbon (ULHT), Algarve (ISMAT). Moreover, all collaborator researchers pursue teaching activities in full alignment with the 1st, 2nd (MEISI) and 3rd (NEMPS) educational cycles of informatics of ULHT, and are relevant from the perspective of adequate intertwining between teaching and research.

 

For 2018-2022 COPELABS shall keep on pursuing the path already exploited between 2013-2017, where technology is used to improve quality of living, via the applicability of cyber-physical interconnected systems, in different contexts (e.g., Smart Cities; Mobility). With the integration of a consolidated computer science team derived from the staff reinforcement that University Lusófona has been developing during the last years, COPELABS expands from input towards networking and telecommunications (OSI Layers 2 and 3), into four main areas of computer science: cognitive and user-centric networking (OSI Layers 1, 2 and 3); computational systems; data mining and statistics; knowledge and management information systems models.

 

 

 

Vision and Mission

COPELABS pursues the vision of improving the day-to-day living, including well-being and functioning of citizens, based on an interdisciplinary approach that interconnects the following computer science areas: networking and telecommunications; information systems; computational systems; data mining and statistics. Our mission is to design, to develop, and to validate pervasive, low-cost, and user-friendly scientific technological solutions that are relevant to assist in changing the way that communication and human interaction is both developed and applied. 

 

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History and Achievements:

 

2013-2017: Evaluated as Good by FCT, category of new multidisciplinary unit, high laboratorial intensity

 

  • Name: COPELABS -Association for Research and Development in Cognition and People-centric Computing

  • Scientific coordinator: Helena Rute Esteves Carvalho Sofia
  • External Advisory Board 2013-2017: Roch Guérin, Christophe Diot, Peter Gits, Diamantino Costa, Álvaro Carvalho
  • Association Direction Board 2013-2016: Rute C Sofia, Paulo Mendes, Pedro Gamito, Jorge Oliveira
  • Association Direction Board 2017: Manuel José Damásio, Rute C. Sofia, Inês Jongenelen, Pedro Gamito
  • Acronym: COPELABS

  • Headquarters: Building U, first floor, University Lusofona Campus, 388 Campo Grande, 1749-024 Lisboa

  • Figure: Private non-profit association

  • CAE: 72190, 74900

  • NIC: 510330991

  • Summary of results 2013-2017 (available via the Scientific Repository):
    • Scientific Results (22 book/book chapters; 68 publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or conference proceedings). COPELABS had in average a peer-reviewed publication ratio per capita of 2.9 (List of Results 2013-2017) and a total of 17 Full-Time Equivalent Staff.

    • Spin-offs,2: Senception Lda (2017/2018 “Ones to Watch” European Business Award running for National Champion) and Immersive Lives.

    • Patents, 3 European IPRs.

    • Software, 14 relevant software contributions, technology readiness level 4-6.

    • Testbeds, 4 testbeds one globally interconnected (NDN Testbed).

    • Projects, 10, of which 5 were funded by FCT ( COPELABS UID/MULTI/04111/2013, Proxemics Data Lab UID/MULTI/04111/2016; UMM PTDC/EEA-TEL/105709/2008; UCR PTDC/EEA-TEL/103637/2008; FCT BD SFRH/BD/44005/2008); 2 were/are funded by the European Commission (EU IST FP7 ULOOP and H2020 UMOBILE); 1 was funded by industry (InnoWave Lablet), corresponding to approximately 900 000 Euros (COPELABS and/or COFAC c.r.l. budget).

    • Concluded PhDs, 4 (hosted by the unit). Over 2013-2017, the unit hosted 13 PhD students. 4 have concluded their studies (Namusale Chama; Antonio Oliveira; Waldir Moreira; Tauseef Jamal).

    • Technical Programme Committees/Conference organization, 25, of which we highlight IEEE Percom, IEEE Globecom, ACM ICN, ACM CONEXT.

    • Organization of events, 36 national (C-BRAINs and workshops) and 3 international, of which we highlight the participation in the organization of ACM ICN 2016.

    • Alliances and Technology transfer. Member of several European Technological platforms, of which we highlight the ETP NetWorks, AIOTI, NESSI, NEM.

    • Scientific Employment. Between the period of 2013-2017, and in the context of the informatics activities and external funding, COPELABS has supported the hiring of 24 scholars via acquired projects. The duration of the grant was in average of 2.5 years. The majority of funded grants are equivalent to the value of an FCT BD (980 Euros per month) with a surplus.MMut of these 24 grants, 4 concerned postdocs grants (2 years in average).

 

2010-2012: SITI/SITILabs, Informatics Systems and Technologies, research unit of ECATI, University Lusófona

 

Scientific coordination: Paulo Mendes (innovation), Rute Sofia (technology)

Acronym: SITI

Headquarters: Building U, first floor, University Lusofona Campus, 388 Campo Grande, 1749-024 Lisboa

Summary of results 2010-2012 (available via the Scientific Repository):

      • Scientific Results (2 book chapters; 45  publications in peer-reviewed international journals and/or conference proceedings). SITIhad in average a peer-reviewed publication ratio per capita of 2.8 (refer to the SITI 2013 report ).

      • Patents, 2 European IPRs under submission.

      • Software, 13 relevant software contributions, technology readiness level 4-6.

      • Testbeds, 2 testbeds, EU IST FP7 ULOOP testbed and Arduino Testbed.

      • Projects, 9, of which 2 were funded by FCT (UCR and UMM); 1 was funded  by the European Commission (EU IST FP7 ULOOP); 3 were funded by industry (EFACEC MITS; UcMC by Huawei Research; FIC, by Cisco USA), corresponding to approximately 800 000 Euros (COFAC c.r.l. budget); 2 were funded internally (DTN-Amazon, CitySense); 1 Cost Action (WiNeMo)

      • Hosted PhDs, 9 (Tauseef Jamal, Andrea Ribeiro, Namusale Chama, António Junior, Waldir Moreira Jr. Bruno Batista, Thiago Coqueiro, José Faísca, Pedro Freire).

      • Technical Programme Committees/Conference organization, 13, of which we highlight the organization of an industrial workshop co-located with IEEE VTC 2012, participation in the TPC of ACM Mobiwac and ACM Mobicom.

      • Organization of events, 34 national (S-BRAINs) and 2 international, of which we highlight the participation in the organization of ULOOP ICT 2013.

      • Alliances and Technology transfer. Member of several European Technological platforms, of which we highlight the ETP NetWorks,  NESSI, NEM.

      • Scientific Employment. Between the period of 2010-2012, and in the context of the informatics activities and external funding, COPELABS has supported the hiring of 14 scholars via acquired projects. The duration of the grant was in average of 2 years. The majority of funded grants are equivalent to the value of an FCT BD (980 Euros per month) with a surplus. Out of these 10 grants, 2 concerned postdocs grants (1 year in average).

 

 

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