COPELABS in a Nutshell

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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).

 

 

Highlights

News

11.2019. Accepted Paper, IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology,
S. Tomic, M. Beko, “A Geometric Approach for Distributed Multi-hop Target Localization in Cooperative Networks’’, to appear in IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology. https://doi.org/10.1109/TVT.2019.2952715

07.2019: Accepted Paper, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation,
K Turbic, L. Correia, M. Beko. A Channel Model for Polarised Off-Body Communications with Dynamic Users’’, IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 67, no. 11, pp. 7001-7013, November 2019. https://doi.org/10.1109/TAP.2019.2925157

06.2019: Accepted Paper, IEEE Access
D. Pedro, S. Tomic, L. Bernardo, M. Beko, P. Pinto, “Algorithms for Estimating the Location of Remote Nodes using Smartphones’’, IEEE Access, vol. 7, pp. 33713-33727, December 2019. https://doi.org/10.1109/ACCESS.2019.2904241

05.2019: Accepted Paper, MDPI Future Internet, Special Issue on Information-centric Networking

R. C. Sofia, Guidelines Towards Information-driven Mobility Management, Future Internet 2019, 11(5), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11050111

04.2019: Accepted Paper, MDPI Future Internet, Special Issue on Information-centric Networking

R. C. Sofia, P. Mendes, An Overview on Push-Based Communication Models for Information-centric Networking. MDPI Future Internet, 2019, 11(3), 74; https://doi.org/10.3390/fi11030074.

03.2019: Accepted Paper, European Control Conference 2019

Henry, D.; Cieslak, J.; Colmenarejo, P.; Branco, J.; Santos, N.; Serra, P.; Telaard, J.; Strauch, H.; Giordano, A. M.; De Stefano, M.; Ott, C.; Reiner, M.; Jaworski, J.; Papadopoulos, E.; Visentin, G.; Ankersen, F.; Fernandez, J.G.Model-based fault diagnosis and tolerant control: the ESA’s e.Deorbit mission

03.2019: Accepted paper, MDPI Future Internet 2019, Special issue on ICN

Sofia, Rute C.; Mendes, Paulo. An Overview on Push-based Communication Models for Information-Centric Networking

02.2019: New IRTF ICNRG draft

Mendes, Paulo; Sofia, Rute C.; Tsaoussidis, Vassilis; Diamantopoulos, Sotiris; Borrego, Carlos; Borrel, Joan; Sarros, Christos-Alessandros. nformation-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks.

01.2019: Accepted paper, Sensors 2019, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Stankovic, S. S.; Stankovic, Milos; Johansson, Karl H.; Beko, Marko. On Consensus-based Distribution Blind Calibration of Sensor Networks

11.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes Associate Editor of IEEE Access

11.2018: Accepted paper MDPI Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Correia, Sergio; Beko, Marko; Cruz, Luis A. da Silva; Tomic, Slavisa. Elephant Herding Optimization for Energy-Based Localization

11.2018: Accepted paper Sensors 2018, Special Issue on Wireless Location Tracking

Tomic, Slavisa; Beko, Marko. Target Localization via Integrated and Segregated Ranging Based on RSS and TOA Measurements

11.2018: Results of the CEEC/COPELABS/JUNIOR2018: Prof. Dr. Pedro Sá Costa admitted.

10.2018: Rute C. Sofia becomes an IEEE Senior member

10.2018: Invited Talk: Cooperative wireless networking: Research challenges, P. Mendes, @LakesideLabs, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

09.2018: Accepted paper, ACM ICN 2018

P. Mendes, R. Sofia, V. Tsaoussidis, S. Diamantopoulos, J. Soares,Information-centric routing for opportunistic wireless networks. InProc. ACM ICN 2018, Sep. 2018.

09:2018: Accepted paper, IEEE WiMob

09.2018:C-BRAINs 2018/2019

C-BRAINS for 2018/2019 are out!

07.2018: Ciencia 2018

People-to-people Communication in Emergency Scenarios, P. Mendes, R. Sofia, M. Tavares, O. Aponte

06.2018: UMOBILE project

POC2 - information-centric communication in opportunistic scenarios, P. Mendes, M. Tavares, O. Aponte, R. Sofia, J. Soares

05.2018

UMOBILE Demo in Italy, Umbria

04.2018 Accepted Book Chapter

 Rute C. Sofia, Liliana I. Carvalho., Francisco de Melo Pereira, Samrat Dattagupta.The Role of Smart Data in Inference of Human Behavior and Interaction. Book chapter. "Smart Data: State-of-the-Art and Perspectives in Computing and Applications".

03.2018 IRTF draft DABBER

Information-centric Routing for Opportunistic Wireless Networks

 

 

 

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