Research Groups

Research Groups

In COPELABS, the percentage of time and correlation to Full-Time-Equivalent (FTE) allocation is based upon the Fundação para a Ciência and Tecnologia (FCT) guidelines and legislation. The member categories (member types) are defined according to FCT rules, via the COPELABS bylaws.


COPELABS in 2016 integrates a work-force of 30 researchers, 19 of which hold a PhD. All of the researchers holding a PhD teach in University Lusofona (LIsbon and Porto). Furthermore, these 30 researchers count also with scholars hired via projects (researchers and juniors). Then, some Ph.D. students are integrated into the team, by developing tasks in the context of projects. These researchers comprise expertise in the field of computer science (SITI) as well as psychology (CTIP).


SITI - Informatics Systems and Technologies

Coordinator: Paulo Mendes


During 2016, SITI keeps the vision of considering “user-centricity” (the core indicator of the Internet science thematic line) as a key innovation aspect, both in terms of scientific productivity, as well as in terms of the development of potential applications. SITI vision relates to a simple and at a first glance disruptive approach: mobile people become the centre of the networking and computational system.


Users on the move are part of communities and will not only be consumers of information (including sensing data), but also active providers of different Internet services, as well as coordination of sensing activities about human behaviour.



Based on its vision, SITI mission is to assist in demonstrating that user empowerment is a trend that should be looked into from a global Internet architecture perspective. Based on this mission, SITI activities are aligned with the Internet Science area and are focused, as happened in the last two years on the following two lines of research: pervasive wireless systems; social networking dynamics (formerly: social Internet design).


Under these two main areas  SITI elements are expected to contribute to the context of well-being, mind (mental well-being) and social. Stronger contributions are expected in the context of social well-being.


In the context of contributions to the interdisciplinary vision, SITI shall follow two main topics: swarming intelligence and community modelling. Both support a support area aiming to develop opportunistic sensing solution. In the context of the thematic line of Internet Science, SITI contributes in addition with the two topics of data-centric networking and D2D communications.

CTIP: Cognitive and Technology Intensive Psychology

Coordinator: Jorge Oliveira


The CTIP group will keep the focus on the development of a comprehensive approach for intervention in in populations with cognitive impairments, a topic that we define as cognitive well-being, but additionally it will also address mental well-being and social well-being, to be aligned with the interdisciplinary vision of COPELABS.


During the first two year of activity of COPELABS, the work from the CTIP has provided different types of outputs that have contributed to the main achievements of the thematic line in Cyberpsychology. The overall indicators from the publications to peer-reviewed journals and the submission of a proposal to a H2020 call reflect the internationalization of the CTIP group.


Thus, for 2016 and besides the individual contributions to the pipeline that was described in the FCT application of 2013, the integrated researchers from CTIP that were assigned to the two areas defined for 2015 (i.e., mHealth assessment and promotion aspects; and Emotion regulation and social sharing of emotions) will be allocated around three potential interdisciplinary areas, as described above: 1) Social well-being; 2) Mental well-being; and 3) Cognitive well-being, according to their expertise and individual interests. Researchers of this group with background in Social Psychology are assigned to Social well-being, whereas researchers from Clinical Psychology to Mental well-being and those with background in Neuropsychology to Cognitive well-being.











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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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