LINE1: Internet Science
In several fields of computing there is today the notion that people-centricity is a form of Internet user empowerment, which is affecting social structures in a multitude of ways. From a technological perspective, it is affecting the way the Internet is devised from the design of its infrastructure, to the way that data has been transmitted up until now. Such empowerment is partially facilitated and stimulated to the pervasiveness of technology that allows users to be always connected to the Internet. But other aspects that are often less addressed and related to the user empowerment is the behaviour of the citizen and the stimuli that technology and the Internet can provide to challenged or to elderly communities, and how such stimuli could model the Internet architecture, as well as the value-add of the Internet for society. From a technological perspective there is a clear path towards the integration of social structures and aspects related to social (human) interaction.
COPELABS shares this vision, and intends to strongly contribute to an improvement of the interdisciplinary path, by bringing together two different teams with a diversified ground, that yet have been in the last years contributing to the three Internet aspects mentioned. COPELABS intends to contribute to Internet science by providing novel paradigms within the context of two main aspects: behaviour inference; social interaction.
Cyberpsychology is geared towards developing and validating an ecological framework to provide a holistic psychological profile of individuals, namely, of people with cognitive, functional, and social disabilities, as well as anxiety disorders, and which may be reflected in disorders and deficits in daily functioning and well-being. This profile will be created from a continuous input of information gathered throughout the intervention cycle (baseline, treatment and follow-up) using traditional methods of assessment and cutting-edge technologies of sensing and behaviour inference.
The line is also about bringing to life a new approach to intervention protocols that will be based on individuals’ interaction within naturalistic and immersive (and therapeutic) environments developed on virtual reality platforms, on pervasive methods for data gathering and information processing, and on ubiquitous solutions accessible on-line. Typically, patients with a phobia or with a cognitive impairment that affects their overall functionality will interact with a phobic cue or will exercise the impaired cognitive function on a virtual reality set that replicates a real daily life situation.
Our scientific repository holds the most recent work. COPELABS follows a pre-print open policy.
SITI 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.
This 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).