COPELABS is an autonomous research unit of University Lusófona Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT), founded solely by COFAC c.r.l., the management institution of ULHT.
COPELABS has the role of host unit for ULHT, being associated with two ULHT schools, namely, ECATI and EPCV. Cooperation protocols formally define such commitment and ensure the development of an immersive, dynamic, and international hosting environment for the three cycles of studies available in Portugal. As such, COPELABS profits from several benefits provided by its founder, such as: COFAC’s positioning within the community of Portuguese-speaking countries (CPLP); workspace, infrastructure, and services that University Lusófona provides, such as professional translation and marketing services.
ECATI groups the departments of Communication, Architecture, Arts and Design; Multimedia, Movies and Video, as well as Informatics Engineering and Information Systems.
The School has a training strategy, higly flexible, rigorous, and integrated, and aims at preparing students to answer challenges concerning an information and knowledge society in a creative way. The growing tendency towards globalization goes against the artificial splitting between professional and technological training within the different branches of communication sciences, arts and design, as well as information systems and architecture, and ECATI has as main goal to develop a unique sinergy system within these fields, in the national context.
Keeping the original focus of each distinct knowledge field, ECATI constitutes a broader training space, where the different knowledge fields interact, both at an horizontal level - across study cycles - as well as at an horizontal level - across the integration of the different levels of training.
ECATI aims to prepare students within the new European context, always keeping the essential contribution to training within the portuguese speaking countries.
ECATI brings together advanced training and graduated studies; research as well as service support to the global community, including support to professional expertise as well as the promotion of cultural and scientific activities, in correspondance with the civil society.
To fill in its goals, ECATI counst with a highly qualified teaching team. ECATI counts also with the support of two different research centers, namely, CICANT and COPELABS, that cover, from a research perspective, the different knowledge areas integrated in the ECATI vision. Not less relevant is the fact that University Lusofona provides the School with several advanced infrastructures.
The School of Psychology and Life Sciences (EPCV) inherits the knowledge from the previous University Lusofona Schools, Psychology and Biomedic Sciences, being its fundamental track Psychlogical and Life Sciences.
Teaching and learning supported by research represent the three main poles of the mission of EPCV, aiming to contribute to the reinforcement of the scientific knowledge in those science areas.
Psychology, supported by the Department of Psychology (DP) aims to ensure excellence in teaching and research, with a continuous intertwining with both the national and international communities.
The Department of Life Sciences (DCV) provides support to the Faculty of Biomedic Sciences, having as mission the development of scientific projects in the fields of Biology, medical education, and Biomedicine.
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).