Computer Communications and Pervasive Media (CCPM)

The CCPM group embraces two main areas:

1 – Computer Communications and Networks;
2 – Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems;

and a laboratory, EngageLab, at the intersection of Arts and ICT. Although each one of these subgroups represent complementary scientific areas, their activities are highly complementary and integrated within the research projects.

The ubiquity of telecommunication networks, both wireless and wired, the increasing use of personal powerful devices, and recent advances in global computing platforms, gained increased importance.
It solves many problems, while creating others difficulties such as the lack of privacy. Also, world
population is still increasing, and concentrated in urban environments, rising new challenges in many domains. CCPM develops its activity in this context where people interact with the physical world while immersed in ubiquitous technological ecosystems, by addressing challenges in emerging areas such as ITS and Vehicular Networks, Collaborative Sensing, user empowerment through digital media, IoT, location based services, situated displays along with the security and privacy issues.

Collaboration with industry and other academic partners has been supported by research projects funded by FCT, ANI and European funding programmes. CCPM team members participate actively in technical committees and expert groups at international level. Integration of students in research activities is promoted through active participation of this team in Master and PhD programmes such as Telecommunications and Informatics.

Impact of research

Overall, the impact of CCPM research in 2013-17 can be measured using two key ratios:

a) 4.4 indexed (ISI or Scopus) papers per integrated researcher and year;
b) 19 KEuro of non-FCT funded projects per integrated researcher and year.

Three major contributions

1) Internationalization activities

CCPM researchers were involved in a large number of internationalization activities, including the participation in international research networks and scientific committees, organization of major scientific events and membership of scientific committees in high quality journals and conferences.
Some highlights are:

– CCPM researchers have organized several International Conferences in the area, namely IPIN (International Conference on Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation), FI-SN (Future Internet and Smart Networks), ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis).
– Several CCPM researchers are associate editors in journals, and have joined technical committees of high quality conferences, such as: IEEE Globecom, IEEE INFOCOM, EuCNC, IEEE ICC, IPIN, ACM SAC, IEEE ICCVE, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing, ACM PerDis, IEEE Pervasive Computing, Mobile Computing and Communications Review (MC2R), Interacting with Computers (IwC), Ubicomp, CHI, DIS, MUM, Interact, ACE, ISAmI, IWAAL, IE, MobileHCI, UCAmI.

2) Funded R&D projects

CCPM researchers were able to achieve a total amount of non-FCT research funds of circa 1.5 MEUR, which corresponds to circa 19 KEUR per integrated researcher and year, during this period.
Funded R&D projects captured by CCPM include several international projects from a variety of sources including FET-OPEN, FP7-IST, CMU-Portugal but also national projects from QREN, ANI and FCT. Examples of projects running during this period are: Juxtalearn – Juxtapositioned reflective performance enabling science and technology learning; APEX – Agile Prototyping for user Experience; SUM – Sensing and Understanding human Motion dynamics; MobiPag – Iniciativa Nacional para Pagamentos Móveis; SAMU – Smart Autonomous Mobile Units, iFactory; AAL4ALL – Primary Care Patterns for Ambient Assisted Living and D-GLOBAL – Displr Global.

3) Doctoral Programmes

The CCPM R&D group has been enrolled in several PhD Programmes, with important interventions both at the academic curricula and mainly at supervising PhD students during the thesis development.
The PhD Programmes where CCPM R&D members had intervention have been the Joint Doctoral Programme in Telecommunications (MAP-Tele), Doctoral Programme in Informatics (PDINF) and
Doctoral Programme in in Electronics and Computer Engineering (PDEEC).
The CCPM R&D group has an important role, also having two of its members at the Scientific
Coordinating Committee, in the Joint Doctoral Programme in Telecommunications, the triple-degree joint PhD programme, from three major universities – Minho, Aveiro, Porto – that has been able to attract a large set of foreign PhD students.

Main Publications in 2013-2017

Lind, P. G., & Moreira, A. (2015). Human mobility patterns at the smallest scales. Communications in Computational Physics, 18(2):417-428 (ISI JCR Q2 in Physics Mathematical; Scimago SJR Q1 in Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous); 1 Scopus and 3 Google Scholar citations).

Jose, R., Pinto, H., Silva, B., & Melro, A. (2013). Pins and posters: Paradigms for content publication on situated displays. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 33(2):64-72 (ISI JCR
Q2 in Software Engineering; Scimago SJR Q2 in Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design;
26 Scopus and 48 Google Scholar citations).

CCPM Coordinator: Alexandre Júlio Teixeira Santos

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