COPELABS in a Nutshell


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.

In its 2018-2022 vision COPELABS embraces 4 areas of computer science: networking and telecommunications (OSI Layers 1,2 and 3); information systems; computational systems; data mining and statistics.



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 (available via the Scientific Repository):
      • 90 peer-reviewed international publications (books, book chapters, journals) and an average of a peer-reviewed publication ratio per capita of 2.9. Other results include: 2 spin-offs; 3 European IPRs; 14 software contributions (technology readiness level 4-6); 4 testbeds, including international interconnection; 10 acquired projects (5 funded by FCT, 2 funded by the European Comission); support of 23 scholars, 13 of which are/were University Lusófona PhD students (4 PhDs already concluded), with an average of 2.5 years of grant support via acquired projects; participation in over 25 Technical Programme Committees, of which we highlight: IEEE Percom, IEEE Globecom, ACM ICN, ACM CONEXT;; involvement in several technical alliances and platforms, of which we highlight the ETP NetWorld2020; AIOTI; NESSI; NEM.


 2010-2013: 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 (available via the Scientific Repository):





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Latest Research

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).

NEMPS PhD Programme

logo nemps smallNEMPS PhD programme - New Media and Pervasive Systems, University Lusófona. Check out the application deadlines and scholarship opportunities!

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