Selected Research Projects

The Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems group (Ubicomp@UMinho) is actively engaged in a large number of research projects of various types of sizes. In recent years, the group has secured considerable funding from the European Commission, FCT, CMU-Portugal partnership, ADI, and industrial partners. This page contains a selection of some of the most representative projects that we are currently running:

MobiPag Iniciativa Nacional para Pagamentos Móveis
Abstract: The MobiPag project aims to develop the dematerialization of payments with the use of personal mobile devices as an automatic payment terminal that will be interoperable between different financial and national mobile communication agents and able to be universally adopted by acquirers, merchants and shopkeepers. The ultimate goal is to develop a national pilot that acts as a demonstrator of the mobile payment system, which can be adopted at a national level and also exported to other countries in Europe and worldwide.
Partners: Cardmobili – Desenvolvimento de Software S.A. (Porto), Creativesystems – Sistemas e Serviços de Consultoria, Lda. (São João da Madeira), Multicert – Serviços de Certificação Electrónica S.A. (Lisboa), Portugal Telecom, Inovação S.A. (Aveiro), Wintouch – Sistemas de Informação Lda. (Braga), Universidade do Minho (Braga), Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisboa), Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (Porto).
Main Investigator: Rui José
Tice.Mobilidade Sistemas de Mobilidade Centrado no Utilizador
Abstract: The “TICE.Mobility – Mobility System centered on user” project aims to provide on the market mobility services user-centric, using the internet infrastructure and converging to the availability of this kind of solutions in the market.
Main Investigator: Adriano Moreira
SUM Sensing and Understanding human Motion dynamics
Abstract: Understanding human motion at a wide range of scales – short (building) scale to global (world) scale – has been proven to be important for a variety of application areas such as spread of diseases, optimization of telecommunication networks, urban planning or tourism management, just to name a few.The SUM project includes two major goals:1) to further explore WiFi technology as a proxy to capture data about the human spatial behaviour, and

2) to use that data to detect patterns in the way people move around in space and to find how movement correlates with the characteristics of the space.

Partners: Universidade do Minho; Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCT/UC); Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto (INESC Porto/FE/UP)
Main Investigator: Adriano Moreira
Abstract: The project aims to explore the scientific challenges and new technologies required to enable the emergence of large scale networks of pervasive public displays and associated sensors that are open to applications and content from many sources. In effect, the project will look to provide the foundations for work on a brand new global communications medium for information access and interaction and to ensure that Europe is in the best possible position to benefit from this new medium.
Partners: Lancaster University; Universitat Duisburg-Essen; University of Lugano; University of Minho
Main Investigator: Rui José
WESP Web Security and Privacy: Weaving Together Technology Innovation with Human and Policy Considerations
Abstract: This project main ojective is to address fundamental Web security and privacy questions through a multi-disciplinary research program that weaves together technology development and deployment efforts with human and policy considerations.
Partners: MADEIRA TECNOPOLO – PÓLO CIENTÍFICO E TECNOLÓGICO DA MADEIRA, SA; Carnegie Mellon University; Instituto Superior Técnico; Universidade do Minho
Main Investigator: Rui José

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