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Universities, R&D Groups and Academic Networks

PhyCS is a unique forum for universities, research groups and research projects to present their research and scientific results, be it by presenting a paper, hosting a tutorial or instructional course or demonstrating its research products in demo sessions, by contributing towards panels and discussions in the event's field of interest or by presenting their project, be it by setting up an exhibition booth, by being profiled in the event's web presence or printed materials or by suggesting keynote speakers or specific thematic sessions.

Special conditions are also available for Research Projects which wish to hold meetings at INSTICC events.

Current Academic Partners:

Carnegie Mellon Portugal

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program has been created to expand research and education in the area of information and communication technologies with a close connection with the Portuguese industry. This Program was the result of long term collaboration between Carnegie Mellon University and Portuguese government and includes an emphasis on information processing and networking, applications to critical infrastructures and risk assessment, as well complementary areas of applied mathematics, technology, innovation and policy. As a result of this collaboration has been created an international “virtual” institution, with joint administration in Portugal and at Carnegie Mellon,named as Information and Communication Technologies Institute (ICTI).
ICTI and Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program involves professors, researchers and students from six colleges, eight departments, six research centers and institutes at Carnegie Mellon and a large consortia of Portuguese research and education institutions.


The EMOTE project will design, develop and evaluate a new generation of artificial embodied tutors that have perceptive capabilities to engage in empathic interactions with learners in a shared physical space. Overall, the EMOTE project aims to (1) research the role of pedagogical and empathic interventions in the process of engaging the learner and facilitating their learning progress and (2) explore if and how the exchange of socio-emotional cues with an embodied tutor in a shared physical space can create a sense of connection and social bonding and act as a facilitator of the learning experience.


CuPiD is a new 3 year EU project to provide technology-based personalized rehabilitation exercises for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) at home. CuPiD is powered by an eight member consortium led by the University of Bologna. CuPiD will develop and test a combination of services for at home rehabilitation and training of major motor impairments caused by Parkinson’s disease.

This is the first time that such a diverse and comprehensive training has been proposed for patients with PD in the home setting. The outcomes of this project will establish the feasibility and efficacy of a closed-loop based rehabilitation protocol. The project will make a critical contribution to self-directed rehabilitation in PD and enhance the field of non-pharmaceutical intervention. The CuPiD consortium will design, develop and field test services for at home rehabilitation and training of major motor disabilities caused by PD; CuPiD will deliver the following components:

1)      Clinical guidelines for developing tailored rehabilitation programs

2)      A home-based rehabilitation system (wearable sensor and local processing)

3)      Telemedicine infrastructure for remote supervision of rehabilitation.

ABC Project

ABC aims at increasing human capabilities by means of Brain/Neural Computer Interfaces (BNCI). The project will develop applications addressed primarily to persons with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy (DCP). Due to DCP particular conditions, BNCI-based systems present a huge potential for the improvement of the quality life and the promotion the independent living of this target group. In particular, project outcomes will specifically focus the augmentation of capabilities related to communication, learning, social participation and control of devices. ABC system will be composed by four independent modules based on the latest advancements in BNCI signal processing, Affective Computing, Augmented Communication and Biosignal Monitoring. The reference European Research Institutions in each field will lead the R&D work.

IT - Instituto de Telecomunicações

Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a Portuguese private, non-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of six universities and two major companies with R&D in Telecommunications: Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Aveiro, Universidade de Coimbra, Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A., Nokia Siemens Networks, Universidade da Beira Interior, Universidade do Porto and ISCTE–IUL. IT is an Associate Laboratory of the State.

IT mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in Telecommunications. IT is involved in fundamental and applied research at national and international levels. It fosters higher education and training by hosting graduate and postgraduate students. IT also plays a role towards society with public awareness initiatives, knowledge transfer to industry and consulting services on non-competing basis.

IT research team includes about 200 PhD holders, 200 PhD students and 400 MSc students. Advanced laboratory facilities support applied research, which is carried in the framework of national and international projects in cooperation with peer institutions worldwide. Yearly, IT is involved in more than 170 projects with competitive funding and scientific output exceeds 40 books and book chapters, 250 papers in international scientific peer refereed journals, 450 papers in conferences and more than 10 filed patents.