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O PIC na 18ª Feira do Empreendedor 2015

Alfândega do Porto, Porto - Portugal | 19 -21 November, 2015

O PIC esteve presente na 18ª edição da Feira do Empreendedor, subordinada ao tema “EXPERIENCE THE FUTURE”, no showroom “Starup Village” – um espaço dedicado ao apoio a startups de base tecnológica, cientifica e criativa.
A Feira do Empreendedor é uma iniciativa da ANJE – Associação Nacional de Jovens Empresários, através da marca Academia dos Empreendedores, com o apoio do Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional, e decorreu entre 19 e 21 de Novembro de 2015, no Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto.

O PIC nas IVªs Jornadas Estimulopraxis

Universidade Lusófona, Lisboa - Portugal | 20 November, 2015

As IVªs Jornadas Estimulopraxis decorreram no dia 20 de Novembro de 2015, no Auditório Agostinho da Silva da Universidade Lusófona, esubordinadas ao tema ‘Novas Perspectivas no Neurodesenvolvimento”.
Pedro Mota Mendes, investigador do PIC, apresentou o projecto LIFEisGAME: Learning Facial Emotions Using Serious Games.

Congratulation! Catarina Runa Miranda successfully defended her PhD thesis

DCC, Faculdade de Ciências - Universidade do Porto, Porto - Portugal |10 November, 2015

Catarina Runa Miranda has successfully defended her PhD thesis titled “Real-time Motion Capture Facial Animation”, in the University of Porto, obtaining the prestigious grade of ‘Distinction‘.
Congratulations to Catarina, who amazed us with her defense!
We wish you all the best for your future!

PIC Square at Web Summit 2015

Dublin - Ireland | 3 - 5 November, 2015

The startup PIC Square is present at Web Summit 2015, from 3 to 5 November, in Dublin!

Web Summit: 33 startups portuguesas mostram-se no maior evento europeu de empreendedorismo

Dublin - Ireland | 3 - 5 November, 2015

Em 2016 o Web Summit muda-se para Lisboa. Na última edição realizada em Dublin vão estar 33 startups nacionais a expor produtos à maior plateia de investidores da Europa. Cinco garantiram ainda lugar no palco das apresentações.
Entre elas, está a Pic Square!

Prof. Verónica Orvalho gave a talk at FAAVSP 2015

Kardinal König Haus, Vienna - Austria | 11-13 September, 2015

Prof. Verónica Orvalho gave a talk, last September 11th, at FAAVSP 2015 – The 1st Joint Conference on Facial Analysis, Animation and Auditory-Visual Speech Processing, titled “How to create a look-a-like avatar pipeline using low-cost equipment”.
In this talk, Prof. Verónica Orvalho presented the avatar animation pipeline created at PIC for the VERE (Virtual Embodiment and Robotic re-Embodiment, http://www.vereproject.eu/) European Project. This new pipeline does not require the user to have artistic knowledge, uses regular cameras to create the 3D avatar and a web cam to generate the animation.

Start-up MAAT no 18.º aniversário da Academia dos Empreendedores – ANJE

A start-up MAAT foi uma das cinco seleccionadas para apresentar a sua proposta de valor no Rockstart Answers Porto e a divulgar a investigação feita no PIC num stand da Techmarch, na Associação Nacional de Jovens Empresários (ANJE), no Porto.
A iniciativa decorreu de 16 a 18 de Junho, no âmbito do 18.º aniversário da Academia dos Empreendedores – ANJE, que assinalou a data com um conjunto de actividades dedicadas à iniciativa empresarial.

“Facedecode” was awarded the 1st Prize of the iUP25k 2015

The business idea “Facedecode – We make faces”, presented by Veronica Orvalho, Catarina Miranda, Pedro Mendes and César Ferreira, researchers from Porto Interactive Center (PIC), was awarded the first prize, in the total amount of 15.000€, of the 2015 edition of iUP25k – business ideas competition of the University of Porto. The presented technology enables the creation of avatars in a quick and simple way. The iUP25k is an initiative launched in 2010 by the University of Porto, through its Entrepreneurship Club (CEDUP) and the University of Porto Innovation Office (UPIN), with the main objectives of distinguishing entrepreneurial initiatives and promoting the emergence of business projects promoted by UPorto’s community of students and alumnae. iUP25k is one of the most important higher education awards fostering entrepreneurship in Portugal.

PIC at the 13ª Mostra da Universidade do Porto

Alfândega do Porto, Porto - Portugal | 12 - 15 March 2015

We are participating at the 13ª Mostra da Universidade do Porto (Mostra UP), which is being held at Alfândega do Porto, Porto, from today, 12th of March, until next Sunday, 15th of March.
The 13ª Mostra UP is an informal meeting between the university community and all those who would like to know what is done in one the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe.
The exhibition is open to the general public.

Catarina Runa Miranda at Empreendedorismo 2020 Conference

ANJE, Porto - Portugal | 06 March 2015

Catarina Runa Miranda, PhD candidate and researcher at Porto Interactive Center (PIC) was invited to present PIC’s latest technologies at the conference “O Empreendedorismo 2020: sem Género, Números(s) ou Grau” (Entrepreneurship 2020: no Gender, Numbers (s) or Grad”), promoted by ANJE (The National Association of Young Entrepreneurs), that was held on March 6th, in Porto. The research behind to the presented technology, AVATAR pipeline, is funded by Instituto de Telecomunicações – Faculty of Sciences of Universidade do Porto (UP), and has been developed in the scope of the European project VERE (Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-Embodiment – FP7-ICT-2009-5, ICT-2009.8.4 – FET proactive 4: Human-Computer Confluence Program). During the event, which attracted more than 400 participants, Catarina Runa Miranda had the opportunity to contact with great names from risk capital companies, business angels, media and communication, banks and private investors. Portugal’s Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho, attended the closing session. Catarina Runa Miranda describes the event as a great experience to test her capacity of explaining a high technical and complex project according to listener background and communication skills, and she emphasizes that “professionally, these events provide a wide network to setup business contacts within industry and direct feedback from investors”. The PhD candidate highlights the importance of getting this contact and information while making research as an unique way to “clarify research impact in the markets and determine how and who can give access to investment to keep researching and/or transform research into products, generating value to both researchers and academy”, she said. This invitation resulted from her work at Portugal Ventures’ Business Ignition Program, in collaboration with UPIN – University of Porto Innovation, the technology transfer office of the University of Porto, where are studied business potentialities and customer market fit of UP technologies and researches.

Prof. Steve Barkley, Executive Vice President of PLS 3rd Learning, gave a talk at DCC|FCUP

DCC Auditorium - FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 11 February 2015

Prof. Steve Barkley, Executive Vice President of PLS 3rd Learning, gave an invited talk last February 11th at the DCC | FCUP Auditorium, in Porto, Portugal, entitled “Moving the Focus from Teaching to Learning” .

In this presentation, Prof. Steve Barkley examined what we know about learning and considered the changes needed in instructional practices to maximize learning potential.

About Prof. Steve Barkley

Steve Barkley is internationally recognized for his ability to facilitate change. He has more than 30 years of experience working in classrooms, schools and universities building teacher capacity for heightened student success and is well-known for guiding school improvement through coaching, mentoring and professional development. Last year alone, Steve worked with teachers and administrators in approximately 100 school districts and organizations, in 17 states and 6 countries. Steve has worked with teachers at the International School Basel in Switzerland, Uskudar American Academy and Robert College in Turkey, Haut-Lac Bilingual International School in Switzerland, Galileo Gymnasium in Berlin, and CLIP–the Oporto International School in Portugal. He has also served as the facilitator of coaching workshops for Lead Turkey and the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE). Steve has presented at a variety of international conferences including the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Mediterranean Association of International Schools (MAIS), the Alliance for International Education (AIE), and the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools (NESA). Steve’s dynamic energy and captivating style translate his extraordinary knowledge about life in the classroom and provide the necessary skills for effective change in individual teachers, teams and schools.

PIC at 24º Congresso das Comunicações

Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon – Portugal | 19 – 20 November 2014

We have participated at the 24th Communications Congress (24º Congresso das Comunicações), organized by the Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications (APDC). The congress was held at Centro Cultural de Belém, in Lisbon, Portugal, between 19th and 20th of November.
The LIFEisGAME project had been one of the 30 projects that were presented at Tech Innovation exhibition, in the scope of the congress.

Prémio Melhor Poster no IX Congresso Iberoamericano de Psicologia / 2º Congresso da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses

O poster “Usabilidade de um videojogo português (protótipo) para a promoção do reconhecimento emocional facial em crianças com perturbação do espectro do autismo”, da autoria de Mónica Oliveira, Cristina Queirós, António Marques e Verónica Orvalho, foi um dos posters premiados no IX Congresso FIAP / 2º Congresso OPP.

 

O poster apresentou os resultados da análise confirmatória da escala de medição do Bem-Estar Espiritual (Gomez & Fisher, 2003; Gouveia, Marques & Ribeiro, 2009) na população oncológica. Segundo Fisher, 1999, o Bem-Estar Espiritual (BEE) consiste numa “forma de estar dinâmica que se reflecte na qualidade das relações que o indivíduo estabelece em quatro domínios da existência humana, isto é, consigo próprio, com os outros, com o ambiente e com algo ou Alguém que transcende o domínio humano” (p. 286). Nesta perspectiva, a qualidade das relações que o indivíduo estabelece nestes quatro domínios contribui para a saúde espiritual, podendo contribuir na forma com o indivíduo lida com a doença. O questionário de bem-estar espiritual (SWBQ) inclui 20 itens com respostas numa escala de 5 pontos: 1 (muito pouco) a 5 (muitíssimo), que avaliam o grau em que o respondente sente estar a desenvolver cada um dos quatro domínios do constructo – pessoal, comunitário, ambiental e transcendental. Neste poster apresentam-se as propriedades psicométricas da versão portuguesa da escala aplicada a uma amostra de 203 adultos com diagnóstico de cancro, de ambos os sexos com idades compreendidas entre os 18 e os 88 anos. Análises factoriais confirmatórias revelaram índices de ajustamento menos favoráveis que os da amostra da população geral portuguesa (Gouveia et al., 2009), mas ainda adequados. Obtiveram-se índices de consistência e fiabilidade satisfatória para os quatro domínios. Estes resultados sugerem que o instrumento pode ser útil na avaliação desta variável neste tipo de população.

 

O PIC na TECNET Business Camp 2014

Torre Oliva, São João da Madeira - Portugal | 17-18 October 2014

O PIC marcou presença na TECNET 2014, realizada nos dias 17 e 18 de Outubro, na Torre de Oliva em S. João da Madeira. A TECNET Business Camp é um evento dedicado à tecnologia, à criatividade, à inovação e ao empreendedorismo empresarial e social, que reúne centenas de empresas de base tecnológica e criativa. O evento reuniu 83 expositores de empresas de base tecnológica e criativa e 18 expositores das Incubadoras e Parques de Ciência e Tecnologia nacionais, tendo contado com uma adesão de cerca de 750 participantes ao longo dos dois dias.

ICT Proposers’Day 2014

Florence - Italy | 09 - 10 October 2014

Prof. Verónica Orvalho has participated at the ICT Proposers’ Day, that was held in Florence, Italy, between 9th and 10th of October 2014. The event connected academia, research institutes, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe and was specifically dedicated to networking and promoting research and innovation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies.

The ICT Proposers’ Day 2014 has been organised by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT in cooperation with The Italian Presidency of the EU, The Region of Tuscany, The Municipality of Florence and The University of Florence.

Prof. Verónica Orvalho gave a talk at University College London

Computer Science Department - University College London, London - UK | 10 September 2014

Prof. Verónica Orvalho gave a talk, last September 10th, at the Computer Science Department of University College London, titled “The automatic creation of a look-a-like avatar”.

The purpose of the talk was to share the research that is being conducted at PIC within the VERE Project.

“Prometeu – Real-time Illusion” received an honorable mention in the 5th edition of the AVANCA | CINEMA 2014 Conference

Avanca – Portugal | 23-27 July 2014

Luis Leite and Marcelo Lafontane received an honorable mention at the 5th edition of the AVANCA | CINEMA 2014 – International Conference Cinema – Art, Technology, Communication.

The awarded paper, titled “Prometeu – Real-time Illusion”, is a multimedia theater play inspired by the Indonesian shadow puppetry, Wayang Kulit. This multidisciplinary project narrows the boundaries between theater and film, past and present, reality and illusion.

More info about this communication could be found at:

http://www.grifu.com/vm/?p=1292  | http://www.grifu.com/poleiro/lang-en/projectos/112-prometeu-projecto.html

 

Congratulations Luís Leite and Marcelo Lafontane!

 

La Coruna City Hall Visit

PIC - DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 09 July 2014

PIC received last 9th July the visit of a La Coruna City Hall delegation, represented by its Town Councilor for Innovation and the responsible for the planning area.

The visit was guided and accompanied by Paulo Calçada, Town Council for Innovation and Environment at Porto City Hall.

Visit of Prof. Sriram Iyengar – The University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston

PIC - DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 27 June 2014

Last 27th June, Prof. Sriram Iyengar, Associate Professor at University of Texas – Health Science Center at Houston, visited the PIC’s Lab.

Prof. Sriram Iyengar research interests include clinical informatics, healthcare systems security, clinical edcision making, algorithmic medicine and systems biology.

Prof. Iyengar provided some great feedback on our research, particularly with the Move4Health system demonstration.

Dr. Sharon Strover, from University of Texas at Austin, visited PIC’s Lab

PIC - DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 12 June 2014

On June 12th 2014, we have received the visit of Dr. Sharon Strover, Director of the Digital Media program at University of Texas at Austin (UTA), as part of a broader collaboration effort between the UTA and the government of Portugal.

Dr. Sharon Strover is the first Director of the University’s Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute, which undertakes research projects, sponsors conferences and publications. She has worked with several international, national and regional government agencies on telecommunications policy matters.

Dr. Strover is also the Philip G. Warner Regents Professor in Communication and former chair of the Radio-TV-Film Department in the Moody College of Communication at the UTA.

Prof. John P. Lewis visited PIC’s Lab

PIC - DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 13 - 15 April 2014

 

Prof. John P. Lewis visited PIC’s Lab from last 13th to 15th April.

Having recently worked as a Research Lead at Weta Digital, Prof. John P. Lewis is currently Associate Professor in Engineering and Computer Science at Victoria University (New Zealand) and Senior Research Programmer at Weta. In the past, he has worked as Software R&D Director at Disney and other movie industry companies.

In this that was also his first visit to Portugal, Prof. John P. Lewis gave two lectures, entitled: “Maths for real time graphics programming” and “Why academic research matters in Movie Visual Effects”. During his presentations, Prof. John P. Lewis described issues of applying computer graphics and vision research in a deadline-driven movie production environment, drawing on examples from The Matrix sequels, Avatar and Forrest Gump.

Besides the lectures, Prof. John P. Lewis toured around PIC and Computer Science Department of FCUP, and made in-depth academic interactions with scientific researchers and doctoral candidates.

During his short but noteworthy visit, Prof. John P. Lewis attracted all the staff greatly with his insights about how can industry and academia research connect and mutually benefit.

Luís Grifu presented his research on Virtual Marionette at Festival ESMAE 2014

ESMAE - Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo do IPP, Porto - Portugal | 4 - 16 April 2014

Luís Grifu has been invited to give a MasterClass last April 7th, at Festival ESMAE 2014.

In this MasterClass, Luís Grifu presented his research on performance animation and Virtual Marionette, an interdisciplinary research on digital puppetry that brings the art of puppetry into the world of digital animation.

PIC at 12ª Mostra da Universidade do Porto

Pavilhão Rosa Mota, Porto - Portugal | 27 - 30 March 2014

A Mostra da Universidade do Porto é a exposição anual da oferta formativa da maior Universidade do País.

Mas é muito mais do que isso: é um espaço aberto de comunicação entre os estudantes do ensino básico e secundário e os seus colegas do ensino superior, uma oportunidade para os visitantes questionarem os docentes e investigadores da U.Porto sobre a sua atividade científica, os seus projetos, o impacto do seu trabalho.

Na Mostra da Universidade do Porto, todas as faculdades marcam presença na área de entrada, concentrando e distribuindo toda a informação relativa aos cursos que oferecem, enquanto que os seus departamentos se dispersam pelo imenso pavilhão, organizando atividades de interação que ilustram o encanto pelo conhecimento nas suas áreas de especialidade. Nisto são acompanhados pelos mais destacados centros de investigação da U.Porto, especialistas em fazer evoluir o conhecimento e explorar as suas aplicações.

Apoio social, estudos no estrangeiro, grupos académicos circum-escolares, voluntariado… Espetáculos, conferências, teatro, ações de envolvimento… A vida académica não se esgota nas aulas, e também está presente na Mostra da U.Porto.


Real-Time Emotion Recognition: a Novel Method for Geometrical Facial Features Extraction presented at VISAPP 2014

Lisbon, Portugal | 5 - 8 January 2014

“Facial emotions provide an essential source of information commonly used in human communication. For humans, their recognition is automatic and is done exploiting the real-time variations of facial features. However, the replication of this natural process using computer vision systems is still a challenge, since automation and real-time system requirements are compromised in order to achieve an accurate emotion detection. In this work, we propose and validate a novel methodology for facial features extraction to automatically recognizefacial emotions, achieving an accurate degree of detection. This methodology uses a real-time face tracker output to define and extract two new types of features: eccentricity and linear features. Then, the features are used to train a machine learning classifier. As result, we obtain a processing pipeline that allows classification of the six basic Ekman’s emotions (plus Contemptuous and Neutral) in real-time, not requiring any manual intervention or prior information of facial traits.”

The Game Industry by Crytek Developers

DCC Auditorium, FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 03 January 2014 | 14h00

14h00: Keynote Speaker: Ricard Pillosu
“Leadership is receiving a massive shift during the late years. The creative industry is coming up with new ways to stay competitive, growing talent with a different paradigm. Ricardo will explain how broken is the current system and how a student needs to approach this new wave of management style.”
15h00:Round Table: Ricard Pillosu (Crytek), Albert Jaen Goset (Crytek), Marcos Nogue Urenda (Ubisoft)

VERE in exhibition at ICT 2013

Vilnius - Lithuania | 6 - 8 October 2013

ICT 2013 in Vilnius is a unique opportunity for projects and companies to showcase their research, ICT products and innovative creations.
The exhibition will link todays’ research and innovation with visions for the future. More than 200 exhibits will cover a diverse set of research results and products, ranging from cars and advanced robots to very small components, software, new business or new services.

LIFEisGAME at the exhibition “Era Uma Vez” at Ciência Viva at Pavilhão do Conhecimento

from 25th October 2013 to August 2014 | Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva

Once upon a time … Science for story lovers is an interactive exhibition with science and technology, to explore phenomena and concepts of natural sciences, like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geology and Biology, as well as social sciences and other areas of knowledge.

This exhibition was entirely produced by the Pavilion of Knowledge, – Ciência Viva, with the scientific collaboration of the National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), the Institute for Telecommunication (IT) (Instituto Superior Técnico), the Institute for Systems and Robotics (IST), the Research Center on Biodiversity and Genetic Resources (Cibio) (University of ºPorto), the Porto Interactive Center (UP), ant the National Institute for Agricultural and Veterinary Research.

It focuses in ten classic stories of literature: Three Little Pigs, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Adventures of Pinocchio, The Little Glass Slipper, Jack and the BeanstalkHansel and GretelAli Baba and the Forty Thieves and The Princess and the Pea.

This is a cheerful, fun and irreverent exhibition, with much sense of humor, loved by children and adults. Its targets are every school levels and it is accessible for people with special needs. You can visit it in the Pavilion of Knowledge until August 2014.

Newsletter Instituto de Telecomunicações- October 2013

The Researcher’s Night is a mega event taking place every year on a single September night in about 300 cities all over Europe. It allows the public to
explore science through fun learning. Whether with family, school, friends or on their own, people can find themselves exploring science in engaging
ways, get to talk with investigators and to discover how science and technology can change our lives in the coming years.
This year, the event was held on Friday, 27 September and presented a vision of the future in 2020, offering a wide variety of fun-learning activities, from guided tours of research labs that are normally closed to the public, through interactive science shows, to hands-on experiments or workshops.

Instituto de Telecomunicações has participated in the science show that was held at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva in Lisbon. A team from Porto Interactive Center presented three demos: the project LIFEisGAME, which explores the possibility of teaching people with Autism Spectrum Disorder to recognize facial emotions, using real time synthesis and automatic facial expression analysis; Virtual Marionette, a research on digital puppetry via an interdisciplinary approach that brings the art of puppetry into the world of digital animation, and 3D Scanner, a system to create a high-quality human like 3D facial avatar by drastically improving the quality of 3D avatars and reducing the time spent in the process. From IT at Lisbon came BITalino, described in page 1, and a couple of demos of the Internet of the Future concept based on RFID. The stand from IT attracted more than 500 very interested visitors.

LIFEisGAME on The Next Big Idea

The “The Next Big Idea” is a television program that aims on advertising the great ideas forPortugal, where the actors are those who are thinking about the future: teachers, students, entrepreneurs. Where? In companies, in the community, in schools, in society. “The Next Big Idea” is a television space that privileges the talent, creativity and innovation.

 

“Project Life is Game was born to try to help children with autism spectrum disorders in recognizing emotions to improve their communicative ability.”

Partnership with University College of London results in a paper published in PLOS ONE.

Christina Fuentes; University College London, Catarina Runa; Universidade do Porto, Xenxo Alvarez Blanco; Universidade do Porto, Verónica Orvalho; Universidade do Porto, Patrick Haggard; University College London,

A partnership between PIC and the University College of London results in a paper published in PLOS ONE.

“Does my face FIT?: A Face Image Task reveals structure and distortions of facial feature representation” was accepted at an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication, PLOS ONE.

Porto Interactive Center at European Researcher’s Night 2013

Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva, Lisbon - Portugal | 27 September 2013

This is a mega event taking place in about 300 cities all over Europe. This year, it will be presenting a vision of the future in 2020. Instituto de Telecomunicações will participate in the science show at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva in Lisbon. Join us, get to talk with investigators and discover how science and technology can change our lives in the coming years

LIFEisGAME Official Presentation on TV.UP

A apresentação oficial do projeto decorreu no dia 11 de junho de 2013 na Faculdade de Ciências da U.Porto, e contou com a presença da investigadora principal Verónica Orvalho, Jake K. Aggarwal da Universidade do Texas em Austin, Miguel Sales Dias, diretor da Microsoft bem como o representante da U.Porto, Vice-Reitor Jorge Gonçalves e o responsável do Instituto de Telecomunicações

PIC at 11ª Mostra Universidade do Porto

Pavilhão Rosa Mota, Porto - Portugal | 14 - 17 March 2013

A Mostra da Universidade do Porto é a exposição anual da oferta formativa da maior Universidade do País.

Mas é muito mais do que isso: é um espaço aberto de comunicação entre os estudantes do ensino básico e secundário e os seus colegas do ensino superior, uma oportunidade para os visitantes questionarem os docentes e investigadores da U.Porto sobre a sua atividade científica, os seus projetos, o impacto do seu trabalho.

Na Mostra da Universidade do Porto, todas as faculdades marcam presença na área de entrada, concentrando e distribuindo toda a informação relativa aos cursos que oferecem, enquanto que os seus departamentos se dispersam pelo imenso pavilhão, organizando atividades de interação que ilustram o encanto pelo conhecimento nas suas áreas de especialidade. Nisto são acompanhados pelos mais destacados centros de investigação da U.Porto, especialistas em fazer evoluir o conhecimento e explorar as suas aplicações.

Apoio social, estudos no estrangeiro, grupos académicos circum-escolares, voluntariado… Espetáculos, conferências, teatro, ações de envolvimento… A vida académica não se esgota nas aulas, e também está presente na Mostra da U.Porto.

Arquitetura, Belas Artes, Biomédicas, Ciências, Desporto, Direito, Economia, Engenharia, Farmácia, Gestão, Letras, Medicina, Medicina Dentária, Nutrição e Alimentação, Psicologia e Ciências da Educação: nomes de escolas, núcleos de conhecimento, possíveis percursos, saberes para uma vida.

Queremos ajudar a escolher um caminho ou a confirmar uma vocação. Venham ter connosco.

LIFEisGAME at WAMS

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade do Porto, Porto - Portugal | 13 February 2013

The number of sold smartphones and tablets all around the world led to an exponential increase of the available applications, for diverse operative systems in many areas.
These solutions have conquered the health context and the national market has proliferated mobile applications that aim to help professionals to carry out their activities with the greatest competency and efficiency as possible.
This workshop, aimed for students, researchers, health professionals and others interested in the area, seeks to present mobile applications in the health area developed in Portugal.

Presented by José Serra

Pedro Mendes at Jortec

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Sala IC Ed.VII, Lisbon - Portugal | 19 February 2013

Na semana de 18 a 22 de Fevereiro, na Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa decorrerá a Jortec (Jornadas Tecnológicas) 2013, um evento organizado por alunos de diversos cursos com o apoio e colaboração da Associação de Estudantes. Este evento é direcionado a alunos, docentes, investigadores e empresas sitiadas no campus da FCT (Caparica).
Apresentamo-nos como alunos do Departamento Informática da Faculdade de Ciências e de Tecnologia da UNL. Fomos nomeados responsáveis pelo dia 19 e 20 de Fevereiro e assim sendo, definimos o tema “NextInput” como o predominante desta edição.
Para o dia convidamos diversas empresas e oradores conceituados com experiência na área, pretendendo abordar ao longo do dia a importância das tecnologias que melhoram a interação pessoa-máquina.

UT Austin-Portugal Digital Media Year 6 Report

The UT Austin | Portugal Digital Media Program has steadily continued to foster the development of digital media education and industry in Portugal. Despite limited resources in the sixth year, the program strengthened existing initiatives including the doctoral programs, and even moved toward increased collaboration with the RTP broadcasters. The program continues to build relationships among scholars, independent entrepreneurs, major media industry players, and other members of the digital media community at a variety of institutions around the world. In doing so, it has highlighted Portugal’s developing identity as a site of technological innovation, entrepreneurial creativity, and innovative academic research.

José Serra as a Student Volunteer at SIGGRAPH 2012 Singapore

SIGGRAPH Asia 2012, Singapore | 28 November - 01 December 2012

This unique opportunity is available to undergraduate, graduate, and vocational students (except high school) who want to work behind the scenes of a world-class conference. Student Volunteers dedicate 25 or 15 hours in exchange for full conference access (when not on duty) and additional exclusive student-volunteer-only mentoring and professional development events.

José Serra at Iberspeech

Madrid, Spain | 22 November 2012

On the past November 22nd José Serra presented his paper “A proposal for a visual speech animation system for European Portuguese”  at IberSpeech 2012 that took place in Madrid, Spain. This paper was also published in  Communications in Computer and Information Science Journal published by Springer.

Presentation of Luís Grifu at the IRI [Imagens do Real Imaginado]

Almeida Garrett Municipal Auditorium, Palácio de Cristal, Porto - Portugal | 07 November 2012

The IRI is a  documentary film festival and it also includes animation (digital and traditional) and multimedia.

Last year Miguel Anxoprado and Jiri Barta (animation film directors) were invited speakers and this year they will  have José Miguel Ribeiro and Bastien Dubois.
Luís Grifu presented the works made in the Experimental Animation Lab (UT Austin | Portugal) and had also an workinprogress installation “Casal de Papelão” using his new interaction model – handPuppit (Performance Animation using virtual hand puppets)

Jose Miranda 2nd place for Professor José Luís Encarnação 2012 Award

José C. Miranda got the 2nd place with the article “Sketch express: A sketching interface for facial animation”, co-authored by Xenxo Alvarez, João Orvalho, Diego Gutierrez, A. Augusto Sousa and Verónica Orvalho, published in the Journal Computer & Graphics. This prize from Grupo Português de Computação Gráfica rewards the most significant papers in the area of Computer Graphics in Portugal.

Luís Grifu, Teresa Vieira, José Serra and Pedro Bastos at FUTUREPLACES

Porto - Portugal | 17 October 2012

Curated by Heitor Alvelos, Karen Gustafson, Nuno Correia and Pedro Branco, FUTUREPLACES 2012 is a meeting of people with one question in mind: if digital media can do so much for global communication, knowledge and creativity, how can it contribute to local cultural development? October 2008 marked the start of this challenge. After the success of prior editions, where we surveyed current successful projects from very diverse backgrounds and fields of knowledge, and rehearsed strategic approaches, we will dedicate FUTUREPLACES 2012 to interpreting our heritage and preparing what’s ahead in these times of great changes.

Luís Grifu presented his research on Virtual Marionette, Teresa Vieira on Parameterized Shading Methodology for Animation of Facial Expressions, José Serra presented the LIFEiSGAME project and Pedro Bastos presented his PhD thesis on Optimized Facial Rigging for Key Frame Animation.

Celebration Workshop Science-Based ICT for a Better Life – 5 years of IT in Porto and 20th Anniversary of IT

PIC - DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 16 October 2012

Instituto de Telecomunicações  celebrated it’s 20th anniversary and IT Porto the 5th. This celebration had  the following agenda:

14:00 – 14:30    Welcome Coffee  

14:30 – 15:30    Opening Session

António Fernando Silva, Director of FCUP

Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, Director of FEUP

Carlos Salema, Director of IT

“5 Years of Multi-disciplinary Research at IT Porto” by João Barros (Director of IT Porto)
José Marques dos Santos (Rector of U.Porto)

15:30 – 16:00    Posters and Demos

16:00 – 16:30    ICT for Intelligent Transportation, Michel Ferreira

16:30 – 17:00    ICT for Health & Entertainment, Bruno Oliveira

17:00 – 17:30    ICT for Future Infrastructures, Luís Almeida

17:30 – 18:00    Closing Remarks, Carlos Salema and João Barro

WORKSHOP on Information Visualization at PIC

by Sebastián Urbe from Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires

Information visualization can be defined as the visual representation of data, with the purpose of better understanding the inherent information that it contains, and for transmitting it to a target audience. It’s a hot topic at the moment, and many organizations make use of it for understanding their processes, people and trends, and to gain insight that might lead to better decision making. This course will show the basics of information visualization and provide some examples and exercises for participants to work with.

European Researcher’s Night

Rectory Building of the University of Porto, Porto - Portugal | 28 October 2012

The Researchers’ Night is an event bringing together the public at large and researchers. It occurs annually on the fourth Friday of September all over Europe. Its main objective is to reveal scientists and science in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The Researchers’ Night offers the opportunity to discover research facilities that are usually not open to public (laboratories, research centers, museum collections, …), use the most recent technologies and instruments with the guidance of scientists, participate in experiments, competitions and quizzes, watch demonstrations and simulations, exchange ideas and party with the researchers.

These innovative and exciting activities allow for public engagement and meetings with researchers in relaxed and festive environments. The events aim at showing that researchers are ordinary people with extraordinary jobs and that research is all about communication and international cooperation.

The events are supported by the European Commission as part of the Marie Curie Actions, which is an EU programm to boost European research careers. The competitive calls for the EU (co-)funding are managed by the Research Executive Agency (REA).

Researcher José Miranda wins Best Demo and Poster Award at the Symposium on Applied Perception

The ACM Symposium on Applied Perception brings  together researchers from the fields of perception, graphics and visualization, to facilitate a wider exchange of ideas. The goals are to use insights from perception to advance the design of methods for visual, auditory and haptic representation, and to use computer graphics to enable perceptual research that would otherwise not be possible.

Researcher José Miranda  presented “Perceiving Interactive Sketching Through Facial Expressions” and was awarded with Best Demo and Poster. As a result he was selected to display his work at SIGGRAPH, one of the biggest Conferences in the area.

Verónica Orvalho as invited speaker at the 1st International Seminar of Special Education

Auditório do Parque Biológico, Vila Nova de Gaia - Portugal | 06 July 2012

O 1º Seminário de Educação Especial de Vila Nova de Gaia pretende reunir pesquisadores e estudiosos de diferentes proveniências, docentes, discentes, profissionais e pais que articulam nas suas discussões aspetos relacionados com a Educação como a inclusão, formação, práticas pedagógicas e transições pós escolares dos alunos com NEE, sobretudo os que estão na transição para a vida adulta.Pretende promover a reflexão sobre a importância do processo inclusivo, sobre o compromisso de toda a sociedade na constituição do ser social, a sua importância na vida de todos em geral e, particularmente, na vida dos jovens com deficiência. Assim, seria pertinente que pudéssemos contribuir para esbater as barreiras existentes nos diferentes percursos da vida, gerando novos paradigmas que fortaleçam a construção de uma sociedade onde impere a equidade.

Veronica Orvalho’s scientific talk at VERE Plenary Meeting

Pisa - Italy | 07 June 2012

Facial morphologies and their challenges in Computer Graphics
Abstract: One of the biggest problems of representing a face is due to their anatomical diversity and to the variety of visual styles, turning harder to reproduce an empathic and human-like face. But, there is no formal classification. In this talk I will explore the different methods that we use for representing a wide range of visual style faces on 3D characters.

Verónica Orvalho as invited speaker at the 4th International Conference on Software Development for Enhancing Accessibility and Fighting Info-exclusion- DSAI’12

Douro Museum Conference Room, Peso da Régua - Portugal | 21 July 2012

Natural User Interaction: Current Challenges and Future Perspectives
Natural User Interaction (NUI) is perhaps the biggest challenge in the scope of the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research. It refers to the user ability to interact with computing systems in a simple, natural and unthoughtful way, using such means as speech, touch, gesture of human hands, arms and whole body, facial expressions and, including also, sensing, understanding and responding to biometric signals generated by the human body, during interaction tasks. This concept also means using HCI technology in a seamless way, with a short learning period and with the possibility to perform multimodal interaction. Key-players in ICT, like Microsoft and Apple, have recently revolutionized the interaction world with the speech features of the new Windows Phone Mango or the iPhone 4S, and with the multimodal speech and gesture interaction of Microsoft Kinect. In this Workshop, the main Portuguese experts on HCI and NUI will bring their opinion, experience and vision about the current challenges that this area faces, and unveil what in their opinion will be the future of Natural User Interaction.

Verónica Orvalho as invited speaker at the I Seminário Tecnologias e Perturbações do Espectro do Autismo

Universidade do Minho - Pólo de Azúrem, Guimarães - Portugal | 06 June 2012

The goal is to present, reflect and discuss the use of Technology as a tool in the intervention of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The idea is to involve several areas in one open space for to discuss ideas and possibilities of intervention and collaborations on this theme. We invite investigators that work on the development of techniques that involve the technology as a therapy for ASD, as a learning approach.

TALK: Professor Toni Susin from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

PIC - DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 22 May 2012 | 14h00-15h00

Cage Based Deformation Methods
Abstract: Cage based deformation techniques aims to be an easy to use tool for graphics modeling, texturing and animation. In this tutorial we describe the most important methods, their basics, and the desirable properties that they should satisfy. We also present a comparative to show the strong and weak points of each one, taking into account their distinctive utilities. Finally, we discuss some applications that exploit cage capabilities in order to create a more complex deformation system or to simplify other deformation techniques

Verónica Orvalho, Tiago Fernandes and Luís Grifu at SIGCHI 2012

Austin, Texas - USA | 5 - 10 May 2012

The ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction.  CHI 2012 focused on the centrality of experience—from the models, theories and practical insights we need to understand and design for user experience to experiencing innovation through hands-on interactivity.

TALK: Jake Aggarwal and Veronica Orvalho

IC2 University of Texas at Austin - USA | 9 May 2012

A Game About Emotions

The team presented the first prototype of the LIFEisGAME project.  People could see the prototype in action. They explained the game design process and introduced the game techniques that makes this project possible.

UTEN PORTUGAL- Annual Report

The University Technology Enterprise Network

The University Technology Enterprise Network works to develop globally competitive and sustainable S&T commercialization know-how in Portugal. UTEN is a component of the UT Austin|Portugal Program working together with the other international partnerships of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, FCT.

Jean-Luc – Texturing from Software to Hardware

Jean-Luc Duprat, an Graphics Architect at Intel . with over over 15 years experience as a software developer in the field of computer graphics. He is involved with major hardware manufacturers, major video game studios, a major animated motion picture, and with Internet broadcasting of independent films. Jean-Luc was an Invited Speaker at our onference “Videojogos2011″ organized by Porto Interactive Center (FCUP – Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto), FEUP (Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto) and Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências dos Videojogos, with the theme: Texturing from Software to Hardware .

Don Marinelli – The Triumph of the Gamer

Don Marinelli is Co-Founder and Executive Producer of the Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Center and a tenured Professor of Drama and Arts Management. Donald was an Invited Speaker at the conference of “Videojogos 2011″ organized by Porto Interactive Center (FCUP – Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto), FEUP (Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto) and Sociedade Portuguesa de Ciências dos Videojogos.

4th Annual Conference on Art and Science of Videogames 2011

DCC-FCUP, Porto - Portugal | 2 - 4 December 2011

The 4th Annual Conference on Art and Science of Videogames was organized between the 2nd and 4th of December of 2011, held at the Department of Computer Science of the Faculdade de Ciência da Universidade do Porto. The goal of the event is to encourage investigation of the Videogame industry in Portugal.
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JECRIPE visits LIFEisGAME

André Brandão, the coordinator of the JECRIPE project visited the LIFEisGAME team. They talked about a future cooperation on developing games for children with special needs. We hope that this cooperation will bring a better future for special children all around the world.

Best Paper Award- SBIM

Vancouver - Canada | 2011

Sketch Express: Facial Expressions Made Easy 

Eurographics Symposium on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling | Vancouver, Canada | 2011

Verónica Orvalho as Speaker at Innovation Forum on Services and Technologies for Interactive Media (NET-STIM)

Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon - Portugal | 24 February 2010

“The goal of the Thematic Network “Innovation Forum on Services and Technologies for Interactive Media (NET-STIM)” is to gather the expertise of Portuguese research centers, private companies and government agencies in order to place Portugal at the forefront of innovation in key interactive technologies and services for digital media.”

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