Centro ALGORITMI is a research unit of the School of Engineering – University of Minho, that develops R&D activity in Information and Communications Technology and Electronics (ICT&E), spreading into four major fields: (1) Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Nanotecnhology; (2) Operations Research, Statistics and Numerical Methods; (3) Information Systems, Software and Multimedia; (4) Communications, Computer Networks and Pervasive Computing.
The majority of PhD-level researchers of the Center are also Faculty members of four departments of the School of Engineering, namely: Industrial Electronics (DEI), Information Systems (DSI), Industrial Engineering & Management (DPS), Informatics (DI). Furthermore, the MSc and PhD projects supervised by those Faculty members are developed at ALGORITMI.
Centro ALGORITMI focuses its activity on projects that explore a strong link with the community, namely the industry and the public administration. The University of Minho is located in an industrialized region with an important expression on textile and footwear industries, and an emerging field on ICT services enterprises, pushed by the e-phenomena age. The automotive industrial field also gained recently an important share of the market. Another external factor that influences our target field of application is the growth of the cities in the region, which introduces several demands for the co-operation of researchers, namely in the field of logistics, communication, e-government and resources management. The results of this policy are stated by the number of applied research projects in cooperation with companies (funded by AdI and QREN) and by specific national projects, namely POSI, POCTI, and POE. Additionally, the Centre participates in several European projects, typically funded by IST programmes. (More informations here)
Information Systems and Technologies (IST)
The IST (Information Systems and Technologies) research line adopts three problem-domain topics: Organizational Well-Being (OWB); Valuable and Trustable Information Services (VTIS); Sustained Software Industry (SSI). These problem-domain topics act as a crosscut research agenda for integrating and for stimulating the cooperation between the internal research sub-communities that address more specific research topics: business intelligence, business process management, information services, information systems security & audit, knowledge management, semantic web & scholarly communication, software engineering & management. During 2011, we expect that some of the sub-communities evolve towards a sustainable level that enables the formal creation of research groups internal to the IST research line. (More informations here)
Computer Communications and Pervasive Media (CCPM)
The world where we, humans, live today has been evolving at a very fast pace, and technological immersion plays a major role in this evolution. The ubiquity of telecommunication networks, both wireless and wired, the increasing use of “supercomputers” in our pockets, and recent advances in global computing platforms, enable and promote new experiences for people in many daily activities. And it solves many problems too, while creating others difficulties such as the lack of privacy. At the same time, demographic evolution of the humanity is also changing our living habits. World population is still increasing, and is ever more concentrated in urban environments, rising new challenges in many domains such as transportation, food production and distribution, ecology and energy, just to name a few. The Computer Communications and Pervasive Media research team 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 intelligent transport systems and vehicular networks, collaborative and participatory sensing, future Internet and Internet of Things, quality of service in wireless networks and networks of situated displays. Further details about ongoing activities are available at the individual research groups’ web sites. (More informations here)