Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP)

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ISEP is the Engineering School of IPP (Polytechnic Institute of Porto), the largest IPP School, ISEP detains relevant human and material resources in research and development (R&D), particularly with regard to applied research in Engineering. ISEP’s participation in MANTIS is lead by CISTER research unit and counts with the participation of GECAD research unit. CISTER is one of the leading international research centres in real-time and embedded computing systems. In both the 2003 and 2007 evaluation processes, the Unit was granted the classification of ‘Excellent’ (the highest possible mark at that time). CISTER has been focusing its activity in the analysis, design and implementation of Real-Time and Embedded computing Systems. Particularly, CISTER has provided advances in architectures for distributed embedded real-time systems, real-time wireless sensor networks, cyber-physical systems, middle-wares for embedded systems and on the usage of multicore processors on real-time systems. CISTER is consistently involved in several collaborative EU and national RTD projects and initiatives. Relevant to this project, the unit was a core partner in the ArtistDesign and CONET (Cooperating Objects) European NoE, EMMON (EMbeddedMONitoring) projects, lead the international SENODs project (together with Portugal Telecom and the Carnegie Mellon University), on energy-e efficient data centres. Currently, CISTER is working on the ENCOURAGE (Embedded iNtelligent COntrols for bUildings with Renewable generAtion and storage) and Arrowhead projects, which target smart-grids and cooperative automation on multiples fields (e.g. industrial, smart-grids). GECAD (Knowledge Engineering and Decision Support Research Center) focus its research in intelligent systems, decision support systems and knowledge based systems. In these areas GECAD is recognised as a very relevant international player, achieving remarkable scores in top-level scientific journals. Over the years GECAD has been developing relevant work and tools in the area of intelligent manufacturing, considering both planning and scheduling, by applying different techniques and algorithms e.g. machine learning, optimisation, modelling, simulation, intelligent interaction, ontologies and knowledge representation. GECAD has a very relevant participation in international projects, being coordinator of two FP7-MC-IRSES: ELECON (Electricity Consumption Analysis to Promote Energy Efficiency Considering Demand Response and Non-technical Losses) and EKRUCAmI (Europe-Korea Research on Ubiquitous Computing and Ambient Intelligence) and assuming responsibilities from technical coordination to WPs leadership in 5 Eureka projects.

Relevant Expertise for the project:

CISTER has a strong and solid international reputation, built upon a robust track record of publications, a continuous presence on program and organising committees of international top conferences and on a strategic mix set of national/international and scientific/industry driven projects. CISTER is currently among the international leaders worldwide in the area of Real-Time and Embedded Systems. In the last years CISTER has been focusing its effort on the design of WSN protocols and on WSN data processing strategies with a strong focus on timeliness guarantees. CISTER has also been deeply involved on the design middleware systems for data collection from WSN and Home Area Networks. GECAD expertise areas of intelligent decision making, forecasting, knowledge discovery and machine learning are completely aligned with several MANTIS tasks. During the last years GECAD has been applying these techniques in several national and international projects, as well as achieved a notorious score in scientific publications on these areas. Machine learning and optimisation techniques have been applied to a huge variety of domains, ranging from resources management to scheduling problems and to strategic behaviour in competitive environments. GECAD work on Knowledge discovery is related to all steps of the process, with special emphasis on Data Mining, particularly clustering and classification. Besides applying these techniques to data from several domains, our work is also contributing to improve algorithms and define innovative solutions that combine several algorithms. Intelligent and collaborative decision-making has also been applied to several projects, regarding ambient assisted living; tourism and manufacturing systems.

Role in the project:

CISTER will mostly focus its scientific and technical contribution on WP1,2, 3 and 7. In parallel CISTER will also be the leader of WP8 on Dissemination and Project Exploitation. In detail CISTER will contribute to the task 1.2, by providing inputs from the Portuguese pilot and with its knowledge in the industrial area. For task 2.1 CISTER will focus its attention on the middleware architecture, partially based on the results from SENODS, ENCOURAGE and Arrowhead projects. On WP2, CISTER will also contribute to the definition of the MANTIS interfaces and protocols, on task 2.4. On WP3 CISTER will contribute to the design of smart sensors (task 3.2) and on bandwidth use and optimisation (task 3.3). The main objective is to apply the research which has been performed at CISTER on WSN data processing strategies. GECAD contributions will be on WP 2, 4, 5 and 7. Regarding WP2 contributions will be on the information processing and decision-making (task 2.2). Particular emphasis will be on WP5 on task 5.1 and 5.3. in WP4 the focus will be on tasks 4.5 and 4.6 on optimisation techniques and collaborative decision making. In addition, GECAD will also participate on dissemination and exploitation within the WP8.