DEI Talks | “Digital Culture and Cultural User experience” by Markos Konstantakis

Markos Konstantakis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication at Aegean University, in the field of Augmented Reality, entitled: «Augmented Cultural User Experience – ACUX». He receives a Master’s Degree in “Specialization in Information Systems, Networks and Telecommunications”, from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Hellenic Open University ( HOU ). Markos completed a Degree and a Master’s Degree in Marine Mechanical Engineer NTUA (National Technical University of Athens). Since November 2013 he is a Research Fellow – Lecturer for the implementation of the Act «Supplementary Program Distance Learning e-learning», University of Athens, teaching and writing program notes: «Network Engineer», «Matlab» and «Digital Culture». Since September 2016 is working as a Research Assistant for the implementation of projects regarding cultural tourism, conservation of arts and digital culture. His research includes the technologies of Virtual and Augmented Reality, Ubiquitous Computing, Digital Culture, User Experience, Cultural Heritage, Prototyping, Human-Computer Interaction, the Internet of Things and Serious Games.

 Join us on the 6th of June, at 14:00, in room I-105 of FEUP, for the presentation of “Digital Culture and Cultural User experience”.


The immense interest in academia and the cultural industry has been to augment users’ participation during their interaction with cultural artefacts by making them an actor in their own cultural experience. Cultural User eXperience (CUX) has gained momentum in recent years, and a factor that affects CUX is the cultural background and profile of the individual user. Users have their own cultural characteristics and preferences, they learn and interact differently with a particular artefact, and finally, they obtain a unique cultural experience.

CUX is an essential consideration that should be acknowledged and implemented when initiating the Cultural Heritage (CH) domain. It is beyond the usability of a cultural product or system. It includes both pragmatic and hedonic user factors that could influence a user’s positive experience when interacting with the system or product, leading to the effectiveness of CH activities. The diversity of visitors to cultural spaces is one of their unique attributes and is becoming a significant challenge for these venues to meet their visitors’ needs. How can they address the variety of interests and needs of all their visitors? Therefore, it is necessary to know visitors’ expectations when visiting cultural spaces.

The cultural tourists of today (at least in developed countries) travel more than the tourists of the past, and it is possible that the tourists of tomorrow will travel even more often, increasing the level of cultural user experience. Therefore, travelling, which was considered a ”luxury good” in the past, is an integral part of people’s lives nowadays. Also, tourists do not leave their previous experiences, motivations, preconceptions, and attitudes behind when they travel, the same way they leave their coats in the cloakroom upon entering a museum. Furthermore, the effects of a journey are not limited to the time spent at the destination. Tourists connect information and construct meaning before travelling to a place and continue to do so months or even years after their journey.

It is indisputable that cultural tourism destinations require detailed categorization of their visitors and their underlying motivations since not every person is motivated by the exact reasons for learning, experimenting, or self-exploring. Because of this assumption that cultural tourists are not alike, most of the literature in cultural tourism follows a clustering approach, emphasizing determining the typology of the cultural tourists.

Amongst the abundance of tools available for interaction design, user typologies have been claimed to be “the most effective and fundamental”. By creating a concrete image of the user, designers gain insight into the elements a User Interface (UI) should have and how the user is likely to respond to those elements.

Furthermore, during the past years, cultural interactive experiences are produced in an increased pace to bring back the lost fiction, as well as the functional and ritual nature of the cultural objects. To date, there are various technologies available in cultural environments to support cultural exhibitions directly or indirectly (augmented reality, digital storytelling, serious games, linked open data, context awareness), and every technology used makes an impact on the exhibition or the visitors.

Celebration of the 50th anniversary of LEE.1972

Last Saturday, May 28th, 2022, 32 former students of the Bachelor in Electrotechnical Engineering from FEUP, LEE.1972, headed to Viseu, for the long-awaited 50th anniversary commemorative meeting.

During an afternoon of long conversations at Quinta da Magarenha Restaurant, they remembered the times of Rua dos Bragas, the adventures lived in the youth, the great events that marked an effervescent time among the student community, the professional paths and the families. The memories, religiously kept for years, are proudly shared in these meetings that are living proof that friendships resist time and life.

And so much has changed in Engineering in the past 50 years. From 18 440 m2 of Rua dos Bragas, home to 6 undergraduate courses and some postgraduate courses, 61 teachers, 551 students (with only 6.5% female students) and 48 staff members, it grew in 2001 to 93 918 m2, thus giving rise to new possibilities of evolution at Asprela. This allowed for a growth that in 2020 counted with 9 Departments, 56 degree courses and 46 non-degree courses, 611 teachers, 7518 students enrolled in degree courses and 1113 in non-degree courses (32% female) and 257 staff members.

Raul Moreira Vidal, Emeritus Professor at the University of Porto and former teacher and Director of DEI, member of the Organizing Committee of the event, of which António Taveira de Vasconcelos, Henrique Albuquerque Cruz, José Cardoso Ayres and Maria dos Prazeres Lomba also took part, reveals that “the secret for these meetings to continue to take place is the immense desire to celebrate friendship, to keep alive the ties that unite the harvest of 72, to remember and pay homage to colleagues who have already left”.

“A retrospective look is necessary. To understand the evolution of things, to understand that informatics and technologies have a cradle, this exercise is fundamental!” says the Professor, who reminds us that for him Engineering is a Dream Come True, believing that the new generations will not let the motto “Engineering with Soul” fade away in everything they create.

*Data refers to 1969/1970

FEUP welcomes “LITHME – Language In The Human Machine Era” 1-2 June

The announced LITHME Roadshow arrives this week at FEUP, 1 – 2 of June, and the program is already online.

This roadshow will focus on language technologies and Human-Machine interaction, which allow us to speak with and through technology, the software that powers the Human-Machine era, and the embedded human devices. It includes, but is not limited to: innovative Human-Machine interfaces; machine translation and interpretation; automatic sign language interpretation; text-to-speech, speech-to-text and speech-to-speech technologies; and virtual reality and augmented reality, among others.

The stands of Altice Labs, Alana AI,, BCN – Sistemas de Escritório e Imagem, SA/Class VR, Flowchase, Naturalvox, S.A.U., Pangeanic Language Technologies and Translation Services and ReadSpeaker can be visited. In addition to the showcases, it will be possible to attend lectures promoted by these companies, with free access.

On the afternoon of day 1, in room B015, will take place the lectures of Alana Ai (14:00), the project Augmented Video 360 (15:30) and (17:00).

On the afternoon of day 2, in room B026, it will be time for Altice Labs (14:00), Flowchase (15:30) and Natural Vox (17:00) present their latest products and services.

Simultaneously, the Faculty of Arts will host the LITHME Training School (30 May – 3 June), which aims to broaden the knowledge of LITHME activities, bring together trainees from across the field of linguistics, language research and language technology, provide intensive training on new and emerging interdisciplinary challenges and familiarize them with unique technologies developed by the event sponsors.

Henrique Lopes Cardoso (DEI/FEUP) and Rui Sousa-Silva (FLUP), responsible for the Working Group on ‘Computational Linguistics’ of this Cost Action, believe it is an opportunity not to be missed by enthusiasts and those curious about new language technologies and their themes.

The Sound Installation “Forest Waves” on display at the Biodiversity Gallery until May 29

On the 19th of May inaugurated in the Biodiversity Gallery – Living Science Centre, the sound installation Forest Waves, by the student of the Master in Multimedia, *Luís Luzia.

Forest Waves’ is a sound installation that aims to communicate the history of the degradation of the Portuguese forest throughout the last decades. This unique ecosystem is in a state of decline and degradation due to the human impact, namely in what concerns the favouring of introduced species like the eucalyptus.

The installation takes advantage of two techniques to transmit information: soundscapes and data sonification. The soundscapes were captured in two different areas of the Peneda-Gerês National Park: Mata da Albergaria (a native forest) and a eucalyptus plantation. The data sonification corresponds to a musical composition created from data on the areas occupied by certain species in the national territory, translating their evolution over time. The eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus), maritime pine (Pinus pinaster) and different species of oak (Quercus genus) were selected due to their abundance and/or importance in the indigenous ecosystems of mainland Portugal.

Forest Waves’ thus seeks to explore new ways of communicating science, taking advantage of the great potential of the artistic medium as a way to confer qualitative information appealing to sensitivity and emotion.

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19 to 29 May; Tuesday to Sunday; 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm (last access: 5.30 pm)

Free admission

*Luís Luzia is a twenty-three-year-old multidisciplinary artist from Vila Nova de Gaia. In 2019 he completed a degree in Biology at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, where he developed a strong interest in the dissemination and preservation of the beauty and diversity of the Portuguese natural heritage. However, a desire to seek new ways of communicating science outside traditional media led him to the Master in Multimedia at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, where he focused on interactive music and sound design. Besides developing installations, Luís is also a musician, illustrator and visual artist.

Aisha Animashaun, Master in Multimedia Alumna, wins the APDC Best Thesis Award, in the area of Media

With the support of CEE – Consortium of Engineering Schools, APDC – Portuguese Association for the Development of Communications, launched in February 2021, the Best Thesis Award, with the aim of rewarding annually the best master’s dissertations in the areas of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Media.

This year, in a ceremony associated with the 31º Digital Business Congress, the dissertation “Generative Soundscapes for Enhanced Engagement in Non-Invasive Neurorehabilitation”, by Aisha Jeanette Animashaun, Master in Multimedia Alumna, was awarded in the Media area.

The Dissertation, concluded in July 2021, was supervised by Prof. Gilberto Bernardes, Assistant Professor at DEI and Coordinator of the area of Interactive Music and Sound Design of the Master in Multimedia, who tell us more about this research:

“The lack of engagement and motivation, also referred to as apathy, has a negative impact on the treatment effectiveness and well-being of people with neurocognitive disorders such as dementia. In this context, we aimed to assess whether the engagement of people with dementia during non-invasive treatments is affected by noise levels from surrounding sound sources and negative auditory stimuli present in treatment environments. An online survey gauged that disruptive auditory stimuli and noise levels influence engagement and adherence levels of demented individuals during treatment. Negatively perceived sound sources were identified in both therapy facilities and at home, such as human voices, household appliances, and household noises. The results indicate that the perception of higher noise levels in therapeutic facilities is in correlation with the lower rate of perceived adherence during the therapy session compared to the lower noise level and higher engagement found when demented individuals interact at home. A generative sound environment strategy was proposed to dynamically mask the frequency bands of noise identified with negative auditory stimuli to promote a relaxing soundscape from a range of ambient sounds connoted in the literature with low degrees of valence and arousal.”

In conversation with Aisha, she shared with us the enormous satisfaction of receiving this distinction:

“To me, it is not so much about winning as it is to celebrate the people involved in the journey. I was thankful that all the work on the project as well as the input from my supervisor, professors, colleagues, friends, and family have been recognized through this award. I am really passionate about research that aims to improve health and wellbeing and I am thrilled that it translated well into the research project!”. When asked about the biggest challenge encountered during this journey, Aisha tells us that “The biggest challenge, as in so many projects from 2020 onwards, was the pandemic. My initial focus had to shift in order to eliminate the risk for health-impaired individuals. However, the support I received from my supervisor and surroundings helped me identify a more focused path and made the project even stronger than the previously proposed plan. I think one of the biggest achievements or most exciting events was to actually work with participants during the experiment and get their feedback on our prototype. Their openness to including multimedia technology in treatments for neurorehabilitation and the suggestive results of a higher engagement during the test was very encouraging.”

What about plans for the future?

“I would like to conduct further research into neurorehabilitation and neurocognitive disorders making use of multimedia-focused interventions and ultimately embark on a PhD journey to fuel my passion for research and learning”.

We wish you all the best Aisha!

Recalling last year’s edition, André Cruz, Alumnus of the Integrated Masters in Informatics and Computer Engineering, was also distinguished with this Award, in the area of Information and Communication Technologies, with his dissertation “Fairness-Aware Hyperparameter Optimization”, which focused on the study of biases and potential discriminations in the use of artificial intelligence systems related to gender, age, ethnicity or geographical location. The awarded research resulted in a new algorithm – Fairband, which allows training fairer models, increasing the fairness of automatic decision processes by 93%, on average. More about it can be seen here.

DEI Tutorials | “An Overview of OpenMP, MPI and CUDA” by Prof. Fahed Jubair

“An Overview of OpenMP, MPI and CUDA” will be conducted by Prof. Fahed Jubair, on the 12th of May, between 14:00 and 17:00, in room B006.

 The tutorial will describe an overview of three popular programming models: OpenMP, MPI and CUDA. The tutorial will first describe and compare the current types of parallel processors. Then, it will describe how OpenMP is used for programming shared-memory architectures. Next, the tutorial will describe how MPI is used for programming distributed-memory architectures. Finally, the tutorial will describe how CUDA is used for programming Nvidia GPUs. The tutorial will include practical examples of all programming models.


Fahed Jubair graduated from Purdue University in 2014 with a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. He received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Jordan in 2007. Dr. Jubair is currently an Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Jordan. His main research interests include optimizing compilers, parallel computing, heuristic algorithms, and machine learning.

CreativityTalks | Prof. Damián Keller will present us “Creativity in post-2020 music practices”

Given the current concentration of technological resources by a few financial conglomerates and the ongoing attempts to eliminate free-sharing from the internet, music once again provides a stage for social experiments that may have long-lasting effects. Damián Keller expands on the idea that we should apply different strategies to post-2020 music-making from the ones we adopted during the twentieth century. He focus on four emerging and complementary trends in an attempt to identify their creative specificities: telematic art, networked music performance, technologies for music notation and representation, and ubiquitous music. He acknowledges the transitory character of some of these labels and stress the difficulties of defining practices that are strongly tied to technological innovations. Rather than claiming the precedence, the intellectual ownership or the territorial hegemony of any of these terms, he proposes a conceptual map that highlights their applicability to various creative targets.

“Creativity in post-2020 music practices” will be presented by Prof. Damián Keller, on the 19th of May, at 18:00, online on:

The session will be moderated by Prof. Gilberto Bernardes, DEI’s Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Interactive Music and Sound Design area of the Master in Multimedia.


Damián Keller is an Associate Professor of Music Technology at the Federal University of Acre and the Federal University of Paraíba in Brazil. He is a cofounder of the international research network Ubiquitous Music Group and a founding member of the Amazon Center for Music Research (NAP). He has published over two hundred articles on ubiquitous music and ecologically grounded creative practice in journals on information technology, design, education, philosophy and the arts. His latest coedited book is Ubiquitous Music Ecologies (Routledge).

DEI Talks | “Task scheduling algorithms for fog architectures” by Prof. Celestino Lopes de Barros

Celestino Lopes de Barros is Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT) of the University of Cape Verde (Uni-CV) since 2005. Graduated in Informatics in 2006 by the Instituto Superior de Educação, he obtained a Master’s degree in Electronic and Engineering and Telecommunications from the University of Aveiro in 2010. Holds the Certificate in Advanced Studies and has a PhD in Science and Technology from UaB and UTAD since 2021. His areas of interest are Cloud computing and its paradigms. Author of several papers focusing on ‘Job Scheduling in Fog Paradigm’.

Join us on the 11th of May, at 14:30, in room I-105 FEUP, for the presentation of “Task scheduling algorithms for fog architectures”


According to the author’s knowledge task scheduling in fog paradigm is highly complex and in the literature there are still few studies on it. In the cloud architecture, it is widely studied and in many researches, it is approached from the perspective of service providers. Trying to bring innovative contributions in these areas, we propose a solution to the context-aware task-scheduling problem for fog paradigm. In our proposal, different context parameters are normalized through Min Max normalization, requisition priorities are defined through the application of the Multiple Linear Regression (MLR) technique and scheduling is performed using Multi-Objective Non-Linear Programming optimization (MONLIP) technique.

7 of the 50 Huawei Scholarships were awarded to L.EIC and M.EIC students

Following the commitment assumed with the education sector in Portugal, through a memorandum of understanding signed during the 2021 edition of the Web Summit, at the StartUp Portugal stand, between Associação DNS.PT (.PT) and Huawei Portugal, Huawei launched a Scholarship Programme directed to university students in the areas of Engineering and Science, having recently recognized 50 university students for their academic and personal merit with the attribution of a scholarship worth 5,000 Euros, in an investment of 250,000 Euros.

For Forbes Portugal, Diogo Madeira da Silva, Head of Public Affairs & Communications at Huawei Portugal said that this is a “significant investment in the training of Portuguese students and an indelible contribution to a more capacitated, more digital and more competitive Portugal”, hence the fact that this initiative is being promoted together with .PT and with the support of INCoDe.2030, of Portugal Digital, the Commission for Citizenship and Equality and the Secretary of State and the Commission for Citizenship and Equality, “guarantees us the alignment with the empowerment, digital transition and equality agenda that the country is pursuing. And we hope that more partners can join this initiative”.

Around 3000 applications were received from young university students from all over the country, including the 7 students from DEI who recently received one of these scholarships that will make all the difference in their academic careers; Sofia Pinto, Tiago Oliveira, Miguel Silva and Diogo Neves are students in the Bachelor in Informatics and Computing Engineering, a joint FEUP/FCUP programme, and Rita Peixoto, Mário Mesquita and Miguel Gomes from the Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering at FEUP.

Talking to Sofia Pinto, she tell us that when she saw the email about the scholarship program, from the L.EIC secretariat, she thought “I think I have the right profile and trying is not difficult” and that’s how she “dared” to participate. And his decision couldn’t have been better, as it will allow her to save to invest in an MBA in the future and to travel, accumulating the experiences provided by what she most likes to do, travel!

Tiago Oliveira, Founder and Associate Director of Easy Future, intends to invest part of the winnings in this association and believes that this project was one of the most valued aspects in his CV, having decisively contributed to his being among the 50 lucky winners. Regarding the future Tiago tells us that he intends to create or work in a company that bets strongly in the technological development of the companies, through low cost means of development of sites and apps and support in the cybersecurity area.

Miguel Silva, 2nd year student at L.EIC, believes that the success of his application was due to his passion for technology, applied to the personal projects he develops in his spare time and also to the work developed in the different student groups where he is inserted. At the same time Miguel already dreams with the ERASMUS program, and counts with the scholarship for the additional costs of a season abroad. “It reassures me to know that I have room to explore different interests and invest in my education from now on”.

 Diogo Neves also sees ERASMUS as one of his academic ambitions because of his lifelong curiosity to get in touch with the digital reality of other countries. Diogo believes that his numerous extra-curricular activities, such as musical projects, social initiatives, involvement in academic associations and the various courses taken outside the area of computing, were the key to getting this grant.

Rita Peixoto considers that it was her professional experience so far, her summer internship, her path at JuniFEUP, namely now as Director of the Technology Department, and also her proactivity, mirrored in the various volunteering activities, the Erasmus+ program of partnership with Secondary Schools, the academic monitoring and the constant presence of sport in her life, the aspects most valued by Huawei.

“My dream is to create my own company and develop an innovative product that will help as many people as possible. Throughout my academic career I try to develop and implement the most different project ideas that I have, and I hope that one day one of them will grow to the point of becoming my job and main focus.” – this is how Miguel Gomes sees his future. As for the present, he considers that his professional experience at INESCTEC and Cloudware, his duties as a monitor at the “consultório digital de matemática” , his involvement in a student group, and the project developed in the IDEIA course unit were decisive for the success of his application.

Mário Mesquita, currently in Hong Kong on an exchange program, believes that his entrepreneurial spirit, applied to activities in student groups, participation in competitions, his professional experience obtained in internships and part-times, and the website he created, were valued and decisive to get this scholarship. He also sees himself as an entrepreneur in the future and does not rule out the possibility of creating his own start-up, but right now he wants to explore the world, although the plan will always be to return and bring the knowledge acquired back to Portugal.

Throughout its 17 years of activity in Portugal, Huawei has deepened a strong connection with Education and talent issues, with this program joining other initiatives and investments in the area, such as Smart Bus, Seeds for the Future, *ICT Academy, Summer School for Female Leadership in Digital Age, or, more recently, the inauguration of 5GAIner, a 5G and Artificial Intelligence lab.

*As part of the partnership established between FEUP and Huawei, which launched in 2020 the ICT Academy program with the aim of providing a comprehensive training solution that covers the development of content in key areas for current challenges and future demands, such as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things or 5G, FEUP students have through this platform the opportunity of free training so that step by step they can start investing in their future.

DEI Talks | Fluent API: A software engineering technique with type theoretical implications by Yossi Gil

Joseph (Yossi) Gil is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Computer Science of the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. His publications were in diverse areas including distributed systems, image processing,  algorithms, PRAMs and parallel computing, databases, concepts of object oriented programming, numerical algorithms, … His B.Sc. (in physics summa cum laude), M.Sc. (computer science, summa cum laude) and Ph.D. were awarded by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Theoretical computer science, especially lower bounds and algorithms were his academic nursery, but he is also very keen on programming in various programming languages. His current research interest is in type systems and applications of machine learning to software engineering and numerical algorithms.

Join us on the 27th of April, at 14:30, in room B016 FEUP, for the presentation of “Fluent API: A software engineering technique with type theoretical implications”.


 A chain of method calls in an OO language, such as a.b().c(d).e(f,g).h().i()… is what the industry calls fluent API. In such a chain, the return value of all but the last invocation, is the receiver of the next invocation. The technique is advertised and used as a powerful software engineering tool. The technique is also used to embed domain specific languages (DSLs), such as SQL, in a host general programming language, such as Java. In this talk, I will present the technique, and the fundamental theoretical questions: How should one design the classes and methods so that fluent API works the way it is supposed to? What is required from the type system of the host programming language to admit certain chains, and forbid others?

The presentation will survey a series of publications showing deep correspondence between type systems and the theory of automata: finite state automata, pushdown automata, etc.