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Advanced Computing Systems

At CRACS, our mission is to pursue scientific excellence in the areas of programming languages, parallel and distributed computing, security and privacy, information mining, and Web based systems with a focus on developing scalable software systems for challenging, multidisciplinary applications.

Our research environment is enriched with junior talented researchers that together with senior researchers build the necessary critical mass and scientific competences to fulfill the institution’s mission.

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Computer Science

INESC TEC researcher publishes book dedicated to gamification

Ricardo Queirós, researcher at INESC TEC, and professor at the School of Media Arts and Design of the Polytechnic of Porto (ESMAD-P.Porto), is one of the authors of the book Gamificação Aplicada às Organizações e ao Ensino, along with Mário Pinto, also a professor at ESMAD-P.Porto and a researcher at uniMAD.

24th March 2022

Computer Science

INESC TEC participates in two projects to support teaching of computer science

INESC TEC's Centre for Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS) participates in two projects funded by the EU programme Erasmus+, whose objective is to develop new tools that support the teaching of computer science, thus contributing to improve programming knowledge.

24th May 2021

INESC TEC researchers win Best Application Paper Award

The paper "A Framework for On-Demand Reporting of Cryptocurrency Ownership and Provenance" co-authored by António Pinto, a researcher at the Centre for Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS) and by Pedro Pinto, a researcher at the Centre for Telecommunications and Multimedia (CTM) of INESC TEC, received the Best Application Paper Award at the International Congress on Blockchain and Applications (BLOCKCHAIN'20).

21st October 2020

Computer Science

INESC TEC researcher organised the first International Conference dedicated to teaching computer programming

Ricardo Queirós, researcher at the Centre for Advanced Computing Systems (CRACS), and lecturer at the School of Media Arts and Design of the Polytechnic of Porto (IPP-ESMAD), was one of the organisers of ICPEC. 

23rd September 2020

Computer Science

INESC TEC developed a tool to detect and prevent cyber-attacks attacks in Europe

With the increasing use of I.T. by military units and command structures, cyber-threats and possible issues affecting the defence resources of the EU Member-States are becoming a reality that ought to be addressed, since a cyber-attack can compromise the security and integrity of countries, and even lead to the loss of human lives.

23rd September 2020

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Featured Projects

AI4DM

AI predictive modeling Services

2021-2022

FGPEPlus

Learning tools interoperability for gamified programming education

2021-2023

JuezLTI

Automatic assessment of computing exercises using LTI standard

2021-2023

PANDORA

Cyber Defence Platform for Real-time Threat Hunting, Incident Response and Information Sharing

2020-2022

Cortaderia

Desenvolvimento de Software para Monitorização da Espécie Invasora Cortaderia selloana

2020-2020

Authenticus19_20

Consultoria Tecnológica em Sistemas CRIS e Cálculo de APC

2019-2020

T4CDTKC

Training 4 Cotec, Digital Transformation Knowledge Challenge - Elaboração de Programa de Formação “CONHECER E COMPREENDER O DESAFIO DAS TECNOLOGIAS DE TRANSFORMAÇÃO DIGITAL”

2019-2021

Angerona

Privacy preserving IOT middleware

2018-2019

FGPE

Framework for Gamified Programming Education

2018-2021

AuthenticusNF

Desenvolvimento de Indicadores de Produção Científica Baseados no Authenticus

2018-2018

PGODISSEIA

Serviço de instalação e configuração de uma plataforma de autenticação, implementação de solução de gestão centralizada de certificados digitais, auditoria de segurança (pen-testing) e análise de impacto de privacidade dos tratamentos de dados pessoais das plataformas de integração e autenticação

2018-2020

CRADLE

Deep learning in cancer drug discovery: a pipeline for the generation of new therapies

2018-2021

Authenticus2019

Apoio Técnico ao CINTESIS para extração de indicadores de produção científica baseados no Authenticus

2018-2018

ELVEN

Elven - Expressive Logics for VErifying the Net

2016-2019

Digi-NewB

Non-invasive monitoring of perinatal health through multiparametric digital representation of clinically relevant functions for improving clinical intervention in neonatal units (Digi-NewB)

2016-2020

FOUREYES

TEC4Growth - RL FourEyes - Intelligence, Interaction, Immersion and Innovation for media industries

2015-2019

NanoStima-RL5

NanoSTIMA - Advanced Methodologies for Computer-Aided Detection and Diagnosis

2015-2019

NanoStima-RL3

NanoSTIMA - Health data infrastructure

2015-2019

NanoStima-RL4

NanoSTIMA - Health Data Analysis & Decision

2015-2019

SMILES

SMILES - Smart, Mobile, Intelligent and Large scale Sensing and analytics

2015-2019

FOTOCATGRAF

Graphene-based semiconductor photocatalysis for a safe and sustainable water supply: an advanced technology for emerging pollutants removal

2015-2018

REMINDS

Relevance Mining and Detection System (REMINDS)

2015-2017

PANF

Methods to retrieve and communicate data from Sifarma

2015-2016

SEA

SEA-Sistema de ensino autoadaptativo

2015-2015

MGI

Contrato de Aquisição de serviços de produção e desenvolvimento de módulo para gestão de iterações para integrar no sistema de informação da UP (SIGARRA)

2015-2015

Hyrax

Crowd-Sourcing Mobile Devices to Develop Edge Clouds

2014-2018

DAT

Curation and intelligent data analysis

2014-2015

ABLe

Advice-Based Learning for Health Care

2013-2015

Authenticus

Authenticus - System to Identify and Validate Portuguese Scientific Publications

2013-2016

SIBILA

Towards Smart Interacting Blocks that Improve Learned Advice

2013-2015

ADE

Adverse Drug Effects Detection

2012-2015

e-Policy

Engineering for the Policy-making Life Cycle (ePolicy)

2011-2014

Leap

Logic environments with Advanced Paralelism

2011-2014

MACAW

Macroprogramming for Wireless Sensor Networks

2011-2014

Breadcrumbs

Social network based on personal libraries of news fragments

2010-2012

Ofelia

Open Federated Environments Leveraging Identity and Authorization

2010-2013

Horus

Horn Representations of Uncertain Systems

2010-2013

DIGISCOPE

DIGItally enhanced stethosCOPE for clinical usage

2010-2013

Palco3.0

Intelligent Web system to support the management of a social network on music

2008-2011

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Publications

CRACS Publications

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2022

A Primer on Gamification Standardization

Authors
Queiros, RAPd; Pinto, M; Simões, A; Portela, CF;

Publication
Advances in Human and Social Aspects of Technology - Next-Generation Applications and Implementations of Gamification Systems

Abstract
Computer science education has always been a challenging topic for both sides of the trench: educators and learners. Nowadays, with the pandemic state that we are facing, these challenges are even greater, leading educators to look for strategies that promote effective virtual learning. One of such strategies includes the use of game mechanics to improve student engagement and motivation. This design strategy is typically called gamification. Nowadays, gamification is being seen as the solution to solve most of the issues related to demotivation, complexity, or tedious tasks. In the latest years, we saw thousands of educational applications being created with gamification in mind. Nevertheless, this has been an unsustainable growth with ad hoc designs and implementations of educational gamified applications, hampering interoperability and the reuse of good practices. This chapter presents a systematic study on gamification standardization aiming to characterize the status of the field, namely describing existing frameworks, languages, services, and platforms.

2022

Host-based IDS: A review and open issues of an anomaly detection system in IoT

Authors
Martins, I; Resende, JS; Sousa, PR; Silva, S; Antunes, L; Gama, J;

Publication
Future Generation Computer Systems

Abstract

2022

Managing Gamified Programming Courses with the FGPE Platform

Authors
Paiva, JC; Queiros, R; Leal, JP; Swacha, J; Miernik, F;

Publication
Information

Abstract
E-learning tools are gaining increasing relevance as facilitators in the task of learning how to program. This is mainly a result of the pandemic situation and consequent lockdown in several countries, which forced distance learning. Instant and relevant feedback to students, particularly if coupled with gamification, plays a pivotal role in this process and has already been demonstrated as an effective solution in this regard. However, teachers still struggle with the lack of tools that can adequately support the creation and management of online gamified programming courses. Until now, there was no software platform that would be simultaneously open-source and general-purpose (i.e., not integrated with a specific course on a specific programming language) while featuring a meaningful selection of gamification components. Such a solution has been developed as a part of the Framework for Gamified Programming Education (FGPE) project. In this paper, we present its two front-end components: FGPE AuthorKit and FGPE PLE, explain how they can be used by teachers to prepare and manage gamified programming courses, and report the results of the usability evaluation by the teachers using the platform in their classes.

2022

Network Science - 7th International Winter Conference, NetSci-X 2022, Porto, Portugal, February 8-11, 2022, Proceedings

Authors
Ribeiro, P; Silva, F; Ferreira Mendes, JF; Laureano, RD;

Publication
NetSci-X

Abstract

2022

Design and Development of an Intelligent Clinical Decision Support System Applied to the Evaluation of Breast Cancer Risk

Authors
Casal-Guisande, M; Comesaña-Campos, A; Dutra, I; Cerqueiro-Pequeño, J; Bouza-Rodríguez, J;

Publication
Journal of Personalized Medicine

Abstract
Breast cancer is currently one of the main causes of death and tumoral diseases in women. Even if early diagnosis processes have evolved in the last years thanks to the popularization of mammogram tests, nowadays, it is still a challenge to have available reliable diagnosis systems that are exempt of variability in their interpretation. To this end, in this work, the design and development of an intelligent clinical decision support system to be used in the preventive diagnosis of breast cancer is presented, aiming both to improve the accuracy in the evaluation and to reduce its uncertainty. Through the integration of expert systems (based on Mamdani-type fuzzy-logic inference engines) deployed in cascade, exploratory factorial analysis, data augmentation approaches, and classification algorithms such as k-neighbors and bagged trees, the system is able to learn and to interpret the patient’s medical-healthcare data, generating an alert level associated to the danger she has of suffering from cancer. For the system’s initial performance tests, a software implementation of it has been built that was used in the diagnosis of a series of patients contained into a 130-cases database provided by the School of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which has been also used to create the knowledge base. The obtained results, characterized as areas under the ROC curves of 0.95–0.97 and high success rates, highlight the huge diagnosis and preventive potential of the developed system, and they allow forecasting, even when a detailed and contrasted validation is still pending, its relevance and applicability within the clinical field.

Supervised Theses

2021

Distributed and Dependable SDS Control Plane for HPC

Author
Mariana Martins de Sá Miranda

Institution
UM

2021

Data Market for Energy Industry Forecasting

Author
Filipe Daniel Vieira da Silva

Institution
UM

2021

Dysphonic to natural voice reconstruction based on adaptive phonetic segmentation and synthetic implantation

Author
João Miguel Pinto Pereira da Silva

Institution
UP-FEUP

2021

Internationalization Of Portuguese SMEs to Japan: A Focus On Export Barriers

Author
Roberto Manuel Soares Vieira Konagaya Martins

Institution
UP-FEP

2021

Importância que os consumidores atribuem às dimensões da Responsabilidade Social Empresarial

Author
Vera Rodrigues Mónica

Institution
UP-FEP

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