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Fernando Luís Almeida holds a PhD in Engineering and Computer Science from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). In addition, he holds a master's degree in Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship and a degree in Computer Engineering and Computing from FEUP. In the last 10 years he has worked in the field of education at a higher polytechnic institution, performing research and teaching activities in the domain of computer systems engineering. Throughout his professional career he worked in institutions of reference such as Critical Software, Qimonda, FEUP, ISR Porto and iNESC TEC. He has also worked on several international projects in partnership with European reference organizations in the telecommunications, industry and scientific research sectors. Current research areas include innovation policies, enterprise / university knowledge transfer, university spinoffs, software engineering, and decision support systems.

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2021

Proposal of a Digital Mobile Platform for the Urban Farming Revolution

Authors
Almeida, F; Miranda, N; Vieira, B;

Publication
International Journal of Environmental Sustainability and Green Technologies

Abstract
Information and communication technologies have contributed decisively to the evolution of the agriculture field, allowing the exchange of information between various platforms, the automation of processes, and the storage and processing of large volumes of data. This study proposes the development of an application for mobile devices that facilitates the process of managing and monitoring the production of an urban farming. The application can also be used by less experienced farmers by providing relevant information on the best products per season according to soil characteristics and climate. The results of the developed application demonstrated the application's potential to increase crops visibility, increase efficiency throughout the value chain, access to real-time business and financial data, turns possible to customize the application according to the users' profile, increase the efficiency of marketing processes, and contribute to reducing transport costs.

2021

Combining study findings by using multiple literature review techniques and meta-analysis

Authors
Low-Choy, S; Almeida, F; Rose, J;

Publication
Secondary Research Methods in the Built Environment

Abstract

2021

Critical Success Factors in a Six Dimensional Model CRM Strategy

Authors
Santos, JD; Castelo, JP; Almeida, F;

Publication
Encyclopedia of Organizational Knowledge, Administration, and Technology - Advances in Logistics, Operations, and Management Science

Abstract
Companies of various sizes and structures have progressively adopted specialized CRM software that aims to capture customer data and prospects, streamline business processes and provide greater visibility for the business. The result of these initiatives has been very heterogeneous and strongly dependent of several factors, such as the experience, partnerships and qualification of the human resources that these companies possess. In this sense, it becomes pertinent to identify the critical success factors for the launching of a CRM strategy. The findings establish a six-dimensional model composed of sixty-five critical factors. These factors and their relationship between them are presented and discussed in this chapter.

2021

Exploring the Limitations of Responsive Design Through a Case Study Approach

Authors
Almeida, F; Monteiro, JA;

Publication
International Journal of Web Portals

Abstract
Having an online presence is essential for any company regardless of its size and type of business. Users are currently striving to interact with companies through the web, regardless of their access device. In this sense, responsive web design emerged as a very useful technique that allows the dynamic adaptation of the design regardless of the size and resolution of the access device. Despite the unequivocal advantages associated with this technique, there are also limitations which turn this approach not feasible or advisable for all projects. This study, through the realization of five case studies, seeks to identify the main limitations of responsive design and responsive design frameworks. Additionally, this study suggests further development models that may be more effective in the dynamic adaptation of the design and contents according to the features of the access device, such as the adoption of adaptive design, use of native apps, and hybrid models.

2021

Good Practices in E-Government Accessibility

Authors
Almeida, F; Monteiro, JA;

Publication
Encyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Fifth Edition - Advances in Information Quality and Management

Abstract
This chapter looks to the accessibility good practices that should be adopted in the development of e-Government platforms. To this end, accessibility issues and implemented good practices in e-government services portals of the Top-4 countries in the overall e-Government Benchmark 2017 are comparatively analyzed. Despite the recognized work of those countries in the digitization of public services and the existence of relevant good practices, there are still relevant issues in accomplishment accessibility standards, particularly in the structuring of websites, the use of alternative text to images and videos, the adoption of alternatives to flash technology and the use of high contrast colors.