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Rui Ramos, researcher and full-stack software developer at the Human-Centered Computing and Information Science (HumanISE) center, at INESC TEC. Master in Engineering by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, with academic background focused on Artificial Intelligence, Data Science and Software Engineering. Passionate about science, mathematics and the power of data. Believes in programming as the art of fueling the world's technological growth and in the value of developing software that facilitates human needs.

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2023

Hybrid SkipAwareRec: A Streaming Music Recommendation System

Authors
Ramos, R; Oliveira, L; Vinagre, J;

Publication
Progress in Artificial Intelligence - 22nd EPIA Conference on Artificial Intelligence, EPIA 2023, Faial Island, Azores, September 5-8, 2023, Proceedings, Part I

Abstract
In an automatic music playlist generator, such as an automated online radio channel, how should the system react when a user hits the skip button? Can we use this type of negative feedback to improve the list of songs we will playback for the user next? We propose SkipAwareRec, a next-item recommendation system based on reinforcement learning. SkipAwareRec recommends the best next music categories, considering positive feedback consisting of normal listening behaviour, and negative feedback in the form of song skips. Since SkipAwareRec recommends broad categories, it needs to be coupled with a model able to choose the best individual items. To do this, we propose Hybrid SkipAwareRec. This hybrid model combines the SkipAwareRec with an incremental Matrix Factorisation (MF) algorithm that selects specific songs within the recommended categories. Our experiments with Spotify’s Sequential Skip Prediction Challenge dataset show that Hybrid SkipAwareRec has the potential to improve recommendations by a considerable amount with respect to the skip-agnostic MF algorithm. This strongly suggests that reformulating the next recommendations based on skips improves the quality of automatic playlists. Although in this work we focus on sequential music recommendation, our proposal can be applied to other sequential content recommendation domains, such as health for user engagement.

2022

Digital Twin for Monitoring Containerized Hazmat Cargo in Port Areas

Authors
Oliveira, L; Castro, M; Ramos, R; Santos, J; Silva, J; Dias, L;

Publication
2022 17TH IBERIAN CONFERENCE ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGIES (CISTI)

Abstract
The complexity of the number of stakeholders, information systems used, and port operations evoke new challenges to port security when it comes to the total knowledge and control of the overall operations of transport and parking of containerized freight, namely hazmat ones. The rising interest and the port authorities' awareness of the relevance of security concerns involved in this complex ecosystem has led to the search for new technological solutions that allow, in an integrated manner, the smart and automatic control of operations of transport and hazardous freight parking in all the areas of its jurisdiction, without third-party dependencies. Despite its importance and criticality, port authorities tend to have limited real-time knowledge of the location of hazmat containers, whether moving within the port (entering and leaving), or in its parking, having a direct impact on the port security. This article presents a Digital Twin platform for 3D and real-time georeferenced visualization of container parks and the location of hazardous containerized freight. This tool combines different modules that further allow to visualize information associated to a container, its movement, as well as its surrounding area, including a realistic and dynamic 3D representation of what is the area encircling the port.