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Victor Francisco Fonte graduated in Systems and Informatics Engineering, has a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Computer Science in Distributed Systems by the University of Minho.

His current research interests are focused on autonomous and pair-wise operation in distributed systems with application to large-scale, loosely-coupled and autonomous operated environments. His interests encompass also eventual consistent models and techniques for multi-datacenter key-value stores, and highly scalable transactional multi-tier platforms. His research has also been focused on replication, autonomous identity management and causality tracking. He supervises several M.Sc. and Ph.D. projects, and lectures in Master programmes at the University of Minho on Distributed Systems and Information Security topics.

He collaborates in a number of FCT and EU-funded research projects, has been serving as an external scientific coordinator or consultant in several QREN-funded research projects, co-founded and supervised the Linux Research Group (1995-2008), and the Mobile Computing Interest Group (2010-12) at University of Minho, and has been actively involved in several open-source software and research projects.

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  • Name

    Vítor Francisco Fonte
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    01st November 2011
  • Nationality

    Portugal
  • Contacts

    +351253604440
    vitor.f.fonte@inesctec.pt
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Publications

2019

Optimal Control Applied to an Irrigation Planning Problem : a real case study in Portugal

Authors
Lopes, SO; Pereira, RMS; Pereira, PA; Caldeira, AC; Fonte, VF;

Publication
International Journal of Hydrology Science and Technology

Abstract

2019

Data security and trustworthiness in online public services: An assessment of Portuguese institutions

Authors
Silva, JMC; Fonte, V;

Publication
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Abstract
Providing public services through the internet is an effective approach towards an encompassing number of citizens being covered by them and for cost reduction. However, the fast development of this area has fostered discussion and legislation regarding information security and trustworthiness. In addition to security mechanisms for data processed and stored internally, service providers must ensure that data exchanged between their servers and citizens are not intercepted or modified when traversing heterogeneous and uncontrolled networks. Moreover, such institutions should provide means enabling the citizen to verify the authenticity of the services offered. In this way, the present work provides a comprehensive overview regarding the security posture of Portuguese public institutions in their online services. It consists of non-invasive robustness evaluation of the deployed solutions for end-to-end data encryption and the correct use of digital certificates. As a result, we provide some recommendations aiming to enhance the current panorama in the majority of the 111 online services considered in this study. © 2019 Association for Computing Machinery.

2018

Qualification offer in EGOV competencies in PALOP-TL

Authors
Silva, JMC; Ramos, LFM; Fonte, V;

Publication
ACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Abstract
Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) have been successfully used in order to promote and pursue the goals of UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Meeting these goals, however, require significant efforts on public policy development, adequate planning and implementation, as well as qualified human resources working at every level of government, public administration and institutions. This paper presents a first quantitative analysis originated from Electronic Government-related training sessions that took place on all five Portuguese Speaking African Countries, and in Timor-Leste along 2017. The results focus on (i) the availability of higher education institutions offering courses related to EGOV on each of those countries; (ii) the qualification of the professionals attending those sessions; and (iii) how availability of local higher education courses translates into qualifications of local professionals serving at public administration level. This paper also discusses some perceptions gathered from the field, both from participants and lecturer teams, framing additional challenges that EGOV-related courses must take into account in those particular settings. It concludes by pointing out some of the works already taking place, which provides a deeper understanding of the workforce competencies in EGOV for each of those countries. © 2018 Copyright is held by the owner/author(s). Publication rights licensed to ACM.

2018

Optimized Planning of Different Crops in a Field Using Optimal Control in Portugal

Authors
Pereira, RMS; Lopes, S; Caldeira, A; Fonte, V;

Publication
SUSTAINABILITY

Abstract
Climate change is a proven fact. In the report of 2007 from IPCC, one can read that global warming is an issue to be dealt with urgently. In many parts of the world, the estimated rise of temperature (in a very near future) is significant. One of the most affected regions is the Iberian Peninsula, where the increasing need for water will very soon be a problem. Therefore, it is necessary that decision makers are able to decide on all issues related to water management. In this paper, we show a couple of mathematical models that can aid the decision making in the management of an agricultural field at a given location. Having a field, in which different crops can be produced, the solution of the first model indicates the area that should be used for each crop so that the profit is as large as possible, while the water spent is the smallest possible guaranteeing the water requirements of each crop. Using known data for these crops in Portugal, including costs of labour, machines, energy and water, as well as the estimated value of the products obtained, the first mathematical model developed, via optimal control theory, obtains the best management solution. It allows creating different scenarios, thus it can be a valuable tool to help the farmer/decision maker decide the crop and its area to be cultivated. A second mathematical model was developed. It improves the first one, in the sense that it allows considering that water from the rainfall can be collected in a reservoir with a given capacity. The contribution of the collected water from the rainfall in the profit obtained for some different scenarios is also shown.

2017

Promoting entrepreneurship among informatics engineering students: insights from a case study

Authors
Fernandes, JM; Afonso, P; Fonte, V; Alves, V; Ribeiro, AN;

Publication
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION

Abstract
Universities seek to promote entrepreneurship through effective education approaches, which need to be in permanent evolution. Nevertheless, the literature in entrepreneurship education lacks empirical evidence. This article discusses relevant issues related to promoting entrepreneurship in the software field, based on the experience of a 15-European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System course. This course seeks to instil in the students the recognition of the need to reconcile technical and business visions, organisational and commercial aspects, most of which have never been addressed previously. A series of semi-structured interviews made it possible to obtain relevant insights about the teaching-learning process underlying this course and its evolution over a seven-year period. Materials related with this course have been analysed, namely guidelines produced by the teachers and deliverables produced by the students. This article discusses the dimensions that were identified as fundamental for promoting entrepreneurship skills in the field of software, namely teamwork, project engagement, and contact with the market.

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thesis

2018

Eventually Consistent Distributed Data Structure Servers

Author
"Ricardo Jorge Tomé Gonçalves

Institution
UM

2018

Multi-Value Distributed Key-Value Stores

Author
Ricardo Jorge Tomé Gonçalves

Institution
UM

2017

Security Models for complex PaaS systems

Author
José Luís Faria

Institution
UM

2016

Eventually Consistent Distributed Data Structure Servers

Author
Ricardo Jorge Tomé Gonçalves

Institution
UM

2016

Gestão Remota de Aplicações

Author
Fábio André Araújo Gomes

Institution
UM