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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
  • Cluster

    Computer Science
  • Role

    Senior Researcher
  • Since

    01st November 2011
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Publications

2019

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

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

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.

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
In this paper, a daily plan model to the irrigation of a crop field using optimal control was developed. This daily plan model have in consideration: weather data (temperatures, rainfall, wind speed), the type of crop, the location, humidity in the soil at the initial time, the type of soil and the type of irrigation. The aim is to minimise the water used in the irrigation systems ensuring that the field crop is kept in a good state of preservation. MATLAB was used to develop our mathematical model and obtain its output. Its results were compared with experimental ones obtained from a real farm field of grass in Portugal. This comparison not only allowed us to validate our model, but also allowed us to conclude that, using optimal control considerable savings in water resources, while keeping the crop safe are obtained. Some real test cases were simulated and the comparison between the optimised water to be used by the irrigation system (calculated by software) and the real amount of water used in irrigation site (on-off control system for irrigation) produced water savings above 10%. © 2019 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

2019

Data Security and Trustworthiness in Online Public Services

Authors
Silva, JMC; Fonte, V;

Publication
Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance - ICEGOV2019

Abstract

2019

Data Security and Trustworthiness in Online Public Services: An Assessment of Portuguese Institutions

Authors
Silva, JMC; Fonte, V;

Publication
PROCEEDINGS OF THE 12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON THEORY AND PRACTICE OF ELECTRONIC GOVERNANCE (ICEGOV2019)

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.

Supervised
thesis

2018

Desenvolvimento de Ferramentas Automáticas para Dimensionamento e Otimização de Centrais Fotovoltaicas (Simulação de Constrangimentos e Sistemas Off-Grid)

Author
João Alberto Lopes Lima

Institution
UP-FEUP

2016

Gestão Remota de Aplicações

Author
Fábio André Araújo Gomes

Institution
UM

2015

Gestão e análise de eventos de segurança

Author
Bruno Miguel Pereira Andrade

Institution
UM

2015

Security Models for complex PaaS systems

Author
José Luís de Oliveira Faria

Institution
UM

2015

Eventually Consistent Distributed Data Structure Servers

Author
Ricardo Jorge Tomé Gonçalves

Institution
UM