COPELABS in a Nutshell


COPELABS is a research unit of Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias, originally established as a new unit in Portugal, having been awarded the grade of “Good” in the  last (2013) FCT evaluation, in the quality of small multidisciplinary unit.

 In 2016/2017 COPELABS has evolved to become a unit solely focused on computer science, under the department of Informatics Engineering and Information Systems of the School of Communication, Architecture, Arts, and Information Technologies (ECATI).


 COPELABS currently integrates a team comprising 41 elements: 28 integrated researchers (18 holding a PhD) and 13 collaborator researchers. All elements correspond to teaching and researchers’ staff holding agreements with COFAC c.r.l., in two different poles - Lisbon (ULHT), Algarve (ISMAT). Moreover, all collaborator researchers pursue teaching activities in full alignment with the 1st, 2nd (MEISI) and 3rd (NEMPS) educational cycles of informatics of ULHT, and are relevant from the perspective of adequate intertwining between teaching and research.


For 2018-2022 COPELABS shall keep on pursuing the path already exploited between 2013-2017, where technology is used to improve quality of living, via the applicability of cyber-physical interconnected systems, in different contexts (e.g., Smart Cities; Mobility). With the integration of a consolidated computer science team derived from the staff reinforcement that University Lusófona has been developing during the last years, COPELABS expands from input towards networking and telecommunications (OSI Layers 2 and 3), into four main areas of computer science: cognitive and user-centric networking (OSI Layers 1, 2 and 3); computational systems; data mining and statistics; knowledge and management information systems models.




Vision and Mission

COPELABS pursues the vision of improving the day-to-day living, including well-being and functioning of citizens, based on an interdisciplinary approach that interconnects the following computer science areas: networking and telecommunications; information systems; computational systems; data mining and statistics. Our mission is to design, to develop, and to validate pervasive, low-cost, and user-friendly scientific technological solutions that are relevant to assist in changing the way that communication and human interaction is both developed and applied. 


Associated Schools







History and Achievements:


2013-2017: Evaluated as Good by FCT, category of new multidisciplinary unit, high laboratorial intensity



2010-2012: SITI/SITILabs, Informatics Systems and Technologies, research unit of ECATI, University Lusófona


Scientific coordination: Paulo Mendes (innovation), Rute Sofia (technology)

Acronym: SITI

Headquarters: Building U, first floor, University Lusofona Campus, 388 Campo Grande, 1749-024 Lisboa

Summary of results 2010-2012 (available via the Scientific Repository):