UMC - Urban and Mobile Computing is intrinsically linked to the Urban Computing field, positioning itself as an emerging field, which aims to give people new and more complete experiences in their interaction with the urban space, through new computing applications.
Public spaces, and even transport facilities, incorporate an ever-growing number of computing devices. Wireless and mobile communication networks are also ubiquitous and people are fond of personal computing and electronic communication devices.
This new technological environment is changing the way we use and interact with the urban space and it motivates the design of new applications, which allow people to perceive and use those spaces in richer and different ways.
On the other hand, the capacity to explore conveniently this technological environment requires an updated knowledge, not only of those who use these spaces, but also the conditions of the space itself. Among other things, it is essential to module the dynamic nature of these spaces in order to develop intelligent spaces.
Understanding how cities change through the time and how they are used by people allow us to create new views of the spaces and can contribute decisively to activities like urban planning or the design of new infrastructures.
In this context, some of the current research challenges comprise:
- the monitoring of public spaces in real time, including data collection;
- data fusion;
- the cooperative construction of maps ;
- the visualization of the dynamic of the cities.
In CCG, the Urban and Mobile Computing team keeps a strong connection with the “Mobile and Ubiquitous Systems” research group of University of Minho. The team also develops regular activities in collaboration with other research laboratories and Universities. This collaborative research fosters the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach towards the problems encountered in several projects and contributes to identify relevant research challenges for the researchers involved.
Some of the activities we can refer to in this research field are:
- The research in “Real Time Location Systems for indoor and outdoor environments”;
- “The development of intelligent spaces, context sensitive, for public transportation systems”.