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Centro de Computação Gráfica


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2015-2018 The INNOVCAR program includes the creation of knowledge and technology in Portugal that translate into global innovations in the future automobile solutions. The challenges of the car of the future include: safety and comfort (having autonomous driving in mind); convenience and entertainment (for the current paradigm of “connected car” in the context of transport grids and smart cities); efficiency and environmental impact.   The INNOVCAR program comprehends a set of interconnected R&D lines. Among them, there is P689, which is focused on the development of Human-Machine Interaction (HMI) systems that will contribute for advancing autonomous driving state-of-the-art. This new mobility paradigm brings exciting challenges for HMI systems. Assuming the car as the Third Living Space following home and workplace, the HMI will take a central role on transition tasks between manual/autonomous mode, establishing trust between the driver and the vehicle, allowing him to engage in different tasks while the car drives itself. In the context of the INNOVCAR, the project P689 “Cockpit Of The Future: HMI Concepts And Functions” seeks to develop the interaction concepts and functionalities which will be part of the future cockpit. CCG will take part, through its applied research domain PIU, on the tasks related to the application of a usability engineering process for validating the technologies and HMI prototypes developed in the project. With the INNOVCAR project BOSCH Car Multimedia Portugal S.A. (Bosch BrgP) intends to continue standing as a source of new knowledge and technology “made in Portugal” for the next generation of multimedia solutions directed for the car of the future. Following the success achieved with the HMIExcel project, the R & D partnership between Bosch Car Multimedia Portugal and the University of Minho was embodied in the INNOVCAR project. INNOVCAR: Innovation for Smart Vehicles (no. 002797), co-financed by the ERDF through Portugal 2020 – Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization (COMPETE 2020). Client: Bosch CM em Portugal – BOSCH Car Multimédia Portugal, S. A. Partners: BOSCH Car Multimédia Portugal, S. A. Universidade do Minho

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ANPEB – Analysis of pedestrians behaviour based on simulated urban environments and its incorporation in risk modelling

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2017-2019 The ANPEB project will try to reduce the number of injured pedestrians on the roads. Among the top priorities for the transport topic of the “Horizon 2020” program is the goal of improving the efficiency, integration, and safety of the transport systems. Regarding security, the continuous automotive technological development has contributed to a substantial reduction of injury and death risk for vehicle occupants. However, there is a growing need to account for the vulnerabilities of the so-called Vulnerable Road Users (VRU), particularly pedestrians that, in Europe, account for 21% of road kills. In this scope, the University of Minho leads a research project, funded by FCT, aiming to study risk factors of pedestrians’ behavior. Different factors will be approached, namely: different kinds of road environments; pedestrians’ demographic profile; interaction with motorized traffic.   The study’s main goal is to obtain risk models that can describe the pedestrian-vehicle interaction in road-crossings without traffic lights, based on the analysis of pedestrians’ behavior. These models will be grounded on: field observational studies in which pedestrians’ behavior in real-world situations will be observed, registered and analyzed; simulated virtual environments that will allow recreating and manipulating road-crossing situations with different risk levels.   CCG, through its domain PIU (Perception, Interaction, and Usability) will have a relevant role on the simulation component, contributing for the construction of simulations and working directly on data gathering and analysis of the simulated environment experiments, which will take place at the CAVE room at CCG facilities. CCG will contribute for the project outputs, including a set of simulation models of pedestrian-vehicle accident risk as a function of road geometry, pedestrians’ personal traits, perceived risk, vehicle and pedestrian traffic and pavement type. Also planned is the development of attrition models and pedestrians’ group movement models.

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Integrated Management Platform


2015-2017 The IMP_4.0 project aims the research and development of a cloud computing integrated and interoperable service platform, which supports the Software Product Lines variability. (“Software Product Lines”) The IMP_4.0 platform will be developed and properly supported by a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA), which will integrate the services in a generic and standardized way, making it later available to the market as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model. This project is an answer to the critical need of F3M – Information Systems, SA Company to optimize and accelerate its developing process of innovative and technologically advanced solutions capable of providing business customers with tools to support all their processes of decision-making.   Client:F3M – INFORMATION SYSTEMS, S.A.  

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