Research Projects

NanoStima – Macro-to-Nano Human Sensing: Towards Integrated Multimodal Health Monitoring and Analytics (2016-18)

Project promoted by INESC TEC (Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science) in which CIDESD has a strong participation by leading one research line, related to health data collection and visualization.

CIDESD team comprises 17 integrated researchers from six different institutions from the consortium and 21 hired scholarships helping to develop the programs Extra4Health, AquaStima and Passus Saudáveis – Peripheral Arterial Disease.

The project NanoSTIMA envisions a future where humans will be wearing, on and in their body dozens of micro and nano sensors that will monitor a multitude of physiologic indicators of our complex body. There are two main challenges to be approached for this envisioned paradigm become a reality: evolve from today’s macro to tomorrow’s micro and nano human sensing technologies that will be key players in the coming revolution that will occur in the health and wellbeing industry; tackle the tons of information all these wearable and implanted sensors will generate, integrating it with data from other sources, such as medical records, genetic data and even social media and use it to draw a broad picture of the patient as an individual, in order to offer a tailored healthcare.

Symbiotic Technology for Societal Efficiency Gains: Deus ex Machina (2016-18)

This is a project promoted by Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS in which CIDESD has a strong participation by leading one work package related to activity monitoring. The project is built under the idea that societies are striving for new elements towards efficiency gains mediated by a symbiotic relationship of humans with technology.

The project goals are concentrated on understanding the environment, the user, their context and actions, with the purpose to provide building blocks to study relevant societal challenges within scientific domains in relation to humans, in order to design ‘companions’, which are non-intrusive, assistive tools for everyday life.

The activity monitoring is focused in developing tools to monitor physical, cognitive and behavioural activities and use this knowledge to automatically define recommendations and interventions tailored for each person. Teams of sports players, security personnel or firefighters are also targeted, identifying variables that describe collective behaviour and combine this information with the perception of the environment in order to make crucial real-time decisions.

CIDESD research team comprises 6 integrated researchers from two different institutions from the consortium and 4 hired scholarships.