Open Guest Lecture by Ana Aguiar on Future Cities Project: Porto Living Lab

Future Cities Project

Thursday, December 4, 12:45 – 13:45

Berlage Room 2, Faculty of Architecture & Built Environment
Open Guest Lecture by Ana Aguiar on Future Cities Project : Porto Living Lab

please register at : (just we know how many people are coming)
free access, all staff, students and external quests welcome! BYO (no lunch included)

Porto Future Cities Living Lab
The Future Cities Project aims to turn Porto into a smart city, a living lab, by providing it with a wide range of sensors and communication equipment, thus creating the conditions for future research and development using advanced technologies for data collection through mobile platforms, wireless communication and large-scale information processing. This living lab enables the development of research in areas such as sustainability, mobility, urban planning and information and communication technology.
This talk will cover our experience in planning and deploying three testbeds: VANET, UrbanSense and SenseMyCity (, Living Lab).
VANET is a vehicular networking testbed installed on the public transport buses, which use 802.11p, WiFi or 3G to connect to each other and to the infrastructure, an using the city’s fiber optics ring as backbone.
UrbanSense Platform consists of a large-scale infrastructure for local monitoring of a dedicated environment using heterogeneous sensors to cover a fixed area, enabling in-depth monitoring provided by data fusion from various complementary sources, mainly video and audio. Possible applications include distributed processing, localization, efficient communication, surveillance and human activity understanding, among others.
The SenseMyCity Crowdsensor testbed consists of an infrastructure for simplified collection of geo-indexed data sensed using Android smartphonesand various sensors, like vital sign sensors or OBD2, from multiple users, along with a pool of users willing to participate in experiments and the logistic support for city-wide experiments.
Finally, the talk will cover the SenseMyCity crowdsensor testbed and the human factor experiments carried out with bus drivers and policemen, and the SenseMyHeart service.


Ana Aguiar is Assistant Professor at the University of Porto (UP) since September 2009, and a researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) since April 2010. She graduated in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UP in 1998 and received a PhD (Dr-Ing) in Engineering (Telecommunication Networks) from the Technical University of Berlin in June 2008. She is visiting faculty at  the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA, since Spring 2011. She worked previously as a senior researcher in Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS, engaging in project acquisition and management in the area of Ambient Assisted Living; and as a cell planner and optimisation engineer for portuguese and german cellular operators from 1998 to 2001.

Her research lies in the fields of wireless systems and pervasive computing. She works on mobile sensing, machine-to-machine communications, and data gathering in mobile ad-hoc networks from the networking and mobile computing perspectives, within the scope of several industry and state funded projects, including the Future Cities FP7 Capacities project in Porto. Additionally, she works on designing and developing IT tools for the social sciences, leading the VOCE project to detect stress in speech in ecological conditions. She is reviewer for IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and several IEEE ComSoc conferences.

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