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HMIC: Human-Machine Intelligent Cooperation

The Human-Machine Intelligent Cooperation Group (HMIC) is primarily concerned with the human factors of computing and machinery systems. HMIC focusses on creating methodologies that enable machines and software systems to think and interact like humans and have social capabilities similar to humans enabling them to be members of heterogeneous human/machine teams. The group main research topics are: Human-Machine Intelligent Interaction; Team Coordination; Human/Machine joint Problem Solving; Health information systems; Multi-Agent Systems; Serious and Educational Games; Intelligent and Social Simulation.

Group Members (9): 

Luis Paulo Gonçalves dos Reis (Coordinator), Álvaro Manuel Reis da Rocha (PhD), António Manuel Correia Pereira (PhD), Brígida Mónica Teixeira de Faria (PhD), João Manuel Lobato D. S. Oliveira (PhD), Luís Henrique Ramilo Mota (PhD), Pedro Miguel do Vale Moreira (PhD), Joaquim Gonçalves (PhD/C), Paulo José A. Cardoso Trigueiros (PhD/C).

PhD Students (18): 

Abbas Abdolmaleki (M), António José Abreu da Silva (M), Catarina Maria B. Noronha Santiago (M), Emerson Ferreira de Araújo Lima (M), Filipe Alexandre Almeida Ningre de Sá (M), João Ferreira C. Castro Nunes (M), João Paulo Martins Ribeiro (M), João Vidal de Carvalho (M), Jorge Manuel da Rocha Freixo (M), José Avelino Moreira Victor (M), José Joaquim Moreira (M), Luís Filipe Guimarães Teófilo (M), Maria Dulce Fernandes Mota (M), Nima Shafii (M), Patrícia Isabel Sousa T. Silva Leite (M), Paula Alexandra C. Sousa Rego (M), Paulo Adriano Marques Sousa Teixeira (M), Roberto Manuel F. Marques Rodrigues (M)

Group Collaborators (10): 

Nuno Lau (PhD/C) – IEETA/UA, Armando Jorge Sousa (PhD/C)- INESC-TEC/FEUP, António Paulo Moreira (PhD/C)- INESC-TEC/FEUP, João Fabro (PhD/C)– UTFPR, Marcelo R. Petry (PhD/C) – UFJF, António Pedro Costa (PhD/C) - UA/CIDTIFF, Josemar Rodrigues de Souza (PhD/C)– UNEB, Rodrigo A. M. Braga (PhD/C)- UFSC, Rosaldo Rossetti (PhD/C)– FEUP/LIACC, Henrique Lopes Cardoso (PhD/C)– FEUP/LIACC

 

Group Description:

The Human-Machine Intelligent Cooperation Group (HMIC) is primarily concerned with the human factors of computing and machinery systems. In a machine-driven society, it is very often to build large information systems, mostly composed by software and hardware, which may solve complex problems, but are unable to communicate or cooperate with their human counterparts as a member of the global information system. HMIC focusses on creating methodologies that enable machines and software systems to think and interact like humans and have social capabilities similar to humans enabling them to be members of heterogeneous human/machine teams. The group is mainly focused on:

- Human-Machine Intelligent Interaction with focus on Human-Machine and Human-Robot Cooperation;

- Coordination of Heterogeneous Teams, including teams composed exclusively by humans with distinct capabilities, multi-robot teams and human-robot teams;

- Human/Machine joint Problem Solving, including distributed problem solving, heuristics, optimization and learning algorithms.

- Multi-Agent Systems as a way to model advanced systems in which humans and machines interact to solve complex problems;

- Health information systems and its engineering, management, usability and accessibility;

- Multi-Player Serious and Educational Games for human education, rehabilitation/health applications and advanced training;

- Intelligent and Social Simulation for creating learning/testing environments for solving the previous problems.

HMIC research group examines issues in the common area of human-machine interaction and intelligent cooperation, distributed artificial intelligence and problem solving, cognitive and social sciences, and information systems and technology.

The group is also highly involved in the creation and management of national/international scientific societies. HMIC researchers have been involved during this period in the creation and establishment of two professional associations: AISTI – Iberian Association for Systems and Technologies (http://www.aisti.eu/) and SPR – Portuguese Society for Robotics (http://www.spr.ua.pt/site/ ).

 

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