NOVA School of Science and Technology PhD student distinguished at Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge


Filipa Ferrada, PhD at the Doctoral Program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at NOVA School of Science and Technology, received on October 31, 2018 the 3rd place in the Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge 2018 Competition, relative to the best idea based on a PhD Thesis, with “A Modeling Framework for Assessing Emotions in Collaborative Networks”.

The idea of this work is based on an innovative approach able to "feel" a cognitive aspect of the collaborative business networks through the appreciation / evaluation of the "emotional" state / health of the network as a whole, and also of its participants. In order to support managers and decision makers in improving the performance of existing networks, this approach draws on some of the models developed in the areas of human psychology, sociology and affective computing. The underlying idea is to “borrow” the concept of human emotion and apply it in the context of corporate collaborative networks, giving its stakeholders the ability to “feel emotions”. To this end, the work proposes a modeling framework called C-EMO.

The thesis had the supervision of  Luis Camarinha-Matos, Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

The Fraunhofer Portugal Challenge is an idea competition, organized since 2010, which aims to distinguish students from Portuguese universities who have developed master's or doctoral theses of excellence and whose practical research has focused on the areas of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Multimedia and other related sciences.