Older projects

I’ve been also involved in the following projects:

  • Chameleon (2008-2010)- Prof. Ana Paiva and her team at INESC-ID were external consultants for the QREN project (Chameleon- Constructing Humane Autonomous Machines Embodied in Living Environments of Nature), coordinated by the company YDreams, one of the largest companies in Portugal to develop interactive installations. The aim was to integrate agent technology and Affective Computing in some of the applications built by YDreams.
  • Kaleidoscope (2004-2007) (Concepts and methods for exploring the future of learning with digital technologies) was a EU-funded network of excellence (FP6-507838) which brought together European teams in technology-enhanced learning. Its goal was to integrate 76 research units from around Europe, covering a large range of expertise from technology to education, from academic to private research.  The role of the GAIPS group in the network was mainly in establishing a Special Interest Group on Narrative-based Learning Environments.
  • Elvis (2003-2005) (E-learning with virtual interactive synthetic characters) was a EU funded project (ASI-D7-301-97/0126-84) specific to establish collaboration with Asia. This project included not only two European countries (UK and Portugal) but it also involved a University in China and in Macau. The main goal was the integration of agent platforms with graphics engines in order to allow for the development of better AI and agents in graphical systems.
  • Elves (2002-2004) was a EU funded project (90105) under the SÓCRATES (Minerva) programme. This project at the establishment of 3D Virtual Environments as tools to support learning in schools.
  • Victec (2002-2005) (Virtual ICT with Empathic Characters) was a EU funded project (FP5-033310) in the 5th Framework Programme. The aim of the project was the creation of an anty-bullying software with intelligent agents to help children deal with the problem in schools. As a result, the first version of the FearNot! system was created. The project was coordinated by the University of Salford, UK, and had partners in the UK, Germany, and in Portugal (including the company AUTOR).
  • The Storyteller “O Contador de Histórias” (2002-2005) was a project funded the the Portuguese Science Foundation, FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia), which aimed at the construction of a storyteller, as an embodied lifelike character, with emotional expressions and using a Portuguese text to speech developed by the Speech and Language group at INESC-ID. This project was thus a cooperation between the GAIPS group and L2F (Laboratório de Língua Falada).
  • Coldex  (2002-2005) (COllaborative Learning and Distributed Experimentation) was a EU funded project (IST-2001-32327) in the IST Programme. The aim of the project was the development and use of new IT approaches and computational tools to foster scientific experimentation, modelling and simulation in distributed and collaborative settings in an inter-cultural community of learners. The project was coordinated by the Universitaet Duisburg-Essen and had nine partners.
  • DiViLab (2000-2003) (Distributed Virtual Laboratory), a EU funded project (IST-1999-12017) aimed at developing a new approach for virtual laboratories to support science learning in schools and universities. The project started in February 2000 and was formally completed on December 2003. Prof. Ana Paiva was a PI of the project.
  • Nimis (1998-2000) (Networked interactive media in schools), a EU funded project (29301) in the ESPRIT programme aimed at developing a new type of computer supported classroom, based on new interaction modalities, and new applications where personalisation and adaptation were considered. The project was coordinated by the Universitaet Duisburg-Essen, had four partners and its results were excellent not only as a research project but also, in terms of visibility, having been target for a piece in the TIME Magazine.