Background: Paulo Mendes


Paulo Mendes is the vice director of the Cognition and People Centric Computing Research Center (COPELABS) at the University Lusofona, where he is associated professor. His research interests are in the field of Computer Science, with emphasis on User-centric Networking, Information-centric Networking, Self-organized Networks and Pervasive Sensing Systems. In 2004 he got his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) degree in Informatics Engineering from the University of Coimbra, having performed his thesis work as a visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York (2000 – 2003). After that, Paulo Mendes started building a research carrier at NTT Docomo research Labs in Europe. Paulo Mendes has more than 20 years of experience as computer engineer and more than 10 years of experience as researcher. In the last 7 years Paulo Mendes has been leading hands-on research teams, focusing on exploits new concepts and in developing innovative prototypes (some of which protected by IPRs and/or exploited by spin-offs). Current initiatives (e.g. CitySense and UMobile projects) include mostly smartphones and wearable android systems, as well as networking and self-propelled linux systems. Paulo Mendes has more than 80 articles in journals, magazines, books and conference proceedings and his inventions have been protected by 14 international patents.


Today, users can use their personal devices for a wide range of applications and services, such as controlling other devices, monitoring human physiological signals, or accessing information while on the move. Due to the communication and sensing capability of personal and wearable devices, their pervasive deployment and use may lead to an improvement of social and personal welfare by exploiting novel mobile citizen sensing systems. However, the pervasiveness of such large-scale sensing systems is only possible if devices are able to share sensing data independently of the available communication infrastructure, their location, and applications making use of the collected data. Hence, I’m interested in investigating data centric networking paradigms that should be considered to build pervasive data sharing systems, including issues such as routing, naming, caching, trust.

NDN Plans:

I plan to use NDN as the ICN instantiation used to building an universal communication framework, which may be done with the European project UMOBILE. For this extend the NDN forwarding scheme and naming may be adapted to support the use-cases described in the project. In the meantime the NDN testbed will be used for local demonstration of NDN and to evaluate the operation of the data centric social-aware forwarding approach between different disruptive wireless networks linked thought the NDN testbed.