Project Fellows







Mr. Paulo Alvito, Company Manager, received the Licenciatura (5 year degree) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, Tech. Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal, in 1995. He has been managing IDMind since its foundation in 2000. He lectured Control, Robotics and Industrial Instrumentation at the School of Technology from the Polytech. Inst. of Setúbal, from 1997 to 2006. Previous R&D activities include: Robotic Vision applied to Mobile Robotic Navigation at the Milan Polytech. Univ. - Italy, under the European Research Network (ERNET); implementation of control architectures applied to mobile robots at the Intelligent Systems Lab of the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR/IST), Lisbon.

Mr. Paulo Alvito is Founder and CEO at IDMind.





Mr. João Freire, received the Mestrado de Bologna (3 year degree + 2 year master) in Mechanical Engineering, field of Systems and Robotics from Instituto Superior Técnico, Tech. Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal, in 2009.

He worked as a Technical Planner (Tepla) for Tyco Electronics before moving into programming. He was responsible for developing gestural and body interfaces, as well as R&D regarding its use with disabled patients, using 3D cameras, as Microsoft's Kinect or Asus Xtion Pro, in a small company called CoVii, in 2010 and 2011.

He was involved into a project with IDMind, in 2012, being responsible for the low level communications as well as synchronization. Afterwards he was employed by IDMind as a Software/R&D Engineer, in 2012 and 2013.


Citard Services Ltd.





Dr. Eleni Christodoulou gained a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Medical Informatics in the Technical University of Munich and has an over 20 years working experience in the IT business (including Siemens and Digital Equipment GmBH, in Germany) and academia sector especially in the eHealth sector. She has been involved as an expert and as a project coordinator in over 20 internationally and nationally funded projects and studies in the eHealth and AAL sectors, including among others Miraculous-Life, SocialRobot, CogniWin, Co-Living, CaMeLI, AgeingWell, PersonaWeb, mPower, Linkcare, HealthServices24. Her research interests include Medical Informatics, eServices especially mobile-wireless services for chronic ill and elderly people, social community networks and knowledge-based systems. Results of her research work have been published in different conferences and journals


Participation in the SocialRobot project benefited me in a sort of ways

• Provided me the opportunity to contribute to a transfer of knowledge network where involved institutions benefit from sharing expertise

• Affirm my position as experienced researcher in enhancing my Ambient Assisted Living expertise with robotic technologies

• Extended my network of research collaboration with other technological experts, academic researchers and industry partners

• Provided me the opportunity to improve the knowledge and skills of CITARD's R&D staff creating new directions for research.

• The new knowledge I gained contributed in the enhancement of existing products and development of new products, merging concepts from the ICT sector and robotics.





Dr. Christophoros Christophorou has completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Cyprus (B.Sc. in Computer Science and M.Sc. in Advanced Computer Technologies, 2002 and 2005, respectively). He received his Ph.D., also at the University of Cyprus, in the area of 3G and 4G mobile/wireless networks, in 2011. His main research interests and expertise are mostly concentrated in the Telecommunications and Networking research fields but also include Database Management Systems, Social Collaborative Care Networks and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) personalized solutions (for various sectors including the eHealth domain) and Robotics. He has published over 20 papers in journals, scientific conferences and book chapters. Since 2004 he has been involved in different local (RPF-funded) and EU-funded research projects in the domain of AAL and Ageing Well such as Miraculous-Life, SocialRobot, Co-Living, and AgeingWell and in the mobile and wireless networks domain, such as C-CAST, C-MOBILE, MOTIVE and BBONE.


Participation in the SocialRobot project had a strong Impact on my career profile and personal development. More specifically:

• Provided me the opportunity to explore a new field in the area of robotics

• I established new research and business collaboration opportunities

• Provided me a good learning experience on the design and development of Robotic applications

• Provided me the opportunity to collaborate and share information with other researchers and developers of the SocialRobot partners and:

• Increase my knowledge and skills on the design and development of new and more advanced products integrating ICT-based solutions and Virtual Social Networks into robotic systems.

• Create new directions for research on new ideas merging concepts from the ICT and Robotic science fields.





Dr. David Portugal has completed his graduate studies at the University of Coimbra in Portugal with a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computing in 2009. He then pursued a Ph.D. degree from the same University, in the area of Robotics and Multi-Agent Systems, which he obtained in March, 2014. His main research expertise is on cooperative robotics, multi-agent systems, simultaneous localization and mapping, search and rescue robotics, field robotics, meta-heuristics, graph theory and optimization. Recently, he has been recruited as an experienced Post-Doctoral Researcher by Citard Services Ltd. in Cyprus and his research is mostly focused on human-robot interaction, cognitive modelling, sensor fusion, and the ageing well domain. He has been involved in several local and EU-funded research projects in Robotics and Ambient Assisted Living, such as CHOPIN, TIRAMISU, SocialRobot and CogniWin, and he has co-authored over 40 research articles included in international journals, conferences and scientific books.


Comments about Social Robot Experience

Currently working on the development and integration of Robotics and ICT based services at Citard Services Ltd, in the scope of FP7 Marie Curie IAPP Social Robot project, Dr. David Portugal believes in the tremendous potential in the research area of service robotics for elderly companion and healthcare. As a result, he has been extremely motivated and highly involved in tackling every day challenges related to natural human interaction with service providing robots in order to promote social activities, and enhance the quality of life of the elderly. Leveraging his expertise, several technical improvements and intelligent capabilities have been integrated in the Social Robot platform during the course of his work, such as detecting people and approaching them or recognizing simple speech.

University of Coimbra







Jorge Dias has an "Agregação" (Habilitation) degree and a Ph.D. on Electrical Engineering by the University of Coimbra, specialization in Control and Instrumentation. Jorge Dias have been Associated Professor at the University of Coimbra with activities in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computers (www.deec.uc.pt) and the Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR) (www.isr.uc.pt ) from the University of Coimbra (UC) ( www.uc.pt ).


Jorge Dias do research in the area of Computer Vision and Robotics and has contributions on the field since 1984. He has several publications in international journals, books, and conferences. Jorge Dias has been teaching several courses on Computer Vision, Robotics, Automation and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and supervised several Ph.D. and Master students in the field of Computer Vision and Robotics. Jorge Dias was been principal investigator from several research international projects. Jorge Dias coordinated the Mobile Robotics Laboratory from Instituto of Systems and Robotics and the Laboratory of Systems and Automation (LAS) (http://las.ipn.pt) from the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) (www.ipn.pt). Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) is a technology transfer institute from University of Coimbra. Jorge Dias it was Vice-President from the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) since June 2008 to June 2011. Since July 2011, Jorge Dias is acting as Associate Professor from ECE/Robotics at Khalifa University (UAE) at Abu Dhabi.







Paulo Menezes, PhD, (http://www.isr.uc.pt/~paulo/), is an assistant professor at the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology at the University of Coimbra since 2007. He is a senior researcher of the Institute of Systems and Robotics and belongs to the Mobile Robotics Laboratory team. His main research interests are: human-robot interaction, augmented reality and new technologies for psychological therapies, rehabilitation and life quality improvement. He is involved in several European and National funded projects on these fields.







Luís Santos is currently a pos-doc researcher at the University of Coimbra. He recently finished a secondment within the frame of the Social Robot Project, a collaborative project funded by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme FP7, by People Programme, Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP), under grant agreement 285870. (http://mrl.isr.uc.pt/projects/socialrobot/). He holds a PhD on Electrical and Computer Engineering, specialization in Robotics and Automation from the University Of Coimbra, Portugal. Working as a researcher in the area of human-robot interaction using Laban Movement Analysis, within the BACS European Project (http://www.bacs.ethz.ch) from November 2007 to February 2010. He researches for the Artificial Perception for Intelligent Systems and Robotics Team within the Institute of Systems and Robotics from the University of Coimbra. His current research topics focus on probabilistic approaches based on Bayesian theory to represent and interpret human motion with emphasis on practical applications.







Pedro Trindade has a M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Coimbra, Portugal, obtained in 2010. He has been carrying Ph.D. studies and is a researcher at Institute of Systems and Robotics - University of Coimbra, Portugal and Citard Services Ltd, Cyprus. He has recently collaborated on the European Project HANDLE within the EU 7th framework. He is also collaborating on the European project SocialRobot within the Seventh Framework Programme FP7, by People Programme, Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP).

University of Cyprus





George Samaras (Ph.D.) is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the University of Cyprus ad heads the Mobile and Data Management Lab. His research interest includes eLearning and Mobile eServices, Web information retrieval, mobile/wireless computing, context based services, personalization systems, Database Systems. He has a number of patents relating to transaction processing technology and numerous (over 220) book chapters, technical conference and journal publications. He has participated and/or lead a large number of EU and national projects (of total budget over 4.0M Euros) such as Co-Living, SocialRobot, HealthServise24, mPOWER, DBGlobe, MEMO, SeLeNe, PersonaWeb, MELCO, PESRONA and DITIS.


Experiences and Impact

Within his participation in the Social Robot Project, Prof. George Samaras, enhanced his knowledge in the areas of robotics, extended his network of research collaborations and created new directions for UCY students for research on new ideas in the areas of robotics and computer science fields.




Dr. Dimosthenis Georgiadis is currently a research associate at the department of Computer Science at the University of Cyprus. His PhD thesis (2010) was focused in wireless collaboration in the eHealth domain. His main research wireless and distributed computing, web computing, collaboration and dynamic workflow management. He participated in a number of European Commission and locally funded research projects such as Co-Living, mPower, LinkCare, HealthService24.

Experiences and Impact

Within his participation in the Social Robot Project, Dr. Dimosthenis Georgiadis, enhanced his knowledge in the areas of robotics, extended his network of research collaborations with other technological experts and created new opportunities for future international collaborations.






Mr. Marios Belk is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science in 2007 and 2009 respectively. His research interests lie in the areas of HCI, Adaptive Interactive Systems and Usable Security. His research work has been published in accredited scientific journals and conferences, such as Elsevier Journal of Systems and Software, Interacting with Computers, ACM CHI, UMAP, INTERACT, including also a best paper award (Springer SouthCHI 2013) and a best paper award nomination (Springer UMAP 2014).


Experiences and Impact

Within his participation in the Social Robot Project, Mr. Marios Belk, had a positive impact on his personal development and career profile. He also obtained a good learning experience on robotic hardware and software integration and development as well as established new collaboration opportunities with academic researchers and industrial partners.

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