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The University of Coimbra (UC) is a reference institution in higher education and research in Portugal, due to the quality of its courses and its results in pure and applied research in various areas of knowledge. Among its eight faculties, the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCTUC) comprises 11 Departments, which cover the majority of the scientific areas. FCTUC research activities are carried out in the scope of 16 Research Units and several Associated Research Units that constitute a national and international reference in science production in a vast number of fields. FCTUC explores also its knowledge transfer and scientific potential through Pedro Nunes Institute (IPN), the 2011 Best Science-Based Incubator.

The Software and Systems Engineering (SSE) Group has been working with software dependability and security, particularly from the perspective of dependability and security assurances by means of experimental evaluation and benchmarking. This includes the development of new techniques based on testing, monitoring, and analysis. Moreover, the group has been pioneer, in the recent years, in techniques for assessing the trustworthiness of software components and systems.

The Laboratory of Communications and Telematics (LCT) has an extensive background on research projects with public national funding, industry funding and European funding. On-going and recent European and international funded projects include E-NET (EU FP6 NoE), E-NEXT (EU FP6 NoE), EuQoS (EU FP6 IP), CONTENT (EU FP6 NoE), WEIRD (EU FP6 IP), OPENNET (EU FP6 SSA), GINSENG (EU FP6 STREP), TRONE (MIT-PT Program), MICIE (EU FP7 STREP), CockpitCI (EU FP7 STREP), SusCity (MIT-PT Program), and ATENA (EU H2020 SEC). Both SSE and LCT have several collaborations with Brazilian universities and institutions namely UNICAMP, USP, UFSC, UnB, UFAL, UFMG, UFCG, and INPE. In fact, there is a long history of collaboration in projects (e.g., DEVASSES, Menon@WS, SORTS, H2020 EUBRA-BIGSEA, H2020 EUBrasilCloudFORUM) and on the exchange of researchers and students.


The main technical contributions of the UC will focus on the development of the Trustworthiness Assessment and Monitoring Framework, which includes the design and implementation of a platform to execute tests, collect trustworthiness measures and provide the trustworthiness scores while also participating in the design and development of the basic services for secure data management. It will also take part in the design and development of the trustworthiness measurement and adaptation mechanisms for distributed data management services and data processing services.