DSIE’16, the 11th edition of the Doctoral Symposium in Informatics Engineering is part of the "Methodologies for Scientific Research" course and of the workshops series, which started in 2005, held by the Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering (ProDEI) and the Doctoral Program in Telecommunications (MAP-tele) at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The conference will take place at FEUP on February 3, 2016.

We are delighted to invite PhD students to submit their contributions to DSIE'16 to share their insights and knowledge on their areas of expertise. DSIE aims to improve the PhD students' proficiency in scientific research, writing and presentation skills. Symposium participants will expose and discuss their research, while receiving valuable expert comments and promoting their own experience. New ideas, methods and applications leads the PhD students to a good improvement of their thesis content.

This website provides all the information about the symposium activities. We invite you to explore it and get to know about all the details of the event.

Last Editions

Conference topics

Topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Computer Architectures
  • Computer Networks
  • Data Mining
  • High-performance Computing
  • Image Processing and Computer Vision
  • Information Technologies in Healthcare
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Interaction and Multimedia
  • Wireless Networks
  • Optical Communications
  • Machine Learning
  • Mobile Robotics
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Programming Fundamentals and Techniques
  • Security Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Virtual and Simulation Systems
  • Web Systems and Technologies


Call For Papers

Authors are invited to submit papers reporting research results, which will be evaluated in terms of: originality, technical content and accuracy, significance of the work, presentation (organization, style and clearness), and appropriateness of references to papers presented in earlier editions of the event.

Contributions should report on substantial research supported by complete results. All papers will be single-blind reviewed by the members of the scientific committee. This requires removing any information which may suggest who the authors are (in the first page, in the references etc.).

All papers must be submitted electronically in the EasyChair system.

Papers must have a length between 10 and 12 pages, complying with the official Springer LNCS template. Only PDF files will be accepted.

All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system. We would recommend that you respect the page limit and no more than one contribution per event. At least one author for each accepted paper must register to ensure that the paper will be included in the conference proceeding.

Additionally, reviewers recommendations must be addressed by the authors before they submit the final version.

Each paper author will have a maximum of 15 minutes to present the work during the Presentation Sessions, followed by approximately 5 minutes of discussion.

Important Dates

Invited Speaker

Luís Filipe Antunes

Computer Science Department, Science Faculty - University of Porto


Cyber-sovereignty: sovereignty in a world without borders

Lecture Overview

The internet is global by nature and unhindered by physical borders, network technologies challenge the existing concept of sovereignty, where each sovereign jurisdiction regulates communication that takes place in its territory. Bypassing geographical and jurisdictional restraints, the internet is a serious concern for the traditional notion of sovereignty.

In cyberspace it is technically possible to operate anonymously threatening interconnected targets around the globe, there is extensive discussion as to whether the concept of borders is relevant to the challenges of cyber security as they define the territory in which national governments can employ sovereign measures. In this talk we will cover technological aspects of cyber-sovereignty that should be considered in any nation cyber-security strategy.

Speaker Biography

Luís Filipe Coelho Antunes, Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto (FCUP). Director of the Competence Centre for Cybersecurity and Privacy, University of Porto. Senior researcher at INESC-TEC. Member of the Scientific Council of FCUP and member of the Council for Electronic Administration at the University of Porto.

Develops research activity in the field of computer security, having several scientific publications. Successfully guided 5 PhD students and belongs to several research projects funded by FCT. Has exercised consultancy activity in the area of ​​computer security for the Ministry of Health and the Portuguese Data Protection Commission. Is accredited by the National Security Cabinet and is expert at ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) in the area of ​​eID and eGovernment eHealth.

Luís Antunes appears regularly on TV program as information security expert. In 2013 co-founded a spin-off from the University, called HealthySystems that centers its activity in the area of information security with a strong focus on auditing, eID and anonymization techniques. Recently co-founded the University of Porto spin-off Adyta. Adyta main objective is to promote specialized security solutions tailored to the needs of sovereign bodies dealing with sensitive or classified information and large business groups. Adyta focuses its activity in the defense field and securing communications through innovative solutions and adjusted to each customer. This spin-off is the result of several years of collaboration with the Portuguese National Security Agency.


Detailed program available here.


The proceedings of the 11th edition of the Doctoral Symposium in Informatics Engineering are available here.

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The urban area of Porto, which extends beyond the administrative limits of the city, has a population of 1.4 million (2011) in an area of 389 km², making it the second-largest urban area in Portugal. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto is one of the oldest European centres.

The variety of monumental and artistic patrimony and the Port Wine cellars were some of the reasons why UNESCO classified the city as World Heritage, in 1996. Some of the city highlights include the Sé Cathedral, a neoclassical Stock Exchange, the Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara, the Port Wine cellars, the D. Luís I Bridge, the S. Bento Station and Casa da Música.

In 2014, Porto was elected The Best European Destination by the Best European Destinations Agency.

Porto is growing as a tourism and business destination, receiving 2,5 millions of passengers each year. It has an intense cultural and social life and the city shared the designation of European Capital of Culture in 2001.


The University of Porto is nowadays the largest in Portugal and recognized by its prestigious teaching and research communities. DSIE’16 will be held at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), which is considered one of the top-level engineering schools in Europe. Since it’s creation in 1926, FEUP has the mission of training high qualified engineers and practice research and development of excellence.


Faculty of Engineering
University of Porto
Rua Dr. Roberto Frias
4200-465 Porto Portugal
Email: dsie16@fe.up.pt