GRAINS - GRAphics and INtelligent Systems

The GRAphics and INtelligent Systems group aims to explore, from a holistic perspective encompassing both theoretical as well as applied research, the broad domains of computer graphics and smart systems. In the above framework, research activities specifically focus on the areas of virtual and augmented reality, computer vision and image processing, information visualization, human-computer interaction, ubiquitous and pervasive computing, knowledge and data engineering, embedded, parallel and distributed systems as well as computer architectures and digital arithmetic. In such fields, the members of the group have been involved in more than 30 projects and research project (co-)funded by both public and private bodies at the regional, national and international levels. They have also authored and co-authored more than 300 papers published in national and international journals, books and conference proceedings on topics encompassing, among others, 3D rendering on mobile devices, visualization and processing of multidimensional data, human-machine interface, multimodal applications and remote appliances control, distributed computing systems, mobile ad hoc networks, RFID-based monitoring and control frameworks, knowledge sharing on the web and the Semantic Web, tools knowledge representation and management, natural language processing and algorithms and architectures for computer arithmetic.


  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • 3D rendering on mobile devices
  • Visualization and processing of multidimensional data
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human-machine interfaces with multimodal applications and remote control 
  • Mobile computing systems
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Mobile ad hoc networks
  • Systems for monitoring and control based on RFID technology
  • Knowledge sharing on web and Semantic Web
  • Tools for representing knowledge
  • Natural language processing
  • Algorithms and architectures for Computer Arithmetic
  • Parallel and distributed computing

Projects and publications