ECIAIR Pre-Conference Workshops

3rd European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 

Lisbon, Portugal

Wednesday 17th November 2021

How Virtual Realities are Shaping a Digital Transformation in Architecture

11:00 - 12:30 (GMT)

Led by: Sara Eloy, ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, ISTAR

Virtual reality and technologies involving simulated environments have been around since the 1950s. In recent years, the interest in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) has been reawakened due to open source, lower cost, higher quality, and easier to use hardware and software. In addition, the emerging social VR (SVR) and x-reality (XR) are being used to generate a new blend of virtual and physical realities. Together with the Internet and its potential as a cultural communication channel, these realities are gaining a new momentum in architecture.

This workshop intends to provide an overview of this context and present the main developments and transformations occurring in architecture in this field.  The use of these technologies during the design practice, on collaborative design, building management, design education, and user studies, will be presented. Their impact on the digital transformation of the field will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about augmented reality, virtual reality, mixed reality, and x-reality.
  • Understand the potential brought by these technologies to architecture practice.
  • Learn about tools to use for developing solutions using these technologies.
  • Discover promising practices and recent projects in the field of Architecture, Engineering, and Construction.
  • Learn about the recent project “Artificial Realities: Virtual as an Aesthetic Medium for Architectural Ideation".
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Security Awareness and Education for Mobile Application Developers

14:00 - 16:00 (GMT)

Led by: Carlos Serrão, Iscte – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

Currently, millions of users rely on their smartphones to communicate, interact with other users or services and handle extremely sensitive information. This mobile ecosystem is composed by millions of mobile applications, developed either by companies or individual developers, distributed to end-users through some app stores.

The major trust points on this scenario seems to be the app stores. App stores are responsible for ensuring to the end-users that the applications they install on their devices are secure. However, this might not be the case. Most of the applications that run on the end-user device contain security vulnerabilities that might be potentiality exploited by an attacker and compromise the user device.

This workshop intends to provide an overview about this context and present the major security risks associated with mobile applications development for the Android environment. It also intends to present developers security awareness to improve the security of developer mobile applications.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the security challenges of the mobile applications ecosystem
  • Learn about the major security risks in mobile applications development (OWASP Mobile Top 10)
  • Discover tools that might be helpful for the identification of Android applications vulnerabilities
  • Learn about the App Sentinel project that tackled applications vulnerabilities and developers feedback
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Workshop Application details:

The cost of attending the workshop in Lisbon is £50. Should the workshop change to run as a virtual event the cost will be £25. To book a place on this workshop or to get further details, please contact:

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