The scientific program of NOVA LINCS for the period 2015-2020 is guided by the general theme “Principles and Engineering for Global Software Systems”, to be developed in cooperation with the research community; knowledge and technology users/user communities; and exchanges with local academic/industrial partners and other public institutions.

Modern society and economic growth increasingly relies on software-based services and products in many roles (e.g., from e-commerce to social networks, from business to personal multimedia applications, from critical infrastructure management to games), and different scales (e.g., ranging from smartphone applications to large scale cloud infrastructures).

Informatics systems with diverse roles and scales are becoming increasingly immersed within global digital ecosystems that are required to be trustworthy and dependable, to smoothly communicate, interoperate, exchange, and reason about varieties of multimodal content and knowledge, to usefully interact with users and the social environment, and to remain open to continuous evolution, without compromising availability and proper functionality.

Simultaneously, there is an increase in the expectations of IT based service providers and consumers (ranging from single departmental units, small company networks, to communities of thousands to millions of personal users). This continuously open new opportunities to both established companies and startups, which compete for innovation-driven services and products. In this context, computing-related technologies have a huge potential for raising competitiveness, creating high value jobs, and improving life quality.

The contributions necessary to address these challenges, advance the state-of-the-art, and create high added-value innovation in such a highly competitive context requires an appropriate balance of cutting edge fundamental and applied research, the combination of expertise in various key areas of computer science, and interaction with technology and knowledge users. Such a combination of expertise and synergy is clearly present in our laboratory and its four research groups (Software, Computer, Multimodal, and Knowledge-based Systems).