IEEE BigData 2014 Coimbra Satellite Session

The IEEE BigData 2014 Coimbra Satellite Session will be held in Coimbra, in the center of Portugal. The beautiful city of Coimbra is located 120 km south of Porto, 195 km north of Lisbon. It is set by the Mondego River, about 40 km east of Figueira da Foz, a neighbour coastal city with several beaches, summer and seaport facilities on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Although it served as the nation's capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better known for its university founded in 1290. The University of Coimbra ( is the oldest university in Portugal and was the only university in the Portuguese speaking world until the 20th century, being nominated as World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in June 2013. Given the atmosphere of the University, Coimbra is also a Science and Technology city. It features one of the leading science based incubators of Europe, the Instituto Pedro Nunes (IPN), which has been awarded the price for The Best Science Based Incubator at the 2010 Science Based Incubation Conference. Some technology-based Coimbra University spin-offs are innovative businesses with a considerable success in the world market.

The theme of the IEEE BigData 2014 Coimbra Satellite Session will be on “Big Data and Applications”. It will be an opportunity to discuss BigData and its applications, with presentations of scientific papers, and also the opportunity to hear about use cases to be presented and discussed with industrial companies working in challenging BigData applications. It will be an important opportunity to meet fellow researchers and industry engineers, and to plan future collaborations.

City of Coimbra

Coimbra is a city in the municipality of Coimbra in Portugal. Although it served as the nation's capital during the High Middle Ages, it is better known for its university, the University of Coimbra, which is one of the oldest in Europe and the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world.

With a dense urban grid, the city of Coimbra is famous for its monuments, churches, libraries, museums, parks, nightlife, healthcare and shopping facilities, but above all for its intense cultural life, centered on the University of Coimbra. This relevance within the context of the country's cultural life can be seen in the large number of writers, artists and academics connected with the city, which has thus secured throughout its history a reputation as the Lusa Atenas (Lusitanian Athens).

Universidade de Coimbra

By signing “Scientiae Thesaurus Mirabilis”, King Dinis created the oldest university of the country and one of the oldest in the world. Dated from 1290, the document originated the General Study, recognized in the same year by Pope Nicholas IV. A century after the birth of the nation, the University of Coimbra germinated. It started operating in Lisbon but, in 1308, it was transferred to Coimbra, alternating between the two cities until 1537, when it was definitely settled in the city of river Mondego.

To study at the University of Coimbra is to pursue the intellectual history of the country in the school that graduated some of the most distinguished personalities of national culture, science and politics.

With over seven centuries, the University of Coimbra has a unique tangible and intangible heritage, keystone in the scientific culture of Europe and the World; a capital that the University of Coimbra has applied to UNESCO World Heritage.

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