LARSyS has promoted for many years several international partnerships and its researchers actively participate on several international scientific fora:
  • MIT-Portugal Program, through its overall coordination and an active involvement of researchers in the areas of Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) and Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM);
  • Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program, through an active involvement of researchers in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Computer Science (CS), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) and The Robotics Institute (RI);
  • IST – EPFL Program, through its overall coordination and an active involvement of researchers in the areas of Distributed and Cognitive Robotics and Biomedical Engineering;
  • IRGC, International Risk Governance Council, through the coordination of IRGC-Portugal, which involves five Associate Laboratories in Portugal.
  • Involvement in the educational and innovation projects of the KIC-Innoenergy (
A major initiative with Portuguese speaking countries (Brazil, Angola and Mozambique), is being planned to be launched in 2014 in the form of an Observatory for Risk Governance, Industrialization and Technological change, “SOUTH Oil&Gas 2030”, to stimulate sustainable offshore Oil&Gas related science and businesses. It aims to foster Atlantic's deep-sea exploration and to help improving our understanding of new innovation dynamics and the sustainable Oil&Gas industries in South Atlantic and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Also, another major partnership has been established with the recently renovated University of Macau, in South East Asia, where researchers form LARSyS are establishing the area of advanced robotics and engineering systems. The goal is to facilitate the expansion of LARSyS in China during next decade.

Also, a number of informal partnerships, mostly on the basis of collaborative R&D projects and research exchanges, have been established worldwide with highly reputed research and academic institutions and industrial partners. To this effect, impetus will be given to the reinforcement of the present involvement in international partnerships, the exchange of scientific personnel, the participation in international projects, and the hiring of exceptional PhD students and senior researchers. All these initiatives will depend of course heavily on the funds made available by the national and international (European) funding agencies and programs.

LARSyS aims to keep and promote a large percentage of foreign students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as the coordination of collaborative R&D projects (European, ESA and ITER), the participation in international Doctoral Programs and the involvement in important international scientific academic and industrial institutions (e.g., RoboCup Federation, the EURON and EUROP R&D networks, and the euRobotics aisbl).
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