Research Highlights

During 2008-12, LARSyS researchers have published more than 400 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals. These journals illustrate both the culture of scientific excellence pursued by LARSyS and the research impact in relevant areas.

In the area of robotics and systems, ISR researchers have published about 170 journal papers with significant contributions to the development of new algorithms for networked control of multiple air and marine robots; control under discrete-time communications, navigation and range-based localization; planning and active cooperative perception under uncertainty and discrete-event models of robot tasks; modelling of biological and biomedical, diagnosis of sleep disorders, systems; sensorimotor learning and cognitive robots and systems; computer vision and video surveillance, distributed optimization algorithms and matrix completion methods applied to image and signal processing in sensor networks, acoustic signal processing, computer vision and biological and medical image processing.

In the domain of Human-Computer Interaction, M-ITI encapsulates contributions from the disciplines of computer science, psychology and social sciences, and design, with the goal of engaging in important scientific and technological challenges. The center has a strong presence in major conferences like Interact, CHI, TEI, ACE and EICS and its researchers have published more than 90 papers in international, peer-reviewed journals, including IEEE Multimedia, IEEE Software and Lecture Notes in Computer Science. They include themes of haptic broadcasting, interactive-software and virtual reality neurorehabilitation.

Researchers at IN+ have published more than 120 journal papers with pioneering contributions to the fields of industrial ecology and urban metabolism (including a new book, "Urban Metabolism", published by MIT Press), demand side management strategies to facilitate integrating renewable energy sources in the grid; study of transport phenomena (continuum mechanics) focusing on momentum, energy, and mass transfer at fluid flow and flame interfaces; science and technology policy, higher education studies, and industrialization dynamics, considering development patterns through technical change and the creation of new firms and industries.

The group of MARETEC has published over 20 papers and made key contributions in the areas of ocean modeling and simulation and participated in several key projects in the domain of ocean energy, environment modeling and ecological economics.

LARSyS strategy has considered for many years a strong emphasis on advanced and graduate education and several major efforts have been established to guarantee, run and coordinate several PhD programs, including those in international collaboration. From 2008 to 2012, more than 60 PhD theses have been completed under the supervision of LARSyS researchers. It includes theses completed in Electrical and Computer Engineering, ECE, and Computer Science, CS (29), Mechanical Engineering (6), Environmental Engineering (6), and Industrial Engineering and Management (5).

In addition, Doctoral training at LARSyS includes the coordination of a Program on Sustainable Energy Systems (since 2007) in collaboration with MIT (16 theses concluded), a dual-degree PhD program on Engineering and Public Policy (since 2008) with Carnegie Mellon (6 theses concluded) and a joint Program with EPFL (since 2009) in the area of Distributed and Cognitive Robotics (3 theses concluded). LARSyS researchers directly coordinate all these programs, as well as doctoral training with Carnegie Mellon in the area of Robotics, Signal Processing and Interactive Technologies under double degrees of ECE and CS.

LARSyS will continue leveraging on its strong international partnerships, including those with MIT, Carnegie Mellon, EPFL, KIC-Innoenergy, as well as fostering a series of new collaborations with Brazilian Universities.

On average, LARSyS researchers have been involved in more than 50 research contracts every year, including the coordination of National and European (FP7) projects, as well as more than 15 direct contracts with industry per year (average figures), mainly in areas of industrial ecology, urban metabolism, marine and environment modeling and interactive technologies. Also, a major international task force sponsored by the Asian Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank was developed in the area of urban metabolism.

Regarding major efforts in the area of technology commercialization, LARSyS has spin-off close to 20 startup companies in areas of Robotics, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Ocean technologies and Environmental Engineering. This effort will continue as part of the LARSyS mind-set, and will take advantage of the different platforms and international partnerships dealing with commercialization issues. LARSyS is actively involved in the network "University Technology Enterprise Network", UTEN, in close collaboration with UT Austin and Carnegie Mellon, as well as in the European platform established under KIC-Innoenergy, involving industry-oriented innovation projects in the area of smart grids and ocean energies.

LARSyS is a founding member and coordinates the International Risk Governance Council - Portugal, IRGC Portugal, which was set up towards the end of 2011 to establish in Portugal an academic node of the International Risk Governance Council, IRGC, In addition, it is currently involved in the creation of the Observatory for Risk Governance, Industrialization and Technological change, "SOUTH Oil&Gas 2030", to stimulate sustainable offshore Oil&Gas related businesses in South Atlantic and focused on Portuguese speaking countries. It is aimed to help improving our understanding of new innovation dynamics and the sustainable Oil&Gas industries in South Atlantic and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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