Research
Output indicators (2008/2012)


LARSyS researcher's main output indicators in the period 2008-2012 are described in the following paragraphs in terms of the various Laboratories/groups and focusing on research publications.

Researchers in Dynamic Systems and Ocean Robotics published 39 research papers in the period 2008-2012, including 9 peer-reviewed papers in IEEE Trans. on Automatic Control, IEEE Trans. on Control systems Technology and IEEE Trans. on Robotics, and 5 papers in other IEEE Trans. Key results include novel algorithms for networked control of multiple air and marine robots, automatic take-off of quadrotor vehicles, control with discrete-time communications, and range-based localization. They also published 6 papers in Systems and Control Letters, 6 papers in the International journal of Robust and Non-linear Control, and 5 papers in Automatica.

Researchers involved in Evolutionary Systems and Biomedical Engineering published about 21 research papers in the period 2008-2012, including 2 peer-reviewed papers in IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Trans. on Image Processing. They also published papers in, among others, Human Brain Mapping, and the Int. journal of Psychophysiology. They consider simulation of biological systems, Bio-inspired Optimization, Neuro-Feedback, Advanced Diagnosis of Sleep Disorders, Functional Neuroimaging.

Researchers involved in Intelligent Robots and Systems published about 21 research papers in the period 2008-2012, including 5 peer-reviewed papers in IEEE Trans. on Computational Intelligence, IEEE Trans. on Instrumentation and Measurement and IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering. They also published papers in, among others, the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, Journal of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, International Journal of Machine Consciousness. They include new advancements in: institutional Robotics paradigm for the coordination of collective robotics; motion expressiveness in robots (2008); cognitive robotics (2011); dynamic models of Th-Cell populations in the immune system (2012);

Researchers involved in Signal and Image Processing published about 66 research papers in the period 2008-2012, including 9 peer-reviewed papers IEEE Trans. on Signal Processing, 6 in IEEE Trans. on Image Processing, 6 in IEEE Trans. on Biomedical Engineering, as well as 5 papers in other IEEE Trans. and 4 articles in Linear Algebra and Applications. Main results include novel approaches/systems for distributed inference, for localization in sensor networks, communications in oceanic settings and in biological and medical image processing.

Researchers involved in Computer and Robot Vision published about 15 articles in international peer-review journals from 2008 to 2012, including 3 papers in IEEE Trans. on Robotics (a special issue on Bio-Robotics), IEEE Trans. on Systems, man and Cybernetics, and IEEE Transaction on Autonomous Mental development. They also published in, among others, the Journal of Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Neural Networks, and Journal of Autonomous Robots. The publications consider the development of humanoid robotic platforms, sensorimotor learning and coordination with complex humanoid platforms, human activity analysis and surveillance systems.

Researchers involved in Thermofluids, Combustion and Energy Systems published about 35 articles in international peer-review journals in the period considered, covering the areas of experimental fluid mechanics and combustion, including two-phase flows. Most publications were concentrated in Trans Tec Publications, Experiments in Fluids, Journal of Physics, Fuel, and the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer. Three PhD theses in Mechanical Engineering were completed during the period 2008-2012. In addition, this group runs the Intl. Symposia on Appl. of Laser Techniques to Fluid Mechanics since 1982, meeting every two years in Lisbon.

Researchers involved in Industrial Ecology and Sustainability published about 60 articles in international peer-review journals from 2008 to 2012, in the subject areas of energy systems and policy, environment sciences, and agricultural and biological sciences. Most articles were published in Energy, Energy Policy, Energy Procedia, Ecological Modelling, Journal of Industrial Ecology, Environmental Technology, and Ecological Economics. They include new energy planning in the Island of São Miguel in Azores, to evaluate the feasibility of installing a pump-hydro power plant, as well as new data on urban metabolism. It should be noted that this Laboratory is actively involved in the PhD program on “Sustainable Energy Systems, SES”, in close collaboration with MIT and coordinated at IST by Paulo Ferrão. Sixteen doctorate theses were completed during the period 2008-2012.

Researchers involved in Technology Policy and Management published about 30 papers in international peer-review journals from 2008 to 2012, including publications in the journals Small Business Economics, Science and Public Policy, Higher Education, Higher Education Studies and Research Policy. It should be noted that this Laboratory is actively involved in the PhD program on “Engineering and Public Policy, EPP”, a dual-degree with Carnegie Mellon launched in 2008 and currently coordinated at IST by Manuel Heitor. Six doctorate theses were completed during the initial 5 years. In addition, other five PhDs theses were completed in that period in the area of Engineering and Industrial Management.

Researchers involved in Interactive Technologies published more than 90 research papers in international, peer-reviewed journals in the period 2008-2012. They include IEEE Multimedia, IEEE Software, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers and Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Main achievements consider themes of haptic broadcasting, interactive-software and virtual reality neurorehabilitation. The main ACM SIGCHI sponsored venues have acceptance rates around 20% and high impact h-rankings and in several of these highly competitive venues M-ITI’s presence is competing with some leading institutions in the field, including Microsoft Research, Eindhoven University of Technology, and Newcastle University. M-ITI includes an ACM Fellow among its staff members (Larry Constantine, also a Stevens Award recipient and pioneer of software engineering) and several of the young researchers have won international awards (IBM, Microsoft, Fraunhofer). Researchers at M-ITI have completed 6 PhD theses in Computer Science and issued 7 patents in international Offices in the period considered.

Researchers involved in Marine Environmental Technology published over 20 papers about ocean modelling and simulation in peer-reviewed journals in the period 2008-2012. Main journals considered include Ocean & Coastal Management, J. Mar. Syst., and Ocean Dynamics. Four PhD theses have been concluded in this theme.
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