LARSyS researchers are actively involved in major advanced training initiatives at post-doctoral, doctoral and master level in the areas of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Sustainable Energy Systems, Engineering and Public Policy and Technology Management Enterprise. They coordinate programs at master and doctoral level, and have led a number of new initiatives at international level, including the MIT-Portugal, the Carnegie Mellon – Portugal and IST-EPFL joint ventures.

They have been implemented through IST, Lisbon and the University of Madeira along three main pillars:

  • Joint international partnerships- privileges the strategic long term cooperation with a few high-level partners;
  • National doctoral programs- follows traditional forms of advanced training and have been very important to open a social basis for high level advanced training in Portugal;
  • Specialized training- based on the organization of research workshops and summer schools, which have been particularly important to foster new fields of research.

By mid-2013, LARSyS involves more than 20 post-doctoral fellowships and over 150 doctorate students. Overall, LARSyS is actively involved in several international partnerships for advanced training, as follows:

  • Carnegie Mellon University, through Dual Doctoral Programs at Instituto Superior Técnico in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Robotics(RI), Computer Science (CS) and Engineering and Public Policy (EPP). ECE, RI and EPP are coordinated by LARSyS researchers (ECE,RI through ISR and EPP through IN+);
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, through a Doctoral Program and a Master Program at Instituto Superior Técnico in Sustainable Energy Systems (SES), which is coordinated by LARSyS researchers (through IN+);
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT, through a Master Program at Instituto Superior Técnico in Technology Management Enterprise (TME), which is coordinated by LARSyS researchers (through IN+);
  • École Politechnique Federal de Lausanne (EFPL), through a Joint Doctoral Initiative at Instituto Superior Técnico, as part of the new Doctoral Program on “Robotics, Brain and Cognition” funded by FCT (;
  • KIC-Innoenergy ( PhD program in the context of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

LARSyS groups are involved in five different FCT funded Doctoral Programs (recently approved): “Networked Interactive Cyber Physical Systems” (ISR and MITI), “Digital Media” (MITI), “Robotics, Brain and Cognition” (ISR), “Sustainable Energy Systems (IN+), and “Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing Systems (IN+). All of them involve major international partnerships (respectively with CMU, UT Austin, EPFL and MIT). Other Doctoral Programs include “Engineering and Public Policy at IST”, “Electrical and Computer Engineering at IST”, “Computer Science at IST”, “Mechanical Engineering at IST”, “Environmental Engineering at IST”.

LARSyS activities are leveraged through premium international partnerships, doctoral programs, and projects.

LARSyS leads:

  • the Sustainable Energy Systems area of the MIT Portugal Program (IN+);
  • the overall coordination of the CMU Portugal Doctoral Program in ECE and Robotics (ISR) and Design and HCI (MITI);
  • the overall coordination of the ISTEPFL Joint Doctoral Initiative (ISR) and of the Robotics, Brain and Cognition PhD Program;
  • coordination of the EIT Innoenergy PhD;
  • involvement in the digital media focus area of the UTAustinPortugal program.

Over the past 5 years, LARSyS has graduated 120 PhD students, of which 52 with international partners (16 dual degrees with CMU, 10 joint degrees with EPFL, and 17 degrees with co-supervisionfrom MIT, among others).