The Research Center for Systems and Technologies (SYSTEC), which currently integrates the Associated Laboratory ARISE – Advanced Production and Intelligent Systems – is hosted at the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade, Universidade do Porto (FEUP) and in the Institute for Systems and Robotics (ISR). Supported by FEUP in what concerns infrastructures, human (administrative and scientific) resources, and its vast collaborative research network, and by ISR in what concerns the networks of stakeholders, and of institutions addressing the societal challenges, SYSTEC advances its R&D and Innovation agenda to promote: (i) academic excellence, (ii) worldwide networking with institutions and researchers with opportune scientific affinities to ensure the critical mass, (iii) interaction with end-users and stakeholders to promote the tuning with challenge-driven innovation dynamics, (iv) emergence of actors relevant to the evolution of paradigms for the societal impact of science and technology, as well as (iv) integration with advanced formation activities.

In particular, SYSTEC research unit sets forth the following key goals:

  • Undertake fundamental and applied research and development in i) systems, control, optimization, estimation, robotics, and their articulation in cyber-physical architectures for networked vehicles and systems, ii) power management, with an emphasis in the network integration of renewables and electric mobility and iii) advanced production systems, anchored essentially in the core scientific areas of electrical engineering, applied mathematics, and computation sciences (including “data science”).
  • Contribute to the valorization and transfer of the generated knowledge and products to society.

To efficiently achieve its goals, SYSTEC is organized in four Intervention Vectors:

  • CONTROL: Systems, control, optimization, estimation and data science. 
  • NET: Networked Robotic Vehicles and Systems Technologies. 
  • ENERGY: Smart Energy Systems and Technologies. 
  • MANUFACTURING: Cyber-Physical Systems for Manufacturing. 

This structure is designed to promote the progress towards a unifying long term vision in which theoretical developments will evolve in such a way as to match the complex requirements of the emerging challenges inherent to the complexity of the real-world systems, notably, the various classes of complex, large scale, networked systems.

Our Vision:

Center of Excellence hosted by Faculty of Engineering of Porto University, and Institute for Systems and Robotics to promote the Co-Evolution of:

  • Systems, Optimization, Control, and Estimation Theoretical Developments 
  • Engineering Methodologies and Tools
  • Interdisciplinary Collaborative Frameworks
  • Science and Technology State-of-the-Art
  • Societal Challenges Awareness

targeting the Rapid Bidirectional Transition from Scientific and Technological Knowledge to Societal Challenges driven System Solutions through R&D&I carried out in the context of its Global Network.