The Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers at Coimbra (INESC Coimbra) is a non-profit R&D institute, affiliated with the University of Coimbra (UC), the Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers (INESC) and the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (IPL).
INESC Coimbra continues the activities of the former Coimbra branch of INESC, which dates back to 1986 through an agreement between the University of Coimbra and INESC and a specific protocol for the Operational Research area. Since that date onwards, research and development activities have evolved from that initial core related to operational research through the collaboration of new researchers and progressively covering new research areas. INESC Coimbra started its activities as an autonomous institution in January 2002. A branch of INESC Coimbra is located in the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria since 2009.
INESC Coimbra’s statutory mission is to perform scientific research, technological development, and knowledge integration and transfer, based on several disciplines of Engineering and Management Science / Operations Research, aiming at contributing to a better performance of businesses and institutions and to the progress of knowledge, within an engineering systems approach, by creatively combining theory and methodology, technical issues and human factors to tackle complex problems.
The different backgrounds (mainly in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geographical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Management and Mathematics) and scientific interests allow INESC Coimbra’s researchers to collaborate, to challenge each other and to learn from each other in addressing complex problems. On the one hand, sciences of engineering are used to address management and performance analysis problems (e.g. planning, controlling, project analysis and system evaluation). On the other hand, management science’s decision aiding techniques are used to address engineering problems (energy planning and rational use of energy, telecommunication networks analysis and planning, teletraffic engineering, urban and regional planning, computational mechanics). The joint projects, papers, and thesis supervisions demonstrate this synergy.
INESC Coimbra currently integrates more then 100 researchers, from three departments of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of UC (Electrical Engineering and Computers, Civil Engineering, and Mathematics) and the Faculty Economics, as well as from the University of Beira Interior, Open University and the Polytechnic Institutes of Leiria, Coimbra, Setúbal, Bragança, Viana do Castelo and Viseu.