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Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica - Coimbra (ISR-UC)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Coimbra
3030-290 Coimbra


  • Agricultural and Food Robotics
  • Field/Service Robots in unstructured Environments
  • Harsh Environment Robotics
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial Robotics
  • Laboratory Robots
  • People Transport
  • Robot Companions for Assisted Living
  • Socially Intelligent Robotics and Societal Applications
  • Wearables
  • AI and Cognition in Robotics
  • Autonomous Navigation
  • Bio‐Inspired Robots
  • Education and Training
  • Mechatronics
  • Natural Interaction with Social Robots
  • Perception
  • Physical Human Robot Interaction
  • Telerobotics and Teleoperation


The Institute of Systems and Robotics is a private non-profit R&D institute with 3 poles, Coimbra, Lisbon and Porto. The Coimbra Pole has strong activities in the following areas: Human-Centered Mobile Robotics, Field Robotics, Medical Systems and Robotics, Computational Intelligence and Control, Artificial Perception and Cognition, Visual Perception, Intelligent Energy Systems.
ISR-UC has strong interaction with some of the best research centers around the World, participating in large international projects and in networks of excellence. In what concerns Health and Wellbeing related areas, ISR actively collaborates with national and international health-related institutions and research centers, such as CNC-Center for Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Rovisco Pais Hospital, IBILI- Optical and Biomedical Imaging and Life Sciences Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Norwegian University of Science and Technology, among others.
Cooperation with national and international industry (e.g. Google, PSA Group, Efacec power and automation equipment, Portucel paper group, CIMPOR cement group, EDP Electric Utility, National Money Authority Casa da Moeda, Brisa Motorways, Schneider Electric, ABB Corporate Research, and WEG) is planned to be increased with joint projects. ISR also wants to keep promoting technology transfer and the creation of spin-offs associated with the development
ISR-UC has received for the third consecutive time the classification of "Excellent Research Centre" by an international evaluation panel.