The Institute of Systems and Robotics—University of Coimbra (ISR-UC) is a Portuguese private, non- profit research institution. ISR-UC promotes advanced multidisciplinary R&D in the areas Mobile Autonomous Robotics, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Search and Rescue Robotics, Robotic Manipulation, Computer Vision, Medical Robotics, Assistive Technologies, Biomedical Engineering, Advanced Industrial Energy and Automation Technologies. ISR-UC gives special attention to international scientific research cooperation and to training and education Initiatives.
ISR-UC is organized in three research groups:
-Automation and Mobile Robotics,
-Computer and Robot Vision,
The unit has the following management bodies:
–The Plenary, which includes all researchers, and in which the Directors of the Groups, as well as the Director of the Unit are elected. The Plenary meets at least once every 2 years, and if there is a particularly important decision.
–The Scientific Council, which is composed by all researchers of the unit with a Ph.D. The Scientific Council, analyses the Activities Report and the Plan of Activities, prepared by the Group Directors and the Unit Director
–The Directors of the Groups coordinate the research in their groups with a large degree of autonomy, and have the responsibility to provide strategic guidance for the research activities as well as to coordinate the reporting activities of each group.
–The Director of the Unit has the overall responsibility of the daily management of the global affairs of the unit, and represents the unit externally, namely with the outside institutions. The Director of the Unit takes part in the management of ISR at national level.