INESC Coimbra is a non-profit private institute resulting from a partnership between Universidade de Coimbra (University of Coimbra) and INESC (Institute for Systems and Computers Engineering), evaluated and financed by the Pluri-annual Program from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia-FCT (Foundation for Science and Technology).
INESC Coimbra received the rating of "Very Good" in the last FCT evaluation of R&D (Research and Development) institutes, 2003-2006.
INESC Coimbra continues the activities of the former Coimbra core of the Institute for Systems Engineering and Computers based in Lisbon,
which date back to 1986, through the establishment of an agreement between Coimbra University and INESC and a specific protocol to the Operational Research area.
Since that date onwards, research and development activities have evolved from that initial core related to operations research,
either through collaboration of new researchers or progressively covering new.
INESC Coimbra has started its activities as an autonomous institution in January 2002, counting in December 2008 with about 70 researchers, 40 of them with PhD.
INESC Coimbra research team is strongly interdisciplinary. Its researchers come mostly from
the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (Science and Technology Faculty of Coimbra University), namely Departamento de Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores (Electrotechnics and Computers Enginieering Department), Departamento de Engenharia Civil (Civil Engineering) e Departamento de Matemática (Mathematics Department), and from the Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra (Economics Faculty of Coimbra University),
as well as from the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra - Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (Coimbra Polytechnic Institute - Coimbra Institute of Engeneering),
from the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria - Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão de Leiria (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria - School of Technology and Management of Leiria),
of the Instituto Politécnico de Setúbal -Escola Superior de Tecnologia (Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal - School of Technology),
and of the Instituto Politécnico de Viseu (Polytechnic Institute of Viseu) and of the Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança).
A branch office of INESC Coimbra is located in the Leiria Polytechnic Institute.
INESC Coimbra belongs to the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research of Coimbra University.
INESC Coimbra’s statutory mission is to perform scientific research, technological development, and knowledge integration and transfer, based on the disciplines of Engineering Science
and Management Science / Operations Research, aiming at contributing to a better performance of businesses and institutions, and to the progress of knowledge,
in an approach to engineering systems (that is, creatively combining theory and methodology, technical issues and human factors).
The different backgrounds (mainly in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Geographical Engineering,
Mechanical Engineering, but also in Management, and Mathematics) and teaching 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,
the sciences of engineering (e.g. decision support systems and geographic information systems) 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, telecommunication networks analysis and planning, teletraffic engineering, urban and regional planning).
The joint projects, papers, and theses supervisions demonstrate this synergy.