Centro ALGORITMI is a research unit of the School of Engineering – University of Minho, that develops R&D activity in Information and Communications Technology and Electronics (ICT&E), spreading into four major fields: (1) Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Nanotecnhology; (2) Operations Research, Statistics and Numerical Methods; (3) Information Systems, Software and Multimedia; (4) Communications, Computer Networks and Pervasive Computing.
The majority of PhD-level researchers of the Center are also Faculty members of four departments of the School of Engineering, namely: Industrial Electronics (DEI), Information Systems (DSI), Industrial Engineering & Management (DPS), Informatics (DI). Furthermore, the MSc and PhD projects supervised by those Faculty members are developed at ALGORITMI.
Centro ALGORITMI focuses its activity on projects that explore a strong link with the community, namely the industry and the public administration. The University of Minho is located in an industrialized region with an important expression on textile and footwear industries, and an emerging field on ICT services enterprises, pushed by the e-phenomena age. The automotive industrial field also gained recently an important share of the market. Another external factor that influences our target field of application is the growth of the cities in the region, which introduces several demands for the co-operation of researchers, namely in the field of logistics, communication, e-government and resources management. The results of this policy are stated by the number of applied research projects in cooperation with companies (funded by AdI and QREN) and by specific national projects, namely POSI, POCTI, and POE. Additionally, the Centre participates in several European projects, typically funded by IST programmes.