University of Minho

IDS- Intelligent Data Systems
IDS Group deals with technologies, tools, models and techniques related to the Data Mining and Data Warehousing Systems. The main objective is the research in knowledge areas such as Adaptive Business Intelligence, Intelligent Decision Support Systems, Data Mining, Intelligent Data Analysis, Data Warehouse And OLAP.The research addresses real-time, online, distributed and complex problems, taking in account emergent issues as is the Web, eBusiness, multi-agent systems, grid and cloud computing, and considering various types of data.Special attention is given to the acquisition, archive, processing and diffusion of competitive/complex information, data mining and representation in order to support management, decision and planning tasks.Some global I&D proposes/lines can be identified:Automate the Knowledge Discovery from Database process in order to minimize the need of problem domain knowledge;Create Data Mining open source components to be used by the research community in advanced applications;Investigate new methods for data mining in distributed environments/problems;Design of Intelligent Decision Support Systems recurring to Multi-agent Systems and KDD approaches;Augment the existing Data Mining techniques in order to cover new types of problems;Novel BI approaches to solve new types of problems.

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ISTTOS- Information Systems and Technologies for Transformation of Organizations and Society
Research and development performed by the group are based on interdisciplinary approaches and research methods originated in the social sciences and engineering, which are used to understand organizational contexts of IS/IT adoption and use, and to develop new tools for creating innovative or improved work practices.

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SEMAG- Software.based Information Systems Engineering and Management Group
SEMAG was founded in July of 2001 as a special interest group within the Dept. of Information Systems of Universidade do Minho.
Currently, SEMAG is a research group devoted to the advance of the state-of-the-art of software-based information systems, both on the engineering and management aspects of the following research tracks:

(i) Modeling approaches for analysis and design;
(ii) Business and location-enhanced database systems;
(iii) Metadata and ontologies for the semantic Web;
(iv) Process and project management life-cycles.

SEMAG conducts its research activities towards the methodological (requirements, analysis, design) and organizational (management, quality and standards) issues related with the software engineering discipline in the information systems application domain, and adopts the empirical and experimental research approaches.

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Polytechnic Institute of Setubal

CICE- Centro de Investigação em Ciências Empresariais
CICE is a scientific research unit of ESCE, which aims at applied scientific research in the field of business sciences, through individual research projects or in partnerships, with a view to promoting scientific exchange with other institutions, streamlining the process of scientific updating teachers and disseminate relevant scientific results to the entire community.

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Polytechnic Institute of Porto

CIICESI - Centro de Inovação e Investigação em Ciências Empresariais e Sistemas de Informação
Committed to stimulating and improving this reality in our country, the School of Technologies and Management of Felgueiras (ESTGF) decided to create the Center for Innovation and Research in Business Sciences and Information Systems (CIICESI). This research center provides companies and public institutions with access to various financing programs, enhancing their better use and profitability. Equipped with an interdisciplinary team, made up of specialists in several complementary areas, CIICESI acts in several aspects, namely through the execution of R&D projects. 


The Center for Innovation and Research in Business Sciences and Information Systems is a functional unit for innovation and research, providing services to the community and disseminating knowledge in its specific fields. The Center includes 30 researchers (15 Doctors, 10 Masters and 6 Graduates), specialists in various areas of Business Sciences and Information Systems, namely, Regional and Local Development, Legal Advisory and Consultancy, Business and Organizational Strategy, Quality Management, New Information Technologies, Industrial Engineering and Information Systems Management.

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Higher Institute of Statistics and Information Management


MagIC is the research and development center of the NOVA School of Statistics and Information Management (ISEGI-NOVA). Its main objective is to contribute to the advancement of the field of Information Management. MagIC is a Research Center focused on harnessing information to improve organizations and society in general. The main objective of MagIC is to contribute to the advancement of the field of information management and is committed to improving the usability, reliability and credibility of information. As a fundamental asset in any development strategy for the 21st century, information is still a somewhat elusive concept that deserves massive research to be used as an effective organizational asset. It is necessary to improve the understanding of the properties of information as an asset, in addition to creating and developing the appropriate methodologies for its management. The ability to improve efficiency, develop new business models, overcome investment limitations are among the promises that effective information management can offer to organizations and societies. However, it seems clear that our ability to capture and store data has not yet been matched by the ability to transform it into relevant and actionable information. In addition, the big flood of big data will only make this problem more obvious, presenting new and more difficult challenges. These challenges are the focus of our research.

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Higher Technical Insitute of Lisbon


INESC - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores
The Information Systems Group is dedicated to research, development and supervision of students (PhD, master and final year projects) in many topics below the information systems area. We are particularly devoted to R&D projects (partly) financed by Portuguese and European programs, but also applied research supported by private companies and public institutes. As a complement to these activities, the group also provides high-level training, consulting and development on demand, in particular on those areas where the group has acquired know-how and experience.  

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Coimbra University


INESC - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores de Coimbra
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 aims at contributing to the progress of scientific and technical knowledge, integrating competences in several Engineering Sciences and in Management Science/Operations Research within a systems engineering approach, creatively combining theory and methodology, technical issues and human factors to tackle complex problems. INESC Coimbra’s research team is a strongly interdisciplinary group, its members being affiliated with several Universities and Polytechnic Institutes.

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CISUC - Center for Informatics and Systems of University of Coimbra
The Information Systems group explores two research strands:

(i) Information Systems as Service Systems
(ii) Participatory Media Design                       

The first of these lines acknowledges the increasing relevance of Services and the impact that these have on information systems. Although grounded on solid technical knowledge, our research puts on equal footing the social and business issues when addressing enterprise architecture, systems design, and governance.

The second line of research is positioned in the broader field of Human-Computer Interaction. It has been focused on the design of interactive media supporting online participation, collaboration, and learning.

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Porto University


INESC Porto - Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores do Porto 

Its activity is aimed at Scientific Research and Technological Development, but also at Consulting and Advanced Training, as well as Technology Transfer and the Launch of New Technology-Based Companies.

INESC Porto is an institution created to provide an interface between the academic world and the business world of industry and services, as well as public administration, in the scope of Information Technologies, Telecommunications and Electronics.

INESC Porto seeks to base its action on criteria of innovation, internationalization and impact on the economic and social fabric, especially by establishing a set of strategic partnerships that guarantee its institutional stability and economic sustainability.

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Universidade do Minho
Departamento de Sistemas de Informação
Campus de Azurém
4800-058 Guimaraes

Tel: +351 253 510 317
Fax: +351 253 510 300