The ISTAR-Information Sciences and Technologies and Architecture Research Center is a ISCTE-IUL unit that has the mission to carry out applied and multidisciplinary research in the convergence of areas like Computer Science and Information Technologies, Mathematics (applied to computational problems), Architecture and Urbanism (in its digital dimensions, either conceptual, modelling, simulation or fabrication).
ISTAR-IUL identifies new areas of activity and presents a new project and mission. The team includes researchers coming from other units, both at ISCTE-IUL such as ADETTI (extinct), BRU, CIES and DINAMIA, and from other public universities in the Lisbon area, such as LaSIGE (FC/UL) and CITI (FCT/UNL, extinct).
The multidisciplinary nature is induced by a strong link to IUL School of Technology and Architecture (ISTA) that gathers ISCTE-IUL academic departments of the related scientific domains. In the scope of ISTA, the unit articulates with the pole of the Telecommunications Institute (IT, IUL) and broadens its collaborations with other ISCTE-IUL units.
ISTAR is organized in flexible research groups, a structure that is essential to foster innovation, learning and organizational development. Complementary to this group structure, the unit projects the activity in two thematic lines strongly guided by the EC Horizon 2020 Programme.
The team profile, which helps to understand the novel nature of this unit, is the following: