Description of the Unit

Creating knowledge in human centered approaches to technology and in digital worlds for humans in society


Description of ISTAR-IUL

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:

  • The team is composed by twenty (20) integrated members. From these, eleven (11) come from ADETTI-IUL (extinct), two (2) from LASIGE-FCUL, one (1) from CITI-FCT/UNL, one (1) from DINAMIA-IUL, one (1) from CIES-IUL, one (1) from BRU-IUL, and three (3) are new integrated members.
  • Apart from the integrated members, ISTAR associates twenty (20) researchers from other national and international units, with the aim of extending the network of collaborations, and facilitating future integrations based on shared scientific interests and opportunities.
  • The number of registered PhD students, at the time of this proposal, is forty-three (43), a number that assures a sensible balance between the number of integrated members and PhD students. The number of (current) internal advisors (data not registered in the proposal) is twelve (12), i.e. 3.6 PhD students per active advisor, which is a positive but bounded figure.