- Ricardo J. Machado, Director
Dept. Information Systems (DSI)
- João M. Fernandes, Assoc. Director
Dept. Informatics (DI)
- Maria do Sameiro Carvalho, Assoc. Director
Dept. Industrial Engineering & Management (DPS)
- Estela Bicho Erlhagen, Assoc. Director
Industrial Electronics (DEI)
- Francisco Duarte, Bosch-BrgP Representative
- Maurício Marques, Bosch-BrgP Representative
External Advisory Committee
The AESI doctoral program is promoted and managed by the ALGORITMI Research Centre from the School of Engineering of UMinho.
ALGORITMI Research Centre has a long and proud history as a Portuguese research unit in the ICT&E (Information and Communications Technology & Electronics) domain, since 1978. It was the first research unit in the ICT&E domain formally recognized in Portugal and it was responsible to make UMinho the first Portuguese academic institution to teach computer science and engineering, with the creation of the first DEng (in 1976), MSc (in 1984), and PhD (in 1986) degrees in Informatics.
The whole research team from ALGORITMI involves 479 members, 152 of them with PhD. The majority these researchers are also faculty members of four departments of the School of Engineering of UMinho, namely: Industrial Electronics (DEI), Information Systems (DSI), Industrial Engineering & Management (DPS), and Informatics (DI).
Some UMinho faculty members from other departments will also join this doctoral program to teach some multidisciplinary subjects, namely: Mechanical Engineering (DEM) and Polymer Engineering (DEP) from the School of Engineering and several faculty members from the Institute of Arts and Human Sciences (ILCH) and from the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS).
UMinho is currently among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in Portugal, and it has also gradually come to assert itself on the international scene. The recent Times Higher Education Ranking 2013 included only two Portuguese universities, listing UMinho as one of the top 400 universities in the world. The Times Higher Education 100 under 50 years University Ranking 2015 ranked UMinho in 64th position worldwide. UMinho is also the best Portuguese university in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014.
The School of Engineering stands out as the best Portuguese School of Engineering in the CWTS Leiden Ranking 2014. The School of Engineering provides first cycle (BSc) and post-graduate teaching activities throughout a wide range of engineering and technical degrees, involving more than 6.000 students. It offers an extensive portfolio of post-graduate degrees, at MSc and PhD courses, with more than 60 courses. It has established partnerships in PhD and MSc courses with well-known international universities, namely with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), and the University of Texas at Austin (UTAustin).