The University of Aveiro (UAVR) - www.ua.pt - is among the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. UAVR has around 14000 students and a unique model of governance (16 Departments, 4 Polytechnic Schools and various training centres) and seeks to develop and maintain a supportive research environment, where researchers can count with a solid and experienced administrative, financial and legal structure. UAVR has a strong research profile contributing to the progression of science and technology, and is a privileged partner to companies and other national and international organizations with which it cooperates in numerous projects, providing important consultancy and services. UAVR is also an actor as a regional network for education and training by promoting strong links with the surrounding community. During 2013, 501 projects were active in UAVR, of which 71 were financed by international and European Programs. In FP7, UAVR is/was involved in 52 projects. These projects are developed by 18 research centres of several scientific areas (environmental and marine sciences; materials; nanoscience and nanotechnologies ; telecommunications; electronics; telematics; mechanical technology; automation; geosciences; cellular biology; organic chemistry of natural products; mathematics; education; behavioral sciences; languages and cultures; technologies and communication sciences; governance, competitiveness and public policy; politics for higher education; music and design).
UAVR is a Research member of the TIMAIRIS challenger team.
The Intelligent Robotic and Systems (IRIS) group is included in the IEETA research unit of UAVR and has excellent results in several robotics competitions, significant experience in research and transfer technology projects and important contributions to the Intelligent Robotics development.