UNIDEMI is a research centre hosted by the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (DEMI), of Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT) da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL). UNIDEMI’s Vision is:
“Achieve world class Excellence in research, development and entrepreneurial results in the scientific areas of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management, measured by worldwide recognition by peers, prospective PhD candidates, companies and public organizations.”
UNIDEMI structure has 3 Research Groups:
• Systems Engineering and Management (SEM) - has vertical scientific research areas, that focus on specific themes of industrial systems design, engineering and management, along with horizontal scientific areas of research that cover the vertical areas but also extend to the other research groups.
• Manufacturing and Technology Automation (MTA) - has a high focus on advanced manufacturing processes oriented to laser welding, friction stir processing, composites machining and non-destructive testing.
• Fluids and Structures Engineering (FSE) – has a high focus on specific scientific areas of fluid-structure interaction, namely on applications related to efficient energy production and its utilization, and design of coastal structures and reliability of marine structures.
The Strategic Objectives of UNIDEMI until 2020 are:
• Achieve Excellence in Research and Development Activities • Create an Excellent Nurturing Space for New Researchers • Developing Excellence in Embedding Leading-edge Scientific Knowledge into Business Fabric • Generating Excellent Multidisciplinary and Internationally Networked Research Teams
UNIDEMI is currently involved in 2 Doctoral programs: Industrial Engineering (PDEI), and Mechanical Engineering (PDEM). Since 2008 the PDEI and PDEM 16 PhD students have been awarded the doctoral degree.
UNIDEMI is integrated in DEMI premises, and includes 9 main specialized laboratories, with equipment that supports research of the scientific areas: • Quality Engineering Laboratory • Metrology Laboratory • Ergonomics Laboratory • Laboratory of Machines • Information and Advanced Decision Making Multipurpose Laboratory • Laboratory of Structural Mechanics • Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Laboratory • Laboratory of Applied Thermodynamic and Fluid Mechanics • Laboratory for Integrated Development of Products and Processes
The laboratories designed and equipped education and experimental research work and occupy a total of 1.920 square meters.
UNIDEMI integrates 85 researchers: 30 are integrated Research Members and 55 are collaborators. In the last evaluation process UNIDEMI got a VERY GOOD evaluation from the FCT review panel.