What is the UNIDEMI?

UNIDEMI was created in 2003 as a research unit of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

Our ultimate goal is to produce research with high impact in the global scientific community, in the industry, services and society on the scientific domains of Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Management & Entrepreneurship.

UNIDEMI has experienced a fast and successful growth in the last 15 years, today having 44 integrated research members, 10 laboratories in a total space of 1920m2, and supporting 2 PhD Programs.

UNIDEMI was evaluated by the Portuguese governmental agency for science and technology – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia – and achieved the EXCELLENT score, the highest score in the scientific domain of mechanical and industrial engineering.

UNIDEMI develops scientific research and technology transfer in three areas:

Sustainable and Digital Factories and Services (SDF&S)

Focusing on the development of core competences on Future Sustainable Digital Factories and Services. Specific research includes industrial systems design, quality engineering, ergonomics, occupational safety and security, program and project management, risk management, lean management and six sigma, green and circular economy, resilient organizations, innovation, digital transformation and entrepreneurship.

Advanced Manufacturing (AM)

Focusing on the development of core competences on Advanced Manufacturing Processes. Specific research includes laser welding, friction stir processing, additive manufacturing, composites machining, and non-destructive testing.

Design, Experimentation and Simulation in Engineering (DESE)

Focusing on the development of core competences on Fluids and Structures. Specific research topics include structural analysis and design for the improvement of additive manufacturing technologies, seeking optimized and flexible solutions in the manufacture of parts and components.

UNIDEMI’s Scientific Publication Outputs (2013-17)

  • 52 papers in journals IF>2
  • papers in journal IF=31
  • 5.7 citations per publication
  • 6% publications on top 1% most cited Journals
  • 24% publications on top 10% most cited Journals
  • 12 international paper Awards
  • 32 % in international collaboration
  • Hosted 6 international conferences

UNIDEMI’s Value Creation (2018-…)

  • 19 on-going projects (14 R&D + 5 Technology Transfer)
  •  Awarded 3.7 Million euros funding (3.4 Million in R&D projects + 0.3 Million in Technology
  • 5 International funded projects (H2020, INTERREG, company), representing 50% of total  funding
  • Filled for 2 new Patents
  • Created 1 new Startup founded by researcher and PhDs

UNIDEMI’s Value Creation (2013-17)

  • 21 R&D projects
  •  Total funding of > 3 Million euros
  • 20% from international funding
  • 4 Scientific / Technological Awards from private and public organizations
  • 3 Patents by UNIDEMI inventors
  • 1 Startup founded

UNIDEMI’s PhD Program Outputs (2018-…)

  • Supervising 25 PhD students,
  • Hosting 3 PhD grants funded by FCT – MCTES
  • 2 Postdoctoral grants funded by FCT – MCTES

UNIDEMI’s PhD Program Outputs (2013-17)

  • 2 activePhD Programs
  • Completed 15 PhDs
  • 40% international students
  • 3 Postdoctoral researchers
  • 75 MSc students engaged in R&D
  • Over 50 PhD Students enrolled
Doctoral programs

UNIDEMI is currently involved in 2 Doctoral programs: Industrial Engineering (PDEI), and Mechanical Engineering (PDEM). Since 2008 the PDEI and PDEM 51 PhD students have been awarded the doctoral degree.

Main specialised laboratories

UNIDEMI is integrated in DEMI premises, and includes 10 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.

Laboratory space

The laboratories designed and equipped education and experimental research work and occupy a total of 1.920 square meters.


UNIDEMI has 44 integrated researchers and 20 collaborators. In the last evaluation process UNIDEMI got a VERY GOOD evaluation from the FCT review panel.