Research Line C
Collaborative Networks and Distributed Industrial Systems (CoDIS)
Structure of the Research Group
The CoDIS group includes 5 PhD researchers, comprising 4 integrated researchers and 1 associated researcher (20% dedication). These elements bring together competences from three main areas: computer science, electrical engineering, and industrial engineering. All have acquired a strong background in collaborative networks, 4 of them from an ICT perspective, and the 5th element from the industrial and performance management perspective.
Three of the members are based on FCT-UNL (L. M. Camarinha-Matos, J. Rosas, T. Cardoso), 1 is with the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (P. Macedo) and another with the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (A. Abreu).

Given the current size of the group, the organizational structure is rather simplified, based on 3 levels, including the group coordinator, young doctors layer, and students layer (with two sub-layers: PhD students and MSc students). The third layer is very dynamic, as students naturally tend to leave the group after finishing their theses.

Currently, CoDIS includes 3 PhD students and a variable number of MSc students. Now that the group has reached a more consolidated size, the plan is to progressively increase the number of PhD students. In this way, in the academic year 2013/2014, 2 or 3 new (foreign) PhD students are expected to join the group (depending on getting visa to study in Portugal).
Since most of the elements of the group are recent doctors, PhDs supervision in the past has been done only by the group coordinator. The recent doctors have been acquiring leading experience through supervision of MSc thesis, but it is expected that progressively they start supervising / co-supervising PhD students. Considering the reference period of 2015-2020, it is reasonable to consider a supervision capacity to accommodate between 6 and 12 PhD students in the group without compromising the needed quality of supervision. Nevertheless, the current economic context also requires that the group growth proceeds with some caution.
As part of the group's strategy, an effort is being made to attract foreign students, preferably with scholarships from their countries of origin or via the Erasmus Mundus program.

In addition to the acquisition of supervision skills by the recent doctors, CoDIS is also engaged, as part of its consolidation strategy, to increase the proposal writing skills of the young doctors. As part of this process, a number of specific modules on proposal writing and research project management are included in the Scientific Research Methods and Methodologies course of the PhD Program on Electrical and Computer Engineering (https://sites.google.com/a/uninova.pt/cam/teaching/srmt).

© 2017 - Centre of Technology and Systems - Research Unit 13/66 - FCT Campus