Overview of Institute for Systems and Robotics

The Institute for Systems and Robotics –  ISR-Lisboa –  is a multidisciplinary research institution in the areas of Robotics and Information Processing, including Systems and Control Theory, Signal Processing, Computer Vision, AI and Intelligent Systems and Biomedical Engineering.

Research at ISR-Lisboa spans a multitude of key topics, ranging from fundamental theoretical issues to the applications of engineering methods and tools to the design and analysis of complex systems. ISR-Lisboa is organized in the following 5 research groups/labs:

Across this broad spectrum our methodologies are rooted in solid mathematical principles, providing, whenever possible, formal guarantees of performance.

ISR-Lisboa is located at the North tower of the Lisbon campus of IST (Técnico – Lisboa) and is home to more than 100 researchers from many nationalities, including 32 faculty members, research fellows and Post-Doc researchers. They are responsible for the supervision of 65 post-graduate and 27 undergraduate students.

At ISR-Lisboa, we attach special attention to international scientific research cooperation and to advanced training and education initiatives through master, doctoral and post-doctoral programs. Grants are available for international students and researchers who wish to enroll in these programs.


ISR-Lisboa offers an international environment with its teams being engaged in several vibrant international collaborative projects. Two types of activities are specially noteworthy: firstly, participation in R&D projects with premium universities, research centres and businesses, under the auspices of programs funded by the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, European Community and other agencies; and secondly, advanced training and education initiatives, primarily through master, doctoral and post-doctoral programs for Portuguese and foreign researchers.