The Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (IPB) is a Portuguese Polytechnic Higher Education Institution, founded in 1983. IPB is currently divided into five schools, embracing a wide area of knowledge and technology, including agriculture sciences, arts and sports, education and teachers training, informatics and engineering, administration and management, health, and tourism. Nowadays, the IPB offers more than one hundred undergraduate and master programs, all according to the Bologna Declaration. Since these areas of teaching and research have been strongly developed over the last years, the Institute has witnessed a parallel growth of its student population, reaching the number of more than 7,000 students in 2010.
As a result of a strategy to encourage further advanced studies undertaken by its members, IPB has presently the most qualified academic staff of the Portuguese polytechnic system (the highest number of teachers holding a PhD degree per total number of teachers), and an external recognition of its research activities, including a wide number of research projects. IPB belongs to the group of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Europe, focused on the transferability of professional skills and the integration of applied research in their professional and technological education mission.

IPB will contribute to the GRACE project with its experience in the domain of intelligent manufacturing control systems, by specifying and developing the multi-agent control architecture, developing bio-inspired mechanisms to support self-adaptation and self-organization, and contributing for the development of modular and adaptive quality control systems based on artificial vision. Additionally, it participates actively in the dissemination activities.

Specific Skills
Besides the teaching activities associated to a high-education school, the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) carries out R&D activities, aggregated in several research groups. The group of Automation and Robotics comprises several researchers holding the PhD in complementary areas of the automation domain, namely production control, robotics, industrial networks, artificial vision and control. The competences provided by this multi-disciplinary team addresses the research and application of modern technologies and paradigms to automation and robotics domain, namely the development of intelligent manufacturing control systems (i.e. agent-based, holonic and service-oriented manufacturing control) and engineering methodologies for the development of collaborative automation systems. IPB and particularly the leader of the research team involved, Paulo Leitao, has large experience and knowledge in the area of multi-agent systems.

Prof. Paulo Leitão
email: pleitao@ipb.pt

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