Instituto de Telecomunicações (it) is a private, not-for-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of eight institutions with research and development in the field of Telecommunications:
* Instituto Superior Técnico (IST);
* Universidade de Aveiro (UA);
* Universidade de Coimbra (UC);
* Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A. (PTIn);
* Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN);
* Universidade da Beira Interior (UBI);
* Universidade do Porto (UP);
* ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL).
it it mission is to create and disseminate scientific knowledge in the field of telecommunications.
it is actively involved in fundamental and applied research both at national and international levels. Simultaneously it is committed to foster higher education and training, by hosting and tutoring graduate and postgraduate students. it also plays its role towards public society with public awareness initiatives, knowledge transfer to industry, and by providing consulting services on a non-competing basis.
it is organized around three sites: Aveiro, in the University Campus, in Site II of the University of Coimbra, and in Lisbon at IST. In addition, it has branches in Porto, (shared by the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto), in Leiria, at the Leiria Polytechnic (IPL), in Lisbon at ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and Covilhã, at the University of Beira Interior.
Scientific expertise in it, from which follow its main research and education activities, spans the following areas:
* Wireless Communications;
* Optical Communications;
* Networks and Multimedia;
* Basic Sciences and Enabling Technologies.
it members (about 200 PhD holders) are organized into research groups with specific scientific backgrounds, covering the whole range of it areas of R&D. In 2010 it hosted more than 200 PhD students and about 200 MSc students.
Advanced laboratory facilities are available in most scientific areas to support applied research, which is carried out in the framework of national and international projects in cooperation with similar research institutions worldwide. Each year it is involved in more than 170 projects, of which about 30 have European funding, obtained in a competitive basis.
The high level of scientific research is attested by a solid number of peer reviewed international publications and by other internationalization and quality indicators. Yearly, it scientific output exceeds about 40 books and book chapters, 220 papers in international scientific peer referred journals, 450 papers in the scientific meetings proceedings and more than 10 filed patents.
it is managed by a Board of Directors, and by site management boards. it scientific activities are overseen by the Scientific Board, which meets twice a year to comment on the Work Plan and Budget, on the Annual Report and on any other subject put forward by the Board of Directors.
The Work Plan with the Budget and the Annual Report and Accounts (after legal certification) are subsequently submitted to the General Assembly for approval. it Work Plan and the Annual Report are discussed with the Advisory Committee.
Current members of it Board of Directors are:
Prof. Carlos Salema
Prof. José Neves
Prof. Henrique Silva
Dr. Marcelino Pousa
Prof. Carlos Cardoso Fernandes