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Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research


The Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research (Fraunhofer Portugal), is a non-profit private association founded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe.


A Driving Force in Innovation.

Fraunhofer Portugal aims on the creation of scientific knowledge capable of generating added value to its clients and partners, exploring technology innovations oriented towards economic growth, the social well-being and the improvement of the quality of life of its end-users.


Research of Practical Utility.

Fraunhofer Portugal promotes and coordinates the cooperation between its research centres, other research institutions and Industry partners, with the objective of undertaking applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society.


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Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS


Fraunhofer Portugal currently materialises itself through two research centres. One of them is the Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions – AICOS (Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS), located in Porto and born in 2009 following a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto (UP).

From its debut with 12 employees, AICOS now has two offices in Portugal employing circa 100 researchers and a client portfolio from a broad range of sectors, such as Health, Information and communications technology (ICT) & Electronics, Manufacturing and Public Administration. AICOS has consolidated competence in:


Human-Centred Design

Artificial Intelligence

Cyber-physical Systems


AICOS’ track record in institutional and commercial collaborations has built a wide network of active partners. Since 2009, AICOS has been involved in 19 European projects and established partnerships with over 402 organisations in 37 countries.


Our vision: Proposing futures. Impacting lives.

AICOS conducts applied research and development dedicated to building tomorrow’s information and communication technologies, today. We create cutting-edge innovation based on end-user insights, leading to the deployment of technological solutions that have a positive impact on people's lives.


Our mission: Remarkable Technology, easy to use.

As a leading partner for industry, we create applied research solutions capable of contributing to the market success of our clients’ products and services by focusing on the value for their customers.


Organisational Structure





Liliana Ferreira



Research & Development

Head of Human-Centred Design

Ana Correia de Barros

Head of Intelligent Systems

Inês Sousa

Head of Connected Things

Filipe Sousa

New Business Development

NBD Group Leader

Manuel Monteiro



NBD Manager

Denise Branco



Marketing & Communication

Marketing & Communication Coordinator

Raquel Rodrigues