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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Engenharia Civil

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Sistemas Urbanos e Regionais - CESUR [CIVE-LVT-Lisboa-93] visitada em 03/12/2007

Classificação: Very Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
CESUR specialises in the general area of transportation systems and planning and operates through three research groups: Environment and Urban and Regional Planning, Operational Research and Systems Engineering and Transportation Infrastructure, Systems and Policy. It operates essentially within the Mode 2 research paradigm with an inter-disciplinary, problem-focused approach.
Both the Operational Research and Systems Engineering group and the Transportation Infrastructure, Systems and Policy group have solid profiles, with the latter group arguably among the top six in the country among research groups in Civil Engineering. Hosting the next World Conference on Transport Research is particularly prestigious. The group is also involved with the MIT-Portugal programme.
The unit’s record on international publication is strong, although, for its size, the quality and quantity of published work in the Environment group is less impressive. External funding is strong, including participation in a range of European projects. Consulting is used both to earn income and as a basis for academic work.
Both the OR and Transportation groups have a level of strategic thinking and reality about future research direction which is both good to see and relatively unusual among the research groups we visited.
Although the level of PhD completions has been relatively low, given the other qualities of the unit, there does now seem to be a higher rate of activity under way in this area. Students seem content with the training they are receiving.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Environment and Urban and Regional Planning [RG-CIVE-LVT-Lisboa-93-2734]
Operational Research and Systems Engineering [RG-CIVE-LVT-Lisboa-93-2735]
Transportation Infrastructure, Systems and Policy [RG-CIVE-LVT-Lisboa-93-2736]