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Resultado da avaliação 2007 na área de Matemática

Unidade de I&D

Centro de Matemática - UTAD (CM-UTAD) [MATH-Norte-VilaReal-4080] visitada em 23/07/2008

Classificação: Good

Comentários do painel de avaliação
Sobre a unidade
This unit is an exceptional case. It would be inappropriate to evaluate this Unit in the same way as the others, because of the lack of the scientific maturity of its members. However, the panel believes that this Unit has good potential provided appropriate scientific mentoring is made available to its members. At this point in time, the panel recommends that the members be associated with strong research units at other universities.
In July 2007, the Unit contained

14 PhD effective members
19 non PhD effective members
13 National/International collaborators.

This unit has not been evaluated previously. The Vice-Rector for Research greeted and addressed the Panel, outlining his vision of having a unit of excellence in Mathematics in Vila Real, attuned to the needs of that part of Portugal. We found that the members of the Unit were deeply supportive of this aim, and they expressed pride in their institution, and the ambition to make it better.
Almost all the integrated PhD members are young and have only recently completed their PhDs. While undoubtedly talented, they require direction from more senior researchers in relation to their own work, as well as in their supervisory duties to the non PhD members. They need to be supported by FCT in doing this.
At the end of the five year period, the members should be qualified to form a unit in UTAD which will be well-positioned to achieve the targets of the Vice-Rector, as well as achieve the aims of the members themselves. The Vice-Rector expressed his desire that all the teaching staff in Mathematics at UTAD, who currently are members of research units in Mathematics elsewhere in Portugal, would join the research unit in Vila Real. With the gain in expertise and experience of the existing members at the end of the five year period, the part of the Vice-Rector’s vision would be more realizable.
Under the present conditions, the Vice-Rector's vision is unattainable.
Sobre os grupos de investigação
Algebra, Geometry and Applications [RG-MATH-Norte-VilaReal-4080-144]
Analysis [RG-MATH-Norte-VilaReal-4080-147]
History and Methodology of Mathematics [RG-MATH-Norte-VilaReal-4080-146]
Statistics and Operational Research [RG-MATH-Norte-VilaReal-4080-145]