Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, not-for-profit organization, of public interest, a partnership of nine institutions with research and development in the field of Telecommunications.
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 and 4 branches
• Aveiro, in the University Campus
• Coimbra, at Site II of the University of Coimbra
• Lisbon, at Instituto Superior Técnico
• Porto, at the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto
• Covilhã, at the University of Beira Interior
• Leiria, at the Leiria Polytechnic
• Lisbon, at ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Some IT researchers are located also at other Portuguese higher education units namely at the universities of Algarve, Évora and Nova de Lisboa, and the polytechnics of Lisbon, Setúbal and Tomar.
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 260 PhD holders) are organized into research groups which cover most of the R&D areas in Telecommunications and supporting sciences and technologies. In 2014 IT hosted about 300 PhD students and about 200 MSc students.
Advanced laboratory facilities are available in most Scientific Areas of IT 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.
IT actively promotes a high level of scientific research trough a "Quality Policy", issued in 2011, which includes an annual evaluation of its members' scientific production, and a reward/sanction system. Yearly, IT scientific output nears 40 books and book chapters, 350+ papers in international scientific peer refereed journals, 450+ papers in conference proceedings and 10+ filed patents.