About Us

INESC-ID: 25 Years Defining Technology

About Us

INESC-ID (Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores: Investigação e Desenvolvimento em Lisboa) is a private, non-profit institution dedicated to advanced Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering (CSE+ECE). Established in 1999, it is jointly owned by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and INESC – Instituto de Engenharia de Sistemas e Computadores.


Identified by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) as one of the top 10 Portuguese research units, it holds the status of Public Interest and is an Associate Laboratory of the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education since 2004.


INESC-ID is organised into four Thematic Lines, which serve as unifying themes for making the most relevant contributions to current societal issues:

  • Societal Digital Transformation
  • Life and Health Technology
  • Energy Transition
  • Security and Privacy 


Aligned with this strategic direction, INESC-ID’s research, development, and innovation activities span 10 Scientific Areas and include a team of nearly 200 researchers, 200 students, and more than 50 research, technical and support staff members, along with numerous fellowships from various universities and polytechnic institutes.


This collective strength supports our goal of positioning INESC-ID as the leading research centre for combined CSE+ECE in Portugal.

Our Identity


Our mission is to create added value for people and society by supporting public policy responses to scientific, health, environmental, cultural, social, economic and political challenges in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.


We aspire to be a leading Research, Development and Innovation organisation, globally recognised for its excellence in the fields of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering.


We are driven by core values that underlie our actions and decisions. These include a dedication to Innovation, Public Interest, Internationalization, Partnership, Commitment, and Excellence.


Main Areas of Activity

Our mission is structured around three pivotal areas of activity that represent our commitment to cutting-edge research, education, and services for societal impact:

  • Research, Development and Innovation
  • Training of Human Resources at graduate level 
  • Services and Consultancy 

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