About Us

GECAD is a research unit settled in the Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP/IPP)

Occupying an exclusive area exceeding 800 square meters, strategically distributed across two buildings (N and I), housing specialized GECAD laboratories and offices.


GECAD is involved in 2 main areas: Intelligent Systems and Power Energy Systems. The research group is known worldwide in its areas of research, leading some research domains. It is coordinated by Prof. Maria Goreti Carvalho Marreiros, and recognized by FCT (Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation). 

The research group has a tremendous success in publications in important scientific journals, many special issues of these journals are edited by GECAD researchers. Understanding its responsibility for the Society development, GECAD has decided to adopt a new slogan: “Intelligence for a Sustainable, Safe, and Inclusive World”. For this reason, the most recent projects are applied to areas like Energy, Transportation, Environment, Economy, Inclusion, Critical Infrastructures, Security, Information Access and new ways of Socialization. ​

GECAD integrates the Associated Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LASI)that is the first Portuguese Associated Laboratory focused on Artificial Intelligence. LASI integrates thirteen Research Units geographically distributed throughout the country, namely: GECAD, 2Ai, ALGORITMI,  CIBITCISTER, CISUC,  CMUP, CTS IEETAIPC, LIACC, TEMA and  UNIDEMI. GECAD is looking forward to work within the LASI framework performing innovative research in the following Thematic Lines:

  • ​Innovative and Sustainable Industries
  • Smart Cities, Mobility and Energy
  • Health and Well-being
  • Infrastructures and Highly Connected Society
  • Public Administration and Governance


​GECAD envisages accomplishing its mission by the structuring, organization and development of pos-graduation works, R&D projects, dissemination, debate, and diffusion of knowledge. These activities will have national and international impact, with special emphasis to the scientific community, enterprises, organizations, and persons involved in the real world practices.


GECAD is a research unit settled in the Institute of Engineering – Polytechnic of Porto having as mission the promotion and development of scientific research in the Knowledge and Decision Sciences domains, having Information Technologies as support.




Goreti Marreiros
(Suspension for a limited time: Zita Vale)

Sub Director

Goreti Marreiros
(Exercise of administration functions by delegation, since 12-07-2017)

Administrative board

Carlos Ramos
Goreti Marreiros
Zita Vale

External Advisory Board

​Amparo Alonso Betanzos, Department of informatics, University of Corunha, Spain
Chen-Ching Liu, Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Ganesh Kumar Venayagamoorthy, Holcombe Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Clemson University , Clemson, USA
Juan Carlos Augusto, Department of Computer Science, School of Science and Technology, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom

Scientific Council

​Ana Figueiredo
António Martins
Carlos Ramos
Fernando Lezama
Goreti Marreiros

Isabel Jesus
Isabel Praça
João Carneiro
João Soares
​Lino Figueiredo

Luis Gomes
Luiz Faria
Nuno Ferreira
Pedro Faria
Ramiro Barbosa

Sérgio Ramos​​
Tiago Pinto
Zita Vale

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