The ASPI Group

The ASPI group is based at the UNINOVA in the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT)-Nova School of Science and Technology of the Nova University of Lisbon (UNL) campus.

UNINOVA researchers come mainly from the FCT research structure.

We have a research  partnership with:

1. Maternity Alfredo da Costa and CHLC (Central Lisbon Hospital Center)

2. Nova Medical School 

Our main research area has been signal processing and ECG signal analysis.

  • Uterine Electromyography for Preterm Risk Evaluation and Pregancy Monitoring

We have recently strategically incorporated research on Brain Diseases:

  • Full-band EEG (fb-EEG) in epileptic seizure analysis
  • EEG High-frequency oscillations
  • EEG rhythms discrimination and analysis


Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (UNINOVA) is a multidisciplinary, independent, and non-profit research institute employing around 180 persons, located in the metropolitan area of Lisbon. It was formed in 1986 by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the Nova University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL -, a group of industrial associations, a financial holding, and up to 30 companies. It is an active partner of Madan Parque (, a business facilitator and accelerator, incubating Micro and SME’s through several layers of support to entrepreneurial activity.

The main aim of UNINOVA is to pursue excellence in scientific research, technical development, advanced training, and education. By working closely with industry and universities, technological innovations are transferred into profitable business concepts and, existing products further developed to match new industrial requirements. Due to its tight connection with the University and Madan Parque, UNINOVA has, since its foundation, hosted and supported the development several Ph.D. thesis, as well as the creation of several successful spin-offs.

The institute is strongly committed to Europe and to Lisbon Strategy being involved in many activities that support/enable the developments and actions towards the knowledge economy. It has managed and participated in many national and international research programmes (ESPRIT, BRITE, IMS, IST, ICT, NMP, INNOVA etc.) with experience in RTD in industrial systems interoperability, future internet enterprise systems, reconfigurable manufacturing systems, intelligent control solutions, e-learning and e-training activities, and standards-based activities (e.g. ISO TC184/SC4). UNINOVA also coordinated the IMS SMART-fm framework creating a community (funStep community) with more than 700 members, and also supported the launch of several spin-off companies using research results.

UNINOVA has an excellent track record of successful applications to European Projects, and others worldwide.

CTS @ UNINOVA – Centre of Technologies and Systems

 The Centre of Technology and Systems (CTS) addresses engineering systems with a cyber-physical dimension, including modelling and design, development of support technologies and methods, proposition of adequate governance models, application and assessment.

CTS aims to develop theoretical and applied research and encourages technology transfer mostly supported by spin offs and deep involvement in international R&D projects.

CTS develops its activities in major domains of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, addressing engineered systems with a cyber-physical dimension and their supporting technologies. It is guided by an interdisciplinary aim, along 3 development axes:

  • Electronic and Embedded Systems
  • Energy and Industrial Systems.
  • Computer Engineering Systems


The Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of the Nova University Nova of Lisbon (UNL)

The Nova University of Lisbon (UNL) was founded in1973 and comprises five Faculties: The Faculty of Sciences and Technology, the Faculty of Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Economics, the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law. It comprises also three institutes and one national school: The Institute of Tropical Medicine, the Institute of Biologic and Chemical Technology, the Institute of Statistics and Information and the National Scholl of Public Health.

The Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) , founded in 1975, is the largest Faculty within the 9 Units of the University Nova of Lisbon. Overall  this school of engineering, science and other technical fields integrates 14 departmental sectors and has around 500 lecturers and researchers (320 PhD), 220 administrative and technical staff and over 6500 students, of which around 300 are PhD students. As a school of engineering, FCT/UNL comprise the following degrees: Electrical Engineering and Computers, Biomedical EngineeringPhysics EngineeringCivil EngineeringMechanical and Industrial EngineeringComputer Science and EngineeringChemical Engineering and ScienceMaterials EngineeringNanotechnology Engineering, Mathematics, Telecommunications and Computer Engineering, Geological Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

FCT NOVA is structured in 14 Departments and 15 Research Centers, offering 102 study cycles (18 Bachelor's, 11 Integrated Master's (no applications available for the academic year 2021/2022), 41 Master's and 32 PhDs).

Its scientific production, resulting from the publication of a large number of articles in international scientific journals of great demand and quality, gives it wide international recognition (the value of the scientific production index - SciVal Citation Impact - is 1.35, FCT NOVA is 35% above the world average). This performance allows the Faculty to integrate the main technological university networks, such as the CESAER network and to participate in consortiums with European and US universities, namely MIT, CMU and the University of Texas.

The participation in 9 COLABs and the 11 ERC scholarships obtained by FCT NOVA researchers (the largest concentration of these laboratories and scholarships in Portuguese Universities), demonstrates how the NOVA School of Science and Technology is oriented towards the future and based on vanguard international research.