Research is inextricably linked to the teaching activities, particular those at post-graduate level, this is:
- Masters in Industrial Engineering and Management;
- Masters in Operational Management;
- Masters in Energy Management;
- Masters in Electronics and Computer Engineering;
- PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management.
Considering: the level of specialisation of the researchers; the level of interest and possibilities for collaborations with companies; the current State of Art; and the size of the research group, the following specific objectives of the Centre have been defined:
- Increase innovation and applied research in Mechanical Engineering;
- Contribute to improving industrial productivity;
- Support increased productivity and general well-being;
- Foster business competitiveness;
- Contribute to optimised and rationalised production systems and management;
- Support improved industrial safety;
- Promote specialisation and building professional capacity;
- Provide direct and indirect support to high level scientific education;
- Implement activities and initiatives related to engineering.
Considering its small size and relatively low number of years of activity, it is fundamental for the Centre to consolidate its activities and make adjustments to its aims and scope. Although a slow process, strategies already exist to respond to the main objectives, which are based on the experience of the last seven years of its existence. Based on these considerations, combined with regional and institutional objectives, the following action points have been defined:
- Strengthen the research group;
- Enhance collaboration with industry;
- Establish new international collaborations;
- Consolidate the fields of research.
The dimension, composition and past activities of CLEGI imply that efforts should be concentrated towards those that promote its sustainability. Thus, the priority should be a specialisation in the area of Logistics.
Several points justify this choice, including:
- The existence of 1st, 2nd or 3rd cycle of studies in this area;
- Its compatibility with the interest of the region’s companies;
- That it is a highly dynamic area of research with significant impact;
- The existence of current research that will support this theme.
In accordance with the Centre’s composition, and leveraging its multi-disciplinary character, research that follows a systemic approach will be strengthened, since this is also an area of growth in the current context of scientific research.