DREAMS (Centre for Interdisciplinary Development and Research on Environment, Applied Management and Space) is a R&D Unit, bringing together researchers from the Department of Aeronautics and Transports and the Faculties of Engineering from both the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (ULHT) and Universidade Lusófona do Porto (ULP) under the same management institution (COFAC).

The DREAMS vision in grounded on the recognition that natural systems are being profoundly disturbed by human action, sometimes in a dangerous way, which leads to an increasing uncertainty in daily life. Furthermore, the great and fast technological development is transforming every technology-based system with impact in daily life.

Therefore, an interdisciplinary research approach exploring the reciprocal influences of technology, environment, social organisation and human action towards a sustainable, efficient and safe society, represents the main target of DREAMS.

Focusing on such new societal needs related to nowadays threats and aiming at projecting research results on the educational offer, DREAMS is targeting the three pillars of Knowledge (Education, Research and Innovation) ensuring that its members are working together for a living and prepared society for the present projecting the future continuously.

This focus suggests an integrated and problem-oriented approach, aiming at establishing a strong connection between theory and practice with the following aims:

  • to promote innovation by means of Knowledge building as a contribution for technological, economic, social and environmental development
  • to create a dynamics of knowledge transfer with the society, governmental organizations and production systems
  • to improve students’ education with updated knowledge, involving them in research and providing contexts for knowledge application under academic supervision on the performance of their curricular projects