DREAMS Research

Driven by the fast technological, environmental and demographic changes in nowadays society, the research developed within DREAMS follows an integrated and problem-oriented approach to be settled on internal synergies towards an interdisciplinary research.

Therefore, the strategic priorities defined for DREAMS settle down in the following concerns:

  • The climate changes Climate changes resulting from atmospheric pollution with impacts in a variety of extreme weather events
  • the demographic changes, introducing elements related to an ageing society and new built environment choices based on economic constraints and leading to new mobility needs and solutions
  • the fast technological development and the related automation, particularly in the Transport sector, are changing every type of activity (economic, social and human)
  • the nowadays concerns about safety and security resulting from the perception of new threats, like natural disasters, epidemics, terrorist attacks, among others

Research under development within DREAMS integrates different aspects of a common and shared reality, from the standpoint of human activity, behavioural adaptation to new systems and realities, and environmental sustainability, in a changing world.

To accomplish its mission, DREAMS activities are distributed among four scientific areas:

  • Climate Variability, Environment and Energy
    1. Study of climatic variability and its Impacts on energy, water resources and land use; (2) development of comprehensive methodologies for assessing rainfall variability
    2. Impact assessment of pollution, climate changes and technological development on transport safety, particularly in aeronautics
    3. Study of Circular Economy as the most important challenge in the world dealing with soil, water and air quality problems
    4. Study of the use of green technologies and bioprocesses for the development of new biodegradable products with quality and Sustainability
    5. Optimisation of technologies to apply in diverse fields involving Portuguese and international industries through research projects
  • Transport Systems, Technology and Human Factors
    1. The development of a human-centred design theoretical framework, with particular focus on the domains of HF and resilience, as the main pillars of this research area
    2. The development of innovative models and methods targeted at the specific needs of complex sociotechnical systems, both in terms of performance monitoring and risk assessment
    3. The enhancement of interdisciplinary contributions and knowledge transfer activities, mainly through the development of applied studies within various industrial domains fitting the characteristics of high complexity.
  • Economy and Applied Management to Airports and Airlines
    1. Developing and contributing to better policies in this transport mode
      1. New mobility concepts based on principles of safety and security, costumers’ experience and inclusion;
      2. New concepts of Economic Regulation applied to the Aeronautical Sector towards a better transport for all.
  • Experimental Support to Education and Research in Aeronautics and Space Sciences
    1. Focused on defining and setting up the Computational and the Remote Sensing Laboratory to support higher education and research in Space Sciences