Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) (Portugal) is the largest and most reputed school of engineering, science and technology in Portugal, with long tradition in teaching, and excellence in research, innovation and training activities. Since its creation in 1911, IST’s mission is to contribute for the development of the science, economy and society by promoting a higher degree of education in the areas of Science, Engineering and Technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and by delivering highly qualified professionals in the public and private sector, strengthening the National and European R&D effort. Within the context of, the Association of Instituto Superior Técnico for Research and Development (IST-ID) is a private not-for-profit institution, which primarily aims at carrying out Science and Technology activities, fostering knowledge transfer and promoting the involvement of national and foreign researchers, internally and externally, in RD&I projects in their areas of expertise. IST-ID carries out R&D&I activities in two major areas, which are associated with challenges with a strong impact on society. These are strongly interdisciplinary areas in nature and cut across different fields of engineering, science and technology and architecture. The RD&I activities comprise not only fundamental aspects but also projects with a strong applied component and the areas of intervention are Basic Sciences, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Energy, Environment and Mobility, Applied Life Sciences, Materials, Nanotechnologies and Nanosciences, Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, Manufacturing Technologies Engineering, Nuclear Reactors and Accelerators, Nuclear Safety and Radiological Protection.

The SouthZEB project participation is held at IN+, the Centre for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research. IN+ group has been developing a set of particular competences in the role of intelligent systems and technologies in different activities in energy systems management (from energy monitoring to energy control) and evaluation of its economic and social impact. IN+ has been highly involved in the coordination and research developed within the MIT-Portugal Program, which is an international collaboration between MIT and several Portuguese Universities, started in 2006. IN+ has developed within the MIT Portugal Program framework a significant set of projects on implementing energy efficiency in buildings through consumer behaviour transformation and energy systems modelling and optimization.

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