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Research Groups

Research and development of high-level software systems

The group has a team of professionals focused on producing highly efficient software, mainly in the field of applying the knowledge of photonic physical phenomena produced in a multidisciplinary way in other sectors of the institute, to solve market demands.

Accessibility and dedication to ensuring the best user experience are factors incorporated by our developers.

The group develops complete solutions that make use of technologies that involve both communication with embedded systems and the implementation of solutions that make use of artificial intelligence to provide automated decisions.

Research and development in high-performance microelectronics


The group develops applications using microelectronics resources such as FPGA, ASIC, integrated circuits and high-performance electronic circuits.

It focuses on the acquisition and processing of data from the monitoring and photonic sensing of infrastructures, with a focus on the oil, gas and derivatives sector.

The systems developed can also be applied to other industry sectors such as agriculture, aerospace, medical and military.

Research and development of embedded software systems

This group works on the development of software and firmware for high-performance embedded systems, applied to the area of photonic sensing, such as optical reflectometry and spectrometry.

The development of embedded systems aims to improve performance in the control and automation of such sensors, and thus enable new functionalities, along with integration with high-level systems and making use of artificial intelligence to extract information from the data.


Research and development of artificial intelligence systems


The group works on developing solutions based on artificial intelligence that can benefit various areas of industry.

From the oil and gas and mining sectors to medicine, our solutions have the potential to transform many areas.

We apply machine learning, computer vision and signal processing techniques that are at the cutting edge of technological development.

Our team includes researchers, data scientists and engineers committed to developing innovative and efficient solutions.

Photonic sensing based on optical reflectometry

The group is made up of a multidisciplinary team involving technicians, engineers and doctors to develop innovative photonic technologies based on optical reflectometry techniques.

Time domain and frequency domain reflectometry, photon counting reflectometry, Bragg grating reflectometry, among others.

Physical phenomena such as Rayleigh, Brillouim and Raman scattering are exploited to directly or indirectly monitor physical events around an optical fiber in a distributed manner.

Applications include: sensing applied to the oil and gas sector, monitoring applied to the infrastructure and/or civil sector, monitoring applied to the defense and security sector, and optical sensors applied to the telecommunications sector.


Applied Optical Spectroscopy

Spectroscopy applied to the agricultural sector


This research group works with applications of infrared, NIR and Raman spectroscopy techniques in the development of portable photonic devices with integrated micro-optics, with the aim of consolidating products and services that meet the most diverse demands of the agricultural industry.

We solve problems within the production chain, minimizing input costs and optimizing tools for analyzing the quality and nutritional value of different products destined for the domestic market or for import.

Spectroscopy applied to the automotive sector

We apply FTIR, NIR and Raman spectroscopy to the development of innovative photonic technologies, whether in the form of portable devices, integrated auto parts or attachable probes; with the aim of impacting the entire automotive sector, we aim to serve everyone from consumers to car dealerships and inspection agencies, improving, automating and making cheaper the analysis of fuel quality and car operation.


Spectroscopy applied to the oil and gas sector


We are looking to use vibrational spectroscopy to support oil and gas exploration, with a view to developing photonic equipment that, in conjunction with artificial intelligence, can help to automatically sense, identify and quantify relevant organic compounds and gases in real time.

Spectroscopy applied to the health sector

We are looking to use vibrational spectroscopy, such as Raman and SERS, to develop innovations in the screening and diagnosis of diseases of public health importance, with a view to creating integrated technologies with artificial intelligence capable of detecting them cheaply, quickly and practically.

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