About Us

Fraunhofer Portugal


The Associação Fraunhofer Portugal Research (Fraunhofer Portugal), is a non-profit private association founded by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft the largest organisation for applied research in Europe.




/ A Driving Force in Innovation

Fraunhofer Portugal aims on the creation of scientific knowledge capable of generating added value to its clients and partners, exploring technology innovations oriented towards economic growth, the social well-being and the improvement of the quality of life of its end-users.


/ Research of Practical Utility

Fraunhofer Portugal promotes and coordinates the cooperation between its research centres, other research institutions and Industry partners, with the objective of undertaking applied research of direct utility to private and public enterprises and of wide benefit to society.


Fraunhofer AICOS


Fraunhofer Portugal currently materialises itself through the Fraunhofer Portugal Research Centre for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (AICOS), located in Porto and born in 2009 following a partnership between the Fraunhofer Society (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft), the Foundation for Science and Technology and the University of Porto (UP).

From its debut with 12 employees, AICOS now has two offices in Portugal employing circa 80 researchers.

With a client portfolio from a broad range of areas, such as health, agriculture, retail or energy, AICOS has consolidated competences in:


> Human-Centred Design

> Artificial Intelligence

> Cyber-Physical Systems


AICOS’ track record in institutional and commercial collaborations has built a wide network of active partners. Since 2009, AICOS has been involved in 10 European projects and established partnerships with over 150 organisations in 31 countries.


For more information on other Fraunhofer Portugal activities, please visit our institutional website at www.fraunhofer.pt or our research centre website at www.aicos.fraunhofer.pt.