The Institute of Informatics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (INF-UFRGS) develops pure and applied research in many areas of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Informatics for Education. Areas of focus include Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Business Process Management, Computer Graphics, Computer Networks, Computer Vision, Databases, Data Science, Image and Video Processing, Machine Learning, Microelectronics, Robotics, Software Engineering and Theory of Computation. The research results of INF-UFRGS contribute to technological advances and innovation, with economic and social impact, positively impacting the future of our society.
As of 2022, INF-UFRGS has over 80 active research projects and over 20 active “Academic Interaction” projects, involving scientific cooperation with national and international institutions such as universities and public/private companies. These projects currently engage faculty members and postdoctoral researchers, as well as over 50 undergraduate students (through Scientific Initiation scholarships) and hundreds of graduate students (Masters and PhDs). More than 80 researchers have developed their postdoctoral research at INF-UFRGS over the years. Furthermore, INF-UFRGS has been involved in the generation of dozens of patents and computer software, and our faculty members serve the international research community by participating in the editorial boards of academic journals and organizing national and international scientific conferences.
Our institute is home to the Post-Graduate Program in Computing (PPGC), the Post-Graduate Program in Microelectronics (PGMICRO), and the Post-Graduate Program in Informatics for Education (PPGIE). Over 30 professors from these programs have a CNPq Fellowship on Research (PQ) and Technological Development (DT). PPGC and PGMICRO have an average annual scientific production of more than 300 publications, in national and international conferences and journals with a strong academic reputation.
More broadly, INF-UFRGS is recognized as one of the major Brazilian centers for higher education, research, and innovation in Computer Science and Engineering, having enabled the emergence of a technological hub in the State of Rio Grande do Sul in the 1970s, and its consolidation in the following decades. INF-UFRGS is today one of the main contributors of novel technologies in Southern Brazil, which are continuously transferred to society through alumni, applied research projects, and/or research agreements with national and international companies. INF-UFRGS also has a recognized tradition in the execution of research projects funded by private companies, public and private funding agencies, and social organizations like the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), the Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES), the Rio Grande do Sul Research Foundation (FAPERGS), and the Brazilian Education and Research Network (RNP).