LIACC, Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science at the University of Porto, exists since 1988 and includes 20 PhDs plus about 20 other members belonging to (for the 2011-13 period) two research groups (Computer Science-CS, and Distributed Artificial Intelligence & Robotics-DAI&R) mainly residing in the Faculty of Sciences (FCUP) and the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP). Although none of the researchers holding a PhD is doing research in full-time, since they are also heavily involved in lecturing (8 to 12 hours/week), our commitment to research is unquestionable.
DAI&R group, mainly located at FEUP, directs its R&D efforts both towards software models and prototype implementations as relevant proof of concepts. CS group, at FCUP, is devoted, though not exclusively, to more theoretical research.
During 2013, LIACC grew to encompass three groups that came out of the previous two. These groups are now: DAIAS (Distributed Artificial Intelligence and Agent-based Simulation), HMIC (Human-Machine Intelligent Cooperation) ans CS (Computer Science).