UNIDCOM/IADE has laboratories and support centres for the management of knowledge, technology, innovation and creativity, and its laboratory intensity can be considered medium.


The laboratories are structures created by the research centre, which act at the interface between the university and the entities of the productive, social and cultural fabric, promoting the proper articulation between them, developing and fostering applied research and innovation processes, aiming at accelerating the integration in companies in the productive fabric and in society of new processes, services or products based on scientific and technological knowledge and of high added value. It also has the prosaic objective of seeking diversification of funding sources.

Conducting research projects within consortia with partners outside academia, conducting seminars and workshops, colloquiums and short courses not leading to an academic degree are its most common actions are. In case they have their own technical and technological capacity, these structures may also be seen as technical and technological support entities for companies, providing consultancy services or operating under subcontracting.


Co.Lab is a laboratory dedicated to the study of aspects related to critical thinking associated with creativity, art and innovation, ethics, sustainable consumption, production management and/or social entrepreneurship, contributing to the circular economy and sustainable change. Its main concern is to foster sustainability and social entrepreneurship trough the use of inter and transdisciplinary practices for co-creation, based on human-centred approaches, aiming to design new sustainable products, services and systems based on the unique characteristics of historical and cultural heritage of Portugal.


The User Experience Lab (UX.Lab) is a laboratory dedicated to the study of perceptive and cognitive aspects of interaction, user experience (UX), usability, interaction design, interface design, and emotional design. Its main concern is to support national entities in the process of digital transformation. It is also concerned with finding design solutions for the elderly in an inclusive manner. Currently it has its own facilities and is equipped with systems such as: usability laboratory; an immersive and semi-immersive 3D virtual reality system; mobile and fixed eye tracking equipment with dedicated data analysis systems; set of sensors for measuring psychophysiological data (i.e., EEG, EDA, EMG, ECG); Full HD TV; state-of-the-art game consoles; graphic workstations and laptops; Tablets with IOS and Android operating system; Surround sound system and video recorders.


SDI.Lab (Strategic Design + Innovation Lab) is a laboratory dedicated to promoting the application of design processes to organisational strategies, focusing mainly on innovation, with a strong future orientation. Its main concern is to contribute to improving the competitiveness of organisations operating at national and European level, either from public sector or non-profit organizations, by providing them with design management capabilities, creation of new products, services and business models, based on data derived from theoretical and applied research. This practice will be supported by an inter-institutional collaboration with the Milan Polytechnic’s Ci-Lab, adopting processes and methods such as design thinking, gamification, innovation management processes, among others.

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The Bio-Inspired Design Lab is a laboratory that operates at the intersection between biosciences and design, art and technology, investigating the relationship between designers and nature and promoting the application of biological concepts, processes, structures and materials in the development of new design solutions. Its main concern is the generation and dissemination of knowledge in the areas of nature inspired/based design, biodesign, sustainability and related areas, through research, education and action activities, as well as the promotion of the transfer of knowledge and results to the relevant players in society. The BID.Lab will also be open to the wider community, welcoming the collaboration of different stakeholders, namely, but not only, companies and brands, research institutes, bioartists and environmental associations.