The main aims of ISI are the active participation and substantial contribution at high-technology sectors, which relate to integrated industrial systems, with the objective of increasing the competitiveness of the Greek industry, through application of state-of-the-art technologies.
The Industrial Systems Institute (ISI) was established in Patras on February 1998, with the Presidential Decree 18/30-1-98 (FEK 28 / A / 12-2-1998), as a private non-profit organisation, under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research & Technology of the Ministry of Development. Its operation actually commenced on June 1998. During the first three years of its operation, ISI had to prove its viability and potential for self-sustained development.
During this period, all the Research and Development activities were based on joint research cooperations with enterprises and industries, in competitive programmes funded by the EU or nationally. A direct consequence of these activities was the employment of about 30 research engineers.
Furthermore, after successful negotiations between ISI and the Regional Authorities of Western Greece (RWG), the Region approved Public Funding Appropriations from the Regional Operation Programme (ROP), in the order of 1.820.000 €, for erection of a new building for ISI. The project will start at early 2005 and is expected to finish before the end of 2007.
With the Presidential Decree 145/20-05-2003, ISI became part of the new Institute for Integrated Research for the Information Society (ATHENA), along with the Institute for Language Engineering (IEL), the Institute for Network Research and Technologies (IDET), which is under establishment, the research Institute for Information Systems and Simulations (IPSYP), as well as the Technological Institute National Documentation Centre (NDC).
ISI research staff has produced a high volume of research publications either published in widely renowned Journals or presented in relevant International Conferences and Workshops.
Finally, ISI has developed strategic cooperations with various University of Patras Laboratories, dealing with related subjects, thus creating a framework for joint tackling of major technological challenges. Indicatively, the following cooperations are mentioned:
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Applied Electronics Lab
- Automation and Robotics Lab
- Automated Control Systems Lab
- VLSI design Lab
- Electro-Mechanical Energy Conversion Lab
- Computer Systems Lab
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
- Manufacturing Systems and Automation Lab
- Machine Design Lab
- Applied Mechanics Lab