The autonomous robot, the hybrid propulsion system of an automobile, the vision system for industrial inspection, the control system of an aircraft, the building system for fire fighting, the remote diagnostic system, are all examples of a mechatronic system. These systems are an amalgam of elements and components (hardware and software) that interact and are interdependent. In general, the mechatronic system or automation system is a complex combination of elements and, often, their behavior has its own dynamics.

Thus, the LSA – “Laboratório de Sistemas de Automação” – operates to train engineers and researchers who have the ability to analyze, design, develop and operate these systems. In contrast to specialists in the traditional disciplines of engineering, mechatronics should develop a holistic view of complex problems and technological solutions, including relevant factors of the environment and life cycle of the product. LSA research involves the study and application of analytical techniques and modeling, supported by computational tools for making decisions that solve problems, and for the refinement and evaluation of new concepts of system design. Thus, the LSA has worked with engineers and experts from different areas in jobs that involve economic considerations, environmental, human and technical matters.

The LSA is composed of professors, researchers and students who study and develop techniques and fundamental technologies in systems designed and built by man (man-made systems).

The applications involve not only industrial production systems such as manufacture processes automation and continuous processes, but also transportation systems, healthcare systems, communication systems, defense systems, intelligent buildings, etc.

The research projects have been supported by organizations such as CNPq, CAPES, FINEP, FAPESP, MONBUSHO (Japan), JICA (Japan), ECLA (European Union), ICI (Spain), JNICT (Portugal), Navy of Peru (Peru) and involve cooperation with several foreign institutions as TITECH (Japan), LAAS (France), UNL (Portugal), IPK (Germany).