GRIS—Group for Research in Interoperability of Systems is one of the research groups of cts (Uninova), and was formed in 2003. GRIS is composed by a team of researchers, students with ongoing PhD and Msc theses and other collaborators such as engineers. Activities are concentrated in the area of Interoperability of Systems and Applications for Complex Systems.

Interoperability of Complex Systems is a well-established area of applied research that addresses the problems related with the lack of systems and applications' interoperability in organisations, and proposes novel solutions for such interoperability problems. However, in spite of research efforts to date, its proper scientific foundations remain elusive. This lack has been preventing the generalisation and full reuse of the methods and tools that have been developed so far, and is threatening the sustainability of systems' interoperability as a domain for research.

The challenge of developing an Enterprise Interoperability Science Foundation prompted some academic agents to attempt a systematisation of the Interoperability Body of Knowledge (IBoK). Still in their embryonic stages, these efforts have sought to organise and aggregate information from very fragmented and disparate sources, and with different granularities of detail, distinct epistemology origins, separate academic fields, etc. With the direct involvement of GRIS, the effort was triggered by a significant increase in research funding by the European Commission that, in 2011 alone, has already distributed more than 30 Million Euros to support research projects in this area, and created a specific cluster of projects addressing the research field of Interoperability of Engineering Systems and Applications, towards the foundation of a science-base for Enterprise Interoperability. This cluster represents a community of more than 30 active research projects, bringing together more than 200 industrial and referential research organizations.

The principal objective of GRIS is to ccontribute for the scientific advances and technology transfer to the industry in the area of Interoperability of Systems and Applications. GRIS aims to assure the research group maintains the excellence and visibility at national and international level, and it provides impact through extensive participation in sound research consortia, and outreach at scientific and industrial level. 

This includes to pursue the following activities at International, European and National level:

· Research projects and scientific networks integrated in excellent consortia, 

· Publications of research in referential journals and conferences,

· Technology transfer and closer synergies with the industry

· Attractivity, i.e. to get new critical mass of promising researchers for PhD and MSc programmes) 

· Operational auto-sustainabiity of the research group (today with 10+ ongoing projects, 4+ Millions Euros)


GRIS is organized in a simple structure, comprising a Group and Scientific Coordinator (GSC); Research Area Coordinators (RAC); Group Research Members; and the Administrative and Technical Support Team.  A group of external collaborators help the group in specific tasks whenever their collaboration is requested.



The group embraces 3 Research Areas (RA):

· Sustainability of Systems Interoperability (RA1)

· Knowledge and Semantic Interoperability (RA2)

· Cyber Physical Systems (RA3)

- Big Data Analytics (RA4)

The GSC coordinates the group activities and supervises the scientific developments of each of its Research Areas. The RAC coordinate its own area or research and supervise its scientific and technologic developments of each of its Research Areas. They are responsible for the coordination of the research area members.