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Within TEC4SEA, INESC TEC aims at becoming a worldwide institution of reference concerning R&D technologies and solutions to overcome the deep-sea challenges, as well as empowering the Sea Economy through sustainable approaches for exploring and exploiting living and non-living ocean resources.



The research lines followed by the scientific community aim at responding to the needs of some economic and societal sectors and activities.

Main domains and sectors of activity

Living Resources

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Seafood processing
  • Stock estimation and monitoring

Non-living Resources

  • Deep- and ultra-deep water oil & gas
  • Dredging
  • Marine and seabed mining
  • Ocean renewable energy
  • Offshore oil & gas (shallow water)
  • Offshore wind energy


  • High-tech marine products and services
  • Marine business services
  • Marine manufacturing and construction
  • Marine R&D and education
  • Maritime and coastal tourism
  • Maritime safety and surveillance
  • Ports
  • Shipbuilding and repair
  • Shipping
Business Partnerships

Business Partnerships

In order to transfer and implement the technology in the market, we work with companies that can be our technological partners or end users of the solution.

Scientific Community

Scientific Community

TEC4SEA is developed by teams from a diversity of INESC TEC centres (CTM, CRAS, CAP, CSIG), with external partners around a set of research lines.

Core and transversal R&D lines

  • Robotic systems, including autonomous and remotely operated vehicles
  • Technologies and systems for ocean monitoring and sensing
  • Communication systems, including underwater and above water communications
  • Information Systems and Computer Graphics, including Serious Games

Complementary R&D partners

  • IPMA

Network of international R&D partners

  • University of Girona
  • University of Aberdeen
  • Heriot Watt University
  • Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation
Infrastructures & Labs


LaboratoryLaboratory of Computer Graphics and Virtual Environments
LaboratoryOptical and Electronic Technologies Research Laboratory
LaboratoryRobotics and Autonomous Systems Laboratory
LaboratoryImaging Laboratory

TEC4SEA Infrastructures

LaboratoryTEC4SEA Infrastructure