LESC/UFC is an EMBRAPII Unit accredited to operate in high-complexity embedded systems, focusing on hardware and firmware and to develop embedded systems. Moreover, it can act in digital image and signal processing, biomedical engineering, and fault-tolerant computer systems.
The history of LESC is based on its relationship with industry. Since its foundation, the projects it conducted have been closely related to the development of product solutions in connection with innovative themes. LESC has developed projects for more than 15 years, many of which have become market products, while others have become product parts.
LESC has a team of 48 employees, of which 11 are teachers and three, engineer technicians working 40 hours a week. The other 34 employees are development engineers, technicians, and undergraduate and graduate students. This team, consisting of full-time dedicated academics and engineers, reflects the fact that their activities include not only academic research, but also a place in which high technology is developed. LESC enjoys a 1200 m2 building, divided into 3 floors, which includes scans, an auditorium, meeting rooms, and teachers’ offices. Many development activities carried out in its laboratory benefit from research results, one of which is the starting point in the development process. To support R&I activities, LESC has at its disposal a modern development laboratory for computing system hardware. It also has the most complete PCB (printed circuited board) laboratory for the development of electronic circuit board prototypes in Northeastern Brazil. This enables the lab to control the entire development process, from system design (benefited by research), execution and simulation, prototyping (including PCB prototypes), to system testing.
The Laboratory of Computer Systems Engineering (LESC) is one of the laboratories integrated to the Department of Teleinformatics Engineering (DETI) at the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). It began its activities in May 2004 with the mission of being a state-of-the-art development and research laboratory in support of the DETI undergraduate and graduate programs (Masters and PhDs). Over its nearly 16 years of existence, LESC has successfully realized approximately 40 technological innovation projects in conjunction with national and multinational companies, including the industrial sector. It directly hired more than 60 engineers and involved more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students.