Programa de Pós-Graduação Stricto Sensu em Engenharia de Produção

  • Promote the formation of researchers and the professional improvement in the area of Production Engineering
  • Develop scientific and technological studies directed to the application in companies
  • Develop in the student the concept of production with ethics, social and environmental responsibility
  • Address the impacts of new production technologies on society, in terms of management, organization and employment
  • Train lecturers for Higher Education;
  • Assign the titles of Master and Ph.D. in Production Engineering

The Production Engineering Postgraduation Program of UNIP - PPGEP has, since its creation in 1997, elaborated a Strategic Plan (PE), annually updated and reformulated every three or four years. Through the PE, the performance of the four-year period, the implementation of the planned targets, possible failures and their causes are analyzed, as well as new values or trends added by CAPES for each evaluation period. The PPGEP evolved into a highly participatory, transparent and open management format with the creation of the Doctorate in 2007. The Program stakeholders are actively involved in the discussions, programming, elaboration of proposals and especially in the execution of the tasks to achieve the desired results. Due to this management model, in particular teachers and students, committed to the results, have been tracing an upward growth with quality curve. The Program has significantly increased the participation in national and international events, with emphasis on the publications of the faculty and students in international events. The number of publications in journals with international circulation has tripled in the year 2009, and at the same year were published four books related to the themes of researches that are conducted by the faculty and students of the Program. The qualified publications grew at about 11% per year, until 2017. Several agreements have been established and are in progress with intense activity in research projects, postdoctoral studies, events with universities in Sonora (Mexico), Shanghai (China), Porto (Portugal), Universidad de la Costa - CUC (Colombia), Siena University (Italy), Universidad de Oriente (Cuba), Beijing Normal University (China), Università degli Studi di Firenze (UniFI) (Italy), among others.

The Program has expanded its partnerships with the Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo (FIESP) in order to promote and disseminate actions of scientific cooperation for the awareness of professionals of the productive sector and academia about the importance of cleaner production practice.

As a result of the efforts and dynamics adopted by the Program in accordance with the CAPES guidelines, the PPGEP was evaluated with grade 5 (five) in the last two evaluations in 2012 and 2016. The Program is employing every effort to obtain grade 6 (six) in the next evaluation.


Knowledge Area
Production Engineering

Concentration Area
Management of Operation Systems
Sustainability in Production Systems

Operating Management Systems

Line 1- Business Networks and Production Planning
This line privileges the numerous challenges due to the changes that have been happening in production with the insertion of new technologies, management process, communication systems and control in productive networks.

1) Project Name: Application of quantitative tools and methods to solve problems in Production Engineering and Logistics
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: Several logistical problems and the Production Engineering itself can be solved or reduced by means of quantitative optimization solutions. Besides mathematical models, tools such as Operations Research, Multicriteria Decision, Simulation and Neuro-Fuzzy can help in solving these problems. The objective of this research project is to use these tools to treat Production Engineering and Logistics problems in a quantitative way.

2) Project name: Applications of non-classical logic, mathematical modeling and simulation in financial engineering and business economics
Project Manager: Rodrigo Franco Goncalves
Description: This research project aims to explore the possibilities of applications of non-classic logic (fuzzy, paraconsistent) in problems of financial engineering and business economics, such as: evaluation of investment projects, costing and pricing, risk management, construction of sectoral and macroeconomic scenarios in the face of conditions of uncertainty and sources of contradictory information. Mathematical and systemic modeling techniques and numerical simulations are also used.

3) Project name: Local Productive Arrangements
Responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: In the study of Company Networks, local productive arrangements appear very often. These arrangements have peculiarities related to advantages presented by the place or region and they are extremely important for the economic development of these regions.

4) Project name: Management and human aspects of the concept of quality and its applications in practical reality II
Project Manager: Pedro Luiz De Oliveira Costa Neto
Description: This research project represents a continuity of those already coordinated with good results by the proponent. It is intended to carry out a deepening in the interface between quality and knowledge, which should lead to related issues, such as forms of training, the use of modern communication technologies for conducting business, among others. The project includes a deepening in the basic concepts of quality, the concept of client of processes and business, going through entrepreneurship as an element to obtain effective results in situations little explored, without disconnecting from the aspects of knowledge management, an element modernly considered essential to obtaining practical results of value. The project will certainly involve the intense participation of members of the Graduate Program in Production Engineering of Universidade Paulista, and is expected to offer them subsidies for the production of papers to be sent to congresses and periodicals, as well as their master's theses and doctoral dissertations.

5) Project name: Evaluation of agribusiness processes and products
Project Manager: Irenilza De Alencar Naas
Description: This is a project contemplating several aspects of animal production, with emphasis on quality assessment of production and trade, including export.

6) Project name: Innovation Entrepreneurship: study and development of knowledge, skills, processes and techniques
Project Manager: Rodrigo Franco Goncalves
Description: This research project has as study objects: The formation of clusters and informal networks of innovation entrepreneurship and formal clusters (incubators); Evaluation of knowledge management of the entrepreneurial process focused on innovation in small businesses; Development of interdisciplinary knowledge base focused on innovation entrepreneurship involving economic engineering, marketing, product and process design, design thinking and design for sustainability; Modeling of systems and networks of innovation with start-ups, using system dynamics and matrix input-output; Evaluation of risk-return in venture capital portfolio.
The project has the additional objective of providing technical support to entrepreneurship initiatives, particularly those developed in the university environment, and the knowledge developed in this process should feed the knowledge base of the project as cases of application.

7) Project Name: Strategies for Competitiveness Improvement
Project Manager: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Description: The challenges to companies or even productive sectors started to demand improvements, adaptations, adoption of policies and strategies due to the fast and continuous changes in management; technology; market; costs; human resources; productive arrangements in the form of partnerships, supply chains, condominiums, etc. These strategies, sometimes canonical, mainly by large companies, which go from philosophy to execution at its lowest level, with physical adaptations, human resources, such as the adoption of Six Sigma; Balanced Socred Card - BSC, Lean Production, among others. Smaller companies, however, due to the lack of resources, have used parts of these large systems and many times in a hybrid way, such as the adoption of a quality program with some BSC components, or part of Enxuta Production when it comes to outsourcing or insertion of technological innovation. This project proposes to study these situations.

8) Project name: Studies and research to improve the management and efficiency of Feeding-at-School operations.
Responsible for the project: Oduvaldo Vendrametto
Feeding at School serves more than 40 million children and teenagers in Brazil. Of a mandatory nature and having deep social repercussion, it features difficulties in its management and operations, as well as facilities for non-compliance with requirements such as nutritional quality and food balance, freshness, regularity, storage and distribution, among many. The inefficiency and lack of controls, especially in small municipalities, deconfigured the National School-Feeding Program. The researches seek to order the chain from local demand, establishing links with Family Agriculture, local microeconomy, regional products, control methods that approximate the demand of real consumption, system logistics, social inclusion mechanism for controls and the efficiency and effectiveness of the system.

9) Project Name: Management of software production, systems, interactive media and information and communication technologies.
Project Manager: Rodrigo Franco Goncalves
Description: The research project aims to study the production and development of systems in general, more specifically, information systems, interactive media (Internet, Games, etc.) as well as hardware and automation systems. The study objects are: systems and interactive media development process; graphic interfaces design, user centered design and responsive design, in particular, mobile devices, touch-sensitive devices and gesture-controlled interfaces as well as assistive technologies; creative and agile design methods, including scrum and agile methods, lean development, design thinking; business process analysis and modeling; business analysis and strategic alignment between IT and business and value creation; applications and projects of Internet of Things, Internet of Services and semantic Web.

10) Project name: Management and quality in supply networks
Project Manager: Joao Gilberto Mendes Dos Reis
Description: Quality has been seen individually in each company. However, the concept of supply chain management, also called supply networks, has changed the competitive landscape, causing competition no longer between companies but between these networks. In this context, it is necessary that quality be studied from the point of view of these supply networks. This project seeks to develop researches that analyze quality from the perspective of company networks.

11)Project name: Industry 4.0 - Digital transformation and its impact on product and service production systems.
People responsible for the project: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves; Sílvia H. Bonilla; Marcia Terra da Silva.
Description: This project aims to monitor the evolution of digital technologies and evaluate how they impact the forms of management of the company. The main digital technologies addressed here are the Internet of Things (IoT), which connects things with machines or with people; Internet of Services (IoS), that connects the company with customers and the Physical-Cyber System (CPS), that reproduces the physical production system in a virtual twin in the information systems.

12)Project name: Logistics in agro-industrial chains
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: Brazil is one of the largest agricultural producers and a highlight in world agribusiness, however its competitiveness is lost in the transportation of these products for export and/or processing in agribusiness systems. This project aims to conduct studies to improve the logistics of these systems.

13)Project name: Continuous quality and productivity improvement
Project Manager: Pedro Luiz De Oliveira Costa Neto
Description: This Project encompasses the research conducted under the guidance of the head of quality and productivity at the Graduate Program in Production Engineering at UNIP, promoting debate and synergy among participants. Participants in the project include Master's and PhD students of the Program.

14) Project Name: Urban mobility and city logistics
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes Dos Reis
Description: Cities increasingly concentrate substantial logistical challenges on the displacement of people and cargo, especially with regard to large metropolises. This research project studies these challenges and proposes solutions to provide the displacement of people and the movement of loads (city logistics).

15) Project name: Organization and management of service operations - organizational forms, methods and tools for management
Responsible for the project: Márcia Terra da Silva
Description: This project aims to identify good practices and tools for the management of the service relationship. It is intended to investigate services aimed at the transformation of the client and, therefore, the operational process has its active participation. Examples most cited in this category are health and education services. It is intended to understand the organizational forms that facilitate innovation and technology change when the beneficiary of the service is an important actor of the transition; identify the ways used for user management, including technologies that assist in the knowledge of your needs and limitations; identify methods and techniques used for quality assessment; identify methods and techniques for assessing productivity.

16) Project name: Innovative production systems applied to agribusiness
Project Manager: Irenilza De Alencar Naas
Description: The modern production started to use inputs that bring benefits, competitiveness and profitability; among them, the Brazilian agribusiness, often for cultural reasons, makes little use of these inputs. This project aims to propose ways to incorporate knowledge, techniques and innovation to agribusiness development.

Line 2 - Quantitative Methods in Production Engineering
The line approaches a set of computational techniques and mathematical tools necessary in the search of Engineering problem solving, trying to mathematically translate the reasoning and analysis to properly formulate their solutions.

1) Project Name: Application of quantitative tools and methods in production and logistics engineering problem solving
Responsible for the project: João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis
Description: Several logistic and production engineering problems can be solved or reduced through quantitative optimization solutions. In addition to mathematical models, tools such as Operational Research, Multicriteria Decision and Simulation can help in solving these problems. The objective of this research project is to use these tools to treat problems of Production Engineering and Logistics in a quantitative way.

2) Project Name: Automation and Robotics in Production Engineering
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: The issue of Automation in general as well as Robotics are pertinent topics in various areas of Production Engineering. The scientific relevance lies in the application of a new methodology for the construction of artifact hardware for the automation of industrial, social, manufacturing processes, etc. treated within the scope of Production Engineering based on Evidence Annotated Paraconsistent Logic Et through the logic controller. Para-control capable of treating contradictory and complete signals.

3) Project Name: Computational Intelligence and Paraconsistent Artificial Neural Networks
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: Real problem solving involving decision making situations, through mathematical models usually computationally processed. Applies concepts and methods from other scientific disciplines in designing, planning or operating systems to achieve their goals. Thus, it seeks to introduce elements of objectivity and rationality in the decision-making processes, without neglecting the subjective and organizational framing elements that characterize the problems. One of the most powerful tools that has been used is the so-called artificial neural network theory. It is mainly intended for the treatment of significant concepts such as uncertainty, inconsistency (contradiction) and even completeness in pattern recognition analysis processes in the most varied applications.

4) Project Name: Decision Processes Based on Non-Classical Logic
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: In recent decades, a new way of thinking has emerged within Operational Research. Instead of the traditional optimization paradigms, according to which many decision-making approaches were created and developed, especially the traditional ones based on theories of Probability and Classical Statistics, we highlight the innovative way to treat qualitative and / or quantitative data by through logical techniques, eg Fuzzy logic and similar theories. Another theory that has caught the attention of experts is Annotated Paraconsistent Logic, a class of logic distinct from Classical that is appropriate for the treatment of uncertainty, conflict, and paracompleteness. This research project aims to apply these non-classical logic techniques to the various Production Engineering themes, providing innovative decision-making techniques resulting in more robust and reliable decisions.

5) Project Name: Paraconsistent Artificial Neural Networks and Pattern Recognition Applications
Responsible for the project: Jair Minoro Abe
Description: In this project we study pattern recognition in Production Engineering topics such as detection of defective, manufactured products, quality and product standards, and the like.

Sustainability in Production Systems

Line of Research 3: Advances in Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology
This line addresses the environment / productive sector interface and its influence on the competitiveness of Brazilian companies. Concepts, tools and techniques are analyzed and developed from the perspective of Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology.

1) Project Name: Evaluation and Application of Indicators for Sustainable Development
Project Manager: Cecília Maria Vilas Bôas de Almeida
Description: This project aims to apply known methodologies for the calculation of eco-indicators. Using case studies, eco-indicators are calculated and compared to verify the applicability of each methodology and the limits of each indicator. With this procedure, it is intended to contribute to the development of eco-indicators for application in the productive sector and the development of methodologies used.

2) Project Name: Energy-Environmental Evaluation of Production Systems Using the Systemic Approach
Project Manager: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: The objective is to consider a systemic vision to evaluate the energy-environmental performance of the production of goods and services. The study window (scale) called "from cradle to grave" is considered for the application of quantitative tools of energy-environmental diagnosis.

3) Project Name: Industrial Ecology: application of concepts for sustainability
Project Manager: Feni Dalano Roosevelt Agostinho
Description: The objective is to evaluate, by means of multi-metric indicators, the potential for energy-environmental improvement of production systems through the incorporation of concepts of industrial ecology and cleaner production. High performance systems are used as an example as well as the elaboration of plausible scenarios and/or technological innovation.

4) Project Name: Industrial Ecology: concepts and tools for Engineering and Sustainability Management
Project Manager: Biagio Fernando Giannetti
Description: The project aims to disseminate the concepts and tools of Industrial Ecology. Among the expected products is the elaboration of a textbook on the subject and studies on the potential for sustainable production and consumption, with special emphasis on Brazilian municipalities and states.

5) Project Name: Production and Environment: Calculation of Sustainability Indicators for Decision Making
Project Manager: Silvia Helena Bonilla
Description: The project aims to evaluate productive systems by applying environmental accounting methodologies, with emphasis on emergia accounting. From the results of the environmental assessment, sustainability indicators will be calculated to assist in decision making.

6) Project Name: Cleaner Production and Sustainable Development: Environmental Accounting
Project Manager: Biagio Fernando Giannetti
Description: The project aims to develop and apply methodologies to perform environmental accounting and determination of sustainability indicators applied to production, consumption and investment. Special emphasis is given to the use of environmental accounting in energy to obtain sustainability indicators.

7) Project Name: Cleaner production and industrial ecology: multi-criteria systems assessment
Project Manager: Silvia Helena Bonilla
Description: The project involves installation, maintenance and operation stages of production processes. The results are interpreted from the perspective of Cleaner Production and Industrial Ecology with the use of multi-metric indicators.

8) Project Name: Sustainable Production, Product and Consumption: Evaluation Strategies
Project Manager: Cecília Maria Vilas Bôas de Almeida
Description: Processes are examined and evaluated using as methodology the emergia synthesis. With the use of a graphic tool developed by the research group to represent and analyze the results, simulations of resource use and substitution are performed.

Partnerships and Institutional Relations

The Program had the MINTER Project (Inter-institutional Master's Degree), a partnership between the UNIP, promoter, and the FSA - Faculdade Santo Agostinho (Teresina - PI), recipient, approved by CAPES on 11/25/2014. Since 2018, the DINTER project (Institutional Doctorate) has been in force, with the partner of the Santo Agostinho University Center (Teresina – PI), approved by CAPES.
The Universidade Paulista (UNIP) and the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Southern Minas Gerais (IFSULDEMINAS, Campus Inconfidentes) are signatories of the Scientific Cooperation Agreement.
The Program also has institutional partnerships with the Federal Institute of SP and the Federal Institute of the ES, through students who study the Doctorate of UNIP.
It maintains close partnership with the FATECs - of the State of São Paulo, through several students who study the Program.

The Program's teachers maintain institutional relations of cooperation with the following foundations, companies and / or institutions:

  • FNQ – National Quality Foundation – National Quality Award
  • IPG – Paulista Institute for Management Excellence – Paulista Award for Quality Management
  • ABEPRO - Brazilian Association of Production Engineering
  • EMBRAPA - Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation
  • ABGC - Associação Brasileira de Gestão do Conhecimento
  • Institute of Advanced Studies - USP
  • Medical school - USP
  • University of Taubaté
  • Federal University of São Carlos
  • ABM - Brazilian Association of Materials - CODESP – Docas Company of the State of São Paulo

Partnerships for Research Projects

  • Partnership with the Carlos Alberto Vanzolini Foundation.
  • Partnership with Institute of Advanced Studies – USP for research in the area of Logic and Theory of Science (Non-Classical Logics and Artificial Intelligence).
  • Partnership with the USP School of Medicine, Department of Informatics, for research in Neural, Artificial and Paraconsistent Networks for applications in pattern recognition.
  • Partnership with GLPA - Applied Paraconsistent Logic Group - UNISANTA.
  • Partnership with EMBRAPA for research on the evolution of soybean production in Brazil.
  • Partnership in study group about Industry 4.0.

The PPGEP - UNIP maintains permanent contact and collaboration partnerships with researchers of the other Postgraduate Programs, listed below, highlighting:

  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering at EESC-USP.
  • Master's Program in Production Engineering – UNINOVE.
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the Polytechnic School of USP. - Master's Program in Production Engineering of UNIARA - University Center of Araraquara.
  • Postgraduate Program at Faculty of Agrarian Sciences (FCA) Master's Program in Agribusiness – UFGD.
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the Federal University of São Carlos.
  • Postgraduation Program of the School of Agricultural Engineering of UNICAMP. 
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the Federal University of Itajubá.  
  • PostStricto Sensu Graduate Program in Production Engineering of the School of Engineering of Guaratinguetá, UNESP – Paulista State University “Julio de Mesquita Filho”.


  • University of Porto - Portugal - traineeship by Prof. Dr. João Gilberto Mendes dos Reis through the Banco Santander stock Exchange.
  • Protocol of Cooperation with UTAD - University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro.
  • Signatory of the International Declaration on Cleaner Production, of PNUMA (United Nations Environment Program)  which represents a commitment of organizations to sustainable production and was launched in 1998 in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Signatory in the “Beijing Consensus”, which specifies the principles for cooperation between universities in the BRICS countries on education, science and innovation to ensure the progress and development of human resources.
  • Signatory of the scientific cooperation agreement between UNIP and the University of Sonora (UNISON), Mexico, allowing several joint academic actions, such as the exchange of teachers and students. The Post-Stricto Sensu Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering and Sustainable Development of UNISON has Status Conacyt in the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico of Program of Excellence with International Competence.
  • Agreement with Parthenope University, Naples, Italy, developing joint research.
  • Post-Doctorate internship by the PhD and researcher Leticia Prevez Pascual, from the Tropical Fruit Research Institute in Cuba, head of industry and project director, with FAPESP scholarship
  • Agreement with Siena University (Italy) - aiming at the establishment of several joint academic actions, with emphasis on the exchange of teachers and students of the two institutions. Dr. Simone Bastianoni joined the International Committee of the 5th International Workshop on Advances in Cleaner Production, held in May at UNIP, in 2015.
  • Partnership with the Free University of Brussels – Qalinca Laboratory: Logistics & Transports Systems; Design Engineering Management
  • Partnership with Universidade de Valladolid (Spain), for the conduction of sandwich programmes.

PPGEP teachers have been conducting research with several groups in different universities in Japan. They are:

  • Tsukuba University, Joint research with the group on "Annotated systems and applications”.
  • University of Hyogo e Shizuoka University, joint research, on the same topic, with their groups. With the Shizuoka University institution there is an official bilateral agreement.
  • With Prof. Dr. Alieza Ahrary and group, from Sojo University, research development on the subject "Annotated systems and applications in Production Engineering”.


The UNIP maintains several national agreement:

  • Agreement signed in 2009 between Universidade Paulista - UNIP and Santander Universities.
  • Agreement signed in 2008 between FIESP - Federation of Industries of the State of São Paulo and Universidade Paulista - UNIP.
  • Agreement with the Dorina Nowill Foundation for research on Keller electronic device for the visually and hearing impaired.

Project: Aid to Scientific Meeting Organization APMS 2016
Responsible Professor: Rodrigo Franco Gonçalves
Development Agency: FAPESP
Process: 2016/15703-5
Amount: BRL 63.100,00