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IRI
Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
About the center
The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) is a Joint University Research Institute belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) that was founded in 1995. IRI is one of the leaders in robotic research in Spain, given the volume of its scientific production and the great presence in R&D projects in the European sphere. Thanks to that, last year the IRI received the seal of Unidad de Excelencia María de Maeztu for the period 2017-2021, a distinction granted by the State Research Agency to the best research units of Spain. Our lines of research address various aspects of robotic research, including robotic systems focused on humans, and the design and construction of new robotic mechanisms. We also carry out research on modeling, monitoring and control of complex dynamic systems, such as energy systems and the water cycle.
Technology portfolio
IRI offers experience and technological capabilities in different fields of robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and automatic control, among others. Broadly speaking, we can transfer knowledge with robotic systems aimed at humans (service robotics), design and construction of innovative robotic mechanisms (parallel robots, aerial robots), the application of innovative computer vision algorithms (automotive, textile or services sectors), artificial intelligence systems and systems aimed at energy efficiency (fuel cells and management of energy and water systems). Therefore, the sectors to which we can transfer our technology can be the mobility and automotive sector, advanced manufacturing, industrial robotics, logistics and automation, assistive robotics, augmented reality, smart cities, energy efficiency, environmental management, etc
Most relevant projects
During 2018, IRI participated in 14 European Horizon 2020 R&D projects, 8 National projects, 4 projects financed by the Generalitat, and 10 technology transfer contracts. Of these projects, we can highlight AEROARMS project, which seeks to develop air manipulators for inspection tasks of industrial facilities, LOGIMATIC project on the automation of logistics in container ports, and the ERC Advanced Grant Clothilde project, aimed at research on robotic handling of textiles. We also highlight the INN-BALANCE project on the implementation of fuel cells in real cars, and EFFIDRAIN on the control of the water cycle. Regarding technology transfer contracts with companies, they are related to the automotive sector, water management, the application of artificial intelligence to industrial processes, among others.
Relevant equipment
IRI has laboratories with unique characteristics. The laboratories of the Mobile Robotics group have infrastructure to carry out social, urban and aerial robotics experiments. The Perception and Manipulation Lab is equipped with robotic arms for learning, planning and manipulation tasks. The Kinematics and Robot Design Lab has several parallel robot mechanisms. Finally, in the laboratories of the Control group, control strategies can be validated for systems based on fuel cells and related to the water cycle. The centre also has a mechatronic workshop that provides support in the design, construction and maintenance of devices and prototypes, as well as 3D printers, CNC machines, etc. Both the workshop and the aforementioned laboratories serve our groups and are also open to external users such as companies interested in carrying out tests.
Key enabling Technologies
ICT
Expertise in advanced visual perception techniques (deep learning and computer vision geometric methods) with applications such as detection and recognition of deformable objects, analysis of human body postures, image diagnosis, etc.
Advanced manufacturing
Expertise in industry 4.0: human robot interaction, robust perception and manipulation, task planning, intelligent control. Construction of singular mechanisms: parallel manipulators, reconfigurable robots, aerial manipulator robots, etc.
Leading sectors
Renewable energy. Automation. CHP. Energy efficiency.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Industrial Systems". Electrical material and equipment. Computer, electronic and optical products. Robotics. Electrical material and equipment. Advanced manufacturing. Process engineering.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Sustainable Mobility". Electronics. Energy. Automobile industry and related activities.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Design-based Industries". Textiles.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Health Industries".
Publishing, graphic arts, multimedia, audiovisual, audio and video production.
Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), CSIC-UPC
Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC)
About the center
The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) is a Joint University Research Institute belonging to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) that was founded in 1995. IRI is one of the leaders in robotic research in Spain, given the volume of its scientific production and the great presence in R&D projects in the European sphere. Thanks to that, last year the IRI received the seal of Unidad de Excelencia María de Maeztu for the period 2017-2021, a distinction granted by the State Research Agency to the best research units of Spain. Our lines of research address various aspects of robotic research, including robotic systems focused on humans, and the design and construction of new robotic mechanisms. We also carry out research on modeling, monitoring and control of complex dynamic systems, such as energy systems and the water cycle.
Technology portfolio
IRI offers experience and technological capabilities in different fields of robotics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and automatic control, among others. Broadly speaking, we can transfer knowledge with robotic systems aimed at humans (service robotics), design and construction of innovative robotic mechanisms (parallel robots, aerial robots), the application of innovative computer vision algorithms (automotive, textile or services sectors), artificial intelligence systems and systems aimed at energy efficiency (fuel cells and management of energy and water systems). Therefore, the sectors to which we can transfer our technology can be the mobility and automotive sector, advanced manufacturing, industrial robotics, logistics and automation, assistive robotics, augmented reality, smart cities, energy efficiency, environmental management, etc
Most relevant projects
During 2018, IRI participated in 14 European Horizon 2020 R&D projects, 8 National projects, 4 projects financed by the Generalitat, and 10 technology transfer contracts. Of these projects, we can highlight AEROARMS project, which seeks to develop air manipulators for inspection tasks of industrial facilities, LOGIMATIC project on the automation of logistics in container ports, and the ERC Advanced Grant Clothilde project, aimed at research on robotic handling of textiles. We also highlight the INN-BALANCE project on the implementation of fuel cells in real cars, and EFFIDRAIN on the control of the water cycle. Regarding technology transfer contracts with companies, they are related to the automotive sector, water management, the application of artificial intelligence to industrial processes, among others.
Relevant equipment
IRI has laboratories with unique characteristics. The laboratories of the Mobile Robotics group have infrastructure to carry out social, urban and aerial robotics experiments. The Perception and Manipulation Lab is equipped with robotic arms for learning, planning and manipulation tasks. The Kinematics and Robot Design Lab has several parallel robot mechanisms. Finally, in the laboratories of the Control group, control strategies can be validated for systems based on fuel cells and related to the water cycle. The centre also has a mechatronic workshop that provides support in the design, construction and maintenance of devices and prototypes, as well as 3D printers, CNC machines, etc. Both the workshop and the aforementioned laboratories serve our groups and are also open to external users such as companies interested in carrying out tests.
Key enabling Technologies
ICT
Expertise in advanced visual perception techniques (deep learning and computer vision geometric methods) with applications such as detection and recognition of deformable objects, analysis of human body postures, image diagnosis, etc.
Advanced manufacturing
Expertise in industry 4.0: human robot interaction, robust perception and manipulation, task planning, intelligent control. Construction of singular mechanisms: parallel manipulators, reconfigurable robots, aerial manipulator robots, etc.
Leading sectors
Renewable energy. Automation. CHP. Energy efficiency.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Industrial Systems". Electrical material and equipment. Computer, electronic and optical products. Robotics. Electrical material and equipment. Advanced manufacturing. Process engineering.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Sustainable Mobility". Electronics. Energy. Automobile industry and related activities.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Design-based Industries". Textiles.
Some sub-sectors in the field of "Health Industries".
Publishing, graphic arts, multimedia, audiovisual, audio and video production.