Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics (IRI)

A María de Maeztu unit since 2016

The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) that conducts basic and applied research in human-centred robotics and automatic control.

The institute, founded in 1995, is a key player in the Spanish robotics and automatic control scenes, and a valued participant in a large number of international collaborations.

Current scientific objectives of the center include the analysis, design and constructions of robot mechanisms; perceptual and cognitive tools for advanced manipulation; mobile robotics and ubiquitous computing to enhance everyday human life activity; and the control and management of water and energy systems.

Key Facts of IRI

1 Unique ERC
Prof. Carme Torras (National Research Award 2020) received the first ERC Advanced Grant in Robotics in Spain
66% External Funding
In 2017-2020, the highest ever percentage of external competitive funding at IRI, with funds from European, national, and tech transfer projects
More than 20 years of high quality research position IRI as one of the robotics research centres of reference in Spain, and as a key player in the European scene for the transition of robotics from research to societal needs fulfilment. The María de Maeztu grant will allow us to consolidate IRI as an international reference centre in the field of human-centered robotics.
Juan Andrade
Director at IRI-CSIC-UPC