The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) that conducts basic and applied research in human-centered 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.

IRI has three main objectives:

To carry out excellence research in Robotics and Automatic Control To cooperate with the community in industrial technological projects To offer scientific education through graduate courses

The Institute's research activities are organized in four research lines:



María de Maeztu Excellence Unit

IRI has received the María de Maeztu scientific excellence seal for the period July 2017 to June 2021. In this period, a strategic research program in human-centered robotics will be developed. This is the main accreditation given by the Spanish Government to research units that stand out for the impact and international relevance of their results.

TECNIO accreditation

IRI has received the TECNIO accreditation in November 2018. This seal is granted by the Catalan Government to recognised and differential technology providers which are involved in the technology and knowledge transfer process.

Consolidated Research Groups

IRI researchers belong to the next research groups accredited as "Grups Consolidats" by the Generalitat de Catalunya

KRD: Kinematics and Robot Design RobIRI: Grup de Robòtica de l'IRI SAC: Sistemes Avançats de Control VIS: Vision and Intelligent Systems

Membership of scientific networks and associations

Our center is member of the next associations and networks:

European networks

EuRobotics, non-profit association for all stakeholders in European robotics

Spanish associations

CEA, Comité Español de Automática. Our researchers belong to these thematics groups:
- Grupo temático de Robótica
- Grupo temático de Ingeniería de Control
- Grupo temático de Visión por Computador
- Grupo temático de Educación en Automática
- Grupo temático de Sistemas en Tiempo Real
SEIDROB, Sociedad Española para la Investigación y Desarrollo en Robótica. AERFAI, Asociación Española de Reconocimiento de Formas y Análisis de Imágenes.

Spanish networks

SOMMA, Severo Ochoa Centres and María de Maeztu Units of Excellence Alliance(2017-2018) RETEVI-II, Red Temática en Vehículos Inteligentes (2018-2020) Red Nacional de Robótica (2017-2018)

Catalan networks

Comunitats RIS3CAT: IRI belongs and has projects within the next RIS3 communities:
- Comunitat d'Energia
- Comunitat d'Indústries del Futur
- Comunitat d'Utilities 4.0 & Living services
XaRTAP, Xarxa de Referència en Tècniques Avançades de la Producció.

Quality Management System

In 2017, IRI has defined a Quality Management System based on ISO 9001:2015.
This system has been launched and audited with the collaboration of ACCIÓ-Generalitat de Catalunya. The audit certificate can be consulted here.

Activity Reports

Here you can find the last years biennial activity reports of our institute:

Biennial Report 2015-2016 Biennial Report 2013-2014 Biennial Report 2011-2012 Biennial Report 2009-2010