The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI), is a Joint University Research Institute participated by the Spanish National Research Council (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 (07/2017 - 06/2021)

IRI 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 is being 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 (since 2018)

IRI received the TECNIO accreditation in November 2018 and November 2020. This seal is granted by the Catalan Government to recognised and differential technology providers which are involved in the tech transfer process.

Consolidated Research Groups

IRI researchers belong to the next research groups accredited as "Grups Consolidats" by the Generalitat de Catalunya for the period 2022-2024.

Groups coordinated by IRI researchers:

RobIRI: Grup de Robòtica de l'IRI (2021 SGR 00514) RAIG: Mobile Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group (2021 SGR 00510)
GRC: Grup de Robòtica Computacional (2021 SGR 00511)

Other SGR groups participated by IRI researchers: VIS: Visió artificial i sistemes intel·ligents (2021 SGR 01048), SAC: Sistemes avançats de control (2021 SGR 00278), GEOMVAP: Geometria de Varietats i Aplicacions (2021 SGR 00603), SIC: Sistemes Intel·ligents de Control (2021 SGR 00395), ACaPE: Advanced Control and Power Electronics Systems (2021 SGR 00376), CDEI-DM: Centre de Disseny d'Equips Industrials-Dinàmica de Màquines (2021 SGR 00373), IDEAI: Intelligent Data sciEnce and AI Research Group (2021 SGR 01532)


Both of our parent institutions (CSIC and UPC) hold the "HR Excellence in Research" award from the European Commission, which recognizes our commitment to the development of a Human Resources strategy under principles of the European Charter for Researchers.

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 ELLIS: European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems
(Codirection of ELLIS Barcelona Unit)
CLAIRE: Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe

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 REDMUR: Red Española de Tecnologías MUlti-Robot

Catalan networks

LabORA: Laboratori Obert de Robòtica Assistencial AIRA: Artificial Intelligence Research Alliance BALL: Barcelona Aging coLLaboratory
Associació TECNIO Xarxa RDI-IA: Xarxa R+D+I d'Intel·ligència Artificial DIH4CAT: Digital Innovation Hubs de Catalunya

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 2019-2020 Biennial Report 2017-2018 Biennial Report 2015-2016 Biennial Report 2013-2014
Biennial Report 2011-2012 Biennial Report 2009-2010 Biennial Report 2007-2008 Biennial Report 2005-2006