Profile & expertise

Eurecat was raised by the merging process of the main Catalan Technology Centres in 2015. From then, six more centers have been added to Eurecat which in the actuality counts with headquarters distributed all along the Catalan territory.

Eurecat is currently the leading Technology Centre in Catalonia, and the second largest private research organization in Southern Europe.

Eurecat manages a turnover of 51M€ and 650 professionals, is involved in more than 160 R&D projects and has a customer portfolio of over 1.000 companies.

Eurecat is currently participating in more than 70 EU funded collaborative projects, mainly in the Horizon 2020 Programme. In addition to this wide experience at European level, Eurecat is also a strong player in the various R&D programmes sponsored by the Spanish and Catalan administrations, with more than 160 ongoing projects. Technology transfer is also an essential activity in Eurecat, with 36 international patents and 9 technology-based companies (eight in Spain and one in Latin America) started-up from the centre. Eurecat R&D, innovation and training activities span from Industrial Technologies (metallic, plastic and composite materials, manufacturing processes, autonomous and professional robotics, functional printing and fabrics, simulations and sustainability) to Digital Technologies (Digital Humanities, Big Data Analytics, IT Security and Smart Management Systems, e-health, data mining and multimedia technologies) and Biotech (Omic science and Nutrition & health). Additionally, EURECAT has recently been accepted by the European Commission as a KETs (Key Enabling Technologies) Technology Centre in order to collaborate with SMEs on close-to-market research and innovation activities.

Role in the Project

Eurecat participates in the Vizta project by providing sensor evaluation and benchmarking in robotic centric use cases leading the task G of the WP3 entitled “Developments on uses in mobile robotics for smart cities AS6”. The main goal of Eurecat is evaluate and demonstrate the benefits of S1 and S2 VIZTA sensors in real robotic autonomous infrastructure inspection in terms of localization, planning, 3D reconstruction and defect detection.

With the aim of maximizing the impact of the VIZTA technology in the field of autonomous aerial inspection, Eurecat will review, adapt, optimize and improve (or even redesign) the existing state of the art vision-based algorithms that the robotic research community and companies are currently using for infrastructure inspection.

Eurecat will join FCC to jointly evaluating the performance of VIZTA sensors in different real scenarios including underground infrastructures: sewerage systems, tunnels and metro infrastructures; and complex installations such as waste management plants.

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MAIN CONTACT

Daniel Serrano

daniel.serrano@eurecat.org

+34 (0)9 35 94 47 00

www.eurecat.org

Barcelona, Spain

Bianca Bendris has an MSc in Aerospace Engineering from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and a BSc in Air Navigation Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). She specialized on autonomous navigation and control of robotic systems while working on projects such as the development and implementation of a decentralized controller for a swarm of micro aerial vehicles (MAVs). She is currently working as a robotics researcher in the Autonomous Systems unit at Eurecat.

Bianca Bendris

Julián Cayero coordinates the flying robotics research line inside the robotics team at Eurecat. He received the BS and SM degrees in aerospace engineering in 2012 and its PhD degree in 2019 from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is also lecturer at the UPC and the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya (FPC). His main research interests include aerodynamics modeling, control, and state estimation of flying vehicles.

JULIAN CAYERO

Daniel Serrano has an MSc in Software Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2003) and MSc in Robotics and Automation from Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (2015). He has over a decade of industrial experience in underwater, aerial and ground mobile robotics. He has worked mainly on autonomous navigation for autonomous systems in different sectors such as Infrastructure Inspections, Logistics and Search&Rescue. After a period working on Real-Time embedded systems, he joined SeeByte Ltd. as the Solutions manager of the SeeByte Copilot, a smart HMI for offshore inspections. His research career has been carried out within the Industry, working for small companies and spin-offs with highly technological and research activities. Daniel is head of the Autonomous Systems unit in Eurecat since 2009 and technical lead to several EU and national projects involving autonomous navigation and perception solutions for mobile robotics.

Daniel Serrano