Profile & expertise

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. UPC is among the largest Spanish technical universities, with more than 2.600 researchers and 30.000 students, covering research in all the main engineering fields. Research at UPC is organized in 194 multidisciplinary groups plus 7 research institutes. The UPC is the best technical university in Spain according to the QS World University Rankings (WUR). According to the National Taiwan University (NTU) ranking, the UPC is nowadays within the best 100 universities in engineering worldwide. The UPC is present in over 130 countries in five continents thanks to the agreements and alliances with prestigious universities and institutions all over the world, promoted by the UPC Abroad programme. UPC is currently involved in more than 100 European projects, acting as a coordinator in more than 20, and also is a member of the main international research and education networks, and coordinates five UNESCO chairs.


UPC will participate in VIZTA project through the Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6) ( CD6 is an UPC research centre operating in the field of Photonics Engineering and currently co-holding the Technical Secretariat of Fotonica21, the Spanish Platform for Photonics. Sited in the Greater Barcelona region, the research activities developed at CD6 are aimed at creating value through innovation and entrepreneurship. Market-oriented research has enabled to the licensing of patents to the industry, to serve over 200 industrial clients in the last 10 years, and also to the creation of more than 11 spin-off and start-up companies that manufacture and market new photonics-based products in different sectors. 50% of the royalty income of the complete UPC comes from UPC, with less than 1% of the researchers.


CD6 has a staff of about 40 people, and its research is interdisciplinary by nature, with optical, mechanical, electronics and software engineers working together in complementary research lines enabling turnkey prototypes to be delivered to our contractors. The standard ratio for the funding of CD6 coming from industrial projects stays around 65% in average, with peaks of up to 75% depending on the year. International industrial research contracts have been developed in markets like automotive (FICOSA, Autoliv), transport (Docter, Faurecia), biomedical (Carril, Visiometrics), electronics (Fagor, Samsung, Sony), or instrumentation (Rayteq, Indra, Telstar). CD6 has an ISO9001 certified quality system and is recognized as reference TECNIO centre for innovation by the Catalan Agency for Competitiveness, ACCIÓ.


Beyond its natural expertise in optics and photonics engineering, the Centre has incorporated a number of engineers in close fields (mechanics, electronics, software) which enable to build operative units with engineers used to work in such environments.

Role in the Project

UPC-CD6 is the responsible in VIZTA of the integration of the prototype of a long range LiDAR system in collaboration with Beamagine S.L. UPC-CD6 will be responsible for the optomechanical integration of all the subsystems (scanning the target, imaging it, and refocusing onto the detector) at the proper wavelength of operation. All the optical systems will be designed using commercial software owned by UPC-CD6. The optomechanical support for the optical systems, plus the general mechanical arrangement of all subsystems and the casing will be first designed, and then built at UPC-CD6 workshops. Furthermore, the general integration of the subsystems (mirror, etc.) and components provided by the VIZTA partners will be integrated in an operative LiDAR unit which constitutes the main deliverable of the project. In order to avoid an excessive dependence of the deliveries of the rest of partners, works on calibration and testing will be started with off-the-shelf components with the closest possible performance, to enable identifying problems in advance. UPC-CD6 is the perfect partner for this tasks as the core of its activity has been related to implement and develop ready-to-use prototypes to industrial partners in public and privately funded projects.

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Santiago Royo

+34 (0)6 48 77 34 78

Terrassa, Spain


Noel Rodrigo Arcay licensed from the BSc in Physical Engineering and the MSc in Photonics at UPC to join UPC-CD6 as junior engineer in different projects around Optical Metrology. He completed his MSc Thesis in UPC-CD6 on photoacoustic imaging, to follow on in different projects linked to lidar imaging, developing his expertise as Optomechanical engineering. Noel is currently a senior engineer at UPC-CD6 where he is an experienced builder of optical systems, prototyping of optomechanics and calibration of lidar imagers.

Noel Rodrigo Arcay

Jesús Caum Aregay obtained the Technical Engineering in Electronic Engineering in 1987 and Automation and Industrial Electronics superior degree in 1998 at the Technical University of Catalonia. In 2010 he obtained the PhD degree from the UPC on a Thesis about Optical Metrology. Incorporated in 1988in the UPC as a lecturer, is member of the CD6 since its creation in 1997. His research focuses on optical metrology and design and development of electronic instrumentation, where he is an expert in the design and calibration of different control and amplification systems. In 2006 he was one of the founders of the spin-off company MicroPap S.C.P.

Jesús Caum Aregay

Prof. Santiago Royo / Representative of UPC is currently College Professor at UPC and Director of the Center for Sensor,Instruments and System Development (CD6), a research and innovation center in Optical Engineeringin Terrassa, near Barcelona. He teaches on Optical Metrology and Biomedical Photonics subjects and supervises yearly PhD and MSc Thesis. For twenty years he has participated and led research projects involving different optical metrology techniques. He has been Chair of the Optomechanical Engineering conference of EOS (2015,2017).and he has over 50 refereed publications in the mentioned fields, plus 18 patents, 11 of them licensed to companies. He is co-founder of three photonics-based spin-off companies, SnellOptics (Terrassa, Spain), ObsTech (Santiago, Chile), and Beamagine (Terrassa, Spain) based on the results of his research. He is member of the Board of Stakeholders of the EU platform on Photonics, Photonics21 and co-secretary of its Spanish mirror Fotónica21.


EC Projects track record: Santiago has lead the UPC participation in several EC funded projects, three of them currently in development, has been coordinator of DIAGNOPTICS project in FP7 and NICOLAU project in FP5. He has been co-chair of the BM1205 COST Action on Laser Imaging for Skin Cancer Detection, and currently leads the VIZTA, NexPho21, ACTPHAST 4.0 and ACTPHAST 4R projects within UPC.

Prof. Santiago Royo / Representative of UPC