Our research groups have a solid track record in leading and collaborating in successful market-focused R&D projects. We make a strong and reliable research partner thanks to:
- Our experience: A research provider in >40 projects in Framework Program Seventh 35 of them led by our Project Managers) and in 11 projects to date in Horizon 2020.
- Our resources: A multidisciplinary team of engineers and scientists and advanced engineering capacity in production processes, smart systems and optical engineering.
- Our knowledge: Applied research knowledge in spectroscopy, data processing and information systems, food technology, materials science and environmental science.
Our vision at IRIS is aligned with the vision and goals of the new Research and Innovation programme, Horizon 2020, in relation to putting R&D at the centre of industrial competitiveness and leadership through the adoption of Key Enabling Technologies, such as photonics and ICTs. We also believe in the potential for technological developments to solve the numerous societal challenges facing our world today, such as food security, environmental protection, and sustainable use of resources, and technological innovation and commercialisation for long-term grown and jobs. Our knowledge, creativity and skill sets are helping to advance the Roadmaps of the SPIRE Public Private Partnership towards for a more sustainable and resource efficient European process industry, as well as that of Factories of the Future. We are also contributing to safe use of nanotechnology in the European industry, as well as in breakthroughs towards a low carbon economy.
Innovation lines and projects
Optical & Spectroscopy Technologies
Objective: The development and integration of Process Analytical Technologies (PAT), novel monitoring and data mining tools for advanced manufacturing, on-line quality control and process optimisation.
Technologies: Optical & Spectroscopy technologies such as MEMs spectrophotometers, NIR, Hyperspectral imaging, Raman and Fluorescence.
Data Processing & Information Systems
Objective: Development of intelligent data management and decision support systems for smart manufacturing, processing and agriculture.
Technologies: Cloud technologies, Predictive modelling, Data mining, Deep Learning.
Objective: Scale up of novel processing technologies for process intensification and non-thermal decontamination applications.
Technologies: Ultrasound, plasma, microwave, pulse electric field.
Objective: Industrial and agricultural waste valorisation technologies and the use of biocompounds towards a circular economy.
Technologies: Extraction technologies, bioreactor and photobioreactors, coating technologies, biomaterial formulations.
IRIS is now a TECNIO accredited agent
IRIS has been accredited with Segell TECNIO a recognition from Generalitat de Catalunya (ACCIO), to those companies offering differential technology, providing innovative solutions and enabling technology transfer. This "label" helps Catalan companies to identify the best technology and R&D providers. TECNIO accredited companies should be key drivers for the increase of the competitiveness of the region via innovation. IRIS is now one of the 5 private technology developers with this recognition and our technology offer will be listed in TECNIO technologies catalogue.
Predicting rice crop disease: a data modelling challenge
Rice is the staple food of more than half of the world's population  – more than 3.5 billion people depend on rice for more than 20% of their calorie intake. This includes 70% of the world’s 1.3 billion poorest people who live in Asia. Hence, any improvement in the production of this crop can have a big impact on the wellbeing of many of these people. “Rice Blast” is a rice disease which represents a major problem for rice growing in paddy fields all over the world. It results in great crop loss and also makes it necessary to[...]
PhD David Nettleton
PhD in Artificial Intelligence
OPENMIND Project Assembly and Review Meeting
David Nettleton of IRIS Advanced Engineering recently participated in the Mid-Term General Assembly and Project Review meetings of the OPENMIND project in Brussels on the 10-11th of July. The aim of the OPENMIND project is to build a demonstrator for the mass production of customised medical devices, solving a number of challenges presented using the Industry 4.0 concept framework. The OPENMIND project aims to tackle current challenges of customised mass production by: Integrating production processes which are currently executed separately, namely: pultrusion, laser ablation, pull-winding and coating. Collaboration between partners who represent all stages of a product life cycle from[...]
ECOBULK Project Kick-off
David Nettleton and Rosa Arias of IRIS Advanced Engineering recently participated in the launch of ECOBULK in Delft (Holland) on the 26-27th of June, an ambitious and innovative Horizon2020-funded circular economy project. ECOBULK through a large-scale demonstration effort will contribute to “closing the loop” of composite products in the automotive, furniture and building sectors by promoting greater re-use, upgrade, refurbishment and recycling of products, parts, and materials. The ECOBULK project aims to tackle current circular economy challenges by: Defining an overarching framework for the circular economy Collaboration between partners who represent all stages of a product life cycle from[...]
PolyBioSkin, boosting biopolymers for high-demand, skin-contact applications
The whole PolyBioSkin Consortium and the Project Officer representing the Bio-Based Industry programme, Ms Agata Pieniadz, met in the facilities of its coordinator IRIS for the KickOff meeting of the project on June, 28-29. The skin is the largest tissue in the human body and it is our first natural barrier against external agents. Personal care/sanitary, cosmetic and biomedical products are designed for direct contact with the skin and represent a very large market, ranging from high performance for general functionalities/low-cost/high volume scale to high performance for specific functionalities/high-cost/small volume scale. To date, these products are largely dependent on fossil-based[...]