R&D

Division

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.

R&D

Vision

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.

Novel Processing

Objective: Scale up of novel processing technologies for process intensification and non-thermal decontamination applications.

Technologies: Ultrasound, plasma, microwave, pulse electric field.

Sustainable Processing

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.

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[...]
Carlota Feliu
Marketing Department
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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[...]
Carlota Feliu
Marketing Department
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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[...]
Carlota Feliu
Marketing Department
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NUMB3RS REVISIT∃D: putting the Science into Data Science

Numb3rs was a TV crime series which had as its backdrop different themes related with numbers and mathematics. One of the objectives was to promote numeracy among the populace and it was actually assessed by a team of real mathematicians to guarantee its veracity and authenticity. Each episode covered specific mathematical themes. For example, in one episode “Traffic”, the question of determining whether something is random or not was considered, together with choosing road widths to optimize traffic flow. In the following, we are going to take a ‘shallow dive’ on two types of data generator systems: “chaotic” and “random”[...]
PhD David Nettleton
Data Scientist
PhD in Artificial Intelligence
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#Tech4.0: Photonics and SMAC as key enablers for Digital Transformation

As an advanced engineering company that is developing high tech photonics and SMAC-based solutions for advanced monitoring and control in industry, for us it was important to have a prominent presence as the Digital Enterprise Show (#DES2017) in Madrid last 23-25 May. There is a huge amount of talk around paradigms such as Industry 4.0 and Digital Transformation, and  data is being touted as the new petroleum. For many companies, it can be overwhelming to keep up and to really position themselves to stay relevant and competitive in this rapidly changing landscape. As engineers and scientists, while we are of[...]
Carlota Feliu
Marketing Department
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