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
New optical photonics-based technologies and PAT systems for production process optimisation
SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud)
Data mining, IOT and cloud technologies towards Industry of the Future.
ICT’s as a key enabler for Novel Processing technologies implementation
Digitisation in the Circular and Bio-based Economy
Big Data Congress
During the 25th to 26th of October, IRIS attended the Big Data Congress, held in Barcelona (Spain) and organized by Eurecat. The organizers were able to combine real business experiences of implementation case studies together with talks by industry and academic (applied research) leaders who explained Big Data and Machine Learning for the general public. In this congress, a diversity of large and small enterprises presented some of the latest technology and approaches they are using for Big Data processing and Machine Learning analytics. The increasing demand for online high volume multi-format data and information processing is driving a new[...]
PhD David Nettleton
PhD in Artificial Intelligence
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.
Better bio (2nd issue): biobased building blocks and materials with no equivalent fossil-based counterparts!
Although, bio-based materials developers generally actually try to reach similar performance to those of long term established petrochemicals counterparts, there are also a few emerging bio-based materials that actually outperform their predecessors and can create new value propositions. To harvest their full potential, the BBI-JU PPP has already set several calls to action for such future generation solutions. There are molecules like levulinic acid, muconic acid and hydroxymethylfurfuraldehyde, which so far had no fossil-based affordable production route and therefore no direct applications in the market. While their bio-based alternatives are compatible with much more eco-technically feasible synthesis processes, when scaled[...]
Dr. Ing. Elodie Bugnicourt
Project Manager Officer
PhD in Polymer & Composite Materials
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[...]