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.

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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Duckweed double duty in pig slurry bioremediation

As meat consumption grows worldwide, intensive livestock production is predicted to keep increasing, and consequently the amounts of manure. According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) pig farming is currently the main source of animal protein for human nutrition. Pig slurry, manure plus liquid waste of farms, is a rich material in nitrogen, phosphate and other plants nutrients, and therefore is often applied to corps as a fertiliser. Nevertheless, as nitrogen can easily leach, this practise endangers the quality of ground waters and in return superficial and marine water bodies.  Europe has promoted a strict[...]
Dr. Ing. MercedesAleman
Senior Scientist
PhD in Nutrition and Food Science
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Better bio (1st issue): The highest performance material on Earth is now bio!

Not only bio sourcing is often more sustainable (not by essence, but because it comes with a renewable credential), it can also sometimes exceed the properties of other materials. Let’s take a few examples starting with one that made a buzz in the recent weeks: Graphene has been at the core of intensive research for the new generation of high performance materials for the last decade. In simple terms, graphene is a two-dimensional atomic crystal made up of carbon atoms arranged in a hexagonal lattice and is the thinnest and strongest compound ever discovered (between 100-300 times stronger than steel),[...]
Dr. Ing. Elodie Bugnicourt
Project Manager Officer
PhD in Polymer & Composite Materials
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Advanced Factories Congress/Expo

During the 4th to 6th of April the Advanced Factories Congress and Expo was held in Barcelona (Spain). In this congress, some of the latest technology and approaches for factory automation were on display. This new generation of industrial development is also known as Industry 4.0, which has become a buzzword for the next industrial revolution in which Cyber-physical systems, 3D-printing, Advanced Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, among others, are being incorporated into the manufacturing environment. IRIS's Marketing Manager, Carlota Feliu gave a presentation (see above photo) of ‘Hypera’ , IRIS's  in-line foreign body sensor for the food[...]
PhD David Nettleton
Data Scientist
PhD in Artificial Intelligence
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