Abou the consortium

Experts in Robotics and Digital health


The consortium combines partners with expertise in digital health and robotics with scientists involved in social, affective, and human-aware robotics, and two companies with business and research experience in the use of robots for social and medical care. All seven have Research at the core of their activities.

Is currently the leading Technology Centre in Catalonia, and the second largest private research organization in Southern Europe. Eurecat manages a turnover of 52M€ and 650 professionals, is involved in more than 200 R&D projects and has a customer portfolio of over 1.700 business clients.

In addition to this wide experience at European level, Eurecat is also a strong player in the various R&D programmes sponsored by the Spanish administrations. Technology transfer is also an essential activity in Eurecat, with 156 patents and 7 technology-based start-up companies.

Its R&D, innovation and training activities span from Industrial Technologies to Digital Technologies, Sustainability and Biotech. Additionally, Eurecat has been accepted by the European Commission as a KETs (Key Enabling Technologies) Technology Centre in order to collaborate with SMEs on close-tomarket research and innovation activities. The Project tasks will be developed by the Robotics and Automation Unit and the Digital Health Unit.

Stablished in 1997, is one of the youngest public universities in Spain. However, it has successfully fulfilled the first stage of development with more than 12,000 students. Despite its relatively short life, it was recently classified as one of the most productive universities in Spain in terms of research.

UPO’s Service Robotics Laboratory (https://robotics.upo.es) will participate in the project. The group is part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science of UPO. The researchers of the group have strong expertise in social robotics, robot navigation and control, decentralized sensor fusion, multi-robot systems and decisionmaking under uncertainty.

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The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya is one of the world’s premier online Higher Education universities, now engaging more than 70,000 students. The UOC’s research, innovation and transfer activity is organised into the Doctoral School and 51 R&I groups conducted within the University’s faculties and at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), the UOC research institute specializing in research on the network society.

The UOC has two other centres for R&I collaborations: the eLearn Center (eLC) and the eHealth Center (eHC). UOC continuously works to bolster its international profile through initiatives that increase its research partnerships. Further information on UOC’s research, projects and transfer to society can be found at: http://transfer.rdi.uoc.edu/en/knowledge-map.

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PAL Robotics makes humanoid and assistive robots for research, logistics, retail, and social. Our mission is to create disruptive service robots that solve everyday problems and enhance society’s quality of life. PAL Robotics builds robot parts, personalized robot platforms, and robots for different service industries. The company also offers a range of robotic components – including actuation modules, robotic arms, and mobile bases along with software, i.e. navigation and manipulation software.

PAL Robotics’ robots operate in crowded environments, regularly tested in shopping malls, museums, and conference centers, ensuring their interaction with hundreds of people. Safety considerations are included in the design of the robots and movement definition. Currently, PAL Robotics has more than 60 employees specialized in a range of disciplines, such as mechanical and electronic design, software HRI, movement control, vision, and navigation, amongst others.

LIGHTHOUSE Disruptive Innovation Group Europe is the subsidiary of LIGHTHOUSE Disruptive Innovation Group LLC. registered in Boston (USA). Since its founding in 2019, has been a recognized reference of developing products and services from applied research.

LDIG has the capabilities to cover the full spectrum, from managing research consortium, applying for funding, coordinating research projects, leading clinical studies, to implementing and developing the solution and its business plan.

LIGHTHOUSE has worked with Pillohealth Inc, a social robot for health applications, and SIMA Robotics, a social robot for educational purposes and WeShareCare a platform for continuity care.

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Fundesalud is the Public Foundation (non-profit) ascribed to the Regional Ministry of Health and Social Services at the Government of Extremadura that manages both research and training programs at the Regional Health (SES) and Social care (SEPAD) system in Extremadura. In addition, FundeSalud works in collaboration with University of Extremadura (UEx) and other public or private research centres, providing resources, staff and facilities to develop any biomedical research activity in the autonomous region of Extremadura (Spain), as well as piloting and validation of health technology in different projects.

Experience or Expertise of the organization according to the project tasks to be carried out: SES is managed by a powerful Healthcare Information System (JARA) that provides 100% electronic prescription and an integrated medical record (primary and specialized care) from 1M of people, including medical records, images, lab test, prescription, human resources, finances, procurements and contracts.

Fundació Sant Joan de Déu is a private non-profit research organization founded in 2002. Its mission is to contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of people by fostering, supporting and managing the research and innovation activities of Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (PSSJD) amongst other linked organizations.

FSJD offers specialized services and support to the Hospital’s Investigators and their research activities. Its linked third-party Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (PSSJD) is a private non-profit institution and a reference center

healthcare, teaching and research facilities integrated in two areas of specialization: Mental Health services and the General Hospital.

Its served area approximately includes one and a half million people. It also focuses on bringing together basic research scientists and research clinicians in the areas of public health, mental disorders and disability. Several consolidated research groups are part of IRSJD, including the Healthcare technologies and results in primary healthcare and mental health (PRISMA) research group, led by Dr. Antoni Serrano.