Jordi Puigneró i Ferrer
President of i2CAT Foundation
The i2CAT Foundation, as the Government of Catalonia’s benchmark instrument in the field of Internet research and innovation, has to play a key role in the new “mission-driven” Catalan High-Tech programme
Catalonia needs to create a high-tech model of research and innovation in the ICT field that meets the technological challenges brought about by the deployment of the SmartCAT strategy set out by the Government of Catalonia and that improves the positioning of our ICT research in the European arena.
The high-tech programme must focus on research and disruptive innovation, starting with ICT, led by the public sector and then transferred to the private sector to generate economic growth, create jobs and achieve global leadership.
The i2CAT Foundation, as an open a creative centre, has to play a key role in this High-Tech programme.
During 2015, i2CAT led activities aligned with the SmartCAT strategy set out by the Government of Catalonia: the Internet of Things Catalan Alliance, the eHealth Telecremats platform or the Industrial Ring 4.0.
It also participated actively along with local companies and other research and academic institutions in defining several RIS3CAT communities.
In terms of research, i2CAT continued to strengthen its excellent position in Europe and was able to attract new European funding.
As for international collaborations, it entered into a strategic alliance with an American start-up to develop a new technology-based solution in Catalonia.
To sum up, during 2015 i2CAT successfully pursued several local and international R&D projects and strategic initiatives able to generate social and economic impact.
I would like to share this success with all the people, companies and institutions that made this achievement possible and to thank them for their talent, support and commitment.
Prof. Josep Paradells, new i2CAT Director. Welcome on board!
All our gratitude to Prof. Sebastià Sallent, our former and founding director!
Facts & Figures
Main initiatives with Board of Trustees institutions
Active involvement in the Research and Innovation Strategy for the Smart Specialization of Catalonia (RIS3CAT)
Collaboration with the Government of Catalonia to define IoT as an emerging technology within RIS3CAT pillar 2
During 2015 i2CAT has worked with the RIS3CAT communities of Health and Sustainable Mobility.
2 RIS3CAT Health projects have been granted.
i2CAT offices reshaping with open spaces to enhance creativity and innovation
to improve the corporate identity and the workplace comfort
The next step is to advance in the research of an internet based on intelligent systems and smart technologies.
The Internet of knowledge and creativity is the new challenge to face
The three i2CAT research areas are:
Internet Architectures & Services
Key player in the 5GPPP community
5G Network Architectures
Mobile Wireless Internet
Pioneers in indoor high-precision positioning based on Visible Light Communications
Internet of Things
Software Defined Wireless Networks (SDWN)
Cutting-edge media technologies for new content & experiences
Immersive & Interactive Media
Strenghten know-how generation towards market and society needs
Cutting-edge internet technologies to foster business innovation and generating a new digital society and economyABOUT US
i2CAT Foundation is a non-profit research and innovation centre which promotes mission-oriented R+D+i activities on advanced Internet architectures, applications and services. The centre stands up for a new open innovation framework, fostering the collaboration between companies, public administration, the academic environment and end-users.
Internet has produced a superabundance of data, information and networks. The next step is to advance in the research and innovation of an Internet based on intelligent systems and smart technologies.
The Internet of knowledge and creativity is the new challenge to face.
The i2CAT vision for the next 10 years is a networked smart world, a collaboratory based in a new generation of networked intelligent technologies and systems, a co-creating platform between machines, people and the environment for a sustainable and smart future.
More than 80 partner companies and organisations collaborated on R+D+i projects or dissemination activities with i2CAT in 2014. Some of them are:
i2CAT is a pioneer research institution in the adoption of the “quadruple helix” as a model of innovation, creating spaces for research with users, companies, universities and government. That technology transfer goes into the social network to improve quality of life and to help people to learn and develop knowledge and their creative skills.
i2CAT is committed with this innovative model and in 2015 went a step forward creating a Living Lab and Digital Social Innovation Group that pursues these research activities in synergy with other research areas and innovation business units of the centre.
The Group focusses on the research and design of these open and collaborative innovation environments using the most advanced digital technologies.
Thus, it has created the new methods for user engagement through a combination of traditional applied anthropological techniques and new approaches based in user-centred design technoanthropological theories.
Following some of the activities pursued in 2015:
|User-centered design for TV apps workshop in Zaragoza||TVRING|
|User-centered design methodology for cultural heritage workshop in Riga||AthenaPlus|
|User-centered design for TV apps workshop in Valencia||TVRING|
|FIWARE Knowledge Transfer Session||FI-Content 2|
|User-centered evaluation of distributed performances workshop in Ankara||RICHES|
|Open data for cultural heritage workshop for Diputació de Barcelona||AthenaPlus|
|User-centered design methodology for cultural heritage workshop in Barcelona||AthenaPlus|
|User panel pilot of HbbTV TVC application||TVRING|
|ULTRAORBISM Distributed Performance evaluation||Specifi / RICHES|
|Empúries+ augmented reality app field trials||I AM|
|User evaluation of Specifi Open Call projects||Specifi|
|Open large-scale pilot of HbbTV TVC application||TVRING|
|Apps & Cultura FIWARE hack-at-home competition||FI-Content 2RICHES|
|Specifi performing arts Open Call||SpecifiI AM|
During 2015, i2CAT has maintained its key role in the ICT H2020 Work Programme.
The success in the Horizon 2020 calls for funding during 2015 it is a remarkable achievements. Thanks to the effort and quality research developed by the different areas and departments, i2CAT has obtained 9 new H2020 projects. These are the topics:
Special reference should be make of:
It is also remarkable that throughout the 2015 i2CAT has participated in 32 R&D European Research and Innovation projects.
i2CAT coordinates this H2020 project that proposes an intelligent hierarchical routing and paravirtualised architecture.
Fully aligned and committed to the 5G-PPP principles and KPIs, the project brings together 10G-wireless access and 100G fixed optical solutions through an intelligent cloud radio-access-network (C-RAN) and intelligent radio remote head (RRH) platform with IPv6 Trust Node routing featuring very low-latency for the traffic management.
i2CAT coordinates this H2020 project that aims to create new formats of television, bringing revolutionary ways to watch TV at home. A novel form of broadcast omnidirectional video, content production and delivery that offers end-users a coherent audiovisual experience across head mounted displays, second screens and the traditional TV set, instead of having their attention divided across them.
i2CAT leads the Technical coordination of this H2020 project within the 5G-PPP initiative.
Dynamically Reconfigurable Optical-Wireless Backhaul/Fronthaul with Cognitive Control Plane for Small Cells and Cloud-RANs
5G-XHaul proposes a converged optical and wireless network solution able to flexibly connect Small Cells to the core network. Exploiting user mobility, our solution allows the dynamic allocation of network resources to predicted and actual hotspots.
During 2015 i2CAT has set up synergies with the local companies with the aim to design and deploy pre-commercial trials for technological and functional validation purposes.
The entity is coordinating with local partners, public administrations and users, to produce innovative market-oriented technologies and solutions that have an actual and added-value impact in the society and economy.
Following four of the lines that i2CAT is working in: