Fundación Tecnalia research and innovation, Spain

Logo TECNALIAFundación TECNALIA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (www.tecnalia.com) is, from the 1st of January 2011, a private, non profit, research organisation resulting from the merging of eight research centers: Cidemco, ESI, EUVE, Fatronik, Inasmet, Labein, Leia and Robotiker.

TECNALIA is the leading private research and technology entity in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe, employing 1500 people (164 PhDs). TECNALIA operates in all the fields of today and tomorrow’s industry: Industry and Transport, ICT, Sustainable Development, Innovation Systems and Health and Quality of Life. TECNALIA is very active in FP7, participating in 169 projects and coordinating 34 of them. The keys turning the vision of TECNALIA into reality are marked by: its private nature; the focusing of its activity on Applied Research; the fact that it is a centre of international excellence (international R+D contracts, foreign researchers, and international accompaniment of local industries, licenses, IP, etc.); the impact it has on local industry (R+D and Innovation projects with companies, spin offs, training, E+C services); its openness; and the fact that it has become a centre that attracts people who want to develop their creativity, and organisations (networks) keen to interact and co-generate knowledge with TECNALIA. The Health & Quality of Life (H&QoL) Unit (former Fatronik and Robotiker Research centers) is focused on the ICT application to Assistive Technologies for disabled and elderly people, developing solutions for autonomy, safety, independence and quality of life at home: e-health, assistive robotics, solutions to make the caretaker’s job easier, prevention of physical and cognitive deterioration, rehabilitation and compensation of motor and cognitive impairments and promotion of social life. The H&QoL Unit also works in Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) and smart home technologies, working on regional, national and European R&D&i projects.