Eurecat is the major Technology Centre of Catalonia and provides the industrial and business sector with differential technology and advanced expertise. It offers solutions to their innovation needs and boosts their competitiveness in a fast-paced environment.

The range of services offered by the centre are primarily focused on: applied R&D, technological services, information technology consulting, highly specialized training, product and service development, and promotion and distribution of technological innovation.

Eurecat aims its services at all business sectors but especially at seven key strategic areas identified by the regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation, RIS3Cat: Food, Energy and Resources, Industrial Systems, Design-based Industries, Industries related to sustainable mobility, Health Industries and cultural, experience-based industries.

The research unit involved in this project is Robotics and Automation (R&A), devoted to perform research and new developments in the field of robotics. Within the R&A unit, the Autonomous Systems group focuses on applied research on mobile robotics for civil applications involving complex task automation performed by ground and aerial robots. They also have experience in sensor data fusion and seamless navigation (indoors and outdoors positioning using GNSS, laser, cameras and other sensors). The Autonomous Systems unit of Eurecat is leading the Autonomous Navigation Topic Group in euRobotics AISBL association and the NATO STO Exploratory Team 009 and Lecture Series 271 working on Standard Interfaces and Development Tools for Unmanned Systems. Furthermore, the group is actively collaborating with national and international private companies in the field of autonomous robotics operations and robots manufacturers.  This cooperation provides Eurecat with the required feedback of the application needs and technology gaps to facilitate the acceptance of potential end users.

Eurecat participated in the projects Scenic and TestCase aiming to define and implement an European simulation and testing centralised access sytem aiming to promote and harmonizae main GNSS tools and facilities in Europe. This is currently the GSTI initiative (GNSS Sumilation and Testing Infrastructure) available at eurecat.org.

Related product / technologies

The main expertise accumulated in R&D projects that will be used in LOGIMATIC project are:

  • Seamless navigation algorithms and techniques for indoor/outdoor transitions and vice versa.
  • Simulation and testing of GNSS systems (GPS, Galileo) for performance evaluation and application-level validation.
  • GNSS receiver techniques in harsh environments (urban, high multipath, interference), with special focus on position integrity.
  • Robust integrated localization based on the integration of multiple sensors (IMU, laser, electro-optical, WLAN, Bluetooth).
  • GNSS augmentations and collaborative positioning techniques.
  • Guidance, path planning and obstacle avoidance for mobile vehicles

Team presentation

Daniel Serrano – MSc in Software Engineering from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (2003) and MSc in Robotics and Automation from Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya (2015). His research career has been carried out within the Industry, working for small companies and spin-offs with highly technological and research activities. After a period working on real-time embedded systems in the aeronautic division of Indra Sistemas (Spain), he joined SeeByte Ltd. (UK) as the Solutions manager of the Copilot system, a dynamic positioning for ROVs in offshore infrastructure inspections. Daniel has been head of the Autonomous Systems unit in Eurecat since 2009 and technical lead to several EU and national projects involving autonomous navigation and perception solutions for mobile robotics in several domains. He also led a NATO STO exploratory team and lecture series on “Software frameworks (ROS, MOOS, etc.) and interface standards (JAUS, STANAGs, etc.) to command autonomous robots”.

Jesus Pablo González – MSc in Telecommunications Engineering with special training on Aerospace Science and Technology by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) and agile project management methodologies. He was involved in the validation tests of MIRAS instrument in the framework of SMOS Mission (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) of the European Space Agency. He worked as a Business Development Assistant in the Space division of Mier Comunicaciones S.A., being involved in projects such as Galileo, ICO Satellite, SMOS and Planck, among others. He was member of the AESS Branch if IEEE (Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society, a chapter of IEEE) in the university. He is currently in charge of project promotion and management in the Programmes Public Department of Eurecat