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The ISC's areas of work are four:

  1. Data analysis and signal processing: Focused on the analysis and extraction of knowledge from all types of sources through different mathematical and statistical techniques including modelling, simulation, data mining, Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.
  2. Internet of Things: Which seeks to improve the functioning of the cities, factories and homes of the future by using millions of sensors, actuators and devices that communicate with each other and with people to provide a better quality of life to its inhabitants and a more efficient use of all its resources
  3. Sustainability and energy efficiency: Essential to make the above developments viable in the long term without damaging the natural environment on which we depend.
  4. Intelligent Environments: The final result of the aforementioned developments. The harmonious combination of ubiquitous and intelligent technology, based on limited resources, with the people and societies that want to use it.

These areas represent an extraordinarily broad and difficult field of work. Currently, ISC members promote five main lines of action that allow interdisciplinary collaboration among the members of the fifteen different research groups that are represented in the Institute.

  1. Sensors and sensor networks: Including wireless sensors for different environments and infrastructures, fibre optic sensors for energy efficiency, structural monitoring of infrastructures and civil works or environmental monitoring, biomedical sensors, etc.
  2. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT): Combining traditional communication infrastructures with new high capacity and/or very low energy consumption mobile communication protocols. Examples include advanced antenna configurations (multifunctional antennas) or high-bandwidth wireless communications systems at millimeter frequencies.
  3. Energy: The activity in this line of business is focused on the development of new renewable energy sources, their integration into networks and micro smart electricity grids and the associated power electronics.
  4. Big Data: It includes activities related to data mining or artificial intelligence, as well as privacy and access to a large amount of data, closely linked to everything related to the provision of e-services by public administrations, companies, health services, etc.
  5. Enabling systems. This is a transversal line of research aimed at supporting the rest of technologies in organizational, technical and legal decision-making for the implementation of on-line administration and government services such as e-health or e-learning, the design of environments in conditions of accessibility and integration of different groups and the optimization in the use of all types of resources.