LEITAT is a Technological Centre specialised in production technologies. It develops R&D activities in the areas of Materials, Chemistry, Biotechnology, Energy and Environment and Production. LEITAT has experience in 14 areas of knowledge which allows technological transfer to several industrial sectors.
One of LEITAT´s strategic lines is the promotion of Research, Development and Innovation (R&D&I) in the maritime sector within three distinct areas:
- research, development and innovation;
- new technologies
Two technical departments will be involved in the COMMON SENSE project:
- Smart System Unit: Expertise within this unit includes the design, development and deployment of electronic devices and wireless sensor and actuator networks. Knowledge of the integration of heterogeneous data sources into common platforms as well as data storage and analysis. Integration of renewable energy sources in power management systems and interfaces to smart grid is being also part of LEITAT activities in different projects.
- Maritime division: Focused on Maritime Science. It aims to offer high added value solutions for technological challenges required by maritime companies, technological transfer and R&D&I, approaching the maritime industry.
LEITAT is focused on industrialisation and offers expertise in manufacturability studies and economical evaluation of fabrication processes, including the study of the operational sequence for productivity assessment, optimisation and implementation. Website: www.leitat.org
Role of LEITAT in COMMON SENSE: LEITAT is the COMMON SENSE coordinating institute and is mainly involved in WP1 - Current and comprehensive understanding of in-situ ocean observing systems and EU legislation; WP2 – Integrated basis for cost-effective sensors development; WP4 – Transversal sensor development and sensor integration, WP6 – Sensors for in-situ monitoring of microplastics; and WP10 – Dissemination and Knowledge Management, among others.
LEITAT staff engaged in the COMMON SENSE project:
|Raquel de Sousa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and a Ph.D. in Cellular Biology from the same university. She did her postdoctoral work in the BioScience Center at San Diego State University (California, USA) where she was first introduced to project management. Currently she works as an International Project Manager responsible for the Biotechnology and Bioeconomy areas in the International Projects Office of LEITAT Technological Center. She will be the manager in charge of the financial and administrative coordination of COMMON SENSE.|
|Jordi Suárez holds the degree of Electronics Engineering of the University Polytechnic of Catalunya. Since 2006, he has specialised in the development of smart systems and has participated in numerous Spanish and European projects relating to the application of such devices at industrial level. He is part of the team of investigators of LEITAT’s R&D Department, developing prototypes in R&D&I projects, from which several industrial patents have arisen. Jordi is an active member of European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration.|
|Lola Rodriguez holds a degree in Translation and Interpretation and a Postgraduate in Port Operations. She has eight years’ experience in managing multidisciplinary projects concerning the maritime sector, projects mainly concerning environmental issues/impact (local, national and EU). In LEITAT she is responsible for the Maritime Division, defining strategies and seeking for new business opportunities. She is mainly involved in projects related to environmental issues, safety and tourism. She works with maritime clusters and technology platforms.|
|Laia Piñol holds a degree in Environmental Sciences and a Master’s in Sustainable Management of Coastal and Marine Systems. She has six years’ experience in participating in maritime projects mainly concerning environmental issues and their activity’s impact. In LEITAT, she works as a Project Manager in the Maritime Division carrying out several autonomic, national and European projects concerning waste management and treatment and innovative initiatives for leisure sailing, tourism, among others.|
|Sergio Martinez is an engineer in computer systems and Electronics at University of Barcelona. He started his professional career at the Electronics Department, where he specialised in the development of embedded systems and wireless communications sector. This activity was combined with his Master’s studies in electronics engineering, focusing on instrumentation and communication systems. Nowadays he is developing his career at the Smart Systems department, at LEITAT Technological Center. He contributes to providing solutions based on embedded software development with wired (CAN) or wireless (Zigbee, 6LoWPAN, Bluetooth Low Energy), communications for a short or middle range. Most of his activities are developed in the framework of European projects.|
|Dr. Yi Guo holds a degree in Telecommunication Engineering (2004) and a PhD (2011) in Computer Science (specialty in Microelectronics). She graduated from Hefei University of Technology (HFUT, Hefei, P.R. China) with B.S degree in telecommunication engineering in 2004. In 2006, she got the M.S. degree in System-on-Chip from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden). In December 2011, she got her PhD degree in Computer Science (specialty in Microelectronics) from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Barcelona, Spain). Her doctor thesis is related to GNSS-R missions from ICE-CSIC. After that she worked at IMB-CNM (CSIC, Barcelona, Spain) from December 2011 to contribute a project related with the Wireless Sensor Network security. In 2013, she joined in the EPFL STI IMT-NE ESPLAB (Neuchatel, Switzerland) as a Post-doc, and contributed to an Ultra Wide Band (UWB) indoor positioning project. In 2014, she came back to Spain and joined IMB-CNM (CSIC, Barcelona, Spain) again as a technique coordinator for a Smart-city Demo. Then she joined the SPCOMNAV group at UAB to simulate and analysis the High Sensitivity GNSS Receiver for Indoor/Urban Scenario. Currently she works in LEITAT Technological Centre as R&D researcher in the Smart Systems Department.|
Sirio Beneitez Alvarez is a Telecommunications Engineer in Electronic Systems and final year student of Ingeniería Superior en Telecomunicaciones at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, where he carried out various academic projects related to embedded systems programming, parameterization of antennas, radiation and waveguide, Telecommunications networks, optical and wireless communications, and analog circuit design, among others.
Jordi Ricart Campos has a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and electronic enginier from the same University. His research career has focused on the development, modelling and testing of electronic devices. He has worked during 15 years in the sector of electronic devices and systems in task of design, development and testing. The main activity has focused on devices sensors and actuators for space applications. He has participated in various conferences and has publications in international journals in the field of sensors and electronic devices design and development. The work activity has been carried out on the academic center and private companies.