Instituto de Robótica para la Dependencia

Improving people’s life through robotics and assistive technology

The Institute of Robotics for Dependency (IRD or Instituto de Robótica para la Dependencia in Spanish) is a private foundation, based in Sitges, Barcelona. It is a non-profit organization, registered in the Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte of Spain (nº 1,709).

The IRD promotes and encourages research and training in robotics and assistive technology for disabled and dependant persons, in order to improve their quality of life, as well as the quality of life of their families and care professionals.

The institute was created by the Ave Maria Foundation with the aim to separate care activities from innovation after 30 years of experience, to specialize the Institute to become a point of reference worldwide.

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Eliminates errors in the classification of clothing in residences and facilitates labor inclusion


We are a technology center focused on R+D designed for and by its beneficiaries and able to perform our own tests tests with end users. This makes our projects more viable and cross-cutting, from the start (concept phase) to the end (implementation), thanks to the involvement of the people with disabilities from the Fundació Ave Maria and other collaborating centers.


The Institute of Robotics for Dependency offers to other R&D teams and companies a technology center for testing and development with end users.


We are convinced that our contribution in the field of innovation must be based on the real needs of dependent people and their families as well as professionals and institutions of the sector itself. From the IRD we want to promote the implementation of the advantages and solutions that robotics and modern technology bring, helping them reach the people who need them most. We create finalist and low cost products that solve real needs.


Anyone with knowledge engineering (IT, systems or industrial) can volunteer to help through robotics to people with disabilities.

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The support of people who voluntarily help us and collaborate with the Foundation through volunteering, needs requests, ideas suggestions and through donations is vital for the completion of present and future projects.

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Inés Arrimadas visita el Instituto de Robótica para la Dependencia

La Jefe de la Oposición y portavoz de Ciudadanos en el Parlamento de Cataluña, Inés Arrimadas, visitó las instalaciones del Instituto de Robótica para la Dependencia. Durante su visita tuvo ocasión de conocer de primera mano la labor de la Fundación y los proyectos de presente y de futuro en matèria de innovación en los que trabajamos.

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