Who we are?
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 with the number 1,709. 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.
The IRD’s mission is to improve the quality of life of dependent persons, their families and the professionals who support them, through the most advanced technology, promoting the production of innovative products that transform the current state-of-the-art, transferring our knowledge, with efficiency, quality, safety and sustainability.
To be an international benchmark in the application of technological innovations in the field of dependency.
The IRD’s mission is to improve the quality of life of dependent people, their families and the professionals who offer them support, by means of the most advanced technology, promoting the development of innovative products that transform the current state of things, transferring our knowledge, acting with efficiency, quality, safety and sustainability.
Contribution of social value
WHAT WE DO?
The Institute of Robotics for Dependency (Instituto de Robótica para la Dependencia in Spanish) 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.
In addition, the IRD facilitates robotics research, with special emphasis on the educational aspect and the transfer of knowledge from and to universities, promoting advanced domotics, software and other innovative adaptations to avoid repetitive work to families and healthcare care professionals.
The Institute of Robotics for Dependency promotes collaboration within institutions to achieve new goals and developments, stimulating interaction and networking between IRD researchers and other national and international institutions.
The innovations track record of the Ave Maria Foundation in the care and healthcare sector, their willingness to make further progress into this direction, specializing, the desire to be more effective and increase the impact, led us to create, in January 2015, the Institute of Robotics for Dependency.
The Ave Maria Foundation is a private non-profit organization recognized by the Generalitat of Catalonia, that offers specialized care to adults with intellectual disabilities since 1987. During these 30 years, the Foundation has carried out many projects in order to provide innovative, low cost practical solutions, which will provide a clear benefit to both people with disabilities, their families and the professionals that support them. Today the IRD inherits these solutions with the challenge of updating and continue working to bring innovation to the dependency sector from within the sector.
A short but successful journey
Created in 2015, in its short history the IRD has signed alliances with the main players in the disability sector, with leading robotics companies, as well as publishing articles in international scientific journals, presenting studies at several conferences leading the creation of European H2020 consortiums and has reached agreements with different European universities and research centers. eliciting praise for the project among experts and sages in the dependency and technology sector.
Networking and institutional collaboration
With the aim of taking advantage of the synergies between different entities, growing in knowledge and spreading the benefits of the developments created and promoted by the IRD, it has sought the collaboration and knowledge of those entities with which the sum of efforts multiplies the result. Thus, it has signed agreements with Full Inclusion, Dincat or Ecom in Spain, the Confederation of Family Organizations in the European Union (COFACE) in Europe, among others, with Spanish universities and from all over the world, with international research centers or with robotics companies. and artificial intelligence.