Keeping an eye on the real needs of the sector

R & D is a fundamental prerequisite to take the path of innovation by which we put in place and apply the acquired knowledge, adding value, with the sole objective of improving the quality of life of people with some type of dependence and those of their families.


Publications in scientific magazines

The results of the work done by IRD researchers is already showing interesting outcomes and has been published in prestigious, international scientific journals.

Participation in conferences

The R & D team has taken part in various national and international congresses and conferences in the robotics and healthcare industry.


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

MuDERI Dataset

The firts multimodal database for Emotion Recognition among Individuals with Intellectual Disability, free open source.

The IRD as a PARTNER in H2020

The Institute of Robotics for Dependency has led the creation of international consortia to participate in EU funded programmes in Horizon 2020.
With the aim to exploit the synergies between different entities, grow in knowledge and bring the benefits of the developments created and driven by the IRD, it has sought the collaboration and knowledge of those entities with which joining forces multiplies the result.

ETHICAL COMMITTEE: Project validation

All tests should be conducted under the strictest criteria of quality, security and safety for the end users, according to the guidelines stipulated by the professionals and with the express consent of families and with the prior approval of the experts from the Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee validates the projects selected by the Strategic Council to be developed.

STRATEGIC COUNCIL: Selection and prioritization of projects

The IRD has created the figure of a Scientific Committee comprised of key representatives of institutions and families. Its mission is to assess the sector’s needs and decide which developments should be prioritized are and how to address them according to certain variables as cost, ease, impact and others. The projects originate, on the one hand, from the new possibilities that constantly offers us the technology developments and on the other, from the guidelines set by the Strategic Council on specific requests from users, families, professionals and institutions and from collaborations with partners such as universities and companies requesting our participation. New projects are presented to the IRD’s Strategic Council every three months. The projects are aimed at obtaining a final product, useful and convenient to its beneficiary, at a reasonable cost and always complying with legal regulations.

Fundació Ave Maria

The Institute of Robotics for Dependency has inherited from the Ave María Foundation the history of innovations developed by it, with the aim of being able to update and improve those successful projects and to be able to make new initiatives a reality with an international scope of action and in a more efficient and specialized.

The history of innovations developed by the Ave María Foundation in the areas of care and labor inclusion, its desire to delve in this direction, specializing, the desire to be more effective and increase impact, led us to found, in January 2015, the Institute of Robotics for Dependency (IRD).


The IRD has signed agreements with the main entities to collect all those needs that have not yet been resolved and for which technology could provide a solution. To this end, workshops have been organized in which work is done with different actors (dependent persons, families, professionals and entities), in which needs are raised and ideas are developed. These are subsequently evaluated by the Scientific Committee and prioritized according to their cost of development, the ease of development, the impact for their beneficiaries or the cost for the end user.

The Institute for Robotics for Dependency (IRD) is a member of:

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All the ideas received are very important for the IRD: our experts will work on them and complement them to take them to the Strategic Council.


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