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The CTIC Technology Center is an expert institution in the field of ICT. It serves as headquarters of the W3C International Consortium and works on the theme areas of semantics, mobility, data analytics, energy and open government. 

Our technological domains are: Open Data and Transparency, CTIC is a key player in the European Open Data field, having taken part in dozens of Research and Development projects as well as implemented various Open Data initiatives at different governmental level. Web of Things, we work applying the web principles and tools to the IoT. For example scripting languages like JavaScript, formats like JSON and Linked Data or protocols such as HTTP and WebSockets. Data management, at CTIC Foundation we work with companies and organizations to get the best performance from their data, by combining the understanding of business intelligence and semantic technologies to process information. Web Standards - W3C, we offer consulting services on W3C web standards, and develop tools to optimize its application. Innovation strategies, we collaborate with Governments and Institutions in the design and deployment of Information Society, Social Innovation and Technological Development policies and strategies. Mobility and communication systems, we work under the W3C principle of "One Web", by which the information must be independent of the access device, the language or the skills people who access it have. 



The Institute of Smart Cities (ISC) is a research institute managed by Professor Ignacio R. Matías and participated by one hundred recognized researchers from the university departments of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Automation and Computing; Statistics and Operating Research; Projects and Rural Engineering; Public Law; Sociology; Mechanical, Energy and Materials Engineering; and Mathematical Engineering and Computing.

The ISC has established five main research lines, i.e., Sensors, Information & Communication Technologies, Energy, “Big Data” and the fifth one, named Enabler Systems, is cross-sectorial and provides support to the other technologies. The ISC’s main goal is encouraging a quality research, its transfer to the industry, and ultimately to the society.


Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

The Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research & innovation centre operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on the technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and Public Administration.

ISMB is organized in Research Areas focused on some core sectors of ICT: Advanced Computing & Electromagnetics, Applied Photonics, Mobile Solutions, Multi-Layer Wireless Solutions, Navigation Technologies, Pervasive Technologies and Innovation Development.

Since 2010, ten years after its foundation, ISMB extended its activities to process innovation, orienting its focus on priority themes of the European agenda. Such an evolution aims at exploiting excellences and results obtained by Research Areas into Strategic Programs that are interdisciplinary by nature. Smart City, Smart Energy and Smart Health are the strategic programs tackled by ISMB, representing the first step of a broader action aimed at high-value social projects. 

The aim of the Smart City Strategic Program is to promote the use of ICT as an enabling factor for an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to urban planning and management. Shortly after its creation, the Smart City Strategic Program launched a research effort with the aim to develop methods and tools for “Scientific Urban Management”. In short, the Smart City Strategic Program is developing open source Decision Support Systems integrating different Modelling & Simulation techniques to better predict and measure the impact of alternative smart city initiatives on the path towards the triple sustainability target (i.e. environmental, economic and social sustainability). The team of the Smart City Strategic Program believes that these tools will allow urban decision makers, solution providers and investment managers to predict, on the basis of a scientific approach, what initiatives will better contribute to implement the local smart city strategies, and to satisfy the real needs of the citizens, thus reducing the risks associated with the deployment of large-scale innovations in the urban context.



La Salle Ramón Llull

La Salle, with over three centuries of experience, is a founding member of the Ramon Llull University and is a university center that provides specialized university education in Architecture, Engineering and Management. With a clear international vocation, his teaching is interconnected through 75 Lasallian universities in over 83 countries worldwide.

La Salle Campus Barcelona is one of the first universities to offer specialized Smart Cities studies through its Master in Smart Grids and Smart Cities Technologies (MTSS). It is supported by Barcelona and other metropolitan area city councils as well as several local and global innovative industrial partners. Besides that, it relies on the knowledge of its own research groups and professors, with long-time experience on the sector through collaboration projects at European, National and Regional level. Their R&D expertise includes heterogeneous networks communications, IoT, cybersecurity, acoustics, etc. and they especially focus on applied research for the improvement of Smart City monitoring and management.



PPP for cities

The Specialist Centre on PPPs in Smart and Sustainable Cities (PPP for Cities) is a research, innovation and advisory center that aims to provide public administrations throughout the world with support in the organization, management and development of projects involving collaboration.

between the public and private sectors in the smart cities arena. It is also a partnership platform between companies and administrations from all over the world where they can further explore the dynamics of public-private partnerships, create guides to good practices and standards and design solutions to the issues facing cities.

The center is led by IESE Business School and is part of the United Nations’ International Centre of Excellence on PPPs program. It has the support and sponsorship of the Barcelona City Council and other public administrations and private companies. The headquarters of the PPP for Cities is IESE’s PPSRC in collaboration with the Cities in Motion program.




The research network on Smart and sustainable cities is a collaborative project where different research groups, departments, centres and campus infrastructures develop their joint capacities to create new multidisciplinary research activities. The Smart and sustainable cities CORE initiative is located in the University Autonoma of Barcelona. It is a network composed by scientific specialists in areas related with the sustainable management of urban environments.  Research interests cover a wide range of topics from the Economical and sociological aspects of industrial ecological design or the development of public urban design policies, to the application of specific technologies to innovative solutions for management of mobility and resources like energy, waste and water.  The network has a flexible structure to provide technological answers to specific societal challenges.

Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) is an innovative university that provides people with lifelong learning and education opportunities. Our aim is to help individuals meet their learning needs and provide them with full access to knowledge, above and beyond the usual scheduling and location constraints. 

The Faculty of Computer Science, Multimedia and Telecommunications, in collaboration with the studies of city management, offer specialized Smart Cities studies through the Posgraduate degree Smart Cities: Ciudad y Tecnología, a balanced program covering both aspects of city management and technology, providing the student with a cross and real vision of smart cities.