UC3M presents the 2024 R&D&I Challenges programme

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The Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) is launching the fifth edition of the "R&D&I Challenges" programme, an initiative of the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research and Transfer to promote innovation in the industrial sector through multidisciplinary research at UC3M.

The five challenges presented this year include shared reflections from UC3M staff, large companies and sectoral platforms, local SMEs, startups and spinoffs. These challenges are: Generative artificial intelligence for an evolving world; The era of connectivity, a new way of communicating; How neuroscience is improving mental health and inclusion; New materials, systems and fuels for sustainable aviation; and From nanotechnology and microtechnology to additive manufacturing.

47 researchers from different areas of the university and nearly 25 companies have participated in its development. This initiative demonstrates UC3M’s R&D&I capabilities to address the most relevant open innovation challenges through multidisciplinary collaboration between companies and experts from different organisations and areas of knowledge.

The presentation, which took place on the 6th of March at UC3M’s Science Park, was attended by UC3M’s Vice Rector for Research and Transfer, Luis Enrique García-Muñoz; the Deputy Minister of Universities, Research and Science of the Community of Madrid, Ana Ramírez de Molina; the General Director of the Centre for Technological Development and Innovation (CDTI, in its Spanish acronym), José Moisés Martín; and the Director of UC3M’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Support Service (SEI, in its Spanish acronym), Virgilio Díaz.

The first challenge, generative artificial intelligence, was also presented, with the participation of the University’s research staff and representatives of companies and startups. The event was moderated by Alberto Iglesias, journalist and director of the media outlet called "Disruptores e Innovadores".

Five demonstrations were also carried out:

  • BINDI, a UC3M project in the field of security for the prevention of violence against women.
  • UNUWARE, a UC3M startup specialised in AI for accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities.
  • AEON-T. An ESA-BIC industrial start-up dedicated to the industrialisation of the manufacture of lightweight composite parts.
  • 4D-BIOMAP, an ERC project aimed at biomechanical stimulation based on magneto-active polymers by 4D printing.

The closing ceremony was led by the General Director of Research and Technological Innovation of the Community of Madrid, Marina Villegas; and the Deputy Vice-Rector for Transfer, Innovation and the UC3M Science Park, Mario Merino.