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University Research Institutes

University Institute of Cybernetic Science and Technology


The University Institute of Cybernetic Science and Technology was created as a result of the transformation of the current International Centre for Computer Science Research (CIIC, in Spanish). It was set up as an inter-disciplinary university institute with an international approach, focussing on basic and applied research in computer and computing science and technology, system theory, cognitive sciences, artificial perception, computer bio-medicine, computer neuroscience, computer economics, information technology and robotics.

University Institute of Applied Microelectronics


The roots of the University Institute of Applied Microelectronics lie in the Applied Microelectronics Research Laboratory, set up in 1988 when it received European funding for its inclusion in the initial group of laboratories of the Eurochip programme. This funding came from the PATMOS European project for researching in Microelectronics, and from the Spanish Programme of microelectronics for setting up and equipping Microelectronics labs in Spain. This lab is associated with the Higher Technical School of Telecommunication Engineering.

University Institute for Animal Health and Food Security


This Institute was set up by the Canary Islands Government in 2002 with a view to becoming a benchmark at regional, national and international levels in animal health and food security matters. Its structure is divided into five major research lines: Pathological anatomy; Epidemiology and preventative medicine; animal reproduction; aquaculture and marine genetics and infectious diseases and ichthyopathology. Its staff include sixty researchers, including university lecturers, grant students, employees, project experts and collaborators. Two doctorate programmes taught in the labs of this Institute have been awarded the Special Mention for Quality by the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science.

Institute of Intelligent Systems and Numercial Applications in Engineering (SIANI)


Technological progress, which guarantees citizens of any country an improvement in quality of life, in both material and personal terms, originates in scientific and technological advances made in research centres, in universities and in the R&D laboratories of advanced technology industries. The human potential of universities is, together with their material resources, one of the most important assets of a country, and it should be properly and efficiently organised to carry out basic and applied scientific research to high standards, research which should also fulfil the requirement of being useful to both the university and society in general.

University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Development (TIDES)


The multidisciplinary University Institute of Tourism and Sustainable Development (TIDES) was created in March 2010 with the commitment to promote innovative and sustainable tourist development in order to generate positive economic, social and environmental effects for society. This initiative enjoys considerable social and business support in the Canary Islands, as it aims to lead research in tourism and to bring together work being carried out in sustainable development in the region. TIDES has started up in the ULPGC with the incorporation of 45 researchers from nine different departments who, for a number of years, have been working on different aspects relating to tourism.

University Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communication (IDeTIC)


The University Institute for Technological Development and Innovation in Communication (IDeTIC) aims to plan, promote, carry out and disseminate research activities in signalling, communication, telematics and bioengineering, as well as to train research staff in these areas. It was created in 2010 and it roots lie in the Technological Centre for Innovation in Communications (CeTIC), which brought together prestigious ULPGC research groups in the fields of Photonic Technology and Communications, Digital Processing of Biological Signals and Communications Engineering. The institute participates in high-level research activities on a national and international level, with stable, long-lasting links with other national research groups belonging to the Politécnica de Madrid, Carlos III, Politécnica de Cataluña, La Laguna and Zaragoza Universities.

University Institute of Oceanography and Global Change (Iocag)


The University Institute of Oceanography and Global Change has a solid team of scientists and lecturers of long-standing experience who have been working in the field of marine science for several decades and have set themselves three objectives: the first, is to act as the Atlantic bridge of the Europe-Africa-America axis in marine affairs. Secondly, the Institute aims to be an international starting and reception point for teaching, R&D+I (innovation) and knowledge transfer in marine science, health, energy, water, economics, tourism and marine-related ICT. Finally, it also aims to push forward a model to make the most of marine resources in order to facilitate local and island economic development.