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Coordinator (University)

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, UC3M

Coordinator website

Year Established



Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Robotics Lab. Avenida de la Universidad, 30, Leganés 28911, SPAIN, 28911, Madrid (Spain)


Social Media

Contact information

Carlos Balaguer (coordinator)
+34 91 624 9426/



Robotics Digital Innovation Hub in the Community of Madrid is officially committed with R&D and technology transfer to society and industry. The consortium is formed by the six leading R&D centres in Madrid: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (coordinator), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, and is distributed throughout the the region of Madrid: Madrid, Leganes, Arganda del Rey, Alcorcón, Alcalá de Henares, etc. Several types of industries are also part of the RoboCity2030 hub: spin-offs created from the DIH, technological supporting partners (mainly tech SMEs) and end-users (hospitals, big multinational companies, etc.). We are collaborating and providing services to +30 companies and hospitals in the region. Robocity2030 DIH is officially approved and co-funded by the Region of Madrid.

Nodo robótico en la Comunidad de Madrid está comprometido oficialmente con la I+D, la transferencia tecnológica a la industria y a la sociedad. Es un consorcio formado por seis centros madrileños líderes en I+D en el área: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (coordinador), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Universidad de Alcalá, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos y Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Diversos actores de la industria forman parte del “hub” de RoboCity2030: spin-offs creadas desde el mismo, socios tecnológicos (principalmente PYME tecnológica) y usuarios finales (hospitales, compañías multinacionales, etc.). Colaboramos y prestamos servicios a +30 empresas o hospitales. El DIH RoboCity2030 está oficialmente aprobado y cofinanciado por la Comunidad de Madrid.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

Robotics is considered one of the disruptive technologies that will change the lives of citizens in the coming decades. Following the EU guidelines on the creation of Digital Innovation Hubs, RoboCity2030 is an eco-system of robotics in the Community of Madrid. It is aligned with the euRobotics’ MAR and the RIS3 strategy of the Community of Madrid, and is committed to organize activities and provide services for the digital transformation of the reginal industry.


The RoboCity2030 hub represents one of the strongest robotics nucleuses not only in Spain, but also at European level. Its members have a great prestige and they lead European projects and technological platforms, they are in Committees and International Boards, and they have an important presence in the Science and Technology system of the Community of Madrid.


Among our records we can include: +30 Spanish industries (50% of them SME) • Support to automatization and robotization in SME in the region of Madrid. • Support for proofs-of-concept demonstrators. • Support to robotic business incubators in the region ( • Support for the creation of industrial robotics based on new services and business models. • Support for robotics end-users. •Technology consulting (•Proof of concept service ( •Training of professionals in the industry to implement automatization and digitalization ( • Organization of thinktanks and forums for digitalization of Industry. • Dissemination (

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Construction
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Health and social work
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Robotics for Education

Robotics for Education. • What service(s) provided: Proofs-of-concept of educational robots in our installations. Specialization course for the teachers in this subjects in schools and educational centres. • The relation with digitization? Digital infrastructures’ services Name customer, contact details: CREA Robótica Educativa (

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Robotics in Aerospace Industry

Robotics in Aerospace Industry • What service(s) provided: Services provided to AIRBUS (largest multinational company in the aerospace sector). Proof-of-concept for aerospace robotics, including space rovers, astronauts’ suit, UAVs, manufacturing processes, and training robotics facilities. Training: addressing the training needs of the company staff in Getafe (Madrid) and also in Puerto Real (Cádiz) and in Albacete (Spain) with robotics and automation courses • The relation with digitization? Digital aerospace robotics and automation, and training • Name customer, contact details: AIRBUS. Also, ESA and Arquimea are companies involved in this service.

More details:

Robotics for Maintenance and Inspection of Civil Infrastructures

Robotics for Maintenance and Inspection of Civil Infrastructures • What service(s) provided: BOSCH (one of the biggest factories in Madrid). Conceptual design and testing of robotics solutions for maintenance and inspection tasks in: highway, tunnels, buildings, shafts, service galleries, etc. Improvement of the robotic cycle time and quality of the products. Technological consultation on how to introduce collaborative robots and artificial vision in the industry. • The relation with digitization? Digital infrastructures’ services. Name customer, contact details: BOSCH. Other collaborations such as Egnatia Odos highway (Greece), London tube (UK) and HUNOSA (Spain).

Robotics in Healthcare environments

Robotics in Healthcare environments • What service(s) provided: Services provided Hospital de Alcorcón (one of the biggest hospitals in south-west are of Madrid). Development and testing of different robotics solutions in real hospital environment and with real patients, in close coordination with medical experts (i.e. development of upper limbs neuro-rehabilitation using new robots). • The relation with digitization? Digital Hospitals and Healthcare centres • Name customer, contact details: Hospital de Alcorcon. Similar collaborations with Hospital La Paz de Madrid, Hospital de Parapléjicos de Toledo, etc.


Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure



Number of employees


Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope



  • Regional funding


Number of customers annually


Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals


Arquimea (Associated partner)

Partner Type

Large enterprise


Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)

Partner Type



Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)

Partner Type



Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)

Partner Type



Universidad de Alcalá (UAH)

Partner Type




Partner Type

Research & Technology organization


Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)

Partner Type



Technological competences

  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
Last updated: 27/08/18 12:01