Instituto Tecnológico de Informática

Instituto Tecnológico de Informática (ITI) is a Spanish private Research & Technology organization located in Valencia, Spain. ITI is a Competence Centre in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), established in 1994 by a joint initiative of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV), the Valencian Institute of Business Competitiveness (IVACE), and a group of companies from the ICT sector. ITI is also the coordinator of the Data Cycle Hub (https://www.iti.es/en/data-cycle-hub/), which is the reference one-stop shop DIH in the Valencia region to foster data driven and artificial intelligence-based innovation. The objective is to bridge the gap between research and industry, specifically SMEs, providing innovative solutions and services that require advanced data analytics, automatic learning and artificial intelligence. The DIH has connection to all relevant stakeholders: industry, regional agencies, accelerators, Chamber of Commerce, education, providing a rich ecosystem of technological companies working on these fields.

ITI Research and Innovation activity is developed by a team of more than 290 technologists (researchers and technicians), and is focused on 6 main digital enablers around the DATA CYCLE, primarily Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, but also other key digital enabling technologies like Cyber Physical Systems, IoT, Cloud and High Performance Computing Platforms or Statistics Optimization (see figure on the right). With a combination of all these enablers, ITI is providing solutions to different domains: a) IT industry, b) Manufacturing (Industry 4.0), c) Society (Health 4.0, Tourism, Cities, Buildings), d) Transport and e) Agriculture 4.0. All this activity confers ITI the possibility to give the following offer: Access to infrastructure and technology platforms, Access to specialist expertise on digitisation & applications, Collaborative research for Industry needs, Demonstrate best practices, Training and Education, Showcase technologies in pilot factories, fab-labs, Support experimentation in real-life environments.

ITI is a key player in the DATA arena both at Spanish and European levels. ITI is working actively in Big Dat Value Association (BDVA) as a founding member and member of the Board of Director. Also ITI is member of the Board of Directors of Gaia-X and member of the International Data Spaces Association (IDSA). At Spanish level ITI is leading the Data & AI group in Planetic and is coordinating very relevant projects in data, like EUHubs4Data, the federation of Data-driven innovation hubs in Europe; AI4ES, the network of excellence of enabling technologies related to data; INNDIH, the eDIH of the Valencia region; or DATAMITE, for DATA Monetization, Interoperability, Trading & Exchange.

Role of institution in the project

ITI’s role in the project is built on top of its experience in EU projects: it brings a strong technical background to Work Packages 4, 5 and 6, where it contributes by both providing technical expertise in health-related initiatives and tools developed in other projects, such as system monitoring, data pre-processing and deployment of stacks for AI training.

On the other Side, ITI brings business-related expertise to WPs 1 and 8, where it provides links to other international initiatives, such as Gaia-X and EUHubs4Data, and contributes to the business model definition and the operational deployment of business models.

Paolo Calciati

Paolo Calciati has a Master in Software Design in Lugano. He worked in Mexico City as Technology Architect for a startup distributing digital content, and as IT Strategy Consultant for Accenture in Milan. Next, he moved to Madrid to obtain his PhD in Software, Systems and Computation at UPM, after which he joined ITI as R&D Project Manager in 2020. Paolo is currently involved in European and regional projects ranging from data platforms for European Ports to applying AI algorithms to mosquitos bio-factories, where he is in charge of the coordination of technical teams and management of projects.

María Blasco Roca

María Blasco Roca is Computer Engineer from the Jaume I University of Castellón and Master's Degree in Software Engineering, Formal Methods and Information Systems, focused on Software Engineering, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Since 2009 she has been working at the ITI in the Technological Services Unit. She has specialized in the analysis, design and development of different solutions and projects, and has participated in R&D projects in collaboration with other companies and entities. She also performs advisory and consulting functions in technological migrations, defining scalable and robust architectures. Nowadays, she is the director of the Big Data Analytics Solutions Development Area, where she executes Big Data Analytics technology enablement projects and participates in all the stages that are related to the Data Cycle.

Raúl Costa

Raúl Costa is Tech. Engineer in Computer Science. He is a member of the technology services unit at ITI, leveraging his experience in the field of IT consulting to make meaningful contributions.

Daniel Sáez Domingo

Daniel Sáez Domingo is Telecommunication Engineering from Polytechnic University of Valencia and Master in Business Administration and management by EOI Business School. His professional experience covers competitive intelligence and strategy in ICT (Information and Communication Technologies), project and area management, innovation policies, Business development and Valorisation. Now, he is the Technology Transfer Director and the Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Director in ITI, where is in charge of empowering strategic and business alliances to boost and evolve the R&D&I activity in ITI and the transference of value to the market. Daniel is member of the Board of Directors in BDVA and Gaia-X, and of the Steering Committee of NESSI, at European Level. He's also member of the management board of Planetic since 2007, currently vicepresident and coordinating the Spanish interplatforms group of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Daniel is the president of the delegate commission of AI4ES, the Spanish excellence network in Data based technology enablers and is the coordinator of the Data Cycle Hub, the Data Innovation Hub to foster data driven and artificial intelligence-based innovation, which is coordinating EuHubs4Data, the European Federation of Big Data Innovation Hubs. Daniel has been recently elected as Board member of the Spanish Gaia-X Association.

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