TECNALIA is a Spanish private and non-profit research organization that is the result of the merger of 8 Research and Technological organizations. It was set up in 2011 incorporating within it the experience, career and strengths of the above mentioned organizations, with a broad, extensive curriculum focused on R&D innovation as a competitive strategy. TECNALIA is the leading private R&D entity in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe, with a staff of over 1,415 (188 PhDs) of 30 nationalities and an annual turnover of 100 M€; TECNALIA has 303 patents, 4.000 clients, 15 spinoffs and 21 locations worldwide (2013). The keys turning the vision of TECNALIA into reality are marked by the following: its private nature, the focusing of its activity on Applied Research and the fact that it is a centre of international excellence (International R&D contracts, foreign researchers, and international accompaniment of local industries, licences, IP, etc.).
The team involved in the JRL on behalf of BCAM is the ICT/Optima group, led by Prof. Javier del Ser. This group is composed of researchers with different expertises including (among others) Big Data, Data Science and Analytics and Optimization. During the last years this group has participate in the development of more than 150 research projects, for a combined amount of more than 11 million euros. ICT/Optima and its researchers have contributed to different social challenges and sectors such as logistic and mobility, electric distribution, energy efficiency, telecomunications, and health, among many others.
ICT/Optima promotes technological excellence as one of its basic principles, which has allowed this group to actively contribute to different international forums, conferences and journals, and to promote the academic specialization of its members. The activity carried out up to date in the different initiatives and project has been published in more than 150 international conferences and 50 international journals, including also four PhD already finished. Additionally, the activity has lead to the registration of five different patents.