The CIAC awards the i2CAT Foundation with the prize for the Best Innovation Strategy 2024

  • Sergi Figuerola, PhD, Director of i2CAT, received the award remembering that the centre’s work seeks to transform the administration, companies and society
  • The i2CAT Foundation specialises in connected and autonomous mobility by leveraging V2X technologies, network software design, AI or cybersecurity

During the celebration of the seventh edition of the Míting d’Auto, organised by the Cluster of the Automotive Industry of Catalonia (CIAC) last June 13th, the i2CAT Foundation was awarded the prize for the Best Innovation Strategy of 2024, which was collected by the director, Sergi Figuerola, PhD. In his acceptance speech, Figuerola highlighted the centre’s more than 20 years of experience in advanced digital technologies and the close collaboration with companies, public administrations, academic institutions and users to generate transformative solutions with a high social and economic impact.

During the event, CIAC President Sergio Alcaraz declared that “it is time to leave the past behind and embrace a more innovative and connected future,” referring to new technologies as catalysts for new opportunities.

The i2CAT Foundation works precisely to define more efficient, safe, and sustainable mobility thanks to advanced digital technologies. The Catalan research centre uses the knowledge generated in international research projects to offer solutions adapted to the market’s needs.

The future of mobility involves ensuring that new vehicles communicate, learn, and adapt to their environment. In particular, i2CAT’s research focuses on cooperative and intelligent systems to facilitate connected, cooperative, and automated mobility (CCAM), personalisation of software-defined vehicles for improved safety, and Digital Twins for mobility.

Regarding cooperative and intelligent systems, i2CAT studies use cases such as collision prevention, traffic prioritisation, or service continuity across state borders. Projects like 5GMED, which focuses on the latter case, are already showing very promising results.

When discussing software-defined vehicle research, cyber security and AI play an important role in preventing communication attacks or facilitating driving tests with virtual and augmented reality. From the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 call and coordinated by i2CAT, the CARAMEL project defined AI techniques such as Machine Learning to detect and prevent cyber security attacks on autonomous and connected vehicles.

The Digital Twins in mobility line explores how to improve data flow and connectivity to deliver simulations that improve traffic globally and ensure reliable data sharing and governance. Precisely, i2CAT leads the 6GTWINROAD project within the framework of the UNICO I+D 6G program, promoted by the Ministerio para la Transformación Digital y de la Función Pública within the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Government of Spain, financed with NextGenerationEU funds. This project proposes using 6G technologies to create digital twins focused on connected and autonomous mobility.

The i2CAT Foundation, with its expertise in multi-technological research, works with technologies such as V2X and IoT, AI, cyber security, blockchain, cloud continuum, XR, infotainment, and satellite communications to respond to the various challenges presented by the mobility of the future.