The IIIA is a leading artificial intelligence research laboratory in Spain that belongs to the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). All started in 1985 when the president of the CSIC, Prof. Trillas, commissioned Ramon López de Mántaras to start an AI group at the CEAB with a few graduate students and with the help of Jaume Agustí, Josep Aguilar-Martín (on leave from the CNRS), and Settimo Termini (on leave from the CNR). It was created out of the AI research group that has existed at the CEAB in Blanes since 1985. Since 1994, the IIIA has been located in the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
Our research activities are structured around three departments: Learning Systems, Multi-agent Systems, and Logic, Reasoning & Search. We focus on a few well-defined sub-domains of Artificial Intelligence, positively avoiding dispersion and keeping a good balance between basic research and applications, and paying particular attention to training PhD students and technology transfer. The existence of the Technological Development Unit (UDT) provides technological support to our research activities and improves our technology transfer capabilities by channeling contacts with industry. In particular, we keep strong ties with our three spin-off companies: iSOCO, STRANDS, and COGNICOR.
Our first spin-off, ISOCO, was set up in 1999 dedicated to the design of intelligent software components for Internet-related applications. Today, ISOCO is a leading company within its sector in Spain. STRANDS, was started in 2004 dedicated to recommendation Systems particularly in the finances sector that nowadays is also a leading company in Spain. COGNICOR was founded in 2011 based on the results of a large, over five million Euros, project called “Agreement Technologies”. This company develops software products for the automatic resolution of customers’ complaints using machine learning and case-based reasoning techniques. COGNICOR has received several awards, including the prestigious “2012 European Union Tech All Stars Competition”.