Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa

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CEIT Research Institute
Research Institute
Founded 1982
Headquarters Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
Key people
Alejo Avello, Pedro Crespo
Number of employees
300
Parent University of Navarre
Website [1]

CEIT (which stands for Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas or 'Centre for Technical Research and Studies' in English) is a non-profit research institute created by the University of Navarra in 1982 and located in Donostia-San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, in northern Spain. CEIT carries out applied industrial research projects through collaboration with industrial R&D departments on a contractual basis. In 2010 CEIT had a workforce of around 300 and an annual budget of over €32 million.[1] Hitherto 12 spin-offs have been created in which there are over 300 people employed.

CEIT belongs to the IK4 Research Alliance with 9 members from the Basque Country: CEIT, Cidetec, Gaiker, Ideko, Ikerlan, Tekniker, Vicomtech, Azterlan and Lortek. It has also ties with Tecnun School of Engineering, the Fraunhofer Society in Germany, the European Bioengineering Alliance, the European Rail Research Network of Excellence EURNEX and other R&D institutions and research centres on the world.

The work of CEIT is divided across several core research areas: Materials Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Electronics & Communications, Environmental Engineering, Microelectronics & Microsystems and Biomedical Engineering.[2] Some notable researchers include Javier Gil Sevillano, Pedro Crespo, Jordi Viñolas and current Director Alejo Avello. Recent noteworthy projects have included biorobotics and surgical simulation, technological applications for the support of independent living for the elderly (the 'Confidence' project),[3] advanced water treatment technologies, and Integrated Circuits Design for RFID Applications.[4]

There are plans to open a new bio-engineering centre jointly with the University of Navarra in 2011[5]

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