UPM is the largest Spanish technological university as well as a renowned European institution. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, it is outstanding in its research activity together with its training of highly-qualified professionals, competitive at an international level. More than 2,400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in 216 Research Groups, 10 Research Centers and 55 Laboratories, all of them committed to transforming the knowledge generated into advances applied to the production sector. The intense collaboration with governmental bodies and industry guarantees that research at the UPM offers real solutions to real-world problems. The dynamism of R&D&I activity at the UPM, together with the transfer of knowledge to society, is among its lines of strategy. These two commitments place it among the Spanish universities with the greatest research activity and first in the capture of external resources in a competitive regime.
Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech) is a research, development and innovation group, part of the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid). Its activities are devoted to the design, development and evaluation of ICT based services and applications, for the creation and promotion of new ideas, methods and technological solutions throughout the whole value chain. LifeSTech is one of the main Spanish research groups in the field of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), and smart homes technologies. The main group skills include consultancy, design, development and evaluation of ICT applied to AAL, Ambient Intelligence, Energy, Health, Technological Architecture, Business Process Engineering, and System Development and Integration. The LifeSTech professionals are regarded as specialist in the international scene in the field of ICT applied to AAL sector. Both past and current R&D projects funded by several national and European private and public research programs endorses LifeSTech experience, and a significant number of articles and papers that contribute to the dissemination of the results obtained in the different research areas. LifeSTech has participated in some of the most challenging projects in the areas of ICT application to AAL (PERSONA, VAALID, REMOTE, OASIS, UNIVERSAAL, REAAL, IN LIFE), and e-Health (MYHEART, METABO, PERFORM, PSYCHE, HEARTCYCLE, PD_MANAGER), among others. LifeSTech provides the project with: (1) a strong experience on context awareness and wearable sensors for the activity monitoring of users; (2) a deep knowledge of algorithms for the automatic detection of changes in the users behavior combining data coming from wearable and context awareness sensors; (3) the expertise in developing and executing validation and evaluation frameworks of different technologies oriented to AAL; and (4) the Smart House Living Lab infrastructure to test and evaluate the prototypes and final solutions. LifeSTech has also commitments in several action plans of the EIP-AHA initiative, being the coordinator of the “Prescription and adherence action at regional level”, “Integrated care” and “Age-friendly environment” groups. More recently, LifeSTech is core partner of the INNOLIFE KIC funded by the EIT.