Institut de Ciències del Cosmos, Universitat de Barcelona – Unitat Tecnològica-

R&D Centres


The Institute of Cosmos Sciences of the University of Barcelona (ICCUB) is an interdisciplinary center devoted to fundamental research in the fields of cosmology, astrophysics and particle physics. In addition, the institute has a strong technology program through its participation in international collaborations in observational astronomy and experimental
particle physics.


The Institute was created in 2006 as the instrument of the University of Barcelona for the active support of research in theoretical astrophysics and particle physics, paying special attention to their synergy with cosmology, to promote experimental physics and instrument development, enabling a significant participation of the University of Barcelona in large international collaborations, and to attract highly qualified scientific personnel.  In 2015, the ICCUB was chosen as a María de Maeztu center of excellence by the Spanish Government. Selected institutes stand out for the international impact of their scientific contributions, their innovative power and for their strong relation to the social and economic environment.


ICCUB technology programme


The ICCUB technology activity, developed at PCB, is organized along two transversal technological lines:


Electronics and Instrumentation Development
– Cameras
– Radiation detectors and photo detectors
– Microelectronics
– Radiation hard design and qualification
– Hardware for Instrumentation and Communications
– Embedded Software and Firmware


Very Large Data Processing and Analysis
– Star tracker algorithms
– Onboard real-time data processing
– High-Performance data compression
– Massive data processing pipelines
– Clustering and cross-matching algorithms
– Data mining techniques
– Grid Computing

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Contact person: Esther Pallares Guimera

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