In the presence of the Minister of Defence, Margarita Robles, the Secretary of State for Defence and President of Isdefe, María Amparo Valcarce, and the Rector of the University of Jaén, Juan Gómez, sign the agreement creating the Isdefe/CETEDEX-UJA Chair.
Robotics, automation and energy management systems with applications in intelligent vehicles and anti-drone defence systems are the subjects that will strengthen the bonds between the Technology Centre for Development and Experimentation (CETEDEX), academia and Isdefe, by focusing their activity on common areas of technology.
This Friday, February 10, the Defence Minister, Margarita Robles, attended the opening of the Programme Office of the Technology Centre for Development and Experimentation (CETEDEX), held at the Jaén town hall.
During this event, agreements were signed with the City Council and the University of Jaén (UJA) that lay out, on the one hand, the transfer of the land for the development of CETEDEX to the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) and, on the other, the creation of the Isdefe/CETEDEX-UJA chair.
The inauguration ceremony, at which the CEO of Isdefe, Francisco Quereda, was present, began with the signing by the mayor of Jaén, Julio Millán, and the general director of INTA, Air Force Lieutenant General Julio Ayuso, of the land transfer agreement, which then gave way to the closing of the agreement creating the Isdefe/CETEDEX-UJA chair.
The agreement to create the chair allows CETEDEX staff to be part, together with other experts, of the Advisory Boards for any projects that are undertaken, permitting the joint performance of activities of interest to Isdefe and the UJA in anticipation of the future needs of CETEDEX and the General State Administration, and that contribute to scientific and technological development in the fields of robotics, automation and energy management systems with applications in intelligent vehicles and anti-drone defence systems.
Isdefe, as a state-owned consulting and engineering company that provides services to national and international state organisations in areas of technological and strategic interest, has had its Horizons Network since 2016, which liaises with other innovative initiatives to provide a link between the entity's own innovative capacity and that inherent to academia in order to put innovation at the service of the Administration.
The actions that will be carried out within the framework of this agreement are technology foresight and surveillance in the fields of robotics, automation and energy management systems with applications to intelligent vehicles and anti-drone defence systems, with the results being made freely available (reports, analysis, studies, etc.).
Thus, the chair will be used to disseminate and exploit its results and knowledge by facilitating contact between those who offer results and R&D capabilities, and those who need them to solve problems raised.
The configuration of the Chair proper will allow Isdefe to attract talent through educational cooperation activities, scholarships, support for the completion of final undergraduate and master's degree theses, awards, etc., and will encourage entrepreneurship based on innovation by supporting the ecosystem of start-ups in order to boost the growth of these companies.
The Chairs of the Horizons Network promote stable, long-term relationships between academia and Isdefe in areas of science and technology that are of interest to Isdefe.
The cooperation between Isdefe and the UJA is structured within the Isdefe Horizons Network, the vehicle that allows the company to anticipate and respond to the challenges that the Spanish government will face in the future by allowing multiple synergies with the existing nodes of the Horizons Network (defence and security; ATM; space; cyberdefence; 5G and artificial intelligence; energy, systems engineering and more).