Participating institutions

Historical perspective

The Department of Electronic Engineering (DEE) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) was set up in 1987, and is the responsible unit for the research and education activities at the UPC in the field of electronics, being present in eight UPC Schools.


When the DEE was set up in 1987, it started the Doctoral Degree in Electronic Engineering. From 2001 to 2007, the program was offered jointly with the Rovira and Virgili University (URV), and from 2004 it is offered jointly with the University of the Balearic Islands (UIB). It first obtained the Quality Award from the Spanish Goverment in 2004, and this award has been maintained since then, now being called "Mention of Excellence" (Mención de Calidad MCD2004-00336; Mención de Calidad MCD2007-00147; Mención hacia la Excelencia MEE2011-0690).

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research that specializes in the fields of architecture, science and engineering. It teaches yearly 30.000 students and offers 61 Master's programs (13 Erasmus Mundus and 21 taught in English, although this number increases yearly) and 46 Doctorate programs (with close to 3.000 students enrolled in them). It is organized in 42 Departments and 16 Schools, with 5 UNESCO Chairs, where 2,700 Faculty and research staff + 821 non-permanent research staff develop high-quality teaching and research activities.


The UPC is Spain's technical university with the highest number of international doctoral students and the highest ratio of PhD graduates. It has the  the highest scientific production leading the Spanish citable output in the fields of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Automatic Control, and Electronic and Communications Technologies, among others. It is the 1st university in Spain regarding the  research competitiveness (number of approved R&D projects/number of applications ) and the research income (number of approved R&D projects/number of UPC faculty members) and achieves the highest research income from the Spanish National Science Foundation (research income/faculty members) and from the European Union VI Framework Program (2002-2006).

Bacelona is the main site of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), although there are other UPC campuses in Castelldefels, Vilanova, and Terrassa.

It is an exiting city with a large historical and cultural heritage that starts back with the Roman Empire (the remains of the former roman city can yet be visited), follows in the Middle Age with one of the most active trading ports in the Mediterranian sea and continues during the XIXth and XX centuries when many forward-looking engineers and architects, Gaudi being the most know among them, give to the city many full of beauty and inspired buildings.

Barcelona has become nowadays a very active education and research center with 4 outstanding universities and a cultural life that makes it a very interesting destination for students from all arround the world.

The Universitat de les Illes Balears is a public academic institution with high quality standards both in eduction and research activities. It is an University deeply rooted in the culture, language and identity of the Balearic Islands with a strong commitment in serving the community. It is a modern university open to the world, and it is integrated in many intenational universitary networks. It attracts foreing students and it is fully prepared to address the important transformation implied by the European Space for Higher Education (EEES).

The University campus is located in a rural area, between the villages of Son Espanyol and Sa Garriga.

Palma de Mallorca hosts the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UiB). The Balearic Islands are situated in South-Eastern Europe, in the central part of the western Mediterranean basin. Palma is the capital city of the Balearic Islands and is found in Majorca island. Population in Palma in 2004 rose up to 379.898 and in Majorca up to 741.000 inhabitants.

Majorca has an extension of 3.640 km2 and more than 550 km of coast. The longest distance you can cover is 120 km, from the lighthouse of Sant Elm to the lighthouse of Formentor. The highest spot in the island is the Puig Major, with 1.443 meters. Although some years you can see snow in this mountain, Majorca offers a temperate climate, with an average temperature of 17ºC and an average yearly rainfall of 450 l/m2.