The RDlab is part of the practices of excellence focused in promoting research and development of IT projects at the Departments of the Politechnical University of Catalonia. The UPC is a public research and education university specialized in architecture, science and enginery areas. It was founded on 1971 and it is one of the six universities placed in Barcelona.
The Department of Llenguatges i Sistemes Informàtics (LSI) was founded on 1986 during the academic reorganization which took place inside the UPC. Initially, the LSI grouped several departments related to the software area from different university schools.
In order to offer better IT support at the LSI Department to their teachers and researchers, on 1987 the Laboratori de Càlcul del Departament de LSI (LCLSI) was created. This laboratory, initially formed by 2 people, grew in associated people - up to 12 on 2010 - as well as in skills and experience, achieving the consolidation of a IT integral support for all Department users. During this period of time the LCLSI assumed the management of IT resources as well as specialized support to Teaching and Research Academic Staff.
At the end of 2010, after the ESSI department creation, the LSI Department decides to make a brave and innovative bet in order to boost its research groups and the project development: the Laboratori de Recerca i Desenvolupament (RDlab) was born.
On July 21st 2014 the UPC’s Steering Committee (Consell de Govern) approves a new denomination for the former LSI Department, becoming the “Computer Science Department” (CS) of Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya. This name properly reflects the teaching and researching orientation of the department as well as the supporting scope of the RDlab.
The Laboratori de Recerca i Desenvolupament (RDlab) is in charge of providing a comprehensive IT support to the Computer Science Department research groups as well as other analogous research centers. We offer personal, integral and high-quality support to all teaching and research academic staff as well as their collaborators and projects.
The RDlab is firmly compromised with the Computer Science Department and the University, providing its expertise in the information technology area in order to optimize the project’s research and development processes.
Efficiency, quality and innovation are the fundamental technological aspects at the RDlab, offering the best service to all the Department’s members, the research academic staff and collaborators. Besides, our personal and nearby treatment are the key aspects and the human axis at the Laboratori de Recerca i Desenvolupament.
The RDlab must be the key factor which allows boosting the quantity and quality of the research, as well as the development of projects at the research groups. It will provide leading technological support and an efficient IT infrastructure in order to be a leading referential IT laboratory inside the UPC as well as for the rest of the universities.