Line of Physics, Computation and Applications (LPCA)

The Physics, Computing and Applications line is essentially based on the scientific capacity of five research institutes: the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), joint UIB-CSIC institute; the Institute of Applied Computing and Community Code (IAC3), UIB; the Institute of Computational Chemistry (IQC), and the Institute of IT and Applications (IIiA), both institutes belonging to the UdG. These UdG’s institutes have two and six research groups respectively that, along with the joint UPC-UdG VIRVIG centre and 28 groups of excellence, provide a firm foundation of scientific skills applicable to many different fields that stand out internationally for their parameters of excellence.

The main resources are listed below, that show the strength of the Physics, Computing and Applications line at the e-MTA Campus:


  • The Erasmus Mundus Master in Vision by Computer and Robotics.


  • The Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems (IFISC), directed by Maxi San Miguel, Gold Medal from the Spanish Royal Physics Society (Real Sociedad Española de Física). Its most significant indicators are detailed in section 2.2.
  • The Institute of Computational Chemistry (IQC): 63 articles in 2009, 50 in 2010 and 38 so far in 2011. The aggregate h index of its 677 ISI articles is 45
  • Most of the most cited articles from the UdG (highly cited papers in the Essential Science Indicators from the Web of Knowledge) come from IQC-UdG and IIiA-UdG publications (627, 567 and 311 for IQC, and 164, 115 and 103 for IIiA – it is worth noting that the number of citations received in the engineering area is lower than that in sciences -).
  • The IFISC’s and the IAC3’s close relationship with the Max Planck Society, described in section 2.2.
  • The scope of the bio-inspired catalysis line at the UdG, which includes 2 ERC Starting Grants, two Ramon y Cajal researchers, ICREA Academy prizes and other national and international recognitions.
  • R&D events such as the prestigious Girona Seminar on Theoretical and Computational Chemistry, which is held every two years. Similarly, last year the IIiA organised at least 3 very high-level international conferences in Girona.


  • Various sponsored professorships: Lluís Santaló Professorship in Applied Mathematics, Endesa Energy Innovation Network Professorship, Scientific Culture and Digital Communication Professorship and Sampol Domotics and Energy Efficiency Professorship.
  • The capacity of the IAC3 to transfer knowledge at an international level, which is shown by its patents and scientific projects with Spanish companies (including 2 CENIT projects) and international companies, such as DxO (France) and Thales Alenia Space (France).
  • The TECNIO groups of the UdG: Amade, Vicorob, TIG, Easy, Lippso and other groups with high capacity for transfer and setting-up of spin-off companies.

Indicators of the Physics, Computing and Applications Line (LFCA)

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