The Universitat de Barcelona (UB) was founded in 1450. Today it boasts of a student body of 63,020 and a research staff of 5,312 members. Degrees are offered in 73 different areas of teaching with numerous postgraduate and doctorate programs as well as continuing education courses. The Universitat de Barcelona is the largest of the six universities of Barcelona and of the ten in Catalonia. It is ranked the 1st Spanish university, and the 23rd European institution, in scientific quality and productivity. Since January 2010 the University of Barcelona is part of the prestigious League of European Universities Research (LERU).
The Department of Electronic and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Barcelona (http://www.ub.edu/dp-electronica) hosts groups working on (i) materials for electronics, (ii) micro and nanotechnology, (iii) electronic devices instrumentation and systems, and (iv) communications. The technology developed in the department is used by industry in areas like automotive, robotics, biomedicine, environmental control, and agrofood. As a result, the department has close connections with industry, being one of the few reference labs in instrumentation, sensors and systems for industry recognized as “TECNIO - Preferred Technology Supplier” by the Government of Catalonia. The team participating in this project is focused on design of microelectronic integrated circuits, with more than 20 years’ experience in micro-fabrication, CMOS design and integration.