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Tecnun-Escuela de Ingeniería will host, together with Mubil, the MIT 'City Science Lab Gipuzkoa' innovation center laboratory

The MIT average Lab and the Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa have signed an agreement agreement to work on projects for the improvement of the mobility

01 | 03 | 2023

high school The average Lab of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has signed a agreement with the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa for the creation of the City Science Lab Gipuzkoa, a new innovation laboratory that will work on projects to improve the mobility. The signature has come about thanks to the academic partnership that Tecnun, the School of Engineering of the University of Navarra, MIT and the New mobility center of Gipuzkoa (Mubil) have maintained for years. The School of Engineering of the University of Navarra will actively participate in the projects and will be the headquarters, together with Mubil, of the new innovation laboratory .

The campus of MIT in Cambridge has hosted the signature of agreement with the participation of the Deputy of Economic Promotion and Strategic Projects, Jabier Larrañaga, the director of Mubil, Ane Insausti and director of MIT City Science, Kent Larson. The representation of the territory of Gipuzkoa has been completed by the director of Innovation, Jon Gurrutxaga, and the director of Tecnun-School of Engineering of the University of Navarra, Raul Anton .

It should be noted that agreement is the entrance of Gipuzkoa in the 'City Science Network': the exclusive network collaborative network of cities around the world, sponsored by MIT, which includes Shanghai, Helsinki, Toronto, Taipei, Hamburg, Guadalajara (Mexico), Andorra, Ho Chi Minh City and Concepción (Chile).

The 'City Science Network' proposes a unique work methodology, which relies on research laboratories in cities from reference letter around the world to respond to citizen challenges and contribute to the advancement towards a new model city or region. In the framework of the initiative, these cities, integrated in an international network of cooperative laboratories, work together with the MIT average Lab in the development of research leading to the development of concepts and technologies core topic that are implemented and evaluated in real environments, with experimentation at the core.

The integration in this network will allow Gipuzkoa to access the research, knowledge and technological capabilities of MIT, including 'CityScope', a 3D augmented reality platform that visualizes complex urban data on a small-scale model of the territory in real time.

On the other hand, the agreement, which has a financial endowment of 1.2 million euros and a 3-year renewable term at its conclusion, will be a great boost to development and research in this field for Gipuzkoa and the Basque Country, testing innovative solutions in real environments.

City Science Lab Gipuzkoa

The new laboratory, called "City Science Lab Gipuzkoa", is focused on promoting the transition towards a new model that responds to the needs of the citizens of the different regions of Gipuzkoa and contributes to improving their quality of life and well-being.

It should be noted that the relationship between the MIT average Lab and Gipuzkoa goes back a long time. Tecnun, which has maintained an academic relationship with MIT for years, facilitated the participation of members of the MIT average Lab in April last year in a workshop on mobility. As result, the MIT average Lab observed in the territory of Gipuzkoa the potential to become part of its international network : strong capabilities in research and development, vocation for innovation and experimentation driven from the public sphere and in close connection with the private sector or an increasing presence of electric or hybrid vehicles among the transport fleets.