University of Deusto

The University of Deusto is a dynamic institution committed to the promotion of research excellence, with the internationalisation of research at the core of its strategic plan. Founded in 1886, DEUSTO is the oldest private university in Spain, a unique mix of tradition and innovation offering state of the art facilities nestled in campuses of historical and architectural interest (Bilbao, Donostia-San Sebastian, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Madrid). 

With more than 30 years of solid internationalization and a wide consolidated network of partnerships with top international research teams, DEUSTO actively supports research and its impact on the economic, social and political development. 

Our strong researchers pool of over 500 academics, 36 research teams (24 of them with external recognition by the Basque Government), 9 prestigious research centres, and 5 International Interdisciplinary Research Platforms embodies DEUSTO into a fertile research ecosystem where new ideas thrive, and offer the space and freedom to pursue new horizons, with the support of experienced research advisors. DEUSTO’s long trajectory leading and participating in around 100 international projects (funded by different programmes from FP6 to Horizon Europe, UK Research Councils, USA Foundations,…) has grounded the institution firmly on the international research arena, attracting and retaining talent worldwide. In an ever-changing society, we have always maintained our principles, and have managed to face the new challenges of technology, globalisation and innovation.

Deustotech is a multidisciplinary institute of more tan 50 researchers and technicians, some of whom belong to the Faculty of Engineering. The research at Deustotech is focused on artificial intelligence, ubiquitous computing and computation systems-, applied To Sustainability &Environment, Mobility& Transport, Societal Challenges and Industry. Deustotech has participated in more than 15 H2020 projects, coordinating 4 of them.

Deusto Sustainable Research Group lead the Deusto team. This research group joins multidisciplinary researchers from computer science, mathematics, chemistry and electronics, focused on transforming industries, cities and societies towards more sustainable models.

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Ainhoa Alonso


Ph.D with special mention of in Chemical Engineering by the University of the Basque Country. After her doctoral thesis she joined the Sustainable Energy Production research unit of Leia CDT Foundation where she worked for two years as main researcher. In November 2009, she continued her research career at Deustotech. From 2011 till 2019 she was the head of the Energy Unit. Her main research interests are focused on: waste to energy systems, integration of biomass transformation processes with carbon capture systems, use of environmental diagnostic tools and use of artificial intelligence in environmental engineering design. She has an h-index factor of 15 (Scopus) and she has participated in more than 30 national and international research projects such as Movesmart (FP7) and VisionTech4Life (Life+). She is the principal researcher from DeustoTech partnership in the Life+ VisionTech4Life project and Biotrans national project. She also coordinated the H2020 Waste4Think project, awarded in 2018 with the Katerwa Awards (in Smart Cities category) and UD-Banco Santander 2019 award and finalist in the Planertic Awards 2019 and Enertic Awards 2019. Currently she is coordinating the H2020 FoodRUs project focused on food losses and waste reduction.

Manuel Amador


Manuel Amador Cervera is a PhD candidate in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Circular Economy in the University of Deusto (Spain). His research activity is specially focused on food loss and waste issues, and the impact on sustainability of food value chains it entails. As part of his background, he studied a Degree in Environmental Sciences in the University of Cadiz (Spain) including an annual stay in the University of Catania (Italy), and later he completed a Master degree in Environmental engineering in the University of Seville (Spain). His master’s thesis delved into the EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), and since then he decided to steer his career path towards that direction. He has worked also in the research area of sewage sludges, and as an intern in environmental consultancy. At present he is working on several research projects at European, national, and regional levels in the University of Deusto.

Juan Angarita


Dr. Juan S. Angarita Zapata received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Systems Engineering and Computer Science at Universidad Industrial de Santander (Colombia) in 2014 and 2016, respectively. In 2017 he received a Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship at the University of Deusto – UD (Spain), where he obtained his PhD in Computer Science with Cum Laude mention in 2020. He is currently a research associate at the Deusto Institute of Technology of UD. He has published multiple JCR articles, book chapters and papers in international conferences. He has participated in five European research projects (FOODRUS, TANGENT, TONOWASTE, SOTERIA, HortiMED) and in a national research project (AI4TRANSPORT) where he works on the development of Artificial Intelligence based solutions. He has been a reviewer in international journals and conferences such as IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, PloS ONE, Big Data and Cognitive Computing, IEEE Access, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, among others. His research interests lie at the intersection of Machine learning, Automated Machine learning (AutoML), System Dynamics, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Food Industry and Circular Economy.

Deitze Otaduy


Dr. Deitze Otaduy is European Projects Manager at DeustoTech institute. She coordinates the FOODRUS H2020 project, An innovative collaborative circular food system to reduce food waste and losses in the agri-food chain. Project management of, both national and international, large collaborative R&D projects in the agri-food sector, circular economy and sustainability group. She holds a PhD in Science and Technology, focused in “Biosensing for disease monitoring, development of a LSPR biosensor, based on scalable nanofabrication techniques, for Circulating Tumour Cells detection”. She holds a MsC in Applied Photonics from Salford University and a MsC from the University of Cantabria. For more than 15 years she has been working as optical design engineer for optical sensor device design and development. For four years she evaluated and supervised research project funding by Spanish government in the COINCIDENTE program. She was the coordinator of the Agri-Food industry at Tekniker technological centre. She was in charge of monitoring the global indicators and sector reports, which allow identifying aspects such as: sector turnover, growth and evolution, location, competition, etc. She was responsible for identifying the needs and technologies required in the agri-food sector and transferring them to the different Tekniker technological units or solutions to provide the best solution possible..
In constant training, she is aware of gender inequality in STEM careers and professions, she collaborates with the Inspira STEAM project as a mentor for the promotion of scientific-technological vocations among girls and boys in primary school.

Aritz Madariaga


Aritz Madariaga Gomez has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Deusto. He developed the first years of his career as a programmer in Thales Bilbao, founding his own business project Kitxune Studio a few years later, a company in which he has developed management tasks, consulting and development of applications and custom solutions for public administration, eitb and multiple private clients. He joined Deustotechen in 2016 to develop tasks as a technician specialized in research in the Computing unit, performing analysis tasks and participating in the development of projects of different kinds in the field of bioengineering, machine learning, analysis systems and tasks of virtualization of services for the deployment of prototypes, among other attributions. After 2 years dedicated again to his company Kitxune Studio, he joined as technology manager in the FoodRUs project and as assistant developer in the REACH project. He is manager of the Google Developers Group Bilbao since 2010 and has participated in the realization of various events related to technology and Digital Design.

Alberto de la Calle


PhD in Economics and Business Management, Alberto is professor and researcher at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Deusto. His research and teaching cover multiple areas of industrial management such as supply chain management, operations research, last mile distribution and servitization in manufacturing companies. Since 2003, he has participated in several European, National and Regional projects. For example, at European level he participates in projects such as FoodRus and ReSChape. He has published in a number of international journals such as Technovation, Sustainability, Scientometrics, Logistics Research and Applications, DYNA, Engineering Management and Economics, Industrial Engineering and Management and Universia Business Review. From the management side, he is the responsible of the Department of Mechanics, Design and Industrial Organization of the Engineering Faculty of the University of Deusto.

José Gaviria


Researcher at the DeustoTech-Computing research unit since 2011. He received his PhD in Information Systems with full marks cum laude in 2015 in the topic of Security and malware in Android. His main research skills and interest include machine learning, big data, knowledge discovery and information retrieval. He has a long track-record leading national and international projects in the research areas previously mentioned and has worked closely with different social agents, enterprises and other research centers. He has been the researcher in more than 20 H2020, national and private projects and project manager in several of them. He has published more than 12 articles in specialized national and international journals of impact such as Logic Journal of IGPL, Scientometrics, Neurocomputing or Expert Systems with Applications. He also is lecturer in the double degree of Business Management and Administration + Computer Engineering at University of Deusto.

Garbiñe Zabala


Garbiñe holds a degree in Industrial Organisation Engineering from the University of Deusto and a Master in Quality Systems, R&D&i Management Systems, R&D&i projects management and Technological Surveillance Systems from UNED. She has over 10 years of experience in managing quality and environment systems, processes, projects and R&D projects funding (national and international grants and tax deductions). In IRPO (International Research Project Office of the University of Deusto), Garbiñe manages and checks the international research projects from the financial perspective, gives support to the project teams involved in the research projects and assists in the management of IRPO’s budget and in the improvement of internal processes.