“The company I work for has various engineers from the INSIA who have taken its postgraduate courses to get trained: it is a good place for training and I let myself be guided by the opinions of my friends who worked there. Now I have friends both from here and there.”
“I got to know the INSIA soon after it was founded and started its activities. I heard about it from two different sources, one private family source and a professional one. The latter is connected with my dedication to road safety from a long time ago and my having known Professors Francisco Aparicio and Carlos Vera for approximately 30 years. At that time they were beginning research work in this field from the Chair of Transport at the Higher Technical School of Industrial Engineers in Madrid when practically nobody in Spain talked about road safety. They would then take this discipline to the INSIA and today it may be said that it is a cutting edge institution in this matter: accident research programmes, such as DRAG, among others, which also accredit it.”
The INSIA, as the Technical Service for Homologation to the Ministry of Industry and Spanish representative on the European Committee for enhancing vehicle safety (EEVC), has played a key role in drawing up various Vehicle Homologation regulations at the core of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
For these reasons I would like to publicly thank the INSIA for the altruistic collaboration with this Ministry and its marked contribution to the enhancement of vehicle safety both on a European and National level.
Conscious of the impact these structures have on R&D&I activity, the UPM founded its first institutes decades ago. One of them was the University Institute for Automobile Research (INSIA) which began operating in 1993. From that moment on a group of prestigious teachers from our ETSI Industriales got together in the INSIA, with a solid research track-record in different automobile-related projects: the automobile industry, road safety, quality control, driver assistance,…
Moreover, they knew how to attract students and young researchers and incorporate professionals and teachers from different disciplines, many of whom today are an essential part of the INSIA. That was the beginning of those interdisciplinary teams that are the pride of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid for their training activities and their R&D&I work.
For the more than eight years that I have had the honour to serve the UPM as Vice- Chancellor of Research, I have come to know the INSIA’s work in greater depth as well as its gradual transformation in unison with that of the automobile sector itself, which has enabled it to combine its research activities and advanced training with a growing choice of services for the business sector. At a time when the EU is advocating an integrated vision of training, research and innovation in the knowledge triangle, the INSIA’s performance is exemplary.