The aim of the UPC's K2M (Knowledge to Market) program is to help multidisciplinary teams to develop research in the field of ICTs, uniting the efforts of the agents involved in the process of knowledge transfer between university research and corporate innovation (i.e. connecting the university, the administration and the economic sector).
The program has led to the creation of teams made up of enterprises and academic and research personnel from the UPC and other national and international universities and organizations, who are working on projects aimed at responding to the needs and opportunities of the market.
Thus, the K2M program is a new innovation management and support mechanism that helps to define, organize and undertake relevant technology-based projects in the field of ICTs. These projects are the result of the collaboration between the university and the corporate world, based on projects and services that may be the object of joint business ventures.
The program is the UPC's new infrastructure for innovation support. The new concept of university venue has been inspired by international models such as those of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and Stanford's SRI (California, USA), with proven success in contributing to bridging the divide between university capacities and corporate R&D needs and opportunities.
The K2M building is situated on the North Campus of the UPC, Carrer Jordi Girona 1-3, next to the Omega building. It consists of three upper floors, a ground floor and three floors underground, with a total of 3,335 m² for use as laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and common areas. This building also houses research groups from the Departments of Software and Automatic Control. K2M forms part of the UPC Park, the research and innovation park of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, which promotes and offers services to increase the value of technological research and transfer.
ACTIO, Arte y Ciencia, as a part of K2M project of UPC, has signed a research agreement UPC - ACTIO in order to optimize the performance of Raman spectroscopy applied to the analysis of cultural heritage and develop an historical and spectral database of pigments used in painting history. Thanks to this research agreement, ACTIO uses the most advanced technological infrastructure in the study of cultural heritage.