About Us

Vicomtech-IK4 is an applied research centre specialising in Computer Graphics, Visual Computing and Multimedia technologies, founded in 2001 and based at San Sebastián Technology Park.

It forms part of two strategic alliances:

  • IK4  on a local level: made up of 9 leading-edge Basque technology centres.
  • GraphicsMedia.net  on an international level: it forms part of a network of international applied research centres working in computer graphics and multimedia technologies.

Vicomtech-IK4 aims to respond to the innovation requirements of companies and institutions. To do this, it

  • Conducts applied research and develops multimedia visual interaction and communications technologies.
  • Complements and closely collaborates with industry, universities and other technology centres.
  • Promotes mobility and training for its researchers.

This command of knowledge and technologies, either directly or through the network, provides value to clients, as Vicomtech-IK4:

  • Suitably responds to its clients’ needs.
  • Enables companies to make the most of the opportunities available to them.
  • Proposes product improvement or developments based on state-of-the-art science and technology knowledge.

This takes the form of around a hundred applied research projects per year (carried out with industries and authorities on a local, national and European level), approximately 100 researchers and a yearly turnover of 7 million euros.

Vicomtech-IK4’s Board of Trustees is currently made up of 19 relevant representative members within its areas of action.

Vicomtech-IK4 is one of the few centres that hold both the ISO 9001:2015 and UNE 166002:2014 certificates. This internationally acknowledged certification places it at the leading edge in research quality and is proof of its process quality commitment.All its activities are covered by the innovation management system - continuous improvement and measurement of results, technology innovation process optimisation and knowledge transfer and generation - ensuring it uses the highest quality methods.


Vicomtech-IK4’s research profile makes it a bridge between the local and international spheres, and this applied research model places new opportunities for accessing a global business environment within reach of local companies, allowing them to benefit from the latest international advances. Vicomtech-IK4’s participation in international projects complements and boosts its main work on local projects.

Additionally, Vicomtech-IK4 contributes to knowledge by training new researchers and disseminating its results through world-renowned publications and conferences.