Researchers from Robotics and Automation Unit of the University Institute of Research on Olive and Olive Oils (INUO) at the University of Jaén (UJA), Diego Martínez and Javier Gámez, belonging to the Robotics, Automation and Computer Vision research group of spin-off ISR (Sensory Integration and Robotics) and to the Department of Robotics and Automation Engineering of the UJA, have developed a portable device with the aim of classifying olive oils and detecting possible adulterations of olive oils with other oils of vegetable origin.

This device arises from the project tendered by Agricultural and Fisheries Management Agency of the Andalusian Regional Government and financed with Feder funds called “Development of a portable device for the identification of negatives in situ in the framework of official agri-food inspection: Characterisation of Olive Oil” and consists of three phases to be developed in two years. It is currently in the second phase of the pre-commercial public procurement project with development of prototype in order to build it and, finally, in the third phase, to proceed to its validation. In fact, a field evaluation of the device itself is planned for the beginning of 2024.

Diego Martínez has advanced that it will be a device the size of a briefcase and that it will be “a little thicker than a laptop“. He also points out that it will be designed and programmed to be easily used in the olive oil sector, although it will also allow the methodology to be extrapolated to other agri-food sectors such as wine. The idea is that, when the sample is introduced, and after a short response time of one or two minutes, the device will classify the oil by quality according to current European regulations as extra virgin, virgin or lampante olive oil, and will also be able to detect and identify possible adulterations with other vegetable fats. He adds that the device will integrate two non-invasive technologies: Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR) and Electronic Nose Technology (ENOSE) which, according to previous studies, have been considered effective for obtaining fingerprints on oils and their correlation with their chemical and organoleptic characteristics.

Finally, researchers pointed out that methodology, developed in accredited laboratories for classification of oils according to their quality, uses procedures that involve time, consumables and the destruction of the sample. On the other hand, they say that adulterations of olive oils are becoming more and more frequent and that the methods used “require complicated previous steps, consuming a great deal of time and money“. Hence the relevance of this device’s mission, since non-invasive analytical technologies, conveniently connected to accredited laboratories, can be an alternative to traditional methods of analysis that are costly and have a long turnaround time.

Scroll to Top

Intranet access

The party responsible for processing the personal data included in this form is the University of Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas s/n. 23071 Jaen, The data will be processed by the University of Jaén as data controller, for the purpose of the request made through this contact form.

The legitimacy for the treatment is given by the fulfillment of a legal obligation and mission and public power (Organic Law 2/2023, of March 22 of the University System), and in the consent expressed by sending this form.

The data will not be transferred to third parties, except when legally appropriate.

The entity uses the services provided by Google, so international data transfers can be made. These international data transfers are based on standard contractual clauses determined in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation by the European Commission.

You may exercise the rights of access, rectification, opposition, deletion, limitation of treatment, portability and not being subject to individualized decisions. To exercise these rights, you must send a communication either by written request to the aforementioned address or through the email, specifying which of these rights you request to be satisfied.

You should know that, when the University has reasonable doubts about the applicant’s identity, they may be required to provide the necessary identification documentation to confirm their identity. In the event that he acts through a representative, legal or voluntary, he must also provide a document proving the representation and identification document of the same.

In the event that you consider that your rights have not been duly addressed, you can file a claim with the Andalusian Council for Transparency and Data Protection. or before the Data Protection Delegate of the University of Jaén (

Acceso a Intranet

El responsable del tratamiento de los datos personales incluidos en el presente formulario es la Universidad de Jaén, Campus Las Lagunillas s/n. 23071 Jaén, Los datos serán tratados por la Universidad de Jaén en calidad de responsable del tratamiento, con el fin de la solicitud planteada a través de este formulario de contacto.

La legitimación para el tratamiento viene dada por el cumplimiento de una obligación legal y misión y poder público (Ley Orgánica 2/2023, de 22 de marzo del Sistema Universitario), y en el consentimiento manifestado mediante la remisión del presente formulario.

Los datos no serán cedidos a terceros, salvo cuando legalmente proceda.

La entidad utiliza los servicios prestados por Google, por lo que pueden efectuarse transferencias internacionales de datos. Estas transferencias internacionales de datos se basan en las cláusulas contractuales tipo determinadas conforme al Reglamento General de Protección de Datos por la Comisión Europea.

Ud. podrá ejercitar los derechos de acceso, rectificación, oposición, supresión, limitación del tratamiento, portabilidad y de no ser objeto de decisiones individualizadas. Para ejercitar dichos derechos deberá enviar comunicación bien mediante solicitud escrita a la dirección anteriormente citada o bien a través del correo electrónico, especificando cuál/es de estos derechos solicita sea satisfecho.

Debe saber que, cuando la Universidad tenga dudas razonables sobre la identidad del solicitante, se le podrá requerir que facilite la documentación identificativa necesaria para confirmar su identidad. En caso de que actuara mediante representante, legal o voluntario, deberá aportar también documento que acredite la representación y documento identificativo del mismo.

En el supuesto que usted considere que sus derechos no han sido debidamente atendidos, puede presentar una reclamación ante el Consejo de Transparencia y Protección de Datos de Andalucía. o ante el Delegado de Protección de Datos de la Universidad de Jaén (