Internationalization of innovation
2014 EU INDUSTRIAL R&D INVESTMENT SCOREBOARD
The Scoreboard is based on a sample of 2.500 companies, the world's top investors in Research and Development (R&D) and equivalent to about 90% of the total expenditure on R&D by businesses worldwide. Top world R&D investors continued to increase their R&D investments by 4.9% in 2013, a figure well above their net sales growth (2.7%). More information.
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ARTIFICIAL VISION APPLIED TO OCCUPANTS VEHICLE DETECTION
The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) in collaboration with the company EMTE created an optical sensing pioneer in Europe device which detects the number of occupants in a vehicle. The device is reliably with optimal operatibility levels working on limited illumination conditions. The device installed ... see more
ANALYSIS OF THE CAUSES OF A FRACTURE OF AN INDUSTRIAL DUPLEX-STEEL CENTRIFUGE
The Structural Integrity and Materials Reliability Centre (CIEFMA UPC) has analyzed the causes of a fracture in a 3 ton industrial duplex-steel centrifuge, determining the origin and causes of it.
THE STUDY AND DEVELOPMENT OF A METHOD FOR THE ONLINE ANALYSIS OF THE PROPERTIES OF THE SURFACE SMOOTHNESS OF PAPER
The project envisages developing a method to measure the roughness of paper by analysing the speckle pattern on the surface. Surface roughness is an important parameter for paper and card used for printing, since it affects the amount of coating needed and the application method used. This project was developed by CD6 with the company MIQUEL Y COSTAS & MIQUEL S.A.
SIMULATION OF THE BLOOD TRANSFUSION PROCESS
The Multimedia Applications Laboratory (LAM UPC), has designed a process simulating a blood transfusion process (E-Blood) to increase patient safety. The project was developed in collaboration with hospitals de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau and the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, together with the Department of Health of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
Between 2006 and 2010, CITCEA UPC, in collaboration with the company CELLS, selected and tested the power electronics equipment that supplies the numerous electromagnets in ALBA’s booster ring, storage ring and transfer lines.
BIGDATA ANALYSIS FOR FRAUD DETECTION
The Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC) has developed a hydraulic pump and hydraulic motors to help raise a tidal surge barrier in England, which protects 17,000 homes from flooding and has been operated 33 times since 1980. The gate has a total mass of 212 tons. The project was developed in collaboration with Pedro Roquet SA.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN AGBAR TOWER IN BARCELONA
The Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center (CTTC UPC) carried out the numerical simulation of the facades thermal behaviour in AGBAR TOWER in Barcelona to increase eficiency in ventilation and air conditioning of the building.
NEW EXTERNAL CHARGER PROTOTYPE FOR HIBRYD'S VEHICLES
CITCEA UPC designed and implemented a prototype hybrid external charger for municipal solid waste (MSW) collection vehicles.
HESPÉRIDES OCEANOGRAPHIC RESEARCH BOAT
The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) assessed the electromagnetic level of Hespérides, an oceanographic research boat, and provided technical advice on the installation of new equipment on board.
MANAGEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN MECCA
PhD. Jaume Barceló, a researcher at the InLabFIB UPC center, advised on the development of a transport master plan to efficiently organize and manage the simultaneous movement of 60,000 vehicles (and 2,500,000 people on transport or foot) at sunset between the places of Arafat and Muzdalifah in Saudi Arabia, which are separated by 12 km. The journey is a key part of the annual pilgrimage of Muslims to Mecca. The project was based on the use of the Aimsun transport simulator, which was developed under PhD Barceló’s direction at the UPC’s Operations Research and Simulation Laboratory (LIOS).
STUDY OF THE PROCESS OF EVACUATING THE "SALA GRAN" IN THE TEATRE NACIONAL DE CATALUNYA (TNC)
InLAb FIB UPC has studied the process of evacuating the “Sala Gran” in the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya (TNC), using a flow model that simulates different scenarios and takes into account the topology of the theatre hall. The study confirms the hall’s evacuation capacity.
EMC ANALYSIS FOR THE AVE HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY AND HOSPITAL CLINIC
The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) has evaluated the impact on hospital equipment of electromagnetic interference caused by the high-speed train (the AVE). The study will enable Hospital Clínic to be extended above the underground tracks of the AVE, whilst ensuring the correct operation of sensitive electromedical equipment.