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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 24 February 2014
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

SMART GRIDS FOR RURAL ENVIRONMENTS

On 4 and 5 February, CITCEA UPC attended the kick-off meeting for the Smart Rural Grid project that is funded by the EU (FP7). The aim of the project is to validate new technologies and devices for active smart grid management in rural environments. Consumers will be directly involved in managing electricity demand, and a system for forecasting and managing load balance and congestion will be developed, in order to simplify and facilitate the incorporation of renewable energy sources. The response time for critical services is expected to be in the order of milliseconds.

The three-year project is coordinated by Estabanell i Pahisa Energia, and has a budget of 3.2 million euros.
 

 
 

TECHNOLOGY FOR TRANSLATING PATENTS

The Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC) has participated in the development of a set of tools to produce real-time, high quality translations of texts into different languages. On the basis of hybridization between syntactic-semantic grammars and statistical machine translation, TALP UPC has created a tool for the automated translation of patents in three languages (English, French and German). This technology has been developed as part of the MOLTO European project.

 
 

LEAF STRIPPER FOR EARS OF MAIZE

The Industrial Equipment Design Centre (CDEI UPC) has designed a leaf stripping machine for corn ears, to facilitate harvesting of this crop in Ecuador, and to increase yield. The project had to meet the requirements of low cost, easy handling by unskilled users, and the possibility of manufacturing and maintaining the machines in Ecuador, with low energy consumption and minimal environmental impact. The prototype is ready to be marketed and was developed with funding from from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and the collaboration of the Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas (ESPE) of Ecuador.

 
 

SECOND GRAPH-TA WORKSHOP

For the second year running, the Data Management Group (DAMA UPC) has organized a Graph-TA workshop (Graph Technology and Applications), which was held on 20 February. Participants included recognized international graph experts and the workshop addressed new technological challenges in Graph-TA (technologies, graph theory, pattern recognition, network modelling, and benchmarking for graph management systems, among others). Participants from the sector included Hassan Chafi, Senior Research Manager of Oracle Labs; PhD. Fernando Orejas, a member of the Department of Software’s ALBCOM Research Group and Vice-Rector for Research Policy at the UPC; and Peter Boncz, lecturer at the CWI, expert in benchmarking for graph management systems and scientific director of the LDBC project.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

THE UPC PRESENTS NEW DEVELOPMENTS AND MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES AT MWC2014

For another year running, the UPC’s technology was present at the Mobile World Congress on the CIT UPC stand. Among other innovations, three new applications were presented:
 
Sparksee 5: graph database analysis software developed by DAMA UPC, with high performance on large volumes of data and applications in the analysis of social networks.
SportAlert: an app designed to monitor the movement of sportspeople via geolocation of a mobile phone, developed by InLAb FIB UPC.
UTalk, a multiplatform tool developed by InLAb FIB UPC for corporate messaging, designed for companies to ensure their privacy.
 
In the information and communication technology arena, CIT UPC member centers work on 4G solutions, operating systems, NFC, Wifi, cloud computing, big data and language and speech technologies and applications (TALP UPC) among other areas. This technology has a range of applications in the fields of e-commerce, smart cities, e-health and those related to geolocation. At the Congress, numerous contacts were made and work meetings held with over fifty companies and institutions, in order to draw up collaboration agreements.
 

 
 

THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF THE CIT UPC ON THE INNAC BLOG

On the occasion of the third anniversary of CIT UPC, the blog “INNAC, una actitud innovadora” by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) devoted a post to the UPC Technology Center. The INNAC blog was started in 2012 and is an important meeting place for professionals and the general public who have an interest in innovation.

 
 

ANNUAL MEETINGS WITH ACCIÓ

During February, annual meetings were held between the CIT UPC member centers and ACCIÓ, as the centers belong to the Government of Catalonia's TECNIO network. The UPC centers that belong to CIT and TECNIO are leaders in industrial research and technology transfer in different fields. The aim of the meetings is to present activities undertaken in 2013 and to coordinate action strategies for 2014.

 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

MOBILITY FOR INNOVATION (in Spanish)

De la importancia de la movilidad dan cuenta las cifras de uso que se registran en nuestro entorno: del tráfico web mundial, un 17’4% se lleva a cabo vía móvil, y el crecimiento es exponencial. [...]  (+Read more)
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

APPROVAL OF RIS3CAT

The Government of Catalonia has approved RIS3CAT, a research and innovation strategy for Catalan smart specialization. RIS3CAT sets out the framework for developing research, development and innovation actions and programmes in the period 2014-2020 that are jointly funded by the EU (1.98 billion euros from the FEDER European funds), and supports innovative projects for economic growth and job creation.

 
 
     
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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.

 
 


 
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