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Newsletter CIT UPC Nº 25 March 2014
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

SYSTEM FOR MONITORING AND CONTROLLING DEPRESSION

The Instrumentation and Bioengineering area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) has taken part in the Help4Mood project, to monitor the recovery of people who suffer from major depression. The system enables in-depth, tailored monitoring of patients in their homes, and provides doctors with information on their state of mind and their behavior. At the hospital, the doctors can determine a patient’s progress or identify the appearance of a new depressive episode, using cognitive-behavioral therapy scales. The system is based on non-intrusive sensors that provide information on a patient’s activity in the home and include a virtual agent who interacts with the individual to obtain data on his/her state of mind. This project is coordinated by the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and is funded by the European Union’s FP7.

 
 

CD6 AT HEALTHCARE & PHOTONICS 2014

On 26 March, the Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) presented its technology for optical systems for detecting skin cancer and advances in instruments for measuring the optical quality of the eye at the HealthCare & Photonics event on optical technologies and photonics in medicine. The aim of this event is to create opportunities for business and projects in the area of health and photonics technologies, which are defined in European policies as one of the main social challenges and one of the key enabling technologies in H2020. The event was organized by SECPhO, the Mental Health Cluster of Catalonia, ACCIÓ and the Col·legi Oficial de Metges de Barcelona (COMB).

 
 

STUDY OF THE AUTOMATED TRANSPORT SYSTEM (AGVs) FOR ALMIRALL

The InLab FIB UPC center has carried out a simulation, modelling and analysis study to assess the capacity of Almirall’s internal transport network, which is mainly comprised of automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The study meets needs associated with changes in the company’s production processes, and assesses various improvements proposed for situations in which the transport capacity is insufficient. The model assesses different production logistics, reduces the risks associated with introducing new logistics, and provides the opportunity to work in a new context of experimentation with alternative scenarios.

 
 
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AL JAZEERA RECORDS UPC TECHNOLOGIES

A team from the Al Jazeera English channel, led by the journalist Tareq Bazley, has visited the CIT UPC. The team recorded the results of research carried out in the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre’s (CREB UPC) Biomechanics area as part of a project for Camper. The aim of the project was to determine parameters associated with the comfort of Camper’s shoes.

 
 

SATELLITE EVENT AT THE MIHealth FORUM

The CIT UPC has organized a Satellite Event as part of the MIHealth Forum at the Fira de Barcelona on 21–22 May. In the morning of 22 May, the CIT UPC, along with its member centers that are specialized in medical technologies (CREB, CD6 and the Innotex Center), will hold the TECHealth Workshop. Cutting edge technologies and medical solutions to meet patients’ needs. In this session, the centers will present innovative technology and solutions that are ready to be marketed and used.

 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

Barcelona: first European innovation capital, why and what for?

Barcelona has just been recognized as European capital of innovation (iCapital). The city received majority support at the Innovation Convention held in Brussels, in a close competition with the other finalists, Grenoble and Groningen. [...] +Read more
 

 
 
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CALL FOR ENTRIES FOR THE DURAN FARELL AWARD

The UPC Board of Trustees, with the collaboration of Gas Natural Fenosa, has announced the 9th edition of the Duran Farell Award for Technological Research. The aim of the award, which is given every two years and is worth 30,000 euros, is to promote research excellence by recognizing the quality of a technological research project carried out in the last three years. The deadline for submitting entries is 16 May.
 

 
 

INNOVATION UNION SCOREBOARD

The European Union has published the Innovation Scoreboard 2014. According to the report, Spain has dropped from position 16 to 17 (out of 28 countries), despite having improved overall. This position is in the category of "moderate innovators" (with indicators below the EU average). Europe as a whole has recovered, although it continues to lag behind the USA and Japan. The leading European country is Sweden, followed by Denmark, Germany and Finland, which are the four countries that invest most in research and innovation.
 

 
 
     
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EMC STUDY OF HYBRID BUSES IN BARCELONA

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) carried out the electromagnetic compatibility studies on the hybrid bus developed by Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB). These vehicles began to be introduced in 2012, and have made the bus network the cleanest in Europe, in environmental terms.
 

 
 
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APPOINTMENT OF CA LABS RESEARCH DIRECTOR

PhD. Víctor Muntés, the former Vice-President and Director of CA Labs Europe, has been appointed Research Director of CA Labs worldwide. CA Labs is the research department of the US multinational CA Technologies, a company that is listed on NASDAQ and has its headquarters in New York. CA Labs has had a laboratory at the UPC since 2011, as well as other laboratories in the United Kingdom, Unites States and Australia. The UPC laboratory is the result of the company’s close collaboration for years with the DAMA UPC research group. Víctor Muntés, who was then a lecturer and researcher at the UPC, was responsible for setting up the project.

 
 


 
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