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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 28 June 2014
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

IMPROVED PERFORMANCE OF COOKER HOODS

The Centre for Industrial Diagnostics and Fluid Dynamics (CDIF UPC) has carried out a project with Pando to improve the acoustic performance and fluid dynamics of extractor hoods manufactured by the company. CDIF UPC carried out an acoustic and fluid dynamics study of all Pando hoods on the market, to find out their qualities and limitations using experimental measurements and numerical simulation. The data were then used to optimize the model by increasing the fume extraction area, improving the air path from the exterior to the inlet of the fan in order to increase the suction, and increasing the isolation of the system. These improvements led to a 40% reduction in pressure drop and a 2 db reduction in noise level.

 

 
 

PARTICIPATION OF CREB UPC IN BIO SAN DIEGO 2014

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) took part in the most important biotechnology event in the world, the BIO International Convention 2014, which was held in San Diego, California, this year. CREB UPC was one of the four Catalan institutions that, along with 22 companies coordinated by Biocat, formed part of the Catalan delegation in the Spanish pavilion. At the convention, CREB UPC presented its latest technology, and various one-to-one partnering meetings were held with companies.

 
 

HYGIENIC SANITARY PADS AND TAMPONS MADE FROM MAXIMUM ABSORPTION NATURAL COTTON

Innotex Center/CTF, in collaboration with the Cotton High Tech (Cohitech) company, has carried out a project to obtain the first hygienic sanitary pads and tampons made from 100% natural cotton. The use of 100% natural cotton reduces the risk of irritation, itching and allergies in people with sensitive skin. The new sanitary pads and tampons have the same absorption capacity as standard products. This has been achieved by modifying the rheological properties of the fiber, that is, their arrangement within the product, as this is the factor that affects breathability and the capacity to absorb liquids. 

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

IX BARCELONA GLOBAL ENERGY CHALLENGES CONFERENCE

This year, CIT UPC was involved in the organization of the ninth edition of the Barcelona Global Energy Challenges Conference, together with the B_TEC Foundation, IREC and the MIT’s ILP program. The conference was held on 19 June in Barcelona. During the lunch, CIT UPC presented technologies and projects related to current energy challenges. In the afternoon session, it organized the workshop "How can innovative technologies contribute to the smart energy field?". Speakers included researchers from the following centers: CITCEA, CTTC, MCIA and SEER UPC. 

 
 

CIT UPC JOINS THE EUROPEAN PLATFORM SHIFT²RAIL

CIT UPC has joined SHIFT²RAIL, a major European research and development initiative to devise market-driven solutions, through the integration of new, advanced technologies that foster innovation in the European rail industry. SHIFT²RAIL boosts the competitiveness of companies in the area of rail transport. The aim of the initiative, which is part of Horizon 2020, is to develop the technology required to complete the Single European Railway Area (SERA). Participants in the platform include companies such as Alstom, Comsa Emte, Siemens and Indra, members of the CIT UPC’s Industrial Board, and the French multinational Thales.
 
CIT UPC will bring to the platform its expert knowledge in advanced simulation, noise and vibration control, predictive maintenance and 3D vision systems, among other technologies.
 

 
 

MEMBER OF THE CATALAN HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES CLUSTER
 

A Health Technologies Cluster has been founded in Catalonia to increase competitiveness in the sector. One of the members is the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), which participates through CIT UPC. The Cluster is comprised of 17 institutions, with a total of 6,500 employees and a turnover of 650 million euros. Members are suppliers of knowledge and technology, hospitals and contract manufacturing companies with their own product. The aim is to foster collaboration between health centers, service companies, research groups and technology centers. 

 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

Speech and language technologies

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Investigadors CIT UPC
 

NEW CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TECNOBONS 2014
 

The Government of Catalonia has announced a call for applications for a new program of action: TECNOBONS 2014. The aim of the program is to provide subsidies for subcontracting premium technology services provided by technology suppliers accredited by ACCIÓ. The amount of the subsidy will be up to 50% of the cost of the service, to a maximum of 3,000 euros. The deadline for submitting applications is the 31 December 2014 or when the entire budget for the program has been allocated.

 
 

ALTRAN 2014 INNOVATION INDEX
 

The  Altran 2014 Innovation Index has been published. The index is based on input variables and created to measure the innovative and technological potential of European countries. Spain is still in position 12 (as it was in 2013), although in general the EU innovation potential has risen by 5.2%. The percentage of investment in R&D in Spain dropped for the second year running to 1.3%, which is far from the 3% objective set by the European Commission. Catalonia’s innovation potential is 10% higher than the average for Spain, and 12% higher than the average in the EU. 

 
 

BILATERAL CALL FOR SPAIN AND PERU
 

As part of the collaboration agreement signed in 2009 between the Peruvian National Council for Science, Technology and Technological Innovation (CONCYTEC) and the Spanish Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), through Fondecyt the two entities have announced the first call for applications for technological collaboration between Peru and Spain on R&D projects involving companies in both countries. The companies can collaborate with other research bodies such as universities and technology centers. Projects must be submitted between 30 May and 5 September.

 
 
     
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INDUSTRIAL DOCTORATE PROGRAM

This is a financial aid program for companies and universities to carry out an industrial doctorate project in a company and in a university research group, to prepare a doctoral thesis. Applications can be submitted until the 14 October on the  program’s website.
 

 
 

XXX SEPLN ANNUAL CONFERENCE
 

Thirtieth edition of the Annual Conference of the Spanish Society for Natural Language Processing (SEPLN), jointly organized by TALP UPC.
 

 
 
Agenda CIT UPC
 

STUDY OF THE CLOTHING OF PERE EL GRAN

Innotex Center / CTF characterized fabrics, threads and fibers from the royal tombs of Pere el Gran and Blanca de Anjou in the Monasterio de Santes Creus. Both tombs, which are key Catalan gothic works that have been preserved with their original structure since 1302, when the burials took place, have been the object of a multidisciplinary scientific study to mark the 850th anniversary of the Monastery.

 
 
 


 
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