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 Newsletter CIT UPC nº34 January 2015 
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

A DEVICE FOR PELVIC FLOOR REHABILITATION IS TESTED IN EUROPEAN HOSPITALS

On 5 and 6 February, the launch meeting was held for the WomenUP European project, which is coordinated by PhD. Miguel Ángel Mañanas and PhD. Juan Ramos; researchers at the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC). This is the first European project in the field of urinary incontinence, a disorder that – according to the WHO – affects 56 million Europeans most of whom are women. High performance technology patented by the UPC and Hospital Clínic can be used to carry out pelvic floor rehabilitation at home. This year, the technology will be improved, developed and then tested in three European hospitals, with the collaboration of the top European specialists in urinary incontinence, and the support of the European Urogynaecological Association (EUGA). The proposal received the best assessment from the European Commission in the H2020 Health Call 2014, has a budget of 3.5 million euros and is expected to take three and a half years.

 
 

MORE EFFICIENT FLAT PLASMA LAMPS FOR WATER TREATMENT

The Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) center, in collaboration with Fraunhofer and in the framework of a European project, has designed and implemented an electronic power system for flat plasma lamps, which are used in industrial water treatment applications. These lamps generate large amounts of ultraviolet light that removes organic components from contaminated water. The system is based on an AC/DC power source with current mode control, and on two-level, single-phase full bridge inverters that attack high voltage transformers. The DSP-based control system enables the switching on of lamps to be multiplexed, with different pulse patterns. This makes the lamps highly efficient and increases the area of UV emission, compared to existing systems on the market.
As a result of this project, a patent has been obtained in Germany to protect the system’s structure and control methods of the system. Currently, experimental trials are being carried out with the aim of marketing the system at industrial scale in the near future.

 
 

INTEGRAGAME: A SERIOUS GAME FOR WORK TRAINING DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES

The Computer Graphics area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) has developed a Serious Game to train people with intellectual disability (ID), in order to help them to enter a real work environment. Through virtual training in a realistic 3D environment, the user learns in a personalized, safe way to carry out cleaning tasks in the hotel and catering trade by memorizing protocols or training on how to respond in unforeseen situations. The game strengthens social skills, and is user-friendly. It also helps raise businesspeople’s awareness about hiring people with intellectual disabilities. The project, called Integragame, began in 2014 and has been funded by Indra and the Fundación Adecco.

 
 
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TECHNOLOGY DAY AT FOMENT DEL TREBALL NACIONAL

On 2 February, a session led by CIT UPC entitled “Technologies to optimize industrial production. Exploring ideas to create value” was held at the headquarters of Foment del Treball Nacional. During the session, CIT UPC presented advanced production technologies developed by its Member Centers, particularly technologies aimed at increasing industrial competitiveness by redefining processes to safe energy or by introducing new fault detection systems for production lines. The event was attended by over 40 participants.

 
 

WORK SESSION WITH COMPANIES AND THE BARCELONA NAUTICAL CLUSTER

On 13 February, Barcelona School of Nautical Studies (FNB) hosted a work session entitled "Technologies in the maritime, nautical and port environment", organized by the Barcelona Nautical Cluster with the collaboration of the UPC through its Technology Center. The session was attended by around twenty companies from the sector, and some technology projects that have been developed by private sector companies through agreements with the UPC were presented as in the area of optics and photonics, mechatronics and enertronics, fishing technologies, instrumentation and oceanography, and the technologies of the Aula CIMNE of the Barcelona School of Nautical Studies.

 
 
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NEW DIRECTOR OF CREB UPC

Since 1 February 2015, PhD. Daniela Tost, head of the Computer Graphics and Serious Games area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), has taken over as centre director from PhD. Pere Caminal Magrans, who held the role for the last eight years. PhD. Caminal’s leadership contributed to making CREB into one of the leading centres in the field of biomedical engineering. He will continue as head of the Biomedical Signals and Systems area. Daniela Tost holds a PhD in Industrial Engineering, and is specialized in the application of computer graphics and in the development of serious games. We would like to take this opportunity to thank PhD. Caminal for all the years he dedicated to the task of leadership, and to wish PhD. Tost all the best in her new position.

 
 
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CIT UPC, CONSOLIDATION AND PROGRESS

The year 2014 was one in which the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) consolidated a project launched in 2010 whose aim was, and still is, to make scientific and technological knowledge generated at the university available for innovation in companies. [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
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RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

The European Commission has established the framework of action for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), which is part of the Horizon 2020 programme. The initiative aims to promote sustainable, inclusive research and innovation in which all agents work together so that R&D results are in line with society’s expectations and confidence in science. The framework of action is based on 6 dimensions: ethics, gender, scientific education, social participation, open access and governance.
 

 
 

CYD FOUNDATION REPORT: SPANISH UNIVERSITIES, AN AUTONOMOUS PERSPECTIVE

The Knowledge and Development Foundation (CYD Foundation) has published a report entitled "Spanish universities, an autonomous perspective” that provides a detailed view of the Spanish university system by autonomous community, based on five levels of data: information on university offerings and demand; indicators of the revenue and expenditure of non-distance public universities; data on the relationship between universities and the labour market; indicators of university research, research results and their relation to business; and finally the position of various universities in rankings, determined by bibliometrics.
 

 
 

THE GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2015

The communications company Bloomberg has published the Global Innovation Index 2015; a ranking of innovative countries led by South Korea, Japan, Germany, Finland, Israel, USA, Sweden, Singapore, France and the United Kingdom. Innovation is measured using five indicators that assess the power of the innovative ecosystem: R&D investment, existence of high value added advanced production, new high-tech companies, the quality of education, research personnel and patent generation.
 

 
 
     
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4YFN 2015

                       

 
 

CeBIT 2015

International trade exhibition for ICT sector.


 

 
 

UPC PRIZE FOR RESEARCH VALORIZATION

The aim of the UPC Prize for Research Valorization, which is organized by the UPC’s Board of Trustees, is to recognise the work of UPC research groups through the valorization of different aspects of research: Prize for the best technology transfer project of UPC research groups, Prize for the best patent for the market, and the Prize for the best technology-based company or spin-off.  

 
 

            

 
 

 
 
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FIRST TRANSLATOR OF BABIES’ CRIES

PhD. Pedro Monagas, a researcher at the Research Center for Food Safety and Control (CRESCA UPC) developed the first translator of baby cries in the world, which led to a patent in 1998. With 98% reliability in interpreting the cause of a baby’s cries, and tested at the Hospital General de Cataluña and in the Catholic Medical Center in Korea, the prototype was selected as the Best Product Idea 2002 by the New York Times, and PhD. Monagas was recognized as “Man of the Month” (February 2004) by the prestigious Japanese newspaper, Asahi. He was only the third foreigner to receive this distinction, after Michael Jordan and Bill Gates. Since 2002, the marketing of the Why-cry product has been in the hands of a Korean company.
 

 
 
 


 
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