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 Newsletter CIT UPC nº38 June 2015  
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

COMMUNICATION MODULE FOR SEAT

inLab FIB UPC, in collaboration with the Wireless Networks Group (WNG UPC), has developed for SEAT a module for communication between a mobile phone and other kinds of wearable devices, all made by SAMSUNG. The module collects biometric data from the driver in real time, and displays them on the vehicle’s Infotainment system. Communication between the two devices is carried out by MirrorLink, a system that blocks certain mobile phone functions to comply with distracted driving regulations, and thus increases driver safety. A first version of this functionality, together with the rest of  SEAT’s Infotainment system, was presented at the last edition of the Mobile World Congress, in reference to a connected car. The project is the result of collaboration with the SEAT Chair at the UPC.

 
 

SMART RURAL GRIDS SYMPOSIUM

On 9 June, a symposium was held on “Smart Rural Grids” at the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB), organized by CITCEA UPC, as part of a European project of the same name, which has received 3.2 million euros in funds from the EU’s 7 Framework Project. Presentations covered topics such as control algorithms, communication systems, power electronics devices, and storage systems developed for the smart rural grid and implemented in Vallfogona del Ripollès (Girona). The project supports the transition to sustainable energy with greater incorporation of renewable energies, through a new decentralized model of energy supply for the rural environment. The consortium also includes Estabanell Energia, ZIV Communications, Xarxa Oberta de Comunicació i Tecnologia de Catalunya, KISTERS, Stadtwerke Rosenheim Netze, CG Power Systems Ireland and Smart Innovation Østfold.

 
 

A NEW INTEGRATED TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

The kick-off meeting of IT2RAIL has been held, a European project in which the Data Management group (DAMA UPC) participates, whose objective is to improve coordination between rail, bus and plane on long-distance journeys by integrating services and digital technologies in an open web framework, and promoting competitiveness between all transport services. The idea is to create a new travel experience that incorporates all the services offered to users and provides transparent access to them, with the help of the most innovative digital technologies. As part of the project, online applications are promoted that will foster the sustainability and continuous improvement of electronic services in the long term. IT2RAIL has a budget of 12 million euros and forms part of the SHIFT2RAIL platform (that CIT UPC promoted during its preparatory phase) to coordinate innovation activities in the field of rail transport. This is a public-private initiative that is part of H2020, with a budget of 450 million euros.

 
 

CREB UPC ATTENDS THE BIO INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION 2015

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) attended the Bio International Convention 2015, the main trade fair in the biotechnology sector that brings together leaders in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. This year’s edition was held on 15 to 18 June in Philadelphia. CREB presented its technological capacities and the patents that it currently markets, including a new control system for a knee orthosis. This technology can be used to actuate or lock knee rotation during gait, by means of a single motor and a ball-screw transmission.
 
A total of 37 Catalan companies and institutions participated in the Bio Convention Philadelphia in the Spanish pavilion, under the banner of Biocat.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

CIT UPC JOINTLY ORGANIZES THE TENTH EDITION OF BARCELONA GLOBAL ENERGY CHALLENGES

On 18 June, the X Edition of the Barcelona Global Energy Challenges Conference was held, which is jointly organized by the MIT ILP, IREC, b_TEC and tha UPC through its Technology Center, CIT UPC. This is an important meeting in the energy sector, as it brings together leading experts and promotes synergies between prestigious universities and research centres. PhD. Enric Fossas, Rector of the UPC, and Josep M. Martorell, Directorate-General for Research of the Government of Catalonia, opened the conference. Also on behalf of the UPC, PhD. Albert Cuchí, a member of the GBCe group, participated in the plenary session. In the afternoon, CIT UPC led a Workshop on Energy efficiency in buildings”, with the participation of PhD. Pau Fonseca from inLab FIB UPC, as well as Oscar Subirats and Lidia Sala from ETSAV UPC, among others.

 
 

PARTICIPATION IN THE SECOND CONVENTION ON SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED COMPANIES IN PENEDÈS AND GARRAF

On 3 June, CIT UPC gave a presentation at the Second Convention on Small and Medium-Sized Companies in Penedès and Garraf, which was organized by the Association of Businesspeople of the Garraf, l’Alt Penedès and the Baix Penedès (ADEPG) and Vilafranca del Penedès Town Council. The programme included talks divided into two subject areas: executives’ experiences in different areas, and talent in human resources management. Over a hundred businesspeople and executives from the area attended the Convention.

 
 
TECHTraining CIT UPC
 

NEXT COURSES 2015

  • Durabilidad en la distribución de los alimentos (20th November)                                                                                                                            

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

DR. SANTI ROYO, PRESIDENT OF EOSOME 2015

PhD. Santiago Royo, director of the Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC), was chair of the European Optical Society Conference on Optomechanical Engineering (EOSOME 2015), which was held in Munich on 24 and 25 June. The Conference is organized as part of the World of Photonics Congress 2015, which is a leading international congress on optical technologies.

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

ENERGY FOR A BETTER FUTURE

Energy is a strategic element in all production processes. Since coal was used to fuel boilers in the first industrial revolution around two hundred years ago, the production, use and distribution of different forms of energy has been key to economic growth (and also a cause of economic fluctuations, as in the 1973 oil crisis). +Read more.
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

CYD BAROMETER 2014

The CYD Foundation has published the eighth edition of the CYD Barometer “The role of universities in Spain”, which diagnoses the role of universities in the Spanish economy and society, as well as on the evolution of trends.

 
 

SPAIN OBTAINS 553 MILLION EUROS IN THE FIRST YEAR OF H2020

Spain has obtained 553.3 million euros in the first 73 calls for applications for the H2020 programme, which represents 9.5% of the funds awarded in this call. This positions the country as 5th in the ranking of EU28 grant recipients, after Germany, the United Kingdom, France and Holland.  In total, grants have been received to participate in 943 activities, and lead 101 projects. Further information.
 

 
 
     
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VIBRATIONS IN THE HIGH-SPEED RAILWAY WORKS

The Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (LEAM UPC) measured vibrations in dwellings affected by high speed railway works in the town of Prat de Llobregat in 2006-2007, to ensure that buildings were not affected as a result of the construction work. The project was carried out for Corsán-Corviam.
 

 
 
 


 
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