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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 40 September 2015  
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

LABSON UPC COLLABORATES IN THE OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY FOR RIO 2016

The Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC) has collaborated in meeting the technical requirements for manufacturing the torch for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Among other aspects, it will be guaranteed that: the flame measures between 20 and 25 cm; it will be visible at a distance of 200 m; it can be lit at an altitude of 3,000 m; it can withstand downpours; and will not be blown out by gusts of wind at 120km/h or sustained wind of 75km/h (tested in the LABSON UPC wind tunnel).

 
 

LOW-COST ELECTRIC MOTOR PLATFORM FOR CAR-SHARING AND LIGHT VEHICLE APPLICATIONS

The electric low-cost vehicle for car-sharing (VELOW) project has successfully met the target of designing and developing a totally electric, low-cost urban vehicle for rent in the city. The group Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) has participated in the development and construction of a power converter, and in its testing and functional validation. Notable results of the project are performance of the motor-converter above 90%, final values of maximum torque and mechanical power of 90 nm and 12 kw, and speeds of up to 80 km/h on a maximum gradient of 7%. The vehicle has a range of 74 km, according to NEDC. Units of the power train (converter-motor-control) that are flexible and can be scaled up for a range of light, electric motor platforms are expected to be marketed, and management software tools will be developed for car-sharing applications.

The project has been developed as part of the “Nuclis” call for applications by ACCIÓ, and other members of the consortium are IDIADA, Infranor, Klagan, Circontrol and CTM.

 
 

APPLICATION TO DETECT WRITING PATTERNS

inLab FIB UPC has developed the prototype of an application that can detect writing patterns through natural language processing (NLP) techniques. Using documents written by one person, the application infers a set of characteristic indicators of the way that it is written (words that are used, length of sentences, richness of the vocabulary, and the frequency of use of some words, among other factors). From the patterns that are obtained, the application can determine whether a person was or was not the author of a specific document, and detect the probability of them being the author. Using some classification algorithms (Support Vector Machine and Knn, among others) plagiarism can be detected. This project was developed for the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

ANNUAL REPORT 2014

The UPC Technology Center's Annual Report 2014 is now available; a document that presents and gives an account of our activities to society. It presents the most relevant results for 2014 in a dynamic, interactive way. The main indicators are described, as well as the institutional activities that have been carried out and some of the key projects undertaken by Member Centers. The notable efforts of the research teams have generated total revenue of 12 million euros, up 2.12% on 2013, and a high level of research and development collaboration with companies (53% of the total).

 
 

CIT UPC AT THE IoT SOLUTIONS WORLD CONGRESS 2015

CIT UPC participated in the  IoT Solutions World Congress, which took place between 16 and 18 September in the Gran Via exhibition site of the Fira de Barcelona. The CIT UPC presented its technologies and the results of projects developed in relation to the internet of things in the areas of energy optimization, Advanced textiles, mobility, big data, advanced manufacturing, health, and internet security, among others.
 
CIT UPC, which is a member of the TECNIO network, took part in the Catalan Pavilion organized by the Government of Catalonia, and was supported by ACCIÓ.

 
 
TECHTraining CIT UPC
 

NEXT COURSES 2015

  • Durabilidad en la distribución de los alimentos (19th November)                                                                                                                            
 

 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

THE ORGANIZATION OF CHAOS GETS AN AWARD

Organization is essential to success in innovation processes, as in all activities. Having the information (data) needed to establish priorities, plan, manage time and resources, and make the right decisions is part of the process. [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

COTEC 2015 REPORT

The COTEC Foundation for technological innovation has presented the twentieth edition of the Cotec 2015 Report on technology and innovation in Spain. Notable is the drop in 2013 in R&D spending in Spain by 2.8% compared to 2012, to reach the same levels as in 2007, and the drop in convergence with European to figures similar to those of 2003.  The private sector accounted for over half of the total spending on R+D, and was the main funder of research, at over 46.39% of the total.
 

 
 

THE GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2015

The eighth Edition of the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2015, has been published by Cornell University, the INSEAD business school and the World intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which analysed the state of innovation in 141 countries on the basis of their resources and results gathered in 79 indicators. Switzerland led the 10 most innovative countries in the world, followed by the United Kingdom and Sweden. Spain held position 27 in the world ranking, and number 18 in Europe.
 

 
 
     
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WIND TUNNEL FOR TESTING

The Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC) has a powerful, closed-circuit wind tunnel with an open circular duct of 500 mm diameter, duct midline at 1100 mm, a test section that is 1300 mm long and a maximum speed of 40 m/s (144 km/h). The measurable turbulence intensity is 2%.

 
 
 


 
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