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Newsletter CIT UPC nº44 January 2016  
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

KICK-OFF OF THE BIG IoT PROJECT

On 25 and 26 January, the kick-off meeting was held for the BIG IoT European project, in which the UPC participates as a partner through inLab FIB and the SERTEL research group. The aim of the project is to start up a professional ecosystem of the Internet of Things (IoT) that will offer a functional, easy way to discover, access, control, manage and ensure smart objects and, at the same time, will attain the highest level of acceptance in a sector that is quite fragmented and has numerous entry barriers for developers. The project will define a web API that will be implemented in 8 platforms, and will be generic and unified for smart object platforms. This new API will facilitate interoperability of the IoT and will create a marketplace in which suppliers of platforms, applications and services can launch their assets on the market, making systems that were previously closed accessible.

Twelve other partners are involved in the project: CSI Piemonte, Vodafone, VMZ Berlin, Wolfsburg AG, Bosch, Econais, ATOS, Seat, Siemens, Clausthal University of Technology, National University of Ireland Galway and Aalborg University.

 
 

COLLABORATION ON A NEW AUTOMATIC HOOK FOR CRANES

The company Elebia Autohooks, the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC), Motion Control Applications (MCIA UPC) and Eurecat-CTM are collaborating on a new, innovative automatic hook for cranes that enables processes to be improved and reduces the accident rate, which is mainly caused by bad use of anchoring systems that can lead to objects falling. On the basis of a hook patented by the company that can hook and unhook the load remotely using an automatic motorized system, an information management system will be developed to control the safety and traceability in applications for handling suspended loads, based on identifying anchoring elements using RFID tags and calculations of the load supported in each operation. Information on each operation will be transmitted via the cloud to a centralized management system. Using artificial intelligence algorithms, this system will determine the state of the anchoring elements and the traceability of loads. The investment required for the project is 872,283 and it is expected to generate 3.5 million euros in 2019.

Elebia, with headquarters in Mataro, is a forerunner and leader in the market for automatic hooks and has carried out important projects with national and international clients such as SpaceX, Rolls-Royce, Boeing and Airbus, among others.

 
 

SIXTH EDITION OF THE MULTIMEDIA SERIES “PERSONATGES EN JOC”

A new edition of the multimedia series “Personatges en Joc” (Prominent figures in a game) has been presented, this time on Dolors Aleu, the first woman to be licensed in medicine in Spain. The game demonstrates the difficulties faced by women who wanted to go to university at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century, and explores concepts related to medicine, and adapted to primary school children. The project was led by Dr. Lluís Solano from the Computer Graphics Area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) and the ETSEIB, and Dr. José Luis Eguia from the Department of Engineering Design (UPC), in collaboration with the Government of Catalonia’s Secretariat for Universities and Research, the coordinator of the project.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

CIT UPC CELEBRATES 5 YEARS

The CIT UPC Technology Center has reached its fifth anniversary. In the last five years, it has consolidated an innovative model of collaboration, through which its 20 member centers make their knowledge, technologies and the results of their research available to public and private companies and organizations, to promote innovation using comprehensive, cross-cutting technology solutions.
 
These five years have been made possible by the continued support of the UPC and the work, commitment and effort of the researchers that form part of the 20 member centers.

 
 

CIT UPC PARTICIPATES IN A PILOT TEST WITH CHILE THROUGH ACCIÓ

The CIT UPC Technology Center is participating in the first pilot test organized by the foreign bureau of ACCIÓ in Chile. The aim is to market the technological capabilities of the TECNIO network of centres in Chile, where there is a clear demand for them. Initially, the market in Chile will be analysed in relation to available technologies and factors that could influence their commercial introduction into the country. Subsequently, a commercial strategy to meet the technology needs of the Chilean corporate sector will be planned and implemented. The project will end in January 2017.

 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

DR. PEDRO RODRÍGUEZ, DIRECTOR OF SEER UPC, AMONG THE 3,000 MOST CITED RESEARCHERS IN THE WORLD IN 2015

Pedro Rodríguez, the director of SEER UPC, is listed as one of the 3,000 most cited researchers in the world, according to the ranking published by Thomson Reuters, an organization that indexes scientific publications on all areas of knowledge at global level.
 
Dr. Pedro Rodríguez is an expert in smart grids, power electronics and distributed electricity generation. He has published 66 high-impact papers since 2005, which have been cited 2,519 times in total, with an average of 44.19 quotes per paper, and an h-index of 26, as published in Web of Science™ Core Collection. This index assesses the quality and impact of scientific output in a single indicator.
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

TECHNOLOGY MADE TO MEASURE

In recent decades, there has been outstanding development in the function of knowledge transfer from public universities to the corporate sector. However, this activity has become more difficult in the last few years, as many universities’ indicators show. [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

THE UPC, THE LEADING STATE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY IN SCIENTIFIC OUTPUT AND RESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY

For the second consecutive year, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has been top of the ranking of state technical universities in scientific output (published papers, R&D projects, doctoral theses, patents and doctoral degrees with a mention of excellence), as stated in the “Ranking 2013 de investigación de las universidades públicas españolas” (2013 Ranking of research in Spanish public universities), drawn up by researchers at the University of Granada. In this edition, the UPC was also in first position in terms of productivity (output weighted by the number of teaching staff and civil service researchers) in research at technical universities.
 

 
 

CALL FOR COLLABORATION CHALLLENGES

The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness has announced the Challenges-Collaboration 2016 call for applications to promote joint projects between companies and research bodies. The budget for the call, which is funded using FEDER resources, is 586 million euros, of which 99.4 are subsidies and 487 million are FEDER repayable advances and loans to be returned in the next four years. The period for submitting applications will open on 9 February and end on 7 March.
 

 
 

SOCIAL PERCEPTION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SPAIN 2014

On 11 January, results were published of a survey carried out every two years by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (Fecyt), which deepens knowledge of the relationship between science, technology and society by assessing and measuring the social perception of science and technology in Spain.
 

 
 
     
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HIGH SPEED COMPRESSORS

Rafel Sitjar, a lecturer and researcher at the Food Safety and Control Research Centre (CRESCA UPC) collaborated with the company JBonals SA, a manufacturer of machinery for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food sector, to develop different high-output compressors for large manufacturers of powdered stock cubes and washing powders in compressed format. 

As a result of this collaboration, several patents were registered and the BR680 machine was designed, which can produce up to 1400 large format and weight compressed items per minute.
 

 
 
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OBSEA DETECTS EARTHQUAKE IN THE ALBORAN SEA

The seismometer at the OBSEA marine observatory, which the Technological Development Centre of Remote Acquisition and Data processing Systems (SARTI UPC) has placed around 4 km from the coast of Vilanova i la Geltrú at 20 m depth, recorded the earthquake that occurred in the Alboran Sea on 25 January. The earthquake, whose epicentre was at 10 km in front of the Alhucemas Coast, reached 6.3 on the Richter scale, and shook the Andalusian and Moroccan coasts.

The OBSEA seismometer is part of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) and Cartographic and Geological Institute of Catalonia (IGN) network of seismometers for the analysis and prediction of earthquakes.
 

 
 


 
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