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 Newsletter CIT UPC nº45 February 2016  
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

CREB UPC IS TAKING PART IN A STUDY OF THE IMPACT OF SPORTS ON THE RESPIRATORY SYSTEM’S DEFENCES

The B2SLab research group, which is part of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), is taking part in a study that, for the first time, will investigate genetic factors and the impact of extreme sport on respiratory immunity in elite sportspeople. The study, which is led by Emma Roca, an elite sportsperson and biochemist, will be carried out on a hundred runners in the Zurich Marathon of Barcelona on 13 March. The physiological, biochemical and cardiac state of the subjects will be assessed before, during and after the race. CREB UPC will carry out a bioinformatic analysis of gene expression and the analysis of signs of variability in the heart rate of the runners. Other participants in the study include the Unit of Genomics of Complex Diseases and the Immunological Laboratory of the Biomedical Research Institute Sant Pau (IIB Sant Pau); the Sant Pau Pneumonology Services; the University of Girona (UdG); and the Zurich Barcelona Marathon.

 
 

CD6 UPC AT THE TECHINNOV 2016 EVENT

The Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) took part, with the support of ACCIÓ, in the tenth Edition of the Techinnov event, the B2B innovation fair held in Paris on 11 February. CD6 UPC presented its latest technology, including “laser ultrasound” (LUS), which is a new ultrasound technique using laser generation and detection that has industrial applications, and a LIDAR camera that has better features than those currently found on the market. Over 1,600 professionals attended, including large industrial groups and small technology and innovation companies, public research organizations, private investors and technology consultants. The aim was, through B2T meetings, to identify potential partners for innovative projects.

 
 

NEW TABLE TENNIS TABLE WITH A FOLDING DESIGN

The Centre for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC) has collaborated with the company RS Barcelona to design a folding table tennis table, a creation by the designer Rafael Rodríguez. The new table combines both functionality and design: maximum playing capacity, high durability, high quality materials (steel treated with cataphoresis and polyester powder paint on a high-density high pressure laminate structure), and suitability for use outdoors or indoors. CDEI UPC worked on the design of a folding mechanism integrated into the structure of the table tennis table itself. It consists of a set of bars that enable each wing of the table to be folded and locked into place in play or storage position. It is designed for easy handling.

 
 

A SERIOUS GAME FOR TRAINING PERFUSIONISTS FOR OPEN HEART SURGERY

On 18 February, three researchers from the Computer Graphics Area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), Ariel von Barnekow, Núria Bonet-Codina and Dani Tost, presented a serious game entitled The Virtual Perfusionist at a practical session with 37 students from the Master’s Degree in Perfusion at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona. The Virtual Perfusionist has been developed in collaboration with doctors Carmen Gomar and Maite Maita from Hospital Clínic. It can be used to train students in the control of the heart-lung machine that is used in open heart surgery. The game is situated in a virtual, 3D operating theatre in which users must operate the machine according to the instructions given by a virtual surgeon in response to unforeseen incidents. The aim is to complete the surgery with the patient within a range of normality. The Virtual Perfusionist is a new way of learning, and provides an automatic method of assessment, as the player’s performance is systematically recorded.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

CIT UPC PARTICIPATES IN THE BROKERAGE EVENT ON THE 'SCIENCE WITH AND FOR SOCIETY' PROGRAMME OF H2020

CIT UPC took part in the information and brokerage event on the 'Science with and for Society' programme of Horizon 2020, held on 3 March in Brussels. The objective of this programme is to build effective cooperation between science and society, recruit new talent for science, and increase social awareness and responsibility about the research carried out in Europe. This session led to new collaborations between the CIT UPC and various entities that are active in this field.

 
 
 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

THE IMPORTANCE OF RESEARCH RANKINGS

At the beginning of the year, several rankings have been published that analyze innovative activity at all levels. They have revealed that the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya·BarcelonaTech (UPC) tops the ranking of technical universities in terms of scientific output and productivity, and that South Korea, Germany and Switzerland are on the pedestal of innovation, at global level, according to Bloomberg. [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
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DURAN FARELL TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH AWARD 2016

The UPC’s Board of Trustees and Gas Natural Fenosa have announced that submissions can now be sent for the Tenth Edition of the Duran Farell Technology Research Award 2016. The aim of the award, which is held every two years, is to promote research excellence by recognizing the quality of a research project carried out in the field of technology in the last three years in Spain. The winner will receive 20,000 euros and the submission period ends on 9 May.
 

 
 

PRESENTATION OF THE ANNUAL REPORT 2015 OF THE EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE

In Brussels, the Annual Report 2015 of the European Patent Office has been presented. Spain submitted 1,527 patent applications in 2015, which is up 3.8% on the previous year, and breaks the trend of two years of drops in the figures. Of these, a total of 522 patents were awarded. Catalonia is the leading Spanish autonomous community in patents, and accounted for 34% of all Spanish applications.
 

 
 
     
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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TO IMPROVE THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF THE L9 UNDERGROUND LINE IN BARCELONA

inLab FIB UPC created for Siemens a simulator of automated trains for Line 9 of Barcelona’s underground system. The simulator can be used to experiment with different traffic configurations, in order to assess the quality of timetables generated to optimize energy consumption on the line. The timetables maximize the synchronization of braking of trains with accelerations of others in nearby areas, so that the energy generated during braking can be used in accelerations.
 

 
 
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CREB UPC ON VALOR AFEGIT

On 29 February, the programme Valor Afegit, on the TV3 television channel, broadcast a documentary called “Robots: amics o enemics?” (Robots: friends or enemies) that addressed the topic of collaborative robots and their role in the future. In the programme, Alícia Casals, the director of the Robotics and Vision Area of the Biomedical Engineering Research (CREB UPC), explained how the capacities of intelligent robots have evolved in relation to complex tasks, and how their areas of activity have expanded.
 

 
 


 
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