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  Newsletter CIT UPC nº47 April 2016 
 
Centros Miembros CIT UPC
 

ENERGY SAVING THROUGH SMART MONITORING

The Centre Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC), together with CTM, have developed for La Farga Rod a system for monitoring the continuous copper casting production process, to maintain quality and reduce energy consumption associated with copper reprocessing. The process has high energy requirements, at 1,277 kWh per tonne produced, which is equivalent to the annual consumption of 15,400 homes. The smart software that was developed uses the production line’s operating variables and artificial intelligence algorithms to determine whether the operating conditions are within optimal ranges, to prevent the resulting wire from the machine from containing defects, such as air bubbles. The aim of the new software is to reduce quality deterioration by 1%, which would save 4,880 Mwh of energy every year associated with the reprocessing of copper (equivalent to the energy consumption of over 600 homes) and around 1,100 t of CO2 every year.

 
 

NEW MICROBIAL BIOSENSOR TO ASSESS WATER TOXICITY

Innotex Center/CRIT has collaborated with researchers at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and the National Microelectronics Centre (IMB-CNM) of the CSIC to develop a biosensor based on paper impregnated with bacteria to detect water toxicity. This innovative, simple, low-cost biological tool can detect a wide range of pollutants and is easy to use in contexts where there the budget is limited or in developing countries. The bioassay detects any pollutant that is toxic to microorganisms in the assay time (15-20 minutes), such as heavy metals and hydrocarbons such as petroleum or benzene. 

Innotex Center/CRIT was responsible for preparing the samples of natural water and leachates from contaminated soils and for the assays. Toxicity was monitored using the bioluminescence assay and the Vibrio fischeri bacterium (Microtox® method) to validate the new system.

 
 

LEAM UPC COORGANIZES THE FIRST ACOUSTICS CONFERENCE OF CATALONIA

The Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering (LEAM UPC) coorganized the First Acoustics Conference of Catalonia, Acusti.cat, which was held in Sabadell on 28–29 April. The conference was organized around challenges and dilemmas that were proposed by participants, so that the contents were of general interest and thus promoted debate and participation. The topics that were covered were closely related to professional practice and administrative management associated with noise pollution, including noise management, night life and noise awareness. Other collaborators in the conference organization include the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona Provincial Council, Sabadell City Council and the Associació Catalana de Consultors Acústics. The event was attended by over 350 people from the public and private sectors.

 
 
Activitats CIT UPC
 

CIT UPC PARTICIPATES IN ALIMENTARIA 2016

The UPC Technology Center, CIT UPC, took part in Alimentaria 2016, the major trade fair for the food sector, held in Barcelona on 25–28 April. As part of the Brokerage Event, CIT UPC held meetings with companies in different sectors (including industrial machinery, packaging and food development) to present its technology capabilities in the area of chemical and food technologies, and to explore opportunities for collaboration.

 
 

CIT UPC MEMBER OF THE IoT ALLIANCE

CIT UPC has joined the IoT Catalan Alliance, an initiative driven by the Government of Catalonia as part of the SmartCAT strategy, and led by the I2CAT Foundation to promote the Internet of Things in Catalonia and its industry. The IoT Catalan Alliance brings together companies and entities that develop and implement technology solutions in the IoT. Within the Alliance, companies can form an ideal environment for exploring knowledge of the existing capabilities and needs, and to identify business opportunities in this field.

 
 
TECHTraining CIT UPC
 

NEXT COURSES 2016

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

NEW DIRECTOR OF CITCEA UPC

On 1 April 2016, Dr. Daniel Montesinos, Head of Projects at CITCEA UPC, took over as director of the Centre from Dr. Antoni Sudrià, who founded CITCEA UPC and has been director since its beginnings in 2001. Dr. Sudrià’s leadership has positioned CITCEA as a leading centre in the area of mechatronics and enertronics. Dr. Montesinos holds a PhD in Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and is associate professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering of the Barcelona School of Electrical Engineering (ETSEIB UPC). Since 2005, he has been responsible for the Power Electronics area of CITCEA. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Sudrià for all the years of dedication to this task, and wish Dr. Montesinos all the best in his new role.

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

DEEP LEARNING REVOLUTIONISES SPEECH TECHNOLOGIES

One of the objectives of language technology experts is speaking and interacting with machines in any language. This is nothing new; but this type of technology is increasingly common at user level. [...] +Read more.
 

 
 
Investigadors CIT UPC
 

THE UPC IS THE LEADING SPANISH UNIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is the top Spanish university in technological innovation and development, and one of three Catalan public universities in the top two positions in the 'U-Ranking 2016', as the best campuses in Spain. In addition, it is in the group of highly specialized universities. U-Ranking measures the productivity of the Spanish university system and is compiled jointly by the BBVA Foundation and the Valencian Institute of Economic Research (IVIE).
 

 
 
     
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IRRIGATION PLANNER

inLab FIB has developed "Reg-Control" (Irrigation-Control) for Agbar, a pioneering irrigation system that applies advanced agronomic knowledge and real-time meteorological data to calculate,  determine and execute irrigation needs for each crop, adapted to the plants’ specific characteristics and the climatic circumstances.
 

 
 
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InLab FIB MOBILIZES DIGITAL VOLUNTEERS TO HELP ECUADOR

inLab FIB, in collaboration with the Catalan community Open Street Map (OSM) and the Humanitarian Open Street Map Team (HOT) project, organized on 21 April a humanitarian mapping activity in which digital volunteers helped to provide an updated map of areas affected by the earthquake in Ecuador for emergency teams on the ground. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake occurred on 16 April.
 

 
 


 
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