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Newsletter CIT UPC nº51 September 2016
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NEW SMART LIGHTING SYSTEM FOR OPERATING THEATRES

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) has developed an innovative lighting system for operating theatres, in collaboration with the company Luxiona, the Hospital Parc Taulí, the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) and Azbil Telstar Technologies. The new smart lighting system can maintain good visibility in the surgical field when the surgeon moves around the area. The system eliminates shadows and other obstacles, and improves the precision and direction of light, so that it can be focused on a specific area and rapidly changed using a remote control device.

The finished product will be presented at the end of October at the Light Middle East Dubai trade fair, in the United Arab Emirates.

TRANSMISSION OF TUBERCULOSIS IN BIG CITIES. THE CASE OF BARCELONA

inLab FIB UPC is working on an innovative model to study the transmission of tuberculosis and its spread in certain social-economic contexts. Other collaborators in the project are the Discrete Modelling and Simulation of Biological Systems Group of the UPC (MOSIMBIO), the Experimental Tuberculosis Unit at the Institute for Health Science Research Germans Trias i Pujol - Can Ruti, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) and the Barcelona Public Health Agency. The study was focused on the Ciutat Vella neighbourhood of Barcelona, where the incidence of tuberculosis is similar to that found in some of the countries that are hardest hit by this disease worldwide. Using the biomedical and demographic data that were gathered, a model was designed based on interaction between individuals or agents using parallel computing techniques, which improves on the classic top-down model that divides the population into different classes (susceptible of getting ill, exposed, infected and recovering), and does not offer conclusive results when the population that is studied is too small. The new model, which is based on a bottom-up perspective, models and simulates the potential evolution of the disease based on the study of individuals and their interrelations, including various cultural and socioeconomic factors. Due to the in-depth results obtained for Ciutat Vella, some phenomena in the system could be detected that the top-down model may overlook. This means that better public health strategies can be implemented to slow the spread of the disease and, ideally, eradicate it completely.

CITCEA UPC AT THE EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON POWER ELECTRONICS AND APPLICATIONS EPE‘16

CITCEA UPC participated in the 18th Edition of the European Conference on Power Electronics and Applications (EPE‘16 ECCE EUROPE) held in Karlsruhe, Germany on 5–9 September. CITCEA UPC had a stand where they presented new power electronics components and systems developed by the group, with applications in the field of renewable energies, charging electric vehicles, microgrids, improving the electricity grid, and systems automation among other factors. In addition, three speeches were given on smart convertors for microgrids by Daniel Montesinos, director of CITCEA UPC, and Daniel Heredero and Tomàs Lledó, researchers at CITCEA and teknoCEA, the group’s spin off, respectively.

EPE ECCE EUROPE is organized by the EPE Association, and is a meeting point for the academic world and industry in the power electronics sector.

NEW DIRECTOR OF TALP UPC

On 1 September, Dr Javier Hernando, researcher at the Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC), took over as director of TALP from Dr Lluís Padró, who had held the post since January 2012. During this time, Dr. Padró’s leadership contributed to establishing TALP as a point of reference in the sector. Dr Padró continues to work as a researcher at the Center in the area of text and natural language processing. Javier Hernando is a Professor and has a PhD in telecommunications. He is also specialized in speech processing and multimodal biometry. We would like to thank Dr. Padró for his dedication over the years and wish Dr. Hernando all the best in his new position.

TALP UPC is specialised in automatic processing of written and spoken natural language, to facilitate interaction between people and devices, and to make multilingual and multimodal information more accessible. The centre focuses on automatic recognition of speech, speakers and acoustic events; speech synthesis; text mining; human-machine dialogue systems; automatic translation; and language processors.

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UPC TECHNOLOGIES AT THE TECHINNOVATION FAIR IN SINGAPORE

The UPC has presented its technologies, through its Technology Center, at the Techinnovation fair in Singapore, through the ACCIÓ office in the country. Some of the technologies developed by CIT UPC member centres were presented in the field of continuous monitoring for energy saving and its applications to any industrial process, such as steel casting, plastics extrusion and injection or anodizing aluminium.

Techinnovation Singapore 2016 was held on 20-21 September and was focused on services and the digital economy, urban solutions and sustainability, health and personal care and advanced manufacturing and engineering.

SECOND MEETING OF TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH FOUNDATIONS HELD BY THE CATALAN COORDINATOR OF FOUNDATIONS

On 20 September, the Second Meeting of Technology and Research Foundations was held. It was organized at the headquarters of the Cercle d’Economia in Barcelona by the Catalan Coordinator of Foundations (CCF), of which CIT UPC is a member. The opening speech, Visió panoràmica de la recerca (A panoramic view of research), was given by Professor Andreu Mas-Colell, the current president of the BIST Foundation. This was followed by three round tables on topics relating to strategy and operation: “Social research”, “Different ways of seeking sponsorship” and "The tax system for foundations ", with contributions by experts in these areas.

The conclusions and closing speech were given by the manager of the Parc Taulí Foundation, Glòria Palomar, and the
director of CIT UPC, Antonio Alvarez.

CIT UPC supported the European Day of Foundations and Donors held on 1 October, which was organized by the DAFNE and promoted by the Spanish Association of Foundations (AEF).

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DR. CRISTINA CANAL OBTAINS A “STARTING GRANT”

Dr. Cristina Canal, a researcher at the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) has been awarded a ‘Starting Grant’ from the European Research Council. The grant will enable her to research a new bone cancer treatment through the project Atmospheric Pressure plAsma meets biomaterials for bone Cancer HEaling (APACHE).

Dr. Canal is one of the 19 Spanish scientists who received a ‘Starting Grant’ from the European Research Council this year. This grant is aimed at young researchers from around the world, and enables them to undertake research projects in European institutions.

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SEMANTIC SIMILARITY

Verbal communication with machines has been one of the main goals of computer science since its early days. In 1968, Arthur C. Clarke caught the imagination of half the planet with his novel 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was made into an enormously successful film by Stanley Kubrick in the same year as the book was launched. [...] + Read more

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PRESENTATION OF THE CYD 2015 REPORT

On 12 September, the CYD 2015 Report was presented in Madrid. This report is compiled by the Knowledge and Development Foundation (CYD) on universities’ contribution to development. This year, the report describes the unprecedented impact of the recession on the university system, and urges government bodies to increase resources for research, as a vital measure to reduce the gap with other universities. In addition, the report indicates the need to introduce legal reforms to the higher education system so that universities have a greater ability to create value.

THREE NEW ECONOMETRIC STUDIES PUBLISHED BY THE PITEC 2016 PANEL

The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) has published three econometric studies via the PITEC Panel of Technological Innovation)2016 panel. This database contributes to improving the statistical information available on technology innovation activities in Spanish companies. The available reports are: "Inversión privada en I+D, apoyo público e innovación en los años de crisis" (Private investment in R&D, public support and innovation in the recession), "Análisis de la diversidad innovadora de las regiones españolas. RIS3" (Analysis of innovative diversity in Spanish regions. RIS3) and "Restricciones financieras y el abandono de proyectos de innovación en las empresas españolas" (Financial limitations and the abandonment of innovative projects by Spanish companies).

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IN-HOUSE MEASUREMENTS OF ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY FOR COMPANIES

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) can make in-house measurements for companies of fixed installations, as well as large machinery and equipment, without needing to move items to the test laboratories. The equipment’s conducted and radiated emissions can be measured in its usual place, to ensure compliance with Directive 2014/30/EU on electromagnetic compatibility.

In addition, GCEM can measure employees’ exposure to electromagnetic fields in installations, according to Directive 2013/35/EU of the European Parliament on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding electromagnetic fields.



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