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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 52 October 2016.
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NEW OPTICAL AND PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGIES FOR EARLY DIAGNOSIS OF DISEASES

Cristina Massoller, a researcher in the Nonlinear Dynamics, Nonlinear Optics and Lasers (DONLL) research group at the UPC and Meritxell Vilaseca, from the Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) are coordinating BE-OPTICAL. This is a European project to develop new optical and photonic technologies that can obtain images beyond the barrier of the wavelength of light, which is a completely new technique. The technologies could be used to design effective clinical instruments for the early, accurate diagnosis of heart disease (by generating high resolution images to replace the current techniques of electrical impulses), and eye diseases, such as cataracts, glaucoma and other retinal disorders. Experimental tests in the field of sight will be carried out at the Barcelona Institute of Ocular Microsurgery and the Davalor Research Center, in Terrassa. At the Max Planck Institute in Germany, in vivo studies will focus on heart observation techniques in mice.

BE-OPTICAL has a budget of 3.4 million euros and participants belong to eight research centres, universities and companies in five European countries.

A MORE EFFICIENT WIRING SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFTS

The MCIA Innovation Electronics (MCIA UPC) research group has developed a new wiring system that improves the overall efficiency of aircraft operation in terms of CO2 emissions. As part of the MultyCab European project, new parametric models were established for electrical wires that are suitable for use in the design, modelling and simulation of electrical distribution systems in aircraft, as part of the new concept of a fully electric plane called More Electric Aircraft. The developments improve the precision of electricity distribution and reduce design errors due to electric effects that have not been considered previously, and improve the specification of the components to be used. Improvements in the overall efficiency of the plane’s operation are estimated at 2.5%, that is, around 90 kg of CO2 for every 100 km of flight per plane. If we consider that around 10,000 planes are in flight at any time, this leads to potential savings of over 8,000 Tm of CO2 emissions per hour in the world.

The MultyCab project comes out from the private-public iniciative Cleansky which is promoted by the European Comission and Aeronautical Industry.

INNOTEX CENTER LEADS THE MEDICAL AND HEALTHCARE TEXTILE CLUSTER IN BERGUEDÀ

On 27 October, the Medical and Healthcare Textile Cluster of Berguedà (MESAB), which was founded in 2014, was presented publically. Research and innovation in this Cluster is led by the Innotex Center / CTF. The Cluster brings together companies and entities in Berguedà, Bages, Vallès Oriental and Gironès to strengthen the development of innovation projects, applied research and industrial development, as well as to promote technology transfer and continuous training for people who work with textile materials.

In addition to the Innotex Center, which is the founding member, the Cluster has 13 members, brings together over 360 employees and has started 19 research projects. The Cluster also has the support and participation of the Development Agency of Berguedà.

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ANNUAL CIT UPC REPORT IS PUBLISHED FOR 2015

The 2015 Annual Report of the UPC Technology Center (CIT UPC) is now available. The aim of this document is to be accountable to society. It describes the most important aspects of our activity in 2015: the main indicators, some projects developed by Member Centers and the institutional activities in which we have participated. With the dedication and efforts of research teams, the revenue for 2015 stood at 12 million euros. Strong collaboration in corporate research and development projects accounted for 51% of the total.

THE UPC PRESENTS ITS TECHNOLOGIES AT THE IOT SOLUTIONS WORLD CONGRESS 2016

Through the CIT UPC Technology Center and with the collaboration of ACCIÓ, the UPC participated in the second Edition of the IoT Solutions World Congress in the Government of Catalonia’s pavilion. The CIT UPC presented the University’s technological capabilities in the fields of sensors, connectivity and computing, with applications in sectors such as manufacturing, mobility, health, energy and industry 4.0. One of the notable projects in this area is the European BIG IoT, which is focused on generating active and dynamic ecosystems and reducing the gap in interoperability between platforms of the internet of things. The pilot project in Barcelona is led by inLab FIB UPC and the SERTEL research group.

In parallel to the official programme, inLab FIB organised a session entitled IoT: New business paradigm for SMEs?, in which UPC researchers and lecturers discussed new paradigms of companies in sector of the internet of things.

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The European Day of Foundations and Donors: more than just a celebration

On other occasions, we have discussed the role of foundations in the area of innovation. The facts, and the figures that support them, highlight the role of this kind of organization in research and development activities. With almost 8 billion euros contributed to Spain's GDP and over 200,000 employees, this is a key sector in fields such as health, education and research. [...] + Read more

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A NEW EDITION OF INNOVATION VOUCHERS IS OPEN

Through ACCIÓ, the Government of Catalonia has announced a third call for the Innovation Vouchers Scheme (cupons a la innovació). These are direct grants (vouchers that can be exchanged for innovation services) of up to 6,000 euros for SMEs that are starting to innovate. The vouchers can be divided into three categories: technology, innovation and eco-innovation. The total budget for the call this year is 300,000 euros.

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SIMULATION OF THE INTRODUCTION OF AN AUTOMATED GUIDED VEHICLE FLEET FOR DAMM

On behalf of DAMM, inLab FIB UPC simulated a virtual factory for the Prat de Llobregat plant that incorporated and optimised a fleet of automated guided vehicles (AGV) to aid the planning of the scheduled daily production. As a result, DAMM could become one of the first fully automated bottling companies in Catalonia.

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