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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 53 November 2016.
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NEW INTERACTIVE ENVIRONMENT TO ASSESS MOBILITY SOLUTIONS

As part of the CARNET initiative and in collaboration with SEAT, inLab FIB has developed an interactive environment to assess mobility solutions for cities. The environment is designed to measure the effect on a city of implementing new mobility concepts (such as shared vehicles) and the impact of increasing the use of alternative vehicles such as electric vehicles. The environment assesses the effects of these new situations through various indicators, including CO2 emissions, fuel consumption and the speed or density of vehicles, at the level of the entire city, its streets or neighbourhoods.

The project was presented at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2016 on the UPC stand.

A NEW MORPHOSYNTACTIC DISAMBIGUATOR FOR THE NEW PRESCRIPTIVE DICTIONARY OF CATALAN

The Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC) has collaborated with the Institute of Catalan Studies (IEC) to develop a disambiguator that can classify words in the reference corpus of modern Catalan morphologically and syntactically, and determine their lemma or dictionary form (the word that we search for in the dictionary). Ten million words from texts of different sources (books, novels, newspapers, etc.) were compiled in a large database. These words were then categorised by the program so that lexicographers can establish their uses, the meaning they are generally given, and the expressions that are used, to create a prescriptive dictionary of modern Catalan.

For this project, TALP UPC used technologies associated with language processing that could also be applied in sectors that handle large amounts of information, such as the health sector, the financial sector and the management of emergencies and services.

NEW TECHNOLOGY FOR CHARACTERISING METAL COATINGS

The Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) has developed a method for the colorimetric characterization of coatings whose appearance varies depending on the angle of illumination and observation, as is the case of nacreous and metallic coatings. This is a system of gonio-hyperspectral images that can capture high-resolution spectral images, using different configurations. This new technology is particularly relevant for the automobile sector, as it enables highly precise colorimetric measurement of metal coatings, and notably improves the capacity of existing equipment.

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UPC TECHNOLOGIES AT THE SCEWC 2016

Through the CIT UPC Technology Center, the UPC was represented at the Fira Smart City Expo World Congress 2016, which was held in Barcelona from 15 to 17 November. At the event, the technological capabilities of the UPC were presented in areas such as smart mobility, electric vehicles, urban planning and data science, as well as solutions in areas such as communications, health, renewable energies and waste management, emergency management and smart networks. These solutions have applications in cross-cutting areas such as mobility, security, connectivity, energy management, the environment, governance, and people’s lives.

The stand was shared with the Echord++ project, which promotes interaction between robot manufacturers, researchers and users. In addition, ARSI and SIAR were presented: two robot prototypes that were created to assist in the inspection and maintenance of city sewers.

In the areas of infrastructure and utilities, solutions developed jointly by the UPC and SEAT as part of CARNET, a hub of research and innovation on urban mobility, were presented on the SEAT stand.

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SECOND SYMPOSIUM ON URBAN MOBILITY

On 14 November, the Second Symposium “Challenges in Urban Mobility” was held. This event was organised by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and the Technische Universität de Braunschweig, and sponsored by CARNET and the NFF. The symposium was divided into two main subject areas: sustainable, smart cities and infrastructures; and new forms of intermodal cooperative mobility and connected mobility.

Over 100 people attended the event, including experts from the UPC and TU Braunschweig, and international experts from TU Wien, Aalborg University, TU Clausthal and the city of Wolfsburg AG.

CARNET is an innovation hub, promoted by the UPC, Volkswagen Research and SEAT, whose aim is to develop collaborative projects for the future in the framework of urban mobility. Industrial members of the project include Altran, Applus Idiada, Ficosa, RACC and Rücker Lypsa.

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LÍDIA MONTERO RECEIVES THE PRIZE “WOMAN AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT 2016”

Lídia Montero, a researcher at inLab FIB UPC, was awarded the prize "Woman and Traffic Management 2016", which is given by the Asociación de Ingenieros del Tráfico y Técnicos de Movilidad (Association of Traffic Engineers and Mobility Experts). Lídia Montero holds a PhD in computer science from the UPC and is specialised in the use of statistics in transport planning and modelling the demand and management of traffic.

The award, which is in its second edition, recognizes the work of women who work in government departments, universities or private companies and focus intensively on traffic, and promote traffic engineering in Spain in particular. The prize giving ceremony took place on 11 November at the Fundación Pons, in Madrid.

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Industry 4.0: New solutions for old problems

In the era of telecommunications and the hyperconnected world, a new concept has arisen that is already opening up new paths in the history of science and technology: industry 4.0. [...] + Read more

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THE UPC IS THE LEADING SPANISH UNIVERSITY IN HORIZON 2020

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is firmly placed as the Spanish university that receives most funding from the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (H2020). It is also the third research institution in Spain and the first in Catalonia in H2020 funding received. More information.

SURVEY OF R&D ACTIVITIES 2015

The Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE) has published the Survey of R&D Activities 2015. The report highlights the 2.7% increase in domestic investment in 2015 by both the public and private sector, to reach a total of 13,172 million euros, a figure that represents 1.22% of GDP. In Europe, Spain dropped from position 14 to 18 in the EU-28, above Portugal, Romania, Croatia, Finland and the Czech Republic.

ALTRAN INNOVATION INDEX 2016

The Altran Innovation Index 2016 on the innovative potential of Spain and EU countries has been published. The ranking is led by Sweden, with an index of 1. Spain, with a value of 0.38, is ranked number 15, above the EU average (0.45).

Catalonia, with a value of 0.46, is positioned above the European average.

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STUDY OF VIBRATION DUE TO THE EXTENSION OF LINE 3 OF BARCELONA METRO

The Laboratory of Acoustics and Mechanical Engineering Laboratory (LEAM UPC) studied vibration due to the extension of Line 3 of Barcelona Metro, with new stations created in Roquetes and Trinitat Nova in 2008.

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PRIZE FOR INNOVATION IN SMART TEXTILES

On 6 November, the company SUTRAN Technology, associated with Norvil and ISB, received the Equip Innova 2016 award at the EquipHotel fair in Paris in the category “Hygiene and cleaning in professional textiles”. The award was given for its products, which were initially designed for hyperhidrosis, but are currently used in the professional clothing sector, and for its antibacterial textiles that have a permanent effect and are non-toxic to human skin. These technologies have been developed through collaboration with the Innotex Center / CTF, a technology research and transfer centre that is specialised in textile structures for technical and smart applications.



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