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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 55 January 2016.
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SPEECH SYNTHESISER FOR PATIENTS WITH DYSARTHRIA

The Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC), in collaboration with the company Verbio, has developed a speech recognition device for patients with dysarthria; a group of motor speech disorders of neurological origin that affect respiration, phonation, articulation, resonance or prosody. On the basis of technologies associated with speech processing, an automatic speech recognition device has been developed that, when integrated with software, synthesizes the speech of a person whose voice is distorted, via connectionist models of learning (for example, neural networks). This speech recognition system can also be used to develop a personal assistant for mobile phones that can recognise the speech of people with dysarthria or similar problems.

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project was developed with the support of the INNPACTO programme, in the framework of the Segunda Voz project.

RESULTS OF DIAGNOPTICS: OPTICS FOR SKIN CANCER DIAGNOSIS

The Centre for Sensors, Instrument and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) has presented the results of DIAGNOPTICS, a European project designed to develop optical devices and clinical procedures based on photonics to improve skin cancer diagnosis and prognosis.

A new in vivo platform has been developed that is comprised of four different optical devices. The platform has been implemented with a pilot service at the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the Azienda Ospedaliero Policlinico di Modena of the Universitat de Mòdena i Reggio Emilia (Unimore). It has been validated in patients by examining over 600 types of skin lesions. The results obtained provided a more complete, accurate characterisation of the lesion than the methods that are currently used. In addition, suspicious biopsied tissues were examined ex vivo, and tumour margins were determined with high precision. This technique improves on the current histopathological method, which must be performed outside of an operating theatre. Therefore, the new platform speeds up the process considerably.

FULL TDEMI: FASTER EMI MEASUREMENTS AT A LOWER COST

The Electromagnetic Compatibility Group (GCEM UPC) has developed a new electromagnetic interference (EMI) receiver, based on measuring in the time domain. The new device is called Full TDEMI and can be used to measure compliance with provisions in the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 2014/30 /EU, which must be met by all electrical and electronic equipment. Full TDEMI works faster and costs less than other EMI receivers on the market.

This new measuring receiver is based on a combination of commonly used oscilloscopes and specific software for the post-processing of data. This new family of equipment can be used to measure the EMI that is conducted and radiated at high speed, thus complying with the requirements of CISPR / MIL-STD. The use of oscilloscopes permits synchronous multi-channel measurement and characterisation of transients at low economic cost.

Full TDEMI was developed from the results of a European Research project JRP IND60 Improved EMC test methods in industrial environments, funded by EURAMET and led by TUBITAK-UME from Turkey.

AMBER OPENS: A UNIQUE LABORATORY IN EUROPE FOR ULTRA-HIGH VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL TESTS AND RESEARCH

On 26 January, the AMBER laboratory opened in Terrassa. This research and testing centre was promoted by the Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) research centre and the company SBI CONNECTORS, an affiliate in the SICAME Group. The AMBER laboratory is equipped with the latest technology for analysis, trials and testing in the field of electrical energy. The laboratory has the capacity to carry out trials at ultra-high voltage, using two machines that are unique in Europe, which can work with voltages up to 1.5 million volts (1.5 MVDC).

Participants in the opening event included Luis Romeral, director of MCIA UPC and director of the AMBER laboratory; Francesc Subirada, Director-General of Research for the Government of Catalonia; Enric Fossas, the rector of the UPC; and Joan Pérez, the manager of SBI CONNECTORS.

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ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY BOARD OF THE CIT UPC

The annual meeting of the Scientific Advisory Board of CIT UPC was held on 20 January. The Scientific Advisory Board is the Foundation’s consultative body, comprised of the directors of the member centres. At the meeting, the results from 2016 were presented, with a particular focus on analysing the science and technology activity of CIT, in order to guide future activities towards global challenges and trends.

CIT UPC TAKES PART IN FEDIT’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY

CIT UPC took part in the 43rd Ordinary General Meeting of Fedit, which was held on 24 January in Madrid. The event was opened by the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, who recognised the public function of technology centres in Spain’s development. During the Meeting, the results for financial year 2016 were presented as well as the activities planned for 2017.

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CEBIOTEX, SPIN-OFF OF THE INNOTEX CENTER, SELECTED TO RECEIVE FUNDING FROM SME INSTRUMENT IN H2020

Cebiotex, a spin-off of the Innotex Center / Intexter, was selected in the last call for applications for SME Instrument as part of Horizon 2020. The company, that develops technology and research services in the field of drug delivery with polymer nanofibers, will receive 50,000 euros of funding that will be allocated to viability studies of its new products so that they can be launched on the market.

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TENTH EDITION OF THE BBVA FOUNDATION FRONTIERS OF KNOWLEDGE AWARDS

The BBVA Foundation, with the collaboration of the CSIC, has opened a call for the tenth edition of its Frontiers of Knowledge Awards. There are eight categories in total, with a prize of €400,000 for each one. The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 August 2017.

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FIRST SYSTEM FOR TRACKING MOBILE DEVICES WITH GPS BASED ON OPEN SOFTWARE

In 2007-2009, the inLab FIB UPC developed tooPath, the first system for tracking mobile devices with GPS that is comprised 100% of free, open technologies and data. tooPath is based on open software and the use of map data that can be accessed freely, or map information that belongs to users (OpenStreetMap). Initially, it was used to track and analyse the dynamic behaviour of trams belonging to the Trambaix network in Barcelona. Currently, Aigües de Mataró is using it to monitor vehicles and maintenance staff in the water distribution network, to locate its installations in semi-urban areas. It is also used by Alstom to supervise and track trains.



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