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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 56 February 2017.
Centros Miembros CIT UPC

THE UPC EXHIBITS SOME OF ITS TECHNOLOGIES AT GSMA MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2017

The spin-off of the Data Management (DAMA UPC) group, Sparsity Technologies, presented the CIGO! platform on its stand at the Mobile World Congress 2017, held in Barcelona between 27 February and 2 March. This is a smart mobility platform based on graph technology that includes a WebApp and a mobile application. The WebApp transforms decisions on mobility into actions that are sent to the mobile application so that the final user can execute these decisions without needing any other device (for example, GPS). This technology can be used to implement mobility policies in real-time that help to increase the operational efficiency of companies and cities, as well as people’s quality of life.

The inLab FIB UPC group demonstrated its expertise in cybersecurity and presented the BIG IoT project on the internet of things to companies that are interested in participating. In addition, CIT UPC demonstrated its technological capacity in areas of multimedia content, apps, artificial intelligence and games, smart cities and augmented reality, as well as mobility and eHealth.

The following patents were presented: CardioSense, an electrocardiograph that can be used to undertake early cardiovascular pre-diagnosis in less than a minute; a system of bioleaching to reuse scrap metal from mobile phones and other electronic waste; and a device for modulating the phase of an optical signal based on graphene.
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LIVE-FOR: AGAINST CROSS-BORDER CYBERCRIME AND CYBERTERRORISM

The inLab FIB UPC has started a Project whose aim is to help European legal authorities to obtain evidence relating to cases of cybercrime and cyberterrorism committed in different member states. This initiative, called LIVE-FOR, will increase the powers of legal authorities in the use of European Investigation Orders (described in European Directive 2014/41/EU), and in the new technologies for gathering digital evidence across borders, by establishing good practice guidelines and programmes for training in the area of digital forensics.

Participants in the programme include universities and institutions in Belgium, Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic and Solvenia. LIVE-FOR has been funded by the European Union Justice Programme (2014-2020).

SEVENTH CONGRESS ON LEGIONELLA

On 15 and 16 February, the Seventh Congress on Legionella was held. This is a leading conference in Spain, organised by the Food Safety and Control Centre (CRESCA UPC). The Congress was opened by Marc Armengol, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Territory and Sustainability from Terrassa City Council; Josep García Raurich, director of CRESCA UPC, and Mr. Joan Guix, Minister of the Government of Catalonia’s Department of Health. Micaela García Tejedor, the Deputy Director General of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality gave the opening speech. Over two hundred people attended.

This year the Congress covered aspects such as current legislation, government management, available detection methods and treatment, with particular emphasis on prevention, training and protection from this disease. In addition, initiatives and strategies were evaluated to ensure suitability and sustainability. They are focused on other variables such as air quality, hygiene conditions and risk factors for Legionnaire’s disease.

RECOGNITION AND INSPECTION OF RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE USING LIDAR TECHNOLOGIES

The Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) is working on developing a new system for recognition and inspection of railway electrical infrastructure, based on Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology. This new system will contribute to ensuring the quality, continuity and safety of services, particularly high speed services, as these have high requirements of the electrical distribution network.

The project is being developed by a consortium led by the Company TELICE, CD6 UPC and the Robotics Group from the University of León, and is part of Challenge R4 (Sustainable, Smart, Integrated Transport) of the Spanish State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation, 2013-2016. It has received funding from the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the programme Collaboration CHALLENGES.

ENGINEERING AND CREATIVITY IN BIOTECHNOLOGY

The Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Makers of Barcelona (MoB) and FabCafè organised on 15 February the first event of what will be the future BioTech community of Barcelona. This group brings together engineers, professionals and creatives from various disciplines who promote the development of projects that provide innovative solutions in medicine from the field of biotechnology.

At the meeting, five of the most disruptive of CREB UPC’s projects were presented: a widget for measuring body composition, a 3D printer for per printing organic tissues, a how to use a web server to execute innovative algorithms, a robot exoskeleton that helps people with spinal cord injuries and a device for promoting neurorehabilitation.

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SECOND MEETING OF THE SCIENCE 2 SOCIETY PROJECT

On 27 February to 1 March in Madrid, Atos organised the second working meeting of Science 2 Society (S2S), in which CIT UPC participates. S2S is a European Project whose aim is to study good practices in technology transfer between universities, companies and society. Through seven practical cases, the real experiences of scientists and industry professionals are combined with theoretical frameworks, which will then be analysed to identify potential improvements.

On the occasion of the meeting, a video explaining the project was presented. Among other activities, a workshop was help on how to design a strategy for applying the results of the project.

The meeting was attended by 18 project partners, including FIAT, Atos and CA Technologies as well as leading research entities in Europe such as KU Leuven (project coordinator), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Aalto University and Fraunhofer.

CIT UPC PARTICIPATES IN 'GENERA' AND 'CLIMATIZACIÓN Y REFRIGERACIÓN' 2017

CIT UPC has taken part in the 'Genera' and 'Climatización y Refrigeración' 2017 in Madrid, which were held from 28 February to 3 March. CIT UPC presented its technological capabilities at these fairs, with a particular focus on smart grids, micro-networks, management of energy and heat and mass transfer for all kinds of industrial applications (including compressors and heat exchangers), and HVAC (such as bioclimatic architecture and ventilation).

Investigadors CIT UPC

“Light! More light!”

The last words that were supposedly spoken by one of the fathers of Romanticism, the German Goethe, could be used to describe one of the studies that I participated in as a researcher at the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (CREB UPC). [...] + Reed more

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PUBLICATION OF THE REPORT CIENTÍFICAS EN CIFRAS

The Women and Science Unit (UMYC) of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) has published the report “Científicas en cifras 2015: Estadísticas e indicadores de la (des)igualdad de género en la formación y profesión investigadora” (Scientists in figures 2015: statistics and indicators of (in)equality in research training and the research profession). This is the main statistical document that has recorded since 2007 the relative presence of women at different levels and in different fields of science in Spain.

NEW CALL FOR INDUSTRIAL DOCTORATE GRANTS

On 8 March, a new call for industrial doctorate grant applications was announced. The aim of this programme is to contribute to the competitiveness and internationalisation of the Catalan industrial sector, to attract talent and train doctoral students to work in companies in the research, development and innovation area. Grant applications can be sent from 9 March to 4 December 2017. Further information.

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INFRARED MICROCAMERA FOR MONITORING BATS

The Technological Development Centre of Remote Acquisition and Data Processing Systems (SARTI UPC), together with the Forest Sciences Centre of Catalonia (CTFC), has designed as part of the Endesabats Project a low-consumption infrared microcamera for monitoring the behaviour of bats within their roosts. Due to the increase of human activity in forests, bats have been displaced from the natural roosts. To study this phenomenon, bat boxes (artificial roosts) have been created with a microcamera inside that takes photographs to monitor bat behaviour. The data can then be used to extract patterns of behaviour over time. As these are nocturnal animals that seek dark places, the camera uses infra-red light that is not visible to the bats. The low consumption of the device means that it can remain operative in the forest for long periods of time. Out of the 31 species that were found, 19 are threatened, which is why it is important to find out about their habits to preserve their population.



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