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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 57 March 2017
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HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES: A DEVICE DESIGNED FOR REHABILITATION OF THE PELVIC FLOOR IN PATIENTS’ HOMES, WITH GAMES FOR MOBILE PHONES AND REMOTE MEDICAL MONITORING

In September, the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) will trial a system designed to improve treatment for rehabilitation of the pelvic floor muscles; a treatment recommended to prevent or treat urinary incontinence. The trial will be carried out as part of the European project WOMEN-UP (led by the CREB UPC), and will also involve the participation of the Academic Medical Center of Amsterdam and the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland. The technology, which has already been tested on 21 women (11 from the Pelvic Floor Unit of Hospital Clínic and 10 from the Kuopio University Hospital in Finland) includes serious games for mobile devices that are guided by muscle movements, and remote medical supervision through a web platform.

The call for volunteers to participate has already started through the website stopui.com. In total, 110 volunteers will be recruited in Barcelona, 110 in Amsterdam and 80 in Finland.

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INDUSTRY 4.0: NEW SMART MONITORING PLATFORM WITH A CAPACITY FOR CONTINUOUS LEARNING

The Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) centre is collaborating with the company MAPRO to develop a platform for smart monitoring of industrial machinery, with a capacity for continuous learning. An innovative method of combined analysis is being developed based on a specific local model for each piece of machinery and a general model located in the overall information management system, to accumulate in the platform the knowledge generated by each of the machines. In the project, multivariate analysis technologies based on artificial intelligence will be used to detect and identify characterised and non-characterised (new) anomalies, in order to act on and accumulate knowledge generated during the useful life of the machines.

The project will end in 2018 and has been jointly funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness and the European Union, as part of the state research, development and innovation programme aimed at Challenges of Society.

The activity of MAPRO is focused on the design and manufacture of test equipment and assembly lines for the main manufacturers of automobile components and for other industrial sectors.

HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES: CHARACTERISATION OF CARDIAC PATHOLOGIES IN HUTCHINSON-GILFORD SYNDROME

Researchers at the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) have collaborated with the Catalan Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences (ICCC) in a project coordinated by the Carlos III National Centre for Cardiovascular Research (CNIC) to study the detection of heart anomalies in patients affected by Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, also known as progeria or premature aging syndrome. Fluorescence microscopy images have been used to study the behaviour of the calcium ion, which is responsible for electromagnetic coupling through a mechanism known as excitation-contraction that is key to detecting anomalies in heart failure. The analysis of images revealed abnormal patterns of behaviour in a range of indicators such as the morphology of the electrocardiographic signal, the greater incidence of ventricular arrhythmia, alterations in the connectivity of cardiac tissue and the dynamics of intracellular calcium. These anomalies show for the first time the presence of similar cardiac disorders in 15 progeria patients. This study shows the progressive development of anomalies in the electrocardiogram signal that are related with cardiovascular dysfunctions associated with the ageing process.

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CIT UPC JOINS THE RAILGRUP CLUSTER

CIT UPC has officially joined the Railgrup Cluster, an initiative that began in 2002 and is promoted by the Government of Catalonia to strengthen the competitiveness of the rail industry and sector at all levels in Spain. The Cluster is comprised of around 100 companies, including operators, original equipment manufacturers and SMEs, whose total revenue is 17 billion euros.

CIT UPC PARTICIPATES IN THE SIXTH SPANISH MAINTENANCE CONFERENCE

Through MCIA UPC, CIT UPC participated in the Sixth Spanish Maintenance Conference; a space for discussion and for sharing ideas and experience in the maintenance sector, organised by the Spanish Maintenance Association (AEM). In the exhibition area, MCIA UPC presented technologies and projects that it has developed in its specialised field of predictive maintenance.

The event took place at the Palau Firal i de Congressos in Tarragona from 28 to 30 March, and was attended by over 600 people from 270 companies in the sector.

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NÚRIA SALÁN, AWARDED THE “WOMAN AND TECHNOLOGY” PRIZE BY THE ORANGE FOUNDATION

The Orange Foundation has awarded Núria Salán, a researcher at the Structural Integrity and Materials Reliability Centre (CIEFMA UPC), the Women and Technology Award – Orange Foundation award in its second edition. This award is given annually to women who are notable for their work in the areas of technology and social innovation, with results that have had a notable impact on the development and transformation of society, and have improved people’s quality of life.

Núria Salán is a graduate in Sciences (Metallurgy) from the University of Barcelona (UB), Doctor in Material Science and Metallurgy Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). She is also a lecturer at the School of Industrial, Aerospace and Audiovisual Engineering of Terrassa (ESEIAAT), which is part of the UPC. Since January 2016, she has been president of the Catalan Technology Society (a subsidiary of the Institute for Catalan Studies [IEC]).

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Do we need to innovate in innovation?

Barcelona is among the ten European capitals that are considered technology hubs. Furthermore, it was named European Capital of Innovation in 2014 and the “smartest city” in the world in 2015. + Reed more

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THE UPC, IN THE 'TOP 10' IN THE WORLD IN THE THREE SCIENTIFIC CATEGORIES OF THE CWUR RANKING BY SUBJECT

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) is the fourth best university in the world and the leading university in Europe in the scientific categories of Multidisciplinary Engineering and Interdisciplinary Applications in Mathematics, according to CWUR Rankings by Subject. It is also in ninth position in the world and fourth in Europe in Building and Construction Technology. It is the only Spanish university in CWUR to be ranked in these three categories.

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RESEARCH AND INNOVATION INDICATORS FOR CATALAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

The fifth edition of the ACUP report has been published on research and innovation indicators for Catalan public universities, 2016. The report analyses the main indicators of research and innovation and has become a tool for quantifying and studying the evolution of our system.

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LABSON UPC IN THE TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT OF AIFTOP

The Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC) continues to hold the technical secretariat of the Iberian Association of Manufacturers and Traders of Hydraulic Oil and Pneumatic Transmissions (AIFTOP), which promotes collaboration between the associate manufacturers who are represented collectively before the government and public and private institutions.



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