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Newsletter CIT UPC nº 59 May 2017.
Centros Miembros CIT UPC

ICT TECHNOLOGIES: SOCIAL INNOVATION: PILOT TEST ON MUNICIPAL BASIC INCOME IN BARCELONA

The Data Management Group (DAMA UPC) is developing the software technology for a pilot project on municipal basic income in Barcelona. The aim of the project is to determine the effectiveness of various kinds of cash benefits and services (such as access to housing, education and employment), to better fight against urban poverty. The objective is also to reach conclusions about how to improve the coordination and effectiveness of services offered in the same region, and how to ensure that people who receive a basic income gain independence, so that they become less dependent on public subsidies in the long-term.

The project, called B-Mincome, was presented by Barcelona and was one of 15 selected as part of the European project Urban Innovative Action (UIA). It has received 4.85 million euros of funding, which covers 80% of the total cost of the project. Other participants are Barcelona City Council, the Young Foundation, the Institute of Governance and Public Policies (IGOP), the centre for social innovation Nova, and the IESE Business School. The conclusions will be presented in October 2019.

INDUSTRY 4.0: INTELLIGENT MONITORING SYSTEM FOR PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE IN THE RAIL SECTOR

The Motion Control and Industrial Applications (MCIA UPC) centre has contributed to the development of improvements in monitoring processes for the rail sector, to help to enhance safety efficiently. Technologies are being developed on the basis of acoustic emissions that can be used for the early detection, localization and evaluation of cracks in critical elements of the bogie, such as the axes and the train wheel, and an analysis of the evolution of the defect. In this way, a break in a component can be predicted once cracks have been detected and the load schedule is known.

The project obtained funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) through the Retos-Colaboración programme. Other project participants are the Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC), DRACO Systems, WorldSensing and Eurecat-CTM.

HEALTH TECHNOLOGIES: NEW SOLUTIONS IN THE FIELD OF BIOENGINEERING TECHNOLOGIES

On 25 May, a new ‘Meet Up’ of the Barcelona Biotech community was held, organised by FabCafe Barcelona, Makers of Barcelona (MOB) and the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC). Five innovative solutions developed by CREB UPC within the field of medical technologies were presented by their own researchers. These could have a strong impact in coming years: a project on the possibility of carrying out neurological experiments using low cost equipment; bioprinting of tissues with identical characteristics to meat that would be accessible to all consumers; a digital cognitive platform to enhance competences of children with intellectual disabilities and neurodevelopmental disorders; a project for pelvic floor rehabilitation at home using serious games and a Mobile platform, and a serious game for people with intellectual disabilities to learn social skills in a work environment.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE EUROPEAN FLUID POWER COMMITTEE IN BARCELONA

On 31 May, 1 and 2 June, Barcelona hosted the General Assembly of the European Fluid Power Committee (CETOP). The meeting was organised by the Hydraulic and Pneumatic Systems Laboratory (LABSON UPC) in its role as secretary of the Iberian Association of Manufacturers and Traders of Oleo-Hydraulic and Pneumatic Transmissions (AIFTOP), a member of CETOP.

CETOP is an international platform that brings together over 1000 European companies and associations that are leaders in fluid power, manufacturers and distributors. It represents over 70,000 employees and a turnover of 13 billion euros.

Activitats CIT UPC

SCIENCE2SOCIETY: BEST PRACTICES IN OPEN INNOVATION

The CIT UPC participates in Science2Society (S2S): a European project to improve the efficiency of the European innovation system. The S2S has produced a ‘Best Practices’ brochure based on fifteen real experiences of collaboration in open innovation between science and industry. Significant aspects of each case are described, including the context, key success factors and related barriers (such as bottlenecks). The cases could be used as models for implementing new processes of innovation.

In addition, a database has been presented that will include information on different approaches to university-company technology transfer in terms of methodology, tools and best practices, and will gather the experiences of agents from the consortium and outside of it. The database will be public and available for consultation on the project website.

PARTICIPATION IN AUTOMOBILE 2017 WITH NEW URBAN MOBILITY TECHNOLOGIES

The UPC has participated through CARNET in the Connected Hub at the Automobile 2017 fair, held in Barcelona from 11-21 May. The University presented some of the projects it has developed in relation to the connected car: a simulator that determines the best tools for mobility in the city, a new open API developed with the collaboration of inLab FIB UPC that will facilitate interoperability in the IoT, a competition on future technologies in automated driving, and the results of the first pilot test for transport on demand in Barcelona.

CARNET (Cooperative Automotive Research Network) is a leading research and innovation hub focused on urban mobility in Barcelona, promoted by the UPC, Volkswagen Research and SEAT. The platform is coordinated by the UPC Technology Center (CIT UPC), and has the following project partners: Altran, Applus+ Idiada, Ficosa, the RACC, Rücker Lypsa, CIAC and the PTV Group.

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DR. PERE CAMINAL: ACADEMIC RECOGNITION AWARD AT THE ENGINEERS’ DAY

At the Diada de l’Enginyer 2017, held on 7 June at the Las Arenas centre in Barcelona, Dr Pere Caminal received the Academic Recognition Award for a career dedicated to teaching, given by the Association of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia (COEIC/AEIC).

Holder of a PhD in Industrial Engineering and lecturer at the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB) since 1976, Caminal has been the principal investigator of over 50 projects. His extensive institutional activity includes leadership of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC). Currently, he is the director of the Biomedical Signals and Systems division of CREB UPC.

At the ceremony, Alfons Carnicero and Míriam Febrer were given the Best master’s degree project and Best doctoral thesis awards, respectively. Both are researchers in the Biomechanics division of CREB UPC, and their projects were supervised by Josep Maria Font, director of the division.

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THE UPC CONSOLIDATES ITS ROLE AS LEADING SPANISH UNIVERSITY IN TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) continues to be the leading Spanish university in technological innovation and development in performance and volume. It is in the top position in the 2017 edition of U-Ranking, compiled by the Fundació BBVA and the Ivie. Furthermore, it remains in second position overall in Spain and has moved up to the top three universities in teaching and research. Further information.

REPORT “RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER IN SPANISH UNIVERSITIES"

On 25 May, the report "Investigación y Transferencia del Conocimiento en las universidades españolas 2015" (Research and Knowledge Transfer in Spanish Universities 2015) was published. The Spanish Rectors’ Conference (CRUE) has compiled this report since 2003, and it has become a point of reference on university research and transfer activity.

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ASSESSMENT OF COSMETIC TREATMENT RESULTS

The Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) has developed a 3D perfilometry application based on fringe projection, designed to obtain three-dimensional topographies of skin. wide-field, high-resolution topographies of wrinkles and other skin imperfections can be used to assess the evolution of these features when short- or long-term cosmetic treatments are applied.



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