A researcher from the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB UPC) and the Research Group on Intelligent Robotics and Systems (GRINS), Alícia Casals, received the Night of Robotics Award at the fifth edition of the event, in recognition of a professional career dedicated especially to the area of bioengineering and smart robotics in medical applications.
University chair in the Department of Automatic Control (ESAII) at the UPC, Alícia Casals directs the robotics programme of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), a research centres associated with the university.
Alícia Casals is also president of the Science and Technology section of the Institute for Catalan Studies. She has been vice-president of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and president of the Technical Committee on Biorobotics of the same organisation. In 2014, she was included in the list of 25 women in robotics you need to know about, on the Robohub platform.
Among other awards, she has received the Narcís Monturiol Medal for scientific and technological merit from the Government of Catalonia in 1998, the City of Barcelona Award in 1996 and the Barcelona International Technology Prize 92.
The Night of Robotics is the leading event in a strategic sector for Catalan industry, bringing together almost a hundred companies that work in this field. It is organised by the Industry 4.0 Committee, which is comprised of members of the associations of Industrial Engineers of Catalonia, Agricultural Engineers of Catalonia, Civil Engineers of Catalonia, Computer Engineers of Catalonia and the Catalan Association of Telecommunication Engineers.
The fifth edition of the event was held on 24 October in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, Barcelona. Participants at the event included the Catalan minister of Enterprise and Knowledge, Àngels Chacón, who highlighted the strength of the robotics sector in Catalonia.