UPC innovations to improve life in cities, at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2022

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The UPC, at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2022
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Once again, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), through the CIT UPC, will be present at the Smart City Expo World Congress (#SCEWC22), which will be held at the Gran Via Fira de Barcelona venue between 15 and 17 November. During the congress, technological capabilities and solutions for smart cities will be presented that are being worked on by the University

As a distinguishing feature, in this edition the UPC space, which is on stand 55, street B, Floor 0, Hall 2, will have a 12 m² model of Barcelona city. The model has been provided by the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC) and was created in the model workshop of the Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV). Onto this model will be projected the results of one of the most notable projects in the field of resilient urban design: the X-ClimPlan, developed by the Centre for Land Policy and Valuations (CER-CPSV).

Above left, a model of Barcelona shows, at the UPC stand, the effects of climate change on the city, in a project developed by the Centre for Land Policy and Valuations (CER-CPSV). The model was created by the model workshop of the Vallès School of Architecture (ETSAV) and loaned by the Architects' Association of Catalonia (COAC). On the right, detail of the model of Barcelona exhibited at the UPC stand.

UPC Technology at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2022

In addition, the technological capabilities and solutions that the University is working on in the field of smart cities will be presented.

The projects that will be exhibited are aimed at government bodies. The objective is to present solutions that can be adopted or be an inspiration for government policies on the cities of the future and citizenship. They are designed to improve various aspects of the sustainability of cities.

As part of SCEWC22, on Wednesday 16 November from 10.00 am to 12.15 pm, on the UPC stand, a session will be held in which UPC researchers present projects selected for this trade fair.

The session is called “People-centred solutions to make cities more liveable and resilient”, as all the projects address this subject area from different perspectives. The UPC can offer solutions in this area based on the technology that it develops, for example, sustainable urban development that helps to mitigate climate change, solutions to promote sustainable tourism, or how AI can help to improve the services that the government offers citizens.

The session is open to all visitors of the congress and will be held at the UPC stand in the Gran Via Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre: Hall 2, Floor 0, Street B, Stand 55.


10.00 - 10.15 h. X-ClimPlan: urban heat islands and heat waves. How can we adapt our cities to climate change?

Blanca Arellano, researcher at the Centre for Land Policy and Valuations (CER-CPSV).

10.15 - 10.30 h. REV-TER: Revive the rooftops.

Pere Joan Ravetllat, from the Architectural Rehabilitation and Restoration (REARQ) group.

10.30 - 10.45 h. SAVASCO. A building made of corn and sunflower. Biology-based solutions for decarbonisation of the construction sector.

Mariana Palumbo, researcher at the Interdisciplinary Group on Building Science and Technology (GICITED).

10.45 - 11.00 h. Diskover. Towards a new tourism model: personalised, “slow” and of quality.

Josep Lluís Larriba, director of the Data Management (DAMA) group.

11.00 - 11.15 h. Coffee break.

11.15 - 11.30 h. Smart solutions for micromobility: the RideSafeUM project.

Ramon Morros, researcher at the Image and Video Processing Group (GPI).

11.30 - 11.45 h. A tool to assess urban infrastructure and the effects of mobility on heat islands

Deniz Kizildag, researcher at the Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Centre (CTTC).

11.45 - 12.00 h. Drones as a support for emergency systems.

Enric Pastor, director of the Intelligent Communications and Avionics for Robust Unmanned Aerial Systems (ICARUS) research group.

12.00 - 12.15 h. Artificial intelligence as a knowledge tool for a sustainable, people-centred city.

Karina Gibert, director of the Intelligent Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDEAI) research centre.



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