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 Newsletter CIT UPC nº 32 November 2014  
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Researchers at the Center for Language and Speech Technologies and Applications (TALP UPC) have taken part in a pilot project with the Spanish National Reference Centre for the Application of ICT Based on Open Source (CENATIC) and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism’s Secretary of State for Telecommunications and Information Society (SETSI), in the framework of the "Innovation Support Platform" that these organizations are developing. The aim of the platform is to enable the institutions to take the pulse of industrial sectors; specifically the ICT sector in the current pilot project. To achieve this, thousands of sector-related documents (patents, competitions, calls for applications and contracts, among others) are monitored automatically to create a digital observatory of companies’ activities that can detect new products and innovative initiatives. TALP UPC has adapted its text analysis tools to organize the information in the texts under analysis. As a result, texts can be processed using document classification or data mining engines.



Researchers at InLAb FIB UPC and SummLab UPC have developed new optimization software called NECADA. Based on cloud infrastructure, the software could become an indispensable tool in the design and construction of buildings and ensure that they meet sustainable architecture requirements. The software provides the optimum values for constructing a building or residential area according to various parameters and their associated impacts. It can, for example, reduce building energy demands by assessing the materials, the building systems used and the active systems.
Through the use of calculation engines such as Energyplus or Trnsys, NECADA can find the best alternative; bearing in mind the sustainability of construction works regulations developed the Technical Committee CEN TC 350 on improving the environmental, economic and social impact. The aim is to obtain a complete, unequivocal definition of the system and ensure that the final implementation will use the best tools to simulate any component of the model. The system is already being used at industrial level.



Data Management Group (DAMA UPC), in collaboration with Sparsity Technologies, has won funding in the Open Call Technology Transfer in Computing Systems (TETRACOM), which aims to boost technology transfer from universities to companies. The project, Scalable Community Detection on the Cloud (SCDC), is focused on marketing a new scalable algorithm for detecting social communities that is an improvement on the previous version in terms of quality and the essential functionalities required for Social Network Analytics. The work will be cantered on implementing the algorithm in the cloud, and including it in the high-performance graph management engine, Sparksee. It will be completed in September 2015.

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Through its Technology Center, the UPC has participated in this year’s edition of Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 held in Barcelona. CIT UPC presented some of the technologies that are closest to being launched on the market, out of the over 120 projects that are currently underway at the UPC. These included a three-wheeled urban hybrid vehicle; wireless network technology to disseminate emergency messages and report on traffic conditions, and an aerial robot system for assembling and constructing structures. Other projects that were introduced were a smart technology to facilitate people’s mobility, a method for removing corrosive compounds from sewage and landfill biogas, and a cartographic data viewer on territorial efficiency.

On the afternoon of the 18th, the UPC Smart Technologies Workshop was held in the same exhibition area. At this workshop, researchers presented some of the technologies in more depth to companies in the sector.



On 2 December, the Spain-Peru Technology Day "Cooperation for innovation in energy, sustainability, and recovery and marketing of industrial waste" was held in Lima. At the event, CIT UPC presented some of its technology capabilities to Peruvian companies in the energy, environment, sustainability, and recovery and marketing of industrial waste sectors. In particular, the Center introduced solutions for water management and use (membrane bioreactors, electrochemical decolourization systems, dye recovery systems, and the determination of water pollutants) that could be of interest in the textile, pharmaceutical , chemical and fishing sectors. The Center also described systems for reducing the energy cost of industrial processes and increasing their efficiency, aimed at manufacturing companies and those involved in generating capital goods. The event was attended by over 35 companies and was organized by ICEX together with FEDIT, of which CIT UPC is a member.



A report has been published on the conclusions of the "Smart Specialization Strategies: Implementing European Partnerships" conference held in Brussels in June 2014, organized by the Committee of the Regions, together with the S3 PLATFORM and the regions of Helsinki-Uusimaa, Utrecht and Valencia. The aim of the conference was to analyse strategies that should be promoted by European regions and implemented to boost collaboration between key European agents in the innovation process. CIT UPC was actively involved in the workshop on e-health, and collaborated in drawing up the conclusions for the Final Report.



On 21 November, a seventh Working Lunch was held, entitled ''Innovation and technology transfer''. The event was organized by the Associació d'Empresaris de l'Alt Penedès, el Baix Penedès i el Garraf (ADEG), with the participation of the CIT UPC. The UPC Technology Center presented some of its technology capacities and its focus on collaborating with SMEs.

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On 18 November, the Spanish Academy of Engineering (RAI) awarded the "Juan López de Peñalver" prize to Dr. Oriol Gomis Bellmunt, a researcher at CITCEA UPC, for his contribution to the electrical development of offshore wind farms and systems of transmission to the coast, with a particular emphasis on the development of HVDC technology in multi-terminal systems. The award is given to researchers or teams who are under 40 years old and carried out most of their research work in Spain.

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Internacionalization of Innovation

Internationalization and innovation form the two pillars on which the growth of many successful companies is based. Economic globalization is driving all agents in the production system to expand their activity into new areas. Globalization is behind the creation [...] +Read more.

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The OECD has published Science, Technology and Industry Outlook 2014, a biannual report on global trends in science, technology and innovation in over 45 countries. The report describes the considerable impact of the recession on R&D spending and the moderate pace of recovery. Since 2011, companies’ R&D spending has recovered the pre-recession annual growth rate of 3%, but from a lower base than before the 2009-2010 cuts. Public support for corporate R&D remains at significantly higher levels than a decade ago. Nevertheless, the increase in public debt has led to many governments scaling back their spending on innovation. In overall terms, R&D spending by universities and public research institutions remained stable during the recession (and has been focused on competitive projects that support goal-oriented excellent research).
The United States of America, the European Union (with differences among countries), and Japan have lost ground to emerging economies, led by China.



The Research and Innovation Smart Specialization Strategy (RIS3) has been launched. This strategy covers the national and regional strategic plan for research and innovation in smart specialization. It is organized into major agendas for comprehensive, regional economic transformation, to make the EU a smart, sustainable, integrated economy. The aim is to obtain better levels of employment, productivity and social cohesion, to convert knowledge-based innovation into a priority for all regions. This initiative has been implemented regionally by all Member States.

The Government of Catalonia has set out the Smart Specialization Strategy for Catalonia (RIS3CAT) for 2014-2020. As part of this strategy, the first call has been announced for Financial aid to coordinate and lead actions that facilitate and organize potential RIS3CAT communities. The aim is to develop RIS3CAT communities that promote plans for economic transformation focused on previously defined leading sectors.

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The 2014 call for proposals for the TECNOBONS 2014 programme is open until 31/12/2014.



This programme provides financial aid for hiring technical support staff in research organizations. Further information.



This event was organized by CRESCA UPC. The congress addresses current legislation, detection methods and treatments, with a particular focus on prevention, training and protection.



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The Computer Graphics area of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC) has developed the series “Personatges en Joc” (Prominent Figures in a Game), a multimedia collection to teach about the work, life and historical context of prominent figures in Catalan science, technology and history. It is aimed at fifth and sixth year primary students. The main figures examined in the series since 2009 have been Narcís Monturiol and the submarine, Joan de Peratallada and science in the middle ages, Miquel Crusafont and palaeontology, Ferran Alsina and the industrial revolution, and Francesc de Castellví and the siege of Barcelona in 1714. The Government of Catalonia’s Secretariat for Universities and Research is the project coordinator.


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