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TVE, THE SPANISH TELEVISION CHANNEL, REPORTS ON CREB UPC’S DEVICE FOR PELVIC FLOOR REHABILITATION

 

A team of researchers from the Instrumentation and Bioengineering and Biomedical Signals and Systems divisions of the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), in cooperation with the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona, have developed a new portable biofeedback device. The device helps women with urinary incontinence to effectively retrain and gain voluntary control of pelvic floor muscles. The new device records all of the muscle activity during exercises that the patient carries out at home, which allows immediate feedback on results. It is designed so that therapists can receive the information electronically. The biofeedback device is patented and is available for licensing to companies.

 

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DEX SEARCHES TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL INSIDER THREATS

 

LA RMIT University (Melbourne, Australia) and CA Labs (CA Technologies) have successfully used DEX, a high-performance system for managing large volumes of information in the form of graphs or networks, to identify potential insider threats among employees of an organization. DEX was developed by the Data Management Group (DAMA UPC) to analyse large volumes of logs, and thus to study users’ normal patterns of behaviour and detect any possible deviations, which warn of potentially inappropriate access to restricted business information (including cloud computing).

 
 
 
 
 
 

IMPROVEMENTS IN CRYOGENIC SPACE PROPULSION

 

The Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center (CTTC UPC) has taken part in Space Propulsion 1, a European project to improve the knowledge and techniques necessary to successfully implement cryogenic propulsion in future space missions. The project focused on the study of:
- Various propellants
- LOX/methane combustion
- Energy management of propulsion systems
- Compatibility of materials and tribological properties in liquid hydrogen
- Hydrogen embrittlement
- The development of electrically propelled cryogenic turbopumps
CTTC UPC has presented its conclusions on the modelling of a heat accumulator, experimentally validated several results and carried out various parametric studies of interest.

 
 
 
 
 

 

CD6 AND CREB RESEARCHERS PARTICIPATE IN INVESTOR'S DAY UPC 2013

 

Investor's Day was held on 8 March. The event is organized by the UPC’s Innova Program as a meeting place for entrepreneurs and international investors to obtain private funding for projects of technology-based companies emerging from the University. Two of the eight selected projects originated in CIT UPC Member Centers:

 

ObsTech, a spin-off associated with the Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) with the participation of Dr. Santiago Royo. ObsTech markets the use of high quality astronomical telescopes that work by remote control via the internet.

 

Subtilis Biotechnology, a spin-off with the participation of CREB UPC researchers David Pastorino, Dr. Xavier Gil and Dr. Maria Pau Ginebra, from the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering division. Subtilis Biotechnology aims to market state-of-the-art bone implants: materials based on calcium phosphate cements with inherent biological properties and a drug release system.

 

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CIT UPC ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
 

CIT UPC AT THE NIDays

 

On 14 March, CIT UPC took part as a speaker in the in the Automated Test Summit, Academic Summit and Research Summit sessions of the NIDays (Graphical System Design Conference), which were organized by National Instruments.

 

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WORKING LUNCH WITH ADEG

 

On 21 March, CIT UPC took part in a working lunch organized by the Asociación de Empresarios de Alt Penedes, Baix Penedes y Garraf (ADEG) and its Escuela de Dirección de Empresa (EDE) with a speech entitled “Resources for innovation and technology transfer”. The technological capacities and knowledge of CIT UPC’s Member Centers were presented to a group of managers from 25 SMEs.

 
 


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Dr. PERE CAMINAL AT THE SIXTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH TECHNOLOGY PLATFORMS

 

Dr. Caminal, Director of CREB UPC, took part as a speaker in the session on Commercialization of Research at the Sixth Annual Conference of Biomedical Research Technology Platforms, organized jointly by FENIN, ASEBIO, Farmaindustria and IMIM and held in Madrid on 20 and 21 March to promote innovation in the health field.

 

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DANIEL PALET from the INNOTEX CENTER

 

Daniel Palet, a member of the research team at the INNOTEX CENTER, has been recognized as a Fellow of The Textile Institute, Manchester, for his notable contributions to the industry, research and design, as well as to advances in technology, training and communication. The Textile Institute was founded in 1910 and has more than 3,000 members in 80 countries and 100 corporative members. It awards titles to recognize experience, skills, academic knowledge and the highest professional level.

 
 
 
CALENDAR

 

 
 

 

SABADELL SMART CONGRESS 2013

International congress on smart cities.

 

TECNIOSPRING 2013

At the end of April, the Call for Proposals 2013 will open for the Tecniospring mobility programme, funded by the European Union through the “Marie Curie Actions”. Tecniospring is coordinated by ACC1Ó and aimed at researchers at Centres in the TECNIO Network.

 
 


Further information on events: www.cit.upc.edu/en/calendar



INFORMATION OF INTEREST

 

 
 
 

INNOVATION UNION SCORE 2013


The European Commission has published the Innovation Union Scoreboard 2013, which contains a comparative analysis of the state of research and innovation in the 27 EU countries and in other associated countries such as the United States, Switzerland and South Africa. The data enable every Member State to identify strengths and weaknesses in its innovation systems and potential areas for improvement.

 

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