Newsletter CIT UPC Nº17 June 2013
CENTRO DE'INNOVACIÓN Y TECNOLOGÍA UPC - TECHNOLOGY MADE REAL
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CDEI UPC AND THE MANEL XIFRA BOADA CHAIR

On 10th June, the Comexi Group, the University of Girona and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya·BarcelonaTech (UPC) signed an agreement to set up the Manel Xifra Boada Chair, named after the founder of the Comexi Group. This is the first interuniversity chair created in Catalonia to carry out training, research and knowledge transfer activities in the area of flexible packaging manufacturing technology. PhD. Carles Riba, director of the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC), will be in charge of aspects related to the converting industry, on behalf of the UPC.

GAMES TO DETECT SENILE DEMENTIA: SMART AGEING

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), in collaboration with the Consorzio di Bioingegneria e Informática Medica and the Fondazione Istituto Neurologico Casimiro Mondino of Pavia (Italy), has developed a serious game as a virtual test for early detection of senile dementia. This disease affects between 10 and 20% of people over 65 years old. The team, led by PhD. Dani Tost and Prof. Sergi Grau from the Computer Graphics area of CREB, has created a virtual test involving memory and attention exercises carried out in a realistic 3D virtual environment to detect cognitive deterioration in over 50 year olds.

PRSENTATION OF THE COLTOX KIT

On 20th June, at a Symposium on the Detection of Contaminants organized by the Regional Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food, and the Natural Environment, a new device for detecting soil contaminants was presented that has been developed by the INNOTEX Center/CRIT. The COLTOX Kit is a simple, fast tool (the system provides a response in just 24 hours) that is easy to use and transport. It provides a preliminary evaluation of the environmental quality of soils that are thought to be contaminated or an evaluation of the effects of chemical products on soil organisms by analysing the response of springtails. COLTOX Kit is patented and available for licensing.

ACTIVITIES CIT UPC

PARTICIPATION OF CIT UPC IN THE MIT-ILP CONFERENCE 2013

On 13th–14th June, CIT UPC took part in the VIII edition of the Barcelona Global Energy Challenges Congress, organized by the b_TEC Foundation, the IREC and MIT-ILP. On the first day of the Congress, the UPC’s Technology Center was presented to an audience of over 300 people.

MIHEALTH 2013

CIT UPC, which is a collaborating member of the MIHealth Forum conference that was held in Barcelona on 26–28 of June, presented the Innovation Capsule "Biofeedback system for training the pelvic floor". The presentation was given by PhD Miguel Ángel Mañanas from the Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC).

PARTICIPATION IN THE FEDIT 2013 MEETING

CIT UPC took part in the Thirty-Seventh General Meeting of Fedit, which was held on 27 June at the Federation’s headquarters in Madrid.

RESEARCHERS

CARLES RIBA RECEIVES THE MANEL XIFRA BOADA 2013 AWARD

PhD. Carles Riba, Director of the Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC), received the eighth edition of the Manel Xifra Boada Award for science and technology knowledge transfer, which is given by the Association of Industrial Engineers of Girona (CETIG) and the COMEXI Group. This year, the award recognizes PhD. Riba’s role as one of the driving forces behind a research project into the transition to renewable energies.

CALENDAR

CIT UPC will be participating at:

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

TECNIOSPRING CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Call for Proposals 2013 has been announced for the Tecniospring mobility project, which is part of the Marie Curie Actions programme, coordinated by ACC1Ó and aimed at researchers associated with centres in the TECNIO network. The deadline for presenting proposals in 17th July.

NEW CALLS FOR INNOVATION PROPOSALS 2013

New calls for applications for innovation based projects have been announced for 2013:

  • Innoempresa are grants designed by the Spanish government and managed by entities in the autonomous communities (ACC1Ó in Catalonia), to support small and medium-sized companies (PYMEs) in the innovation process.
  • Nuclis d'innovació Tecnològica (Technological Innovation Clusters) are grants to promote R+D projects.

ALTRAN REGIONAL INNOVATION INDEX FOR CATALONIA

The Altran Regional Innovation Index for Catalonia has been published, along with the Altran Index of Innovative Potential 2013.

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