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Newsletter CIT UPC Nº18 July - August 2013
CENTRO DE'INNOVACIÓN Y TECNOLOGÍA UPC - TECHNOLOGY MADE REAL
MEMBER CENTERS CIT UPC

MANAGEMENT OF FISHING ACTIVITIES

SARTI UPC has launched a Fishing & Marketing Box (F & MB) Platform. This is a low-cost, one-device system for managing and controlling fishing activities. F&MB incorporates a vessel monitoring system (‘blue box’), an electronic fishing log and the prices of fish, without using a satellite connection. The project, which aims to increase the competitiveness of the sector, has been developed in conjunction with the Directorate General of Fishing and Maritime Affairs of the Regional Government of Catalonia’s and funded by the EU.

BIOCLIMATIC AREA AT CTTC

CTTC UPC has extended its facilities with a new 800m2 building where 30 researchers work. The building has been designed so that its structure can also be used for testing bioclimatic systems. It has double-skin façades, living walls, landscaped interior microclimates and free cooling systems suitable for the work of large computer clusters. It has been funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Spanish Ministry of Education.

EQUIPMENT FOR MODELLING SUBSIDENCE

CDEI UPC & CITCEA UPC have developed a new subsidence modelling equipment that can measure the temperature and pressure on the cut edge and apply high pressures and cutting speeds to an analysed sample of land. This will reveal in greater detail the characteristics of land that is prone to subsidence, in order to avoid building on such sites or in surrounding areas. In the long-term, the equipment can help to reduce the material and human damage caused by constructing buildings and public works on unstable land. The equipment will enable experimentation with the thermal-hydraulic-mechanical model created in the UPC’s ETCG, and will help to validate a theory to predict the appearance of rapid subsidence.

ACTIVITIES CIT UPC

CIT UPC AND THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR RESEARCHERS

CIT UPC has subscribed the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. It is committed to applying the principles stated in these documents that promote transparency, accessibility, fairness and the search for excellence in the hiring of researchers. Through EURAXESS Rights, these initiatives help the EU to boost employment and economic development.

CIT UPC AT ILP PROGRAM - MIT

CIT UPC is the only Spanish Technology Centre taking part in the MIT’s ILP program. This involvement strengthens our ties with a leading institution and world reference in science, technology and transfer to industry.

CIT UPC 2.0

The CIT UPC website has been updated with new contents and projects developed by Member Centers. We have also launched a blog that can be accessed from the website. This is a shared space in which to provide information about experiences related to knowledge, technology and innovation. It is open to participation and aims to connect Companies and University.

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DID YOU KNOW...

DESIGN OF A LARGE-FORMAT DIGITAL PRINTING PRESS

CITCEA UPC has designed a large-format digital printing press for printing directly on synthetic fabrics. The centre designed the control of piezoelectric printheads, the hardware and software for processing the digital printing and the PC and CANOpen-based automation of printing.

INFORMATION OF INTEREST

PUBLICATION OF THE COTEC REPORT 2013

The 2013 edition of the COTEC Report was presented on 12 July. The Report describes the evolution of the main research and development indicators for Spain as a whole and for the Spanish autonomous communities. It also provides an international comparison and includes the opinions of a hundred experts on the current situation and future prospects of the Spanish innovation system. There is a chapter on "Green Growth", which is essential for sustainable global growth.

WORLD ACADEMIC SUMMIT INNOVATION INDEX

The latest World Academic Summit Innovation Index has been published. It's compiled by Times Higher Education using data from the top 400 universities in the world on collaboration between businesses and universities by country. South Korea tops the list, with corporate investment of almost 100,000 dollars per academic, followed by Singapore and the Netherlands. Spain is not among the top thirty countries. 

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