La Salle-URL engineers collaborate with CRAG biologists to combat the effects of drought on agriculture

Climate change is accentuating and prolonging drought periods in many regions of the world. This phenomenon is especially relevant in countries where the livelihoods of its population depend heavily on agriculture, for example in sub-Saharan Africa. For this reason, finding out what genetic mechanisms make a rice or maize species more resistant to lack of water can help feed many people.
This is one of the areas of research in the laboratory of Ana Isabel Caño-Delgado Phd, from the Center for Research in Agrigenomics (CRAG).
Crag Since 2011, Xavier Sevillano Phd of the Research Group on Media Technologies (GTM) of La Salle Campus Barcelona collaborates with this researcher, doing research on the border between engineering and plant biology.
The joint research between the two researchers has focused on the development of tools for automatic analysis of plant root images of the Arabidopsis thaliana species, a genetic model used by plant biologists.
Recently, the team formed by the GTM doctors Alejandro González and Xavier Sevillano has culminated in the development of a tool called Root Extraction and Measurement Software (REMS) to measure the length of multiple roots of this type of plant, grown in laboratory environment . Root length is an indicator that biologists use to evaluate aspects related to the viability of each plant specimen, as well as its ability to absorb nutrients, resistance to lack of water, etc.
The developed software, which combines techniques of image processing and artificial intelligence, is able to measure root length with a margin of error of less than 1 millimeter. By doing so automatically, it will allow GRAG Scientists to analyze a greater number of plants in a simple way, extending the scope and reliability of their scientific studies. In addition, it is planned to make this tool available to the entire scientific community in plant biology.
In the future, the multidisciplinary team of engineers and biologists plans to expand the REMS presentations, designing functionalities to measure other parameters of interest of the root, such as their curvature, measure and number of lateral roots, etc. or even monitor growth day by day . Another promising line for this joint research is the integration of this software on a robotic platform for plant phenotyping that the GRAG is designing.

La Salle collaborates with the Cluster of Energy Efficiency of Catalonia that rewards the university talent in the V Night of the Efficiency

The CosmoCaixa Barcelona will host next June 15 the fifth edition of the Night of Efficiency, organized by the Cluster of Energy Efficiency of Catalonia (CEEC) and with whom La Salle-URL collaborates. On this occasion prizes will be awarded to students of the various studies that are taught in universities and training centers related to energy efficiency in Catalonia.
In this edition of the “Prizes for the best academic projects in the field of Efficient Energy”, those works developed during the academic year 2015-2016 that have highlighted and shown their talent in innovation and engineering in the sector of the efficient energy . Three categories are defined: Final Degree Work, Master Final Work and research (doctoral theses), all of which are presented, defended and approved during the 2015-16 academic year.
The jury of the awards will be composed of the following awards: CEEC executive committee and representatives of UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), UB (University of Barcelona), URL (Ramon Llull University), ICAEN (Catalan Institute of Energy) And ACCIÓ (Agency for the Competitiveness of the Company). The jury will select from among the nominations presented, the three proposals with the best evaluation of each category.
The finalists will participate in the V Efficiency Night, in which they will present their project before the audience in a speech lasting no more than 2 minutes. The prizes have a cash prize of 600€ for each of the winners, as well as a commemorative award. The awards ceremony will take place during the V Night of Efficiency event.
The Night of Efficiency has been consolidated as a meeting point of the main agents in the field of energy efficiency and positions the Cluster of Energy Efficiency of Catalonia as a platform of synergies between companies in the sector.

La Salle-URL participates in the EU project NIR-VANA

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL participates in the European Union project NIR-VANA started in May 2016. The objective is to develop online services that help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to innovate together with external partners. La Salle-URL specifically, is in charge of developing the Online platform that aims to be the formative basis in concepts of innovation. It will also be responsible for the training in face-to-face format in the different organized events. During the process, innovation advisors present services through an online platform in which SMEs can collaborate, co-create and co-participate in projects with other SMEs, experts and researchers from across Europe. The training has focused mainly on the premise that the ideas and technologies that generate new products and processes arise from the collaboration with different actors along the value chain. The ability to work together with other companies, clients, suppliers, distributors, marketers, users and researchers following the open or collaborative approach of innovation is the key factor that allows a well-established innovation management system. At present innovation support services are insufficient, and more so with the emergence of collaborations created without continuous monitoring, efficient support methods and innovation management capacity. Likewise, there are also online tools that comprise from social networks to the advances for the management of innovation. Although such tools exist, they are not sufficiently known or useful to SMEs. Therefore, NIR-VANA develops an online training solution that will not only consider new and existing technologies and platforms, but also take into account the culture of innovation in SMEs and their preparation for ICT. In recent months there have been different acts of presentation and on 22 and 23 May will be La Salle-URL who will host the event. If you are interested go here and sign up.

La Salle Technova participates in Digital Business World Congress (DES)

La Salle Technova Barcelona participates in the Digital Business World Congress (DES) in Madrid organizing the Open Innovation Marketplace with the aim of finding start-ups with disruptive projects that are impacting the main sectors of the congress. Small and young companies are bursting into the world with new, innovative and disturbing solutions. Their influence is such that they are transforming the way business is done. Digital Business World Congress (DES) hosts the Open Innovation Marketplace in search of these new projects with great opportunities in the digital demand sector. If you are a start-up within the profile you are looking for La Salle Technova do not hesitate to enter here and register to participate in this great experience. The 10 best solutions selected from each sector will gain, on the one hand, the opportunity to present their project in the Pitch Elevator format to an international audience. On the other hand, they will be able to connect with the Global Innovation System of the Digital Entreprise Show. In addition, they will be able to meet different partners to be able to pull forward their project. Finally, those selected will be direct candidates to the European Digital Mindset Awards, the category “Best Digital Disruptor Start-up”. For more information click here.

La Salle Breakfast: “To create value we have to make decisions”

In the 78th edition of La Salle Breakfast has been debated how the data, that fuel of the new economy and the engine for new value propositions, help companies. Who better to answer this question than the companies themselves using this data. LSBreakfast has had the collaboration of Xavier Vilasís,Phd in Physical Sciences and Director of the Master in Data Science of La Salle-URL, which has been the moderator of the conference. The three companies that have participated are: Zurich, with Marta Tolos, Director of Big Data in the global department of Enterprise Data Analytics and Architecture; Applications in Advanced Computer Science (AiA), with Carlos López Ullod, Director of Big Data; And finally, Take U (Cooking Data) with Ivan Cubiles, CEO and Co-Founder. Xavier Vilasís has introduced the debate emphasizing that “to create value we have to make decisions, and for that we have to ask the right questions” and that is where the data come into play. Vilasís has wondered where we are in the world of data ?, the participants have been responding during the round table. With its points of view, it has been possible to perceive in a real way the strengths and needs associated with the use of data as a source of value. Marta Tolos explained the Zurich case and what this insurance company offers its clients. They basically focus on calculating risk well through Big Data’s analysis to provide good insurance to their customers. He has insisted on the change that is currently occurring with the eruption of Data Science. Before responding to some very specific business questions based on specific data, today we have a platform where these data are and from this generate some questions that give answers, explained the expert in Big Data. That’s why the way they work is based on being close to Data Science. He emphasizes that although each company has different characteristics, everything converges to the same point: the business. _ER_5099Carlos López has focused his speech on his experience in AiA. They are a company that has been in the market for about 30 years. They are defined by being a very theologian staff. They make Big Data with traditional companies, and as a result answer traditional questions. “Science begins when something brings knowledge so that the data is better,” says the director of Big Data in AiA, who points out that “to do Data Science you have to know where the data come from to make the performance better.” Also, the same method and data applied by Data Science makes the model much better in terms of performance. He explains that the fundamental thing to make something impact is to merge the technological and analytical part with the part of the business, and we are in a moment in which it is necessary to take a last step, “to do a different business to the traditional one based on the data”. Take U CEO and Co-Founder Ivan Cubiles reveals that thanks to Big Data we can include information on search recommendations and help you understand the information. His company has created the application Cooking Data which is a Big Data but focused for the sector of the restoration. He insists that the quantitative and qualitative mentality must go hand in hand. In Take U have created a platform of Business Intelligence where they have invented a personal assistant capable of interpreting the data in a semantic field. The basic differentiating elements of this company are: on the one hand, its integration of internal and external data, on the other hand, have a data-based notification system and with automatic learning, finally, the UX is designed for non-experts in Data, that is, affordable and understandable for all types of people. Xavier Vilasís reminds participants of the insides we generate regarding people, questions them to what extent they can be used. For the company Zurich combining data sources is one of the great challenges they have. As an insurer it is very difficult to know the client well. According to Marta Tolos, it is an issue that concerns them because each country they deal with has its regulation and this provoked that it is complicated for them. Carlos López Ullod believes that if the services that are given are useful to the citizen then it will be easier to give their data without any problems. So from your point of view, technology is not always the solution. Finally in Take U, Ivan Cubiles clarifies that they choose to focus more on attributes of value to get such insides.

Very positive evaluation of the students of Technological Business Management who have participated in the project of the UN

Our undergraduate students in technology management are very positive about their participation in the UN National Model United Nations (NMUN) project in New York. The project involves different universities representing a country from any part of the world. The students have defended the country that has touched on issues related to the environment, economy, human rights, among others. Iñaki Morton, one of the participating students, explains the experience during the week in which he was in New York which has been hard and at the same time very rewarding. The students have had to work very hard to defend the position of Angola. With this experiment, it has been possible to see, on the one hand, how the different countries have had to work as a team with each other, and on the other hand, it has been possible to show the great difficulty of reaching common agreements. However, it has been a great opportunity for students to come together to achieve the desired Sustainable Development Goals. It has been difficult for students not only to investigate the economy, political views and culture of a country, but also to feel their values, their beliefs and really defend their position. It has been tough as they have had to compete with students from top universities around the world. They have been many hours of work debating issues surrounding health, the environment, among others. During the conference, all the students of ADE de La Salle-URL were able to meet with nations powerful enough to document a document that allowed them to incorporate opinions and suggestions to solve all those problems of the Republic of Angola. Students have learned things from the academic but above all social point of view. Finally, the whole working document was debated step by step by one of the main sponsors of Angola and, it was approved! Congratulations to Iñaki Morton, Alvar Vila, Cerni Besoli, Berta Montilla, Eduard Aguilera, Raymond Castello, Anna Ramón, Dario Pineda and Marina Alegret for all the effort dedicated to this project.

La Salle-URL forms the technologists of the future

The university center incorporates two new three-year degrees in software and digital and interactive applications. These are profiles with a high demand in the professional market due to its multidisciplinarity. La Salle-URL launches its first two 3-year degrees specialized in the technological area: the Degree in Techniques of Digital and Interactive Applications and the Degree in Techniques of Software Applications. These qualifications will train technical professionals who are currently very much in demand in the professional market and is expected to remain a growth trend in the upcoming years. A technologist can be defined as a qualified specialist who works in the field of technology applying their knowledge to solve problems, develop machines or systems that are useful in day to day. These new degrees of La Salle-URL respond to this new profile. The European Union forecasts already point in this direction and predicts that by 2020 900,000 new jobs will be created, mainly related to technology. In Spain, in 2020 there will be 1.9 million highly qualified professionals and throughout Europe this demand will grow at an annual rate of 10%. These are very practical degrees that form multidisciplinary professionals who know how to solve problems, which can work immediately and with high technical skills. This methodology is more open and the students participate in a much more active way in the classes and work as a team solving real cases, in many cases of companies (Learning by Challenge). The another two new degrees are open to high school students and training cycles, both technological and artistic and social. This way also gives a professional technical exit to those students who want to opt for this type of training more practical and highly specialized. The Degree in Digital and Interactive Application Techniques aims to provide knowledge in content related to design, creativity and interactive communication, as well as user experience and interactive peripherals. The profile is of a multimedia specialist who uses existing software and hardware tools to create others that provide solutions to current market problems. Thus, the profile of these students is of young people interested in developing interactive projects that can work in areas such as the design of interactive installations or interfaces, user experience or multimedia scriptwriter; In the field of art, 2D / 3D object creator and visual effects and sound, illuminator or camera operator; In programming, can be dedicated to web programming, mobile devices, audiovisuals or applications, transformation level, interactive installations technician, mapping technician, in mobile devices and electric vehicles. In this field, La Salle-URL celebrates this course the 20 years of the creation of the Degree in Multimedia Engineering, which was the first university career in Europe in Multimedia Engineering – and a few years later the first official degree in Spain in this area- When it entered fully into the world of digital entertainment and video game programming. With the new degree that is now being implemented, Multimedia studies continue to be developed to train professionals prepared to meet the current needs of the market, especially where there is a very high demand for this profile. The Degree in Techniques of Software Applications focuses on the methodological, technical and technological issues of computing from a very practical point of view, with output profiles related to the development of mobile applications, web creation, systems administration, technical support and digital marketing. It offers the opportunity to develop comprehensive projects based on real and current cases with a very practical and professional approach to have the capacity for immediate application of this knowledge in the world of work.

Our alumnis from La Salle-URL undertake a new project of solidarity in Senegal

We present the fantastic solidarity project being carried out by our alumni of Arquitectura de La Salle-URL and that has had great recognition in the newspaper El Periódico. David García Martínez, former student of the Degree in Architecture and Master of the Integral Project of Architecture (MPIA) and founder of studies of DAW projects, has promoted the “Fem Escola” project in Senegal. In this same study also works Jesus Amengual Calvo, also former studient of technical architecture and of the Master in Integral Management of the Construction (MGIC).

The point of departure for the idea came in the year 2014 in the DAW study, when one of the collaborators, Aina Tugores, had just returned from Senegal after working for two months in cooperation projects. The architect conveyed to the team the great satisfaction she felt from being able to work in Africa. He explained his experience in those lands by specifying the subhuman conditions in which these wonderful, open and welcoming people live. At that moment the whole team was awakened the need to undertake a new solidarity project and especially useful for Senegalese.

Most NGOs had always opted to use concrete and veneer as an unfortunate and warm architecture. DAW wanted to bet with a type of durable material and at the same time economic. The final decision was to create a secondary school in the locality Thionck-Essyl following the architecture of the Catalan Volta created by Rafael Guastavino. This type of architecture is very common in the City of Barcelona, and the structure of the school follows the aesthetics of Modernist Barcelona. They chose the design of the Catalan Volta because it is an architecture capable of maintaining a natural freshness within each dwelling, ideal for projects such as these located in very hot places. Therefore, and according to the statements of David Garcia in the Newspaper: “It is not a project of charity, but of quality”.

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At first, most of the DAW team could not understand what kind of project they were going to undertake. It was the first time they had done something like that, it was difficult for them to understand how to build a wooden structure using their own soil to make uncooked bricks, mixed with only 7% cement. Finally they have been able to conceive what the final result will be.

foundawtionThe school will consist of 16 classrooms at a cost of 100 euros per square meter, so it is not an expensive initiative. The name they have chosen (“Make school”) contains a double meaning: on the one hand, logically, to make a school, and on the other hand, to use the process to capture the knowledge of the Catalan revolution.

Its purpose is to finish school in 2018, for that reason, and although it is a very affordable architecture economically speaking, they need 200,000 euros to reach their goal. To all this they have created a foundation called Foundawtion to raise the necessary funds to be able to finish the project. From La Salle-URL we congratulate you for this great work and wish you lots of luck!

La Salle-URL participates in the 1st Week No Noise (SSS)

From April 24 to 30 will be held in Catalonia the 1st Week Without Noise (SSS), an initiative of the organizing group of Congress ACUSTI.CAT, with the coordination of the Department of Territory and Sustainability of the Generalitat of Catalonia – Service for the prevention and Control of Acoustic and Light Pollution.

During this week there will be a series of activities related to the dissemination and awareness of the problems of noise pollution, as well as its control and the management tools to be able to reduce it. These activities will be carried out throughout Catalonia, with the collaboration of all the agents involved: administrations, citizenship, schools, universities or related companies.

La Salle-URL collaborates this week with three workshops aimed at high school and university students and will take place in the campus acoustics laboratory, facilities that include an anechoic chamber, a reverberant chamber and a recording studio. The first activity is an acoustic workshop where high school students from La Salle Bonanova will participate in order to know the basic principles of acoustics: what are the decibels, what frequencies we feel or how the sound is generated. Wednesday, April 26, there will be two workshops. The first, at 16h, “How many decibels does the silence?”, Where participants will try to find out what is the lowest sound level that can be detected inside the anechoic chamber, a space with much silence where all the sound Is absorbed by its walls. And at 5:00 p.m., it will be analyzed whether “A loudspeaker can make as much noise as an airplane?” An airplane generates about 120 decibels, but how many decibels can be generated with a loudspeaker? In the workshop, an attempt will be made to answer this question by generating a noise speaker inside the reverberant chamber and thus measuring the maximum sound levels.

The dates chosen to commemorate the Week coincide with the International Noise Awareness Day (INAD), April 26, 2017, which this year will reach its 22nd edition, an initiative promoted by the Center for Hearing And Communication, a non-governmental organization in the United States that aims to help people with deafness. The SSS also intends to give continuity to the Acoustic Congress of Catalonia, ACUSTI.CAT, which took place in its 1st edition on 28 and 29 April 2016, on a biennial basis.

Teams from spain, Turkey and Egypt win the 7th edition of the international competition for pre-university students LSdreams

The 7th edition of the contest has just announced the winners of the LSdreams. The competition, an initiative of La Salle Universities, open to students pre-university Lasallian centers in Europe and the Middle East, between 16 and 20 years, has awarded not only four Spanish proposals (Valladolid, Barcelona, Valencia and Zaragoza) but also teams from other countries like Egypt, Turkey, Palestine and France have won.

The main aim of the awards is to motivate the inclusion of ethical values in the development of research projects to improve their social environment. The winning projects address issues such as alternative energy, reuse of materials; architectural projects like tree-house or homes adapted to flying vehicles; and in health, nutrition in adolescents, preventing stroke and improving psychological care for children .
The projects submitted must pretend to improve their immediate environment, with innovative research and development projects in the fields of architecture, engineering, health, business management and life sciences and earth.
In this year’s competition five first prizes where awarded, a special prize and the prize LSdreams ASSEDIL (European Association of Lasallian Directors) and five honorable mentions. The first prize in the area of Engineering, has been awarded to the team from Collège de Saint-Marc Alexandrie, Egypt, the project “Oppressus.” The project aim is to use piezoelectric materials to obtain energy from foot traffic at airports, for example, to be used later in the electronic devices of these same users. It protects the environment and the planet for future generations. The team is composed of students Rafiky Raphael, Peter and Mark Moheb Micheal and his tutor Ihab Rouchdi.

In the area of architecture the jury this year decided to let the first prize desert and in exchange there where two honorable mentions:  one of the Second Prizes was for at the Collège Frères December, Jerusalem, Palestine, the project Avant Guard Air Tech. The project is developing a breakthrough technology or AGA® for them the next generation of hauses must include flying cars and will have to adapt to the new lifestyle that accompanies them, as well as the adaptation of old structures to this technology of flight. The other Second prize was awarded to the College de La Salle Paterna, the project Tree – House Project. The project is based on creating a business model tree-house for people without harming nature.

The first prize in the area of business management, was for St Joseph Fransiz Lisesi center of Kadikoy, Turkey, the project is titled “Nourished Education.” The project aims to meet the nutritional needs of students increasing environmental awareness and instilling the basic values to supplement their education. The team consists of the students, Ilayda Gokcen, Guray Sener, Deniz Çağlar Duman and his tutor Ebru Aktimur.

The first prize in the area of Health, has been awarded to the College Saint Jean-Baptiste from La Salle Valladolid, Spain, for the project “PLSMMA.” It takes advantage of technology to create an application that can provide the tools needed to counteract a heart attack. The team is composed by the students Claudia Garcia, Alejandro Campos and his tutor Fernando Álvarez de la Calle. The jury also decided to give in the same area of Health a second prize to the College of La Salle St. Angel Zaragoza, Spain, for the project “Diagnosis of psychological disorders”. The project is based on creating a trivia that helps children up to 16 years in the early diagnosis of psychological diseases, establishing a closer relationship with their doctor or psychologist.

In the area of Life Sciences and Earth there were two first prizes awarded: The jury has determined to award a first prize and the special prize LSdreams to La Salle Bonanova School in Barcelona, Spain, for his project “Reusing coffee as fertilizer”. The project involves the realization of an urban network for collecting coffee grounds from the various cafes in the city and then rezicle them as fertilizer in different allotments, gardens and parks in the city of Barcelona. The team is composed of the students Joan Alonso Alvarez, David Cobos Filloy and Ricard Casanovas and his tutor Ane San José Méndez. Moreover, the jury awarded first prize and the special prize ASSEDIL to the Michel Lisesi Fransiz of Instambul, Turkey, for his project “Energy for Providing Safe Mines”. The project involves the implementation of a lighting system inside the mines based on solar power source. This system significantly reduces costs and pollution from the usual forms of lighting based on fossil combustion engines. The team composed by the students Arinc Ayduran Utku, Asumla Ayduran and Saner Kerem Oney Volkan Gonen and his tutor.

In addition, the jury decided to award two honorable mentions in the area of Life Sciences and Earth: Second prize to the team from the Lycée Technique de l’École de La Salle, in Ales, France, for his project “Projet Ortho -Prothèse animale “. The project is based on creating an alternative to the treatment of sprain garreta horses using existing human orthopedic methods. This promotes functional recovery of the horse through the creation and production of a key adapted. Second prize was for the École des Frères in Bethlehem, the city of Bethlehem, Palestine, for his project “ReWired.” The project is based on the creation of electronic waste recycling centers, avoiding the need to send it to third countries, not only focusing on recycling and recovery but also finding new uses for these wastes. It also avoids the pollution from the constant use of massive electrical appliances.

The winners of the five first prizes will enjoy a four day stay in the French cities of Paris and Beauvais during which he presented his work at the ceremony that will take place on May 12 at campus UniLasalle Beauvais.