Two researchers from La Salle-URL named in the list of the top 150 Spanish scientists in the latest ACUMEN ranking

The 4th edition of the Ranking of Scientists in Spanish Institutions (from 1 to 5.000) which rates researchers according to their mentions in the Google Scholar, and organized by the ACUMEN Project of the European Commission has included two researchers from La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL in the top 150 positions: Dr Xavier Vilasís and Dra Miriam Calvo.

4. Ranking_bDr. Xavier Vilasís, Doctor in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona and Chair at La Salle-URL was ranked 132. Xavier Vilasís is a member of the LHCb collaboration at CERN. His research covers both physics and engineering and he has published many works on the technological aspects of the physical content of participles. As Vice-Dean of the La Salle Doctoral Program, he deals with the training needs of engineers as they prepare to face new challenges in society.

4. RankingMíriam Calvo Gómez, Doctor in Physics from the Universitat de Barcelona (2006) was ranked 142.  She started her postdoctoral research here in 2008 and is a member of the GR-SETAD group. She is also a member of the international LHCb collaboration at CERN, where she works on the analysis of experimental LHCb data, and more specifically on the study of the physical components of particles. As part of her work, we should highlight her role as coordinator of the ‘Calorimeter Objects’ group and her former position as coordinator of the physics group ‘Radiative B decays’.

The data used in this ranking was compiled in the second week of December 2016 and researchers were positioned in ascending order according to the number of publications to their name.

La Salle Technova Barcelona holds the 3rd edition of its pre-acceleration program for ICTs

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL, through its innovation park La Salle Technova Barcelona, is going to hold the third edition of its pre-acceleration program “Technova PreAccelerator” on February 27th. This year, the program is targeted at all those entrepreneurs who have a project in the ICT sector. Its objective is to turn an idea into a business in the space of 10 weeks. The program is run in collaboration with the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and is funded by the European Social Fund.

022017_img3Some of the start-ups which competed in the first and second editions of the program and are still going strong today include Washbits (a software to manage dry cleaners), Chris&Chloe (a project which offers designer clothing for a monthly fee) and pickapp (an application which enables you to find people to play basketball with). The projects are being mentored by La Salle Technova Barcelona and one might even incubate the business in our technological park.

This pre-acceleration program is aimed at people with an entrepreneurial spark and can cater for 10 teams. During the 10-week process, the participants will take training sessions and have personalized mentoring sessions in order to define their business model and its feasibility in the market. The objective is to make participants aware of what has to be undertaken, to minimize risks and increase the chances of success.

The participating entrepreneurs can move into the offices of La Salle Technova for 10 weeks and during this time they will have access to all the services and organized activities. Furthermore, on completion of the program, the best projects of the program will receive 3 months’ free mentoring.

Candidates can apply up to February 15th and the program will kick off on February 27th.

La Salle-URL presents IOTICAT, the first European university I+D centre specializing in the Internet of the future

The morning the first stone of the new IOTICAT (Internet of Things Institute of Catalonia) facilities of the Salle-URL was laid. It is going to be the first European I+D laboratory to focus on the Internet of Things and its evolution towards the Internet of the future, and is expected to be operational by 2020. The act marked the beginning of the construction of the facilities and of the transformation of a 2.000 m ² space in the La Salle-URL Campus which has been named IOTICAT

ioticat 2xIOTICAT has been co-financed by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) under the framework of singular institutional projects in I+D infrastructures in the generation of excellent research, the attraction of talent and the development of knowledge transfer activities. The project was selected and granted to La Salle-URL by the Department of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia in April 2016. The total cost of the rehabilitation is 3 million euros over a period of 3 years.

The new space IOTICAT will foment the creation of an internal eco-system creating innovation, transfer and research in which joint collaboration projects with companies, entrepreneurs, students and campus staff can be undertaken.  All these agents will work together to develop ideas which will shape the future, in a space where talent and research come together with society and business, and where we will capitalize on the student talent from our different faculties.

IOTICAT is strongly committed to the Catalan innovation eco-system and is aligned with the RIS3CAT, the intelligent research and innovation strategy in Catalonia which aims to consolidate the region as one the European leaders in knowledge and connecting technological and creative capacities in new and emerging sectors and regions.

The laboratory of technological base IOTICAT will represent the commitment of La Salle to entrepreneurship and to innovation and will be the centre where projects will be developed on anything related to the interaction of people with social trends and surrounding technology, with a strong focus on the Internet of Things, as well as the Internet of the Future. IOTICAT is based on design, proto-typing and scaling the products and services of tomorrow to society and the business world, as well as taking students and professors to the new realities and needs of future society.

The 2.000 m ² space will be dedicated to research, innovation and the promotion of talent and entrepreneurship. The first phase of IOTICAT will house our internal researchers in specialized laboratories.

Over the past 20 years, La Salle-URL has adapted to, focused on, and strengthened its I+D+I and now has 6 research groups which together form La Salle R&R, acknowledged by the ACC10 as a Technology Centre which undertakes over 70 projects per year in which over 80 researchers participate.  These projects may be international, national or regional and be funded either publically or privately.

A unique space of 2.000 m ²

IOTICAT will be a completely unique area located on the ground floor of the Campus Residence. It has been designed by the Terradas Arquitectos studio, led by Robert Terradas, director of the La Salle-URL Architecture School. The design creates a rich creative atmosphere and is modelled on other internationally renowned research centres.

The laboratory will have 4 different areas:

– A common social meeting point where people can debate, show and even try out any idea which has been conceived during the innovation process. Ideas can later be tried out in the design and testing processes.

– Creativity Room: spaces designated to fomenting creativity and information exchanges and where challenges are born into a creative and imaginative environment. It can be used for structured activities, but also to facilitate an idea flow which can be used to set off new innovation and research processes.

– Maker Space: workspace designed to provide tools to develop projects for the group of researchers from the areas of Architecture, Management and Engineering, together with designers, inventors and entrepreneurs. The objective of this area is to promote the participative development, facilitate the interdisciplinary learning and optimize co-creation activities. In terms of design, the laboratories are completely open-plan and a space to think, try out and test ideas and prototypes.

– City Lab: Space for the assembly and testing of technologies which are developed. It is the showroom where the final products of projects are displayed. An open space where different types of projects will be displayed and rated by others.  An open space where different projects will be carried out and prototypes in a controlled setting.

A new methodology: Learning by Challenge

A multidisciplinary team with a great variety of diverse profiles will work together at IOTICAT: researchers, companies, entrepreneurs, students, professors, etc.

IOTICAT will strengthen the La Salle-URL learning style, which has advocated the Learning-by-Doing methodology for many years now, by developing a new methodology, Learning by Challenge, which promotes learning through overcoming challenges and which is now being used all over our campus. This new laboratory will enable students to go further than case-studies, using new research and transfer techniques, with systemized processes to face tomorrow’s challenges.

Transfer to the business network

La Salle-URL aims to take advantage of the fact that we have companies which are working in this area and involve them in the generation of projects and challenges at IOTICAT. One of the objectives is to facilitate the integration of the business network into our systemized process of innovation and technology transfer.  Anyone can participate, from entrepreneurs, SMBs, large companies to local, national or international research centre.

This project is the final link in the strategic process to align the I+D+i carried out by the University with the needs of the business network and aims to bridge the gap between the Company and the University, by creating the knowledge transfer flow needed to improve the quality of life of our society.

La Salle participates in Animac, the international animated film festival

From next March 2 will be held in Lleida the 4-day international animated film festival ‘Animac’.After noting the success of the first and second years of the Degree in Animation and VFX, La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL will be represented by its Animation degree’s Director, Felix Balbàs, who has an international experience of over 20 years in the sector, and a delegation of students that will explain their experience by showing some of their work.

Animac is an international animation film festival that celebrates its 21th edition this year. During four days, the showroom will held several conferences and continuous screenings of short and feature animated films will be made. This year will feature relevant guests in the world of animation and several workshops will be held.

If you want to register and find more information see the official website of Animac.

The 21th edition of Animac will take place in the city of Lleida from 2 to 5 March 2017.

The lighting design of Architecture students from La Salle-URL at Frederic Marès Museum

The architecture students’ tandem of La Salle-URL formed by Sergi Sauras and Pau Garrofé made the proposal in light intervention for Llum Festival BCN 2017, named ‘Praise of Shadows’ which can be seen between days 10 and 12 February in the courtyard of the Frederic Marès Museum.

This festival fills with light courtyards and squares of Ciutat Vella for three days, with 24 light installations created by schools and design professionals.

Sauras and Garrofé proposal is a tribute to the eponymous work of the Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki, who claimed that beauty is not in the objects but in the game of shadows and lights that they produce. That’s why the project goes beyond a luminous object. An interactive experience in which people are the protagonists of a shadow theatre in constant motion is proposed.

To achieve this effect, they propose a simple structure of steel cord from where it will hang a semi-transparent fabric, levitating a few centimetres from the ground. The water source will become a light source, illuminating the courtyard from the centre and projecting the shadows of visitors against the stone walls. The authors agree: “In short, it is a praise to the curiosity of all those who, in front of a glowing light, have played their own shadow theatre”.

Festival Llum BCN has proposed different open routes so that public can visit various facilities around the most emblematic patios of Ciutat Vella. In this case, the courtyard of the Frederic Marès Museum where there will be the ‘Praise of Shadow’ experience is framed in the route 2 called Catedral – Mar, and it will be open on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 from 18.30 to 24h, and Sunday 12 from 18.30 to 23h.

Students of the School of Architecture of La Salle-URL also participated in the previous edition of the festival with an original project called ‘Metro and a half’ with which they won the second prize. The project merged lights and colours and was located in the Picasso Museum of Barcelona.

HP Barcelona graduates its 5th promotion of dual training program for young talents ‘Innotalent’

The International Center HP Barcelona has welcomed the graduation ceremony of 63 students of its fifth promotion ‘Innotalent‘, the dual training program for HP Barcelona promoted in collaboration with La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL and Leitat.

The objective of this program is to enhance the talent of recent graduates in higher engineering and scientific careers through innovation and dual training, establishing quality links between universities and businesses and creating jobs with high added value.

6. Innotalent

Innotalent forms highly qualified professionals who enter the labor market quickly. Of 63 graduates, HP has already confirmed 20 of them joining the staff, a figure that could double in the coming months.

Program members have worked for two years in international projects of the R&D and Operations HP Barcelona departments, many of them associated with 3D business, whose world headquarters is located in this center. This practical training has been supplemented with more than 550 hours of academic training by La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL, focused on innovation, industry applications as well as skills for project management. The collaboration of this university allows to recognize the knowledge acquired as part of the University Master’s Degree in Project Management from La Salle, a master’s degree of recognized prestige that has the accreditation of the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI), being the first and only university in Spain to receive this accreditation. Leitat collaborates in the promotion and selection of new graduates, carrying out individualized monitoring throughout the program.

The researcher Nuria Oliver, Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone and Chief Data Scientist at Data-Pop Alliance, has served as sponsor of the promotion. At the event also participated Ramon Pastor and Xavier García, both Vice Presidents and Managing Directors of HP; Josep M. Santos, General Director of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL; and Joan Parra and Sergi Artigas, CEO and Innovation Director at Leitat.

Innotalent was born in 2010, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the International Center HP Barcelona, within a framework of efforts to promote innovation in our environment and contribute to the development and industrial growth. Since then they have received more than 8,000 applications from universities around the Spanish state. In the five editions completed have participated 186 engineers, of which 105 have been hired after graduation to join the R&D team of HP.

HP Barcelona maintains a firm commitment to talent, a bet that began three decades ago and that has allowed it to become one of the centers of reference in innovation within the multinational. The center has the most important R&D HP laboratory outside the United States, is in a period of growth, and continues to work on attracting new talent to fill vacancies in business large format and 3D printing.

Anna Carsi will represent La Salle-URL at ‘Imagine Express 2017’

Multimedia engineer and current student of La Salle-URL’s Master in Multimedia Creation, Anna Carsi, has been chosen to represent La Salle-URL in the ‘Imagine Express’ contest.

The program is designed to generate business in the mobile sector, and takes place over a 4-day trip by train from Barcelona to Paris and London during the Mobile World Congress.

Participants (12 creative minds, 12 computer engineers and 12 entrepreneurs), who do not know each other in advance, will be challenged to form groups of 3 in order to generate applications (mobile applications) for one of the four strategic sectors Fin Tech, Smart Cities, Water or Health.

The ideas will be presented to investors in London and the best team from each sector will receive mentoring to carry out their project successfully. Once in Barcelona, entrepreneurs will present their project at the Mobile World Congress and will be installed in business incubators of the city.


La Salle-URL participates in the Mobile Week Barcelona with dialogue ‘Artificial Intelligence and Human Brain’

On Thursday February 23 will take place in La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL the dialogue ‘Artificial Intelligence and Human Brain’, within the series of conferences organized by Mobile World Capital for Mobile Week Barcelona. It is a program consisting of 10 consecutive talks during the week of February 20 on cultural, scientific, academic and social facilities in Barcelona. Each table will involve entrepreneurs, artists, scholars, thinkers, scientists and representatives of Mobile World Capital Barcelona to reflect on relevant issues.

The dialogue will take place at La Salle, and will treat the story from the use of tools and the introduction of agriculture by our hominid ancestors until today’s development of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Whether AI is the future of technology or not will be discussed, as well as about the dialogue between man and machine. How will AI change the world? Can a machine make decisions that affect lives? Can a machine feel or be smarter than a human brain?

The debate will be moderated by Albert Saez, Deputy Director of El Periódico de Cataluña and PhD in Journalism by Ramon Llull University. Associate Professor at La Salle-URL Jordi Albó, Arcvi co-founder Josep Marc Mingot, Biotronic Art Studio Director Félix Vinyals, and writer and research professor Carme Torras will participate in the debate. Director of Institute for Research in Artificial Intelligence (IIIA-CSIC), Ramón López de Mántaras, will attend the dialogue as an advisory member.

To register to dialogue ‘Artificial Intelligence and Human Brain’, click here.

“You have to be passionate, because it is a trade that does not know about days or hours, you have to work hard and stay motivated”

Carole Hart studied La Salle-URL’s MDPM (Master in Design and Multimedia Content Production). Since then, her life has changed and is now a successful entrepreneur who has managed to pull forward a family business: an advertising agency in the Dominican Republic that bears her surname, Hart. She is currently its managing director.

Carole told us she decided to study in Barcelona because his father had studied in the city and told her how interesting was. In addition, she researched on her own and became fascinated by its cultural richness. As for La Salle, she was doing internet searches and discovered it offered programs that interested her and that in addition it had prestige.

Personally and professionally to study in Barcelona was an experience that marked a turning point in her life. It was her window to the world: she met people from different countries, made friendships that still retains today all over the planet. She learned to live alone, but above all was a source of inspiration and knowledge that prompted her to create her own business in her country. Hart says that Barcelona is second home to her, and La Salle a very special place where she started the foundation of her professional life.

Carole opted for Europe and not Latin America not just because she wanted to discover the world, leaving the known, besides thinking in Europe as an ideal place, with a lot of history and great art.
At work she learned many things in La Salle and in Europe were implemented but not yet in her country, so it was for her a great advantage that opened opportunities.

A year after arriving at Barcelona and after had been working in a large multinational company established in her country, she decided to undertake and create the ‘Hart agency’ in association with her family. It is now 13 years working together.

As an entrepreneur initially had to perform multiple functions, but with hard work, a clear vision of where she was going, and the adequate preparation, the company started to grow, and found excellent collaborators who began joining the team. Bringing her talent in key areas has allowed her to evolve organically into a more focused position in leadership and general supervision, while maintaining a commitment to be updated to guide and inspire the team to get its best version on each project.

Among the functions of Hart as managing director of the agency, in which she is also a partner, the general supervision of projects and processes of the agency are to ensure customer satisfaction and profitability. In addition she is also responsible for developing key strategies and guidelines for the creative department. Finally, she is also responsible for business opportunities and devise action plans.

Now sees a clear need to update to new technologies and tools applied in the area of communication. Likewise she also thinks there is a lack of understanding of the new consumer trends, which is necessary to organize and draw good business strategies.

Hart also gives a number of tips that should be taken into account when someone with entrepreneurial concerns embarks on the adventure:
Never skimp on knowledge and constant training, always keep learning. It should also be noted that in this business the most valuable thing is the people and must be cared for, motivated and supported, so that they can develop and deliver the large company results.

Finally you have to feel passion, because it is a trade that does not have days or hours, you have to work hard and stay motivated… and that, only it is only achieved when you love what you do.


Alumni of La Salle-URL Mar González Franco, Microsoft HoloLens’ project researcher

Spanish newspaper ‘El País’ posted last January 10 an article about Mar González Franco, alumni who studied Computer Science and Multimedia Engineering at La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL.

In the article the current project in which González works as a researcher at Microsoft is explained: HoloLens spectacles. HoloLens combine virtual and augmented reality, fields in which the alumni is specialized, and aims to revolutionize the world with its next deployment in Windows 10, to be launched this year.

Windows holographic aims to take out the operating system from the screen to the real world as 3D objects changing the way users and things interact. Thanks to products related to this new technology user will be able to move between video screens that are not on the wall or will be able to draw 3D objects with traditional Microsoft’s Paint program.

In the interview, González talks about her career: after graduating in La Salle-URL (prize for best academic record), she studied a master degree between University of Barcelona and Tsinghua University, the innovative center of China. On her return she began her PhD studies. Later she managed to reach the MIT MediaLab, Boston’s pioneer in new media formats and techniques of expression.

She began to Microsoft as a summer intern in 2013 and after returning to Barcelona for a while she got the call of Zhenyou Zhang, Microsoft innovation leader, to join his team.

Since then González is part of one of the world most important teams specialized in virtual reality and works with other elite professionals to change people live.