Alumni Elena Gimeno Bayés has won the CSCAE logo design contest

We congratulate Elena Gimeno Bayés, a former student of Architecture at La Salle-URL, for being the winner of the CSCAE logo design contest to create the new corporate image of the Superior Council of Colleges of Architects of Spain (CSCAE).

The proposal was developed along with Enrique Pareira, graphic designer and Elena’s partner at V&BA, an architectural design and graphic communication studio. Before submitting the project they worked hard to present a flexible and adaptable proposal. Studio’s aim was to create a common space to offer sensitive and creative solutions to spatial and visual communication problematics. Their idea was to adapt to the needs of customers a clear, direct and precise language. Their first works were mainly in web and graphic communication, while currently beginning to emerge works directly related to the field of architecture.

In this profession projects presented by men are more recognized rather than the ones presented by women, and Elena Gimeno wanted to reflect on this issue. She believes the passion that women architect have about their profession should be spread, since generally the work of male architects is more recognized. Presence of women architects in the educational and professional fields has to be promoted in order to guarantee their representation in nowadays society, she said.

In her interview with the CSCAE she says that to improve the current situation architecture should be brought over society, so employment opportunities could be boosted. She believes that not only the work of the architect should be valued, but also should be communicated what is it for. We wish good luck to Elena Gimeno Bayés, a great architect involved with what she does.

La Salle-URL will pose on how Municipal Museum of Tossa should be

Last weekend students of Architecture of La Salle-URL visited the Municipal Museum of Tossa to provide ideas and solutions to the access problems of the site. Students of the Research Group in Mediterranean Architecture (IAM) are conducting a workshop to raise ideas and solutions to infrastructural problems of the museum that prevent it to be part of the official network of museums of Catalonia.

The objective of the workshop is to make architectural proposals in a high historical and patrimonial content area, with a strong identity, which has been excluded from the register of museums of the Generalitat mainly due to its lack of accessibility. In addition, the workshop also aims to work aspects such as energy efficiency, climate conditions, the tour of the museum, or the technical part of the museum, such as the file room or the workshop.

The Research Group in Mediterranean Architecture of La Salle-URL aim is research and dissemination of architecture in the Mediterranean environment, in the areas of urban planning and building, looking a cross-sectional view in the architectural project.The research group is focused on the study of the characteristic mechanisms of Mediterranean construction, from design criteria, observing for example the principles of implementation to the territory, the use of materials and constructive systems, or the repeated presence of intermediate spaces and climate protection systems.

The workshop began on 17 February in Barcelona with the presentation by teachers, and last weekend the students visited the museum. The results of this work, scheduled to be completed in late March, will be presented at the university and in Tossa.

La Salle-URL prepares its 5th year of work in the Urubamba International Cooperation Project

The Urubamba International Cooperation Project, promoted by Proide Campus from La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL is performed in Sacred Valley, in Cusco Region (Peru). Teachers, students and former students of La Salle Campus-URL participate in this already clearly established project, which enters its fifth year of work this course. One of its objectives is to promote the involvement of students of La Salle Campus Barcelona and Ramon Llull University inviting them to participate in the project, and even become part of the team that travels to the Sacred Valley every July (through final degree project, elective credits or openly collaborating).

The project includes two project lines. On the one hand performances will be held in the town of Urubamba, training teachers and students of the Higher Public Institute of La Salle and the entire educational community of the town of Urubamba. On the other hand, the e-Yachay Project will work in the High Andean educational communities located more than 4000 meters height, introducing new technologies (ICT) to students as mechanism of social inclusion.

Training of teachers and students
La Salle Urubamba Higher Institute of Public Education is a public school that aims to support the education of rural communities in Sacred Valley between 3000 meters and 4500 meters height. The main problem is that most locals speak Quechua and do not understand much Spanish. The language barrier is a limitation for Quechua speaking people to access studies. Teachers and students training of the educational community of Urubamba is done in this centre, providing blended training courses.Last year 7 training courses for students and teachers from La Salle Urubamba were conducted, providing 54 certificates.

Project e-Yachay: ICT introduction in High Andean communities
The word ‘yachay’ means ‘learning’ in Quechua.The e-Yachay Project main goal is to enhance socio-educational inclusive environments through the introduction of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the High Andean educational communities.Last year training activities for students were conducted using ICT as a vehicular tool and faculty staff were trained to give continuity to the activities.
This work aims to increase student’s motivation for schooling, and to achieve an inclusive socialization. Students learning in primary and secondary in these environments is very slow due to various physical and psychological constraints.

Creating a minimum digital learning infrastructure promotes learning, and this project provides mobile devices that are used to perform image and video activities related to different areas of knowledge. This is complemented by the use of computers that allows students to learn how to edit text and images, creating presentations and storaging the collected material.

Educational software that enhances basic skills learning such as mathematics and Spanish language is also installed.Thus students also acquire basic digital skills.

In July 2015, a pilot programme in the rural community of Pampallacta where very satisfactory results were obtained was performed.Students worked in groups and shared the images taken to interact with each other and appreciate the results of peers. Particularly with videos, typical scenes from the Inca culture -environment and family scenes- were captured; photographs of animals and plants of the region were taken with mobile devices again form a valuable documentary source. In 2016 the e-Yachay Project was consolidated, in this 2017 Pampallacta and the goal is to replicate the project in other High Andean educational communities.

3rd edition of the Animation & VFX contest of La Salle-URL

Applications are now open for the Animation & VFX contest of La Salle-URL. Deadline for submitting projects is June 1 at 18:00.

The contest will award the best works of animation and visual effects in three different categories. Each awarded project will receive a grant of 30% in enrolment in the Animation & VFX Degree of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL for the course 2017-2018.

Participants may submit three types of work, and be eligible to win any of the three categories. ‘Design a character’, with any artistic technique (traditional or digital, sculpture or drawing) and applicable to any content (TV series, animation, videogames, advertisement or film); ‘Writing a script synopsis of a film’, 2-3 pages, animation or action of life (live action) with VFX; or ‘Creating a short animation’, with any animation technique.

The works submitted in each category will be evaluated by the jury considering the following criteria: technical quality, creativity and originality, project feasibility and degree of innovation provided.

The jury is chaired by Fèlix Balbàs, director of the Animation Degree of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL. The awards will be announced on June 11 in the b’Ars Festival.

You can take a look at the winning projects of the first two editions: first year winner and second year winner. In addition, you can check a summary of all the works presented the first year and second year.
For registration and further information visit the contest web .

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.