Two major projects were started 5 years ago from La Salle Campus Barcelona. On the one hand the project Urubamba proper, objective focuses on enhancing the training of teachers and students from the town of Urubamba by the Institute of Public La Salle. Other e-Yachay project created to promote socio inclusive environments through the introduction of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in education high Andean communities.
Thanks to the experience and the experiences acquired during the period 2012 to 2017 and the actions taken this year has been included as a new visual education. The Center Vision and Audiology (with Rafel Saragossa at the top), an optical Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, is working to bring everything you need to analyze the vision children and adults providing optometric solutions to problems such as myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, farsightedness (presbyopia), binoculars and accommodative problems (like the 3D vision rating of strabismus) and color vision. In areas located at high altitudes ultraviolet radiation can cause various visual problems to which they provide preventive measures such as using solar goggles. The vision of the students is a crucial issue that directly affects their learning. A high percentage of the gaps in student learning comes through vision problems not detected or corrected.
Additionally, this action will be complemented by training, basic objective of our project: development education. Also give instructions through various talks, to achieve efficient visual ergonomics, given the importance of eye health at work and in everyday educational issues. So far there are different organizations that have turned the project. The generous collaboration of Sant Joan de Vilatorrada (Manresa town near Barcelona) has allowed more than 300 glasses collected for the project. The small town of Villarrubia de los Ojos (Ciudad Real, Castilla-La Mancha) has collected more than 200 units. The collection from La Salle Campus Barcelona we reached to date more than 600 glasses to give students and educational communities of Urubamba altonadinas next. A successful collaboration solidarity.
Although this project has the recognition and financial support of the UNESCO Chair of Ramon Llull University in Barcelona. Without their support it would not be possible to implement such initiatives.
La Salle Technova is leading the entire process of technology transfer based on their experience and of Barcelona as a city with 22 @. This project consolidates La Salle as a reference in the creation of innovative urban ecosystems where architecture, engineering (Internet of Things and Smart Cities) and innovation are valued.
The delegation visited Park Start Ups linked to industry 4.0 and city management, participated in a Workshop on proposals of 22 @ applied to the case of the SaSang Industrial Complex and have held work meetings to work In areas such as measures to install infrastructures such as car parks and parks, urban management based on IOT, the current situation of industry 4.0 in Barcelona and intelligent technology applied to the manufacturing sector.
During the visit, meetings with representatives of Casa Asia have also been held and a tour of the 22 @ and a meeting with some companies such as Indra and Ros Roca.
The contest is open in three categories and rewards with a 30% scholarship in the enrollment to the Degree of Animation of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL of the course from 2017 to 2018 in each one of them.
Participants could submit three types of work, and choose to win in any of the three categories, but only in one of them: design of a character, technique (traditional or digital, sculpture or drawing) and applicable to any content (TV series, animation, video game, advertisement or movie); Write a screenplay synopsis of a film, between 2-3 pages; Or creating a short animation with any animation technique.
The jury, formed by Felix Balbas, director of the degree in Animation & VFX of La Salle-URL, teachers in assets and professionals of the sector, took into account criteria such as technical quality, creativity and originality, viability of the project and degree of innovation Is contributed to evaluate the 31 papers presented.
In the animation category, we received 14 animations of many different techniques from flip animation, stop motion in 3D, all of them showing great creativity. The prize went to Alba Serrano. The jury wanted to emphasize that “it shows a great sensitivity in the staging of a fantasy idea putting much care in its execution and details like the color and the soundtrack”.
Aimed at both consumers and professionals. The living space will increase in the second year and will be attended by leading industry brands as well as strengthening the biggest video game event in Spain and positioning itself as one of the benchmark events worldwide. The Hall will be the venue where fans can enjoy Spanish first major developments in the sector
And in this second edition of one of the most important is the celebration of the first BGW GAME JAM, in collaboration with La Salle-URL as technology sponsor. The Game Jam is designed as a competition between universities to create the best original video game for 30 hours straight. Participants can look for solutions to problems and challenges, improve their knowledge of game development, teamwork, expand its portfolio, etc. Participants can be of different profiles involved in designing a game.
Inscribed individually -in September- media organization and help create teams that have developer (programmer), artist (concepts and technical) and designer (gameplay levels, history, etc.). During the Game Jam participants will have the help of teachers, mentors and professionals who can help in the creation. The Game Jam will begin on October 6 at 10 am with the announcement of the theme of the game to make and end on Saturday at 17h with the public presentation of each work and the awards to the winners. The awards are divided into several categories: best game, most original, best artistic concept, technology innovation award and a special prize.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.