La Salle-URL commitment to internationalization of its programs and new methodology Learning by Challenge

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL presents in the Catalan education fair ‘Saló de l’Ensenyament 2017’ its training offer for 2017-18, which highlights internationalization increasing its offer in studies 100% in English and the addition of two three-year new degrees in Computer Science and Multimedia.

For the academic year 2017-18 one of the most important programs is the new Degree in Computer Engineering 100% in English. This is the only degree program in Barcelona that will provide the needed knowledge and skills to cope with the new demands of the international computer industry and global economy, and will include two stages that will bring real international experience of global culture and economy. La Salle also offers the possibility of studying other programs in English, as in the case of Degrees in Architecture, Animation & VFX and Management of Business and Technology, where students can choose to study entirely in English from the beginning.

The other big news for next year is a double degree that combines the Degree in Computer Engineering -entirely in English- with the Degree in Management of Business and Technology. This will allow to get in 5.5 years both official degrees and have a global training in the two main fields of projected growth. The aim of this initiative is to provide businesses people with a unique professional profile to facilitate their rapid incorporation into the workplace. Degree in Management of Business and Technology can also be taken independently.

La Salle undergraduate range of courses that will be presented at the Education Fair ‘Saló de l’Ensenyament’ is completed with two degrees in Architecture and Construction, a Degree in Animation & VFX -which will reach its third edition the upcoming course-, as well as a total of seven engineering degrees, among them Degree in Multimedia Engineering (Videogames mention) -which celebrates 20 years since its creation-, Degree in Electronic Engineering (Robotics mention), as well as other degrees in the fields of Computer Science, Telematics, Telecommunications, ICT and Audio-visual.

A new methodology: Learning by Challenge

La Salle-URL applies an innovative new methodology, Learning by Challenge, which enables students to acquire skills and knowledge through solving real challenges posed by companies, institutions or organizations with an interdisciplinary approach, cross-cutting interlinked areas and thus facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology. The idea is that students of La Salle can be able to be innovative, creative and implement solutions to real problems.

Innovation and technology, La Salle’s DNA

Technology, innovation, entrepreneurship and internationality are the basic elements that define the DNA of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL. The university trains students to lead the change in a global world. The vast majority of students now entering the university will probably work in a profession that doesn’t exist yet and for companies that have not yet been created. At La Salle their skills in these areas will be enhanced so they can take on the challenges of tomorrow with guarantees of success.

La Salle-URL makes a commitment to technology, which is present not only in the technological programs such as the ones in Management in Business or ICT, but also to all the other degrees. New technologies are the engine of change and La Salle-URL prepares students to work with the latest technologies, and to create and develop the technologies of tomorrow.

La Salle also promotes the development of innovation for the creation of new business projects through La Salle Technova Barcelona, the innovation park on campus offering start-up accelerator and incubator services whose can benefit all students. In 2016 La Salle Technova Barcelona was among the Top 10 of European accelerators by the European Accelerator Report.

 

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

Elisabet Golobardes reflects on the origins and impact of artificial intelligence at the 12×12 Congress

La Salle-URL’s Prof. Dr. Elisabet Golobardes opened the ‘12×12 Congress‘ with a keynote on artificial intelligence which pretended to reflect on how this area that generates abysmal changes in technology can also participate in social developments.

In her speech she traced back to the origins of this area at the beginning of the decade, with the advent of increasingly powerful computers. The need for artificial intelligence arising out of comes from the impossibility of treating large volumes of data generated by this new generation of computers.

Therefore it was needed to create an entity with the ability to process huge amounts of information, and this would change the technological paradigm of the moment. This need created the artificial intelligence.

With the creation of this area, data processing became something real, and since then it is a very important part not only of technology but of society in general. Then, if data and derived are essential in the technological world, what social and moral pitfalls there are for its development? On the one hand, we must ensure professional ethical codes and on the other also consider other infrastructures, as the social and economic impact and permanent change in labor relations.

Thus, Golobardes opened the conference by making a reflection on the role of artificial intelligence since appeared as a root need for technological development to this day, as it can play a key role in how society advances.

 

La Salle Universities launches the 7th edition of its international competition for pre-university students 

The universities of La Salle in Europe celebrate this year the 7th edition of LSdreams, a competition geared towards pre-university students of La Salle centers between 16 and 20 years old. Its main objective is to encourage the inclusion of ethical values in the development of research projects to improve their social environment.

LSdreams seeks to convey to students a number of values inherent in La Salle such as teamwork, innovation, creativity and problem solving. At the same time, it wants to promote the creation of vocations in the areas of knowledge that projects must be developed: Engineering, Architecture, Business Management, Health and Earth and Life Sciences, an added category in the previous edition that gave a very good result.

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Students who wish to participate need to focus their project on improving their immediate environment and get organized into groups of three. Each of these groups will be supervised by a tutor from its center to guide them and help in the process.

In order to enhance the collaborative and international dimension of competition, also it is given the opportunity to participate in the form LSdreams joint project, which offers the option of cooperation between two teams from two different schools, from the same or different country. This type of collaboration will be taken into account in the final decision of the jury, where the best project in each of the five categories mentioned will be decided.

The winners in each category, along with his tutor, will present their project in the campus of UniLaSalle Beauvais, during a four-day trip to Paris-Beauvais (11, 12, 13 and May 14), in which they will also have the opportunity to visit the cultural wonders of the city. There will also be a Special LSdreams Award for the project that the jury consider the best among presented. This prize is an iPad mini for each member of the winning team and its tutor.

La Salle shows university life to youngsters during the University Demoweek, from 17 to 19 January 2017

La Salle University Demoweek is a week (January 17-19) when La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL organizes a range of workshops and free lectures for students (high school and vocational training), schools and teachers, so they can be in touch with reality of university studies and thus have tools to help them choose their pathway to university.

The workshops will be held for the following areas: Architecture, Engineering, Animation & VFX and Management, and will allow young people to have a clear idea of how they can be trained at La Salle throughout their university life. Attendees will learn these areas through workshops in the following fields: digital entrepreneurship, animation and visual effects, pet robots and artificial intelligence, how to produce a video game, Radiolab, Apps Inventor to create an application for Android, the tightrope walker robot, building a LEGO Mindstorms robot and ethical hackers. In addition, there will be specific discussions about why to study a degree in one of these four areas, and conferences to develop skills for the future on issues such as the maker movement (why to do physical things in the digital era), how to develop a business based on an idea and the new professions in which we will work in 15 years.

Looking ahead to teachers, there will be specific sessions where new methodologies applied to training will be explained. One of these will talk about gamification, and will be a workshop where resources and practical models on different innovative teaching methods that can be entered easily to increase student motivation will be provided. Another will be on STEAM classroom methodology, analyzing the difficulties encountered in schools to incorporate important advances in robotic platforms and to develop interdisciplinary projects, proposing practical solutions and seeing success stories and educational guidelines. The last workshop for teachers will focus on design thinking in education, an approach of innovation focused on the human being that will help students to think of new and different way.

You can consult all the information and register here

Telematics’ students from La Salle-URL support Cisco to create the network of the NBA

Five telematics’ students from La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL have been selected by Cisco Systems to support the basketball game between FC Barcelona and Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA Global Games Barcelona, the pre-season for the American team.

Students who have been selected are Guillermo Dobao, Pol Samarra, Jordi Cid, Giselle Salas and Judit Boixader, and will deal with the installation and maintenance of the network infrastructure that the NBA set at Palau Sant Jordi, where the game took place on October 4. Through this network the NBA serves its own staff, equipment, press, referees and markers, and allows connection to the NBA headquarters in the US to access real time data and statistics.

Students have been chosen after presenting to a call from the Cisco Networking Academy, where they had to write a letter of motivation to participate in this event, explain some of their best projects and mention their language skills. One of the most valuable points in the selection process was the fact of having completed or be enrolled at certifications CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) and CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) by Cisco Systems, highly valued certifications currently in the labour market. All students in Telematics’ Engineering of La Salle course it.

After the selection process, students received instructions on how to develop their activities during these days. They have begun to support the NBA in this collaboration with Cisco and may continue to do so until the day of the match.

 

The Drawit project finalist for the Innovation by Design Awards 2016

The prestigious competition Innovation by Design Awards organized by the Fast Company selected from more than 1700 projects those proposing innovative and disruptive to current business problems. One of the finalists in the category for students is Drawit, by Marc Expósito and Professor David Miralles, developed in the research Group in Media Technologies La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL within the area Seamless Interaction.

With Drawit, starting from a blank sheet in a tablet, the user is able to draw the objects which wants to interact with, and adapt them to his needs. For example, you can draw a lamp and a switch and move the action to the real world, ie with pictures of objects you can operate them in reality. Drawit aims to create a seamless interaction and has the will to transcend the screen to reinterpret the relationship between objects and people in order to achieve a more human and direct through visual language, leaving aside the usual interfaces and interaction functionalities.

Drawit, a Drawable User Interface from Marc Exposito on Vimeo.

Drawit has positioned itself among the finalists in an edition with more participants and categories than ever, and has earned a place in the next edition of the company magazine. The emphasis will be placed in the features and benefits of Drawit, giving an impact internationally. Drawit was also awarded in May in the 3rd edition of the international competition “Dream it. Code it. Win it” by the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York.

In addition, two former students of La Salle-URL, Judith Amores from Multimedia and Xavier Benavides from Electronic Engineering, along with other members of his teamwho are currently at MIT in Boston have also achieved a position of finalists in the same category with the project PsychicVR. His work allows to control the virtual environment through the power of concentration. That translates into a telekinetic, levitating or X-ray for the user, which through its concentration can interact with the virtual world that surrounds him and interact with him breaking the barriers of reality experience. With this project, the alumni will also see their work published in the magazine Fast Company and share experience with Drawit and the other finalists.