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.

‘Professors i Ciència’ program from Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera registration now open

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL is participating in the twelfth edition of the program promoted by Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera ‘Professors i Ciència’, which from today opens registration. The training program offers courses to high school science teachers to help them improve their training and expertise, and to promote scientific careers among students.

La Salle-URL contributes with the course ‘Robotics in the classroom: problem solving and learning scientific, technical and social skills, Social STEAM (S2TEAM)’.

The course will present the current state of the industry of the use of robotics in education from the academic and business approach, and resources and methodologies to implement educational and social robotics to serve any curriculum subject will be detailed.

The added value of La Salle Campus Barcelona is that it offers several workshops for schools, providing them with a set of activities, both practical training and guidance, to bring students to engineering, architecture and management and animation fields.In addition, it also gives individual workshops for high school students and vocational training on the same educational areas.

Finally, the structure of sharing spaces with teachers from schools will be explained. This is a course recognized by the Education Department of Generalidat de Catalunya, and will last for 16 hours over three days, on Wednesday 8 and Friday 10 February 2017, from 16 to 20h, and Saturday 11 from 9 to 14h and 15 to 19h.If you want to register you can click here .

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On Saturday, February 20th, robots competition at La Salle

Next Saturday February 20th, robots are returning to the campus of La Salle-URL. From 10 am to 6 pm, there will be two robots competitions: robot competitions VEX Robotics Competition and ClauTIC Cup , where about 150 children and young people participate in different categories competing for various trophies in the two parallel competitions.
In the VEX Robotics Competition, the local competition in Barcelona will have place in the Middle / High School (12-18 years) and University (18-23 years) categories and teams are formed based on alliances and compete in field game balls.
The ClauTIC Cup targets students from 8 to 18 years in this competition confronts the best teams in their league in different challenges of speed and skill in construction.
Moreover, during the day lectures and workshops will be held for all attendees. The first activity of the day will be the exchange of experiences among Clautic members, from 10: 30h to 11h, followed by a talk on 3D printing and Virtual Reality applied to education. In the afternoon, from 15h to 16h, an exchange of experiences by the students from the Clautic Videogames Club will have place, and at the end, the coordinator of Robotics La Salle-URL, Jordi Albó will show a sample of the La Salle’s Robotics projects applied to education.
The event is open to the public who wants to experience the excitement of robots!

Workshop on Robots and children in the therapeutic field in the expo “Human +” at CCCB

Pleo RobotOn November 26th La Salle Campus Barcelona will carry out the workshop “Robots and children in the therapeutic field. Robotics for hospitalized children and children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) “ within the section “Start-ups and Spin offs. University and company “organized by the CCCB in Barcelona as part of the the exhibition “Human +”
The workshop will be offered by professors Jordi Albó and Àlex Barco, from La Salle-URL together with Cecilio Angulo from the UPC and Hospital Sant Joan de Déu presenting two projects.
The first is based on the design, implementation and evaluation of a social skills program for children with ASD, focused on conducting activities with robots. The second aims to create a robot to reduce anxiety and stress in hospitalized children.
In the project on autism, a robot can be used as a facilitator or a social partner that stimulates social skills in a game scenario. Studies show promising results using construction activities and programming with LEGO, where a statistically significant increase in the number of social interactions are noticed. Children with ASD (autism spectrum disorder), given their interest in robotics, can benefit from LEGO robotics to develop social skills in the context of educational and therapeutic programs.
Pleo is a robot pet that aims to provide company and relieve anxiety and stress in hospitalized children and their companions during their stay. In this project, the results have shown that PLEO robots favour the establishment of an interaction that helps children and their families to unwind from a stressful life situation.
The CCCB opens the Beta Space to business initiatives related to universities working in the field of technology or disruptive business models related to some aspects of the project “Human +. The future of our species.” The initiative, which will remain in the CCCB until April 7th, 2016, is hosting projects related to the field of medicine, psychology, augmented reality, food or cosmetics.
The event is free; you can register by clicking here.

La Salle-URL participates in the exhibition + HUMAN of CCCB

més humansThe CCCB opens the exhibition “+ HUMAN: The future of our species,” which can be visited from 6 October 2015 to 10 April 2016. The exhibition is about the future of our species taking into account emerging technologies and cultural and ethical context in which we live. The exhibition emphasizes the limits of being a human being, as the limits of the body, our species, or what is socially and ethically acceptable.
During the exhibition a series of workshops is performed, on which La Salle-URL participates. The first one, “Generate voice through supercomputing,” a workshop to be held on 12 November, focuses on how to generate sounds through technology as our vocal organs would do. Oriol Guasch, Senior Lecturer at the Department of La Salle-URL and Francesc Alías, head of the Engineering Department and coordinator of the Research Group on Media Technologies at La Salle-URL, will explain how from MRIs vocal tract, and solving the required equations, it is possible to generate a lot of sounds as our vocal organs would really do.

The second workshop where La Salle-URL participates will be on 26th of November and will focus on “Robots and children in the therapeutic field.” Two projects will be presented: the robot PLEO, from the Department of Robotics of La Salle Engineering Dept., whose objective is a “robot pet” that alleviates anxiety and stress in hospitalized children, and a program based on design, implementation and evaluation of a program of social skills addressed to children with ASD, focusing on activities carried out with robots, a project of the UPC and the Hospital of St. Joan de Déu.
Finally, on 11 February 2016 there will be “Bits and Atoms: A formalized relationship.” A meeting based on a dialogue between David Miralles, professor of Interaction and Virtual Reality at La Salle Campus Barcelona and member of Media Technology Group at the university, Marc Expósito, Multimedia engineer at La Salle Campus Barcelona and member of Seamless Interaction Group, and Pol Pascual, cofounder of The Curious Link, who will display some technologies that they have developed to illustrate how we can establish points of contact between the digital world (in bits ) and the tangible world (the atoms).

Two professors of Robotics at La Salle-URL participate in a conference on therapeutic robots

cropped-header2 (1)The city of Almere (Netherlands) will host the next 22 and 23 October the 1st International Congress on social robots for therapy and education, “New Friends”. This sector has soared in recent years and Artificial Intelligence begins to separate from fiction to become a potentially useful tool for patients with dementia, autism or people with other disabilities.
Two professors of Robotics at La Salle-URL participate in the Congress, Jordi Albó and Alex Barco, along with other professionals, and will present a study on education for children with special needs. Jordi Albó, part of the organizing committee of the conference, also organizes a workshop on care robots, a project carried out jointly with the Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona. La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL is an official partner.
The event aims to bring the world of robotics to reality and to present the latest developments in the sector. Therefore studies on Artificial Intelligence play a key role at the conference, that turns around the idea of socialization and the function that Robotics can have in disciplines such as health, psychology and education.
To achieve this goal, the conference brings together researchers, professionals, students and programmers from various fields who know Artificial Intelligence and Social Robotics scopes.
To learn more about the conference, click here.
‘New Friends’ also made a promotional video that you can see in this link.

A robotics project of La Salle-URL won the “Best Paper Award” at the 2015 Congress RO-MAN in Japan

Premi robòtica JapóAdso Fernandez and David Miralles, from the Media Technology Group of La Salle Campus Barcelona, ​​Jordi Albó of GRSETAD and the student Roger Boldu have obtained the Best Paper Award of 2015 RO-MAN , one of the congresses of reference on issues of Robotics held in Japan.
The work presented deals with the use of a “VLEO” a virtual dinosaur character capable of interacting with “PLEO”, a social robot also with a dinosaur shape. In addition, the “VLEO” is a virtual agent that improves the quality of interaction between children and robots. The work is part of the project   Patricia, where the use of pet robots is studied to make the stay of children in hospital environments much more bearable (preoperative wards, oncology floors, etc.) and to reduce anxiety and stress.
The experiment was presented at the IEEE  Symposium on robots and interactive communication of humans, which took place from August 31st to September the 4th in Kobe, Japan. The central theme of the conference this year has been the interaction with socially integrated robots. The IEEE RO-MAN 2015 was marked by conferences where speakers and participants had the opportunity to discuss and share their views on new technologies to achieve socially integrated robots, robot design with a real application, the trial of using a robot in a practical field research and social acceptance of a robot.

Dr. Jordi Albó involved in a project in Panama to help autistic children and youth through Lego Robotics

robotlegoDr. Jordi Albó, engineering professor and coordinator of the research group in robotics of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL, recently visited the Ann Sullivan Center of Panama (CASPAN), which started a project to apply the technology known as Lego Robotics in treating autism a few months ago.
Thanks to Albo’s collaboration, the LEGO Foundation donated two robots to CASPAN in order to introduce them into the learning processes of  the center’s children and youth with autism. This technology, which is already applied in the United States and Spain, stimulates everything related to thought construction, creative process and experimentation.
Jordi Albó also participated in a process of personnel training for qualified employees from CASPAN. Thus, the center has established an agreement with the Technological University of Panama, which will send engineering students currently enrolled in robotics as a part of their social work.

La Salle-URL and Pal Robotics bring robotics closer to the young at Cosmocaixa Barcelona

La Salle-URL and Pal Robotics bring robotics closer to the young at Cosmocaixa BarcelonaLa Salle Campus Barcelona-URL robotics professor, Dr. Jordi Albo, participated in four workshops this weekend, which bring children closer to robotics at  CosmoCaixa Barcelona, ​​as a  part of the activities scheduled for the  Santa Eulalia Festivities. A biped robot from the Catalan company Pal Robotics was the main attraction. The humanoid robot called REEM-C was introduced in society this Thursday at an event where one of its creators, Francesco Ferro, explained that it is going to enable the development of new applications that will help to improve the lives of people. In the presentation of the robot (time illustrated in the picture accompanying this post), Dr. Jordi Albó underlined the progress in the field of robotics and stressed the applications of this robot in research but also at a commercial and business level.