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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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.

 

‘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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A group of students of Management of Business and Technology win the competition ‘Innovate or Die’

A team of students from La Salle-URL wins the “Innovate or Die” contest, a Finish competition of innovation in which 120 university students worked in teams to generate creative solutions to real challenges posed by companies.

Pau Fernández, David del Cerro, Paulina Molinari and Federica Ferrazano are the students in first grade of Bachelor Degree in Management Business and Technology that have won the competition against six teams that competed in the same challenge: a marketing campaign for Benetton.

This competition was held for 24 hours on October 27 and 28. At the beginning of the day, the participating companies Blue BBVA, Benetton Fragrances, CETT Group and Pyrum, proposed its challenges, and the teams had to devise solutions with the support of a group of Finnish entrepreneurs from Team Academy, and mentors. At the end of the meeting young people presented their projects to business representatives. The team of students from La Salle raised the best solution for Benetton with a marketing plan that combined public relations, sale point and event. Therefore, it was the team selected by the company and received a prize of 1000 €.

In addition, before the event youth participants were trained in Teamlabs where they learned the basic principles of design thinking, idea generation tools, leadership and prototyping, issues that are already enhanced from the Bachelor Degree they are studying in La Salle.

Our winning team has explained the project in a video, you can watch it here .

The “Innovate or Die” initiative in Barcelona is organized by Inti, a company formed by 18 young entrepreneurs who have learned an innovative Finnish methodology, Team Academy, that is not based on classes or teachers, but on the “learning by doing” principles and teamwork. The original idea was born in Jyväskylä, Finland in 2013 by a team of entrepreneurs in the Timiiakatemia University. Three years later, the event has been held in 3 different countries and with the premiere in Barcelona a total of four cities have already hosted it.

OWASP X Spain Chapter Meeting congress on cybersecurity in La Salle-URL 

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL will host the OWASP tenth congress on cybersecurity  on 17 November. The lectures, which will begin at 9 am and will be held in the Auditorium Hall of the Building Sant Josep, will be presented by Jaume Abella Fuentes, coordinator of the Master in Cybersecurity La Salle-URL and Vicente Aguilera Diaz, President of OWASP and Partner and Director of the Audit Internet Security Auditors department.

The central part of the conference will be to provide an overview on security in cyberspace. To do this, it will feature industry speakers that will provide strategies and lines of defense to sharpen security in web development. The best tools and processes for rapid development and secure applications will be displayed, to avoid potential data leaks.

La Salle and OWASP, once again, made available to all attendees a 50% Scholarship Talent in any of the master programs MCS (Master in Cybersecurity), MDPA (Master in App Design and Programming) and MBD (Master in Big Data).

If you want to join the event, click here.

La Salle-URL participates in a succesful first edition of the Barcelona World Games

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL has participated in the first edition of the Barcelona World Games, which has closed its doors with more than 120,000 visitors.

The showroom, organized by the Spanish Association of Video Games (AEVI) and Fira de Barcelona, has achieved its goal of becoming a benchmark in Spain. The number of participants has exceeded expectations, which set an attendance of 100,000 people, 70 titles exposed and over 1,000 games available to try on premises.

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The Barcelona World Games showroom at Montjuïc venue

The showroom has had various areas, an exhibition area where videogame brands have announced their upcoming releases; an Arena space with live competitions with some of the top professional players; a leisure outdoors to enjoy street food, relaxation and break time proposals related to manga culture, DJs and musical performances; exclusive activities for professionals, conferences and workshops.

The stand of La Salle-URL was informing all interested audience in pursuing careers related multimedia world, videogames and animation, as well as organizing a conference on how to create your first videogame. Alun Thomas, professor at the Multimedia Engineering Degree of La Salle and expert in videogames was responsible for delivering the speech “Zombies! How to learn to make your first videogame” that managed to captivate listeners with all guidelines to turn ideas into a real game.

In addition, visitors were able to learn some of the most recognized characters in the world of videogames as the voice of Super Mario, Tekken’s creator or the director of Final Fantasy, as well as having the opportunity to attend more than 30 conferences intended for lovers of multimedia world.

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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.