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.

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.

 

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.

Closing ceremony for the 50th Anniversary celebrations of La Salle Telecommunications studies as the first in Catalonia

On the 8th November, La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL closed the commemoration of the 50 years of the start of the first Telecommunication studies in Catalonia in 1965 with an institutional event at Cosmocaixa attended by more than 300 people, authorities and representants of the academic, profesional and business worlds, such as the Rector of Ramon Llull University, Dr. Josep Maria Garrell, Josep Pallarés, Director General of Universities of the Generalitat de Catalunya; as well as the former presidents of the Generalitat Artur Mas and José Montilla; Jaume Giró, Director General of “la Caixa” Bank Foundation and main collaborator of the event; authorities such as the Mayor of Lleida, Àngel Ros and Jaume Ciurana,  Deputy Delegate of Presidency and General Services at the Diputació de Barcelona; Consulates, Presidents of Associations and Chartered Institutes, General Managers and Presidents of companyies and academic authorities.

The event was conducted by the physicist and scientific broadcaster Dani Jiménez, who carried out various experiments through the event. It began with some words by the President of the Fundació Privada Universitat i Tecnología La Salle, Brother Josep Guiteras, who thanked the work and effort of all the people who made posible the creation and evolution of the Telecommunication studies, as well as those people who 50 years ago “promoted a renewal and pedagogical innovation with a way of educating and connecting with the needs of the environment and that recent history has proved was the right thing to do”.

After going through some of the most important events of the last 50 years, Maria Pilar Torné, member of the board of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL, underlined that at La Salle “we were pioneers in the creation of new university studies that were ahead of their time, to train the new professionals that society and the business world demanded but also in the creation of a Campus that makes us unique and different”, underlining that these professionals coming out of the classrooms are also different “creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, capable of facing challenges and solving problems, without fear of change, and above of all, professionals with values”.

Josep M. Santos, Director General of La Salle-URL, also dedicated some words to remembering the past, but centered his speech on the future of the institution, “a future full of challenges, opportunities and changes”. Among these challenges, Santos pointed out the new ways of communication and relation, the new ways of creation, a global world where everything is connected and with digital transformation as a priority, as well as a social challenge of making the most of the knowledge and talent of the digital natives. And facing these opportunities, the Director General of La Salle spoke of the elements that make La Salle prepared to take them on, thank you to a cocktail of innovative talent, high level research and proximity with the business world via transference projects. All this will become tangible with the creation of BITLaSalle, Barcelona Institute of Technology, an innovative ecosystem that will put these actors in contact and that La Salle-URL will present publicly at the beginning of 2017.

Josep Pallarés, Director General of Universities of the Generalitat de Catalunya, focused on La Salle’s pioneer role in building a country fond of technology. The Rector of URL, Josep Maria Garrell mentioned that “URL and its 10 federal institutions, among which La Salle is founding member, has more than 19.000 students (15% from outside Spain), generates more than 2.000 highly qualified jobs, and new knowledge through research, transferring results to society, and 75.000 university graduates in the last 25 years. We believe this has great value for our country”. Finally, the Provincial Visitor of La Salle ARLEP región district, Brother Jesús Miguel Zamora, offered the closing speech of the 50th Anniversary.

During the year of celebration of these studies different events had place: two of the fathers of internet, Paul Mockapetris, inventor of DNS and Vinton Cerf, Vicepresident of Google, were invested doctor honoris causa by Ramon Llull University at the request of La Salle, becoming part of the Faculty; an event for Alumni “Now in the Future”; an exhibition and a retrospective book.

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.

 

La Salle-URL participates in BAXI’s smart clothing collection connecting with household heating/cooling systems

HVAC systems company BAXI has developed The BAXI Project, the first collection of smart clothing that will connect people with home devices to achieve the optimal ultra personalized climatic comfort.

The research Group on Media Technologies team (GTM) of La Salle-URL, formed by Marc Aragonès, Ferran Orga, Marcos Hervas and Rosa Ma Alsina, has participated in the project with the BAXI R&D team to get the target. Specifically, it has developed a wearable for a piece of clothing capable of measuring the body temperature of the wearer and send this information to the home devices that control the temperature.

The designer Modesto Lomba has been the creator of The BAXI Project collection designs, which also featured model Martina Klein in its presentation in Madrid on September 14 in The Mood Project.

The technological solution provided by GTM researchers is a wearable consisting of a set of sensors distributed at selected points to measure body temperature. Two of the sensors are placed on the sleeves to collect peripheral temperature, and two in the armpits, monitoring the core body temperature. In addition, one measures humidity, decisive parameter for the thermal sensation. By a microcontroller, all data is collected and synchronized to be sent to a mobile application that stores data in the cloud, while allowing consultation and processing.

All data captured by the garment and transmitted to the application are analyzed to determine the relationship between the central and peripheral temperature and draw comfort conclusions at all times that the measurement is made.

baxi

This technological application will be used to monitor the temperature of each family member, the state of comfort and even receive notifications in specific cases such as fever, hypothermia or other health-related warnings. With the data obtained will be possible to transmit all the information to the device which regulates the household heating/cooling systems (thermostat or air conditioning application) to adjust the temperature at all times.

Vinton Cerf, father of the Internet and Vice President of Google, invested as Doctor Honoris Causa by Ramon Llull University

Vinton Gray Cerf, PhD in computer science and global Vice President of Google, considered one of the fathers of the Internet, has been sworn this June as Doctor Honoris Causa by the Ramon Llull University (URL), a proposal from the Higher Technical School of Electronic and Computer Engineering La Salle-URL on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Telecommunications studies in Catalonia. Cerf, who now joins the faculty of La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL, is considered one of the greatest inventors still alive. His contributions to the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web put him at the head of a whole digital revolution that has transformed commerce, communication and entertainment on the world scene.

Cerf has made a speech in which he set Internet value as a design example, noting that “virtualization of almost everything gives entrepreneurs the freedom to try new ideas with few fixed costs, to advance the vanguard of technology and encourage experimentation that before would have represented an unthinkable investment of time and money”. In this regard, Cerf has advised that “in Silicon Valley failures are a sign of experience and I hope that in Spain it will also be like that, where innovation and entrepreneurship should become the key to improve the economy of all citizens”.

Google’s Vice President also explained that “design has an established purpose and objectives, seeks to satisfy a utility and, in many cases, some aesthetic aspirations to delight senses, but also adapt to restrictions”. Cerf recalled that, at the time along with Robert Kahn, worked in the “network of networks”, and applied already some of these restrictions and principles that significantly influenced the design of protocols and architecture that today make up the Internet. One of these was the option of stratification and concealment of information “which has enabled Internet expansion in scale, incorporating new transmission technologies and supporting an abundance of new applications and protocols, one of which is the World Wide Web, which has become a crucial component of the Internet infrastructure“.

Cerf also talked about issues such as WiFi network which was very important at the time and wondered if we could say the same of other initiatives around the world such as smart cities. “So far it indicates that much remains to exhaust all possibilities offered by the Internet to find new ways of implementation of networks. As we explore the named Internet of Things, we will open new prospects for applications based on groups of programmable and interconnected devices that we will have at home, at work, in the car or on top of us”.

And on other developments, Vinton Cerf has made clear that “although it is abused, the term large data or Big Data is important, but not only in the field of serial large temporary measure amounts, but also data on our DNA, and on bacteria and viruses that live within our body”. This type of information can be analysed and extracted to reflect on health, resource consumption, global warming response, etc. “The most important of continuous data collection is that we can establish baseline parameters and, from here, detect deviations from the norm”.

Andreu Veà, Digital Champion for Spain (European Commission), made the gloss of Vinton Cerf’s merits, reviewing his personal and professional history and stressing that “Cerf has been dedicated to work and to solve problems that most of us peers hadn’t even raised”. Veà has also highlighted some phrases uttered by Cerf, like “I think the most important feature of the Internet is that it is agnostic in terms of transportation”, allowing anyone’s to try anything, so permission is not needed. Veà concluded that “extraordinary things happen, and clearly having persuaded everyone with passion and diplomacy to connect all incompatible computers in the world using TCP/IP is really extraordinary and unprecedented”.

In his speech, the rector of the URL, Josep M Garrell, stated that “it is now indisputable that thanks to new technologies, our life has been transformed. Now it is necessary to devote efforts to reflect on the uses and abuses”. Internet, Garrell said, is a “system in which we all must contribute to its future. And in this work, figures such as Cerf should generate us a sense of tranquillity” In this sense, the rector added that when “visionaries like him in his field continue to provide reflection on the evolution of technology and revolution in its use is when we can be sure we are in good hands, and that the future will take us towards a society educated in new technologies that will put the individual and, thus, humanism, at the centre of development“.

 

Two-sided conversation with Vinton Cerf, father of the Internet and Vice President of Google, and Andreu Veà, Digital Champion for Spain at the European Commission

The best way to predict the future is to invent it! (Alan Kay), under this title, on Monday June 20 will be held at La Salle-URL a two-sided conversation between Vinton Cerf, “father of the Internet” and Vice President of Google, and Andreu Veà, Digital Champion for Spain at the European Commission. Vinton Cerf is ahead of its time, a visionary person who imagines and helps create the future. Along with Andreu Veà they will talk about the past and envision a future that for many is already present, debating what the new transformation toward which we are heading is.

Vinton Cerf has been widely recognized as the “father” of the Internet for his continued work as a researcher and for his leadership of the community of this network of networks in its difficult years of development. It is one of the leading members of the group of pioneers who devoted their efforts to the conception of the architecture and all the TCP/IP protocols on which has been built the Internet.  In forefront and ahead of its time, a 72 years old Cerf positions itself on other issues, such as not understanding the claim of “right to forget” on the Internet, since it considers that faces the “right to know” and makes no sense technically; also he believes that the current television days are numbered and that television industry has to stop seeing the Internet as a threat when it really is a great opportunity.

He claims that all inhabitants of the planet should be able to be connected on the network, since they could to benefit all things; and in a book published recently co-authored by Cerf with David Nordfors, “Disrupting Unemployment” it is proposed to use technology and innovation to create jobs and improve job satisfaction of employees, and want to demonstrate that technology does not increase unemployment.

Currently Cerf imagines the world in 3015. He is focused on the momentum of what will be the next step in the network with Internet of Things and the creation of an interplanetary network, “InterPlanetNet” for extending the Internet into outer space.

The event, entirely in English, will be at 12 am at the Campus Conference Hall (c/ Lluçanés 43) RSVP at secretariatecnica@salleurl.edu. The next day Vinton Cerf will be invested Honoris Causa by the URL at the request of La Salle.

 

La Salle Campus Barcelona – URL offers new double degrees and presents them at the Education Fair in Barcelona 2016

La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL will present its programmes for the academic year 2016-2017 at the Education Fair 2016, among which the creation of three new double degrees, combining engineering and business management. Today it is imperative to transfer technology to the requirements of the business world. A new management models is necessary, as it makes no sense to understand management without technological innovation. Aware of this requirement, La Salle-URL offers three dual degree programs which allow students to obtain two official university degrees in 5 ½ years. These degrees combine technological engineering education with business training and enable to identify business opportunities in the field of ICT and undertake innovative technology-based initiatives.

These new degrees are: Degree in Computer Engineering + Degree in Management of Business and Technology; Degree in Telecommunication Systems Engineering + Degree in Management of Business and Technology and Degree in IT Management + Degree in Management of Business and Technology. The finality of this initiative is to provide companies with people with a very unique professional profile for their fast incorporation into the workplace. There will also be information about the Degree in Animation & VFX, launched by La Salle-URL for the first time in this academic year with a full group, and with very high demand for the second year.

In addition, La Salle-URL provides a total of 8 Engineering programmes, all with 100% employability of students once they have completed their studies, and in many cases even earlier. These grades are Computer Engineering, Telematics Engineering, Telecommunication Systems Engineering, Electronics Engineering degree in Telecommunications (with a mention in Robotics from the previous year), Audiovisual Engineering, Engineering in the IT Management and Multimedia Engineering (mention in Video games).

In the field of Architecture, La Salle-URL offers a Degree in Architecture Studies and a Degree in Technical Architecture and Construction. The training offer is completed in the area of ​​business with the Degree in Management of Business and Technology.

La Salle-URL celebrates its 50th anniversary with a retrospective exhibition on Telecommunications

EXPOSICIÓ 50 ANYSLa Salle Campus Barcelona-URL presents the 50 years commemorative exhibition of La Salle’s Telecommunications studies, which will open its doors on November 18th. The exhibition offers a retrospective view of the evolution of Telecommunications through a selection of instruments that over the years have been used professionally in the sector. These devices are divided into six lines of study: Electronic Instrumentation; Sound & Vision; Computers; Radio, Telephone and Mobile; Data Transmission and Internet, and Data Storage.
Within the exhibition, the devices will be distributed by category in order to be seen organized in the six different groups on the sides of the room. In the centre there will be a place to see old documents, such as publications and notes of the School, and it will be possible to take a virtual tour in 3D of La Salle Campus Salle-URL present campus.
The exhibition will have 110 pieces and provides the opportunity to see from the first Z80 computers produced and used in the school through to projects developed by students and teachers. The variety of devices enables to trace back the history of Telecommunications through the most representative ones of each era.
The Doctor of Computer Science and Information, Paul V. Mockapetris who, by request of La Salle, will be awarded with an honorary doctorate by URL that morning, will lead the opening of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be open in the Aula Magna of the Campus (C/Lluçanés 43) until the 30th of June. The visits will have to be arranged in advance through the following mail aniversari@salleurl.edu