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The ICFO and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute create a joint laboratory The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) and the Sant Joan de Déu Research Institute have created a new joint laboratory that focuses on advancing the use and development of photonic technologies to understand, diagnose, monitor and treat paediatric diseases. The alliance seeks to provide innovations that improve the quality of life of children with severe pathologies and is made possible thanks to the support of the Joan Ribas Araquistain Foundation, the Cellex Foundation and the Torró Solidari RAC1 by Torrons Vicens. Sep 23, 2020 11:03 AM
The president of the Government of Catalonia will open the 2020–2021 academic year at the UPC on 30 September, on the occasion of the University’s 50th anniversary The opening ceremony of the new academic year at the UPC will take place on 30 September at noon. The ceremony will be chaired by Joaquim Torra, the president of the Government of Catalonia, and broadcast live and open on the UPC’s YouTube channel. Sep 22, 2020 03:34 PM
The UPC approves a range of additional measures to ensure a safe start to the new academic year These additional measures complement the measures set out by the Governing Council on 2 July on the reopening stage of the lockdown easing plan and have been approved by the Standing Committee of the Governing Council at an online meeting on 8 September. Sep 17, 2020 10:47 AM
UPC students can now pick up their masks at the University libraries Students can now pick up their UPC masks at the University libraries by showing their UPC card or the proof of enrolment on their mobile phone. These reusable masks are made from quality fabric and have been validated by the UPC’s INTEXTER. Sep 10, 2020 01:55 PM
Message from the rector, Francesc Torres, to UPC students on the occasion of the new academic year One step away from welcoming the new academic year, the rector of the UPC, Francesc Torres, explains that safety measures are being updated to safely start academic activities on a video aimed at students and published on the University’s YouTube channel. He also reminds that, although the 2020-2021 academic year is expected to be unusual, the UPC will continue to prioritise face-to-face teaching, especially for first-year students, practicals, workshops and laboratories. Sep 10, 2020 12:53 PM
The BSC and the Hospital Clínic will use artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the evolution of COVID-19 patients They will create an AI model based on information from more than 3,000 clinical reports generated by the Hospital Clínic during the acute phase of the pandemic. The project, promoted by the Spanish government, is open to the collaboration of more hospitals. Sep 10, 2020 10:58 AM
Statements regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) This page contains the main statements, updates, instructions and resources published by the UPC on the coronavirus health emergency and on the plan for ending the lockdown Sep 07, 2020 12:55 PM
Two UPC cutting-edge research projects selected under the MIT-Spain ”la Caixa” programme Quantifying vegetation response to climate change with statistical models and studying atmospheric electricity using small uncrewed aerial vehicles. These two projects involving UPC researchers have been selected under the third MIT-Spain ”la Caixa” Foundation Seed Fund, an initiative to foster knowledge and cutting-edge research between Spanish universities and research centres and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. Sep 03, 2020 12:01 PM
New forms of cell division that are caused by protein waves discovered Researchers from the UPC’s Department of Physics and the University of Potsdam, Germany, have discovered a new form of cell division that is caused by protein waves in the framework of an international collaboration project. This discovery opens the way for new applications in synthetic biology and may serve as a paradigm for implementing a self-organised proliferation strategy in artificial cells. Sep 03, 2020 11:34 AM
Two UPC nanosatellites in orbit to study polar regions and provide Earth observation images by using artificial intelligence Two small satellites created at the UPC’s Nanosat Lab have travelled to space from Kourou, French Guiana, on 2 September (at 3.51 a.m. on 3 September Spanish time) to carry out the FSSCat mission, which received the ESA Sentinel Small Satellite (S^3) Challenge award in 2017. The main objective of the mission is to monitor polar ice and soil moisture while testing intersatellite communication systems in order to create a future network of federated satellites. The ɸ-sat-1 technology demonstrator is also on board, it is ESA’s first artificial intelligence in space and it will filter out images of the Earth that are not suitable for use because of cloud cover. Sep 03, 2020 09:30 AM
Apps may detect a maximum of 10% COVID-19 infections, according to a study by the UPC’s BIOCOM-SC group A study conducted by the UPC’s Computational Biology and Complex Systems Group (BIOCOM-SC) reveals that Bluetooth-based apps are able to detect a maximum of 10% of infections. The study reports that apps could help detect some cases but they are under no circumstances the main tool for fighting the virus. According to the research team, primary attention and public health services are the most suitable to trace the potentially infected contacts that a person has had after testing positive for COVID-19 by conducting direct interviews. Jul 31, 2020 12:41 PM
The UPC among the best Spanish universities in Engineering according to the Ranking CYD The UPC is the top university in Spain in Informatics, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, and it is ranked as one of the three best Spanish universities in Electrical, Chemical and Materials Engineering according to the Ranking CYD, which also highlights knowledge transfer results in five engineering areas. Jul 20, 2020 02:16 PM
Rector's statement posted on 15 July 2020 Coinciding with the closing of the academic year, the Rector of the UPC, Francesc Torres, has thanked the response to the profound challenge posed by COVID-19 in a new video statement addressed to the university community published on 15 July 2020 on YouTube. Jul 15, 2020 03:15 PM
The UPC, the 36th best young university in the world in the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking In the 2021 edition of the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking, which lists the world’s best universities under 50, the UPC is ranked 36th in the world. The University climbs two positions among European universities to the 11th place. It also remains the 3rd best young Spanish university and the top Spanish technical university. Jul 09, 2020 10:18 AM
The UPC has planned the start of the 2020–2021 academic year and has approved a range of initiatives to adapt activities to new needs The Governing Council of the UPC has approved a document that specifies a face-to-face teaching model that is also flexible and hybrid for the first semester of the upcoming academic year, depending on the demands of the pandemic and the requirements of studies. The UPC will prioritise first-year undergraduate students and mainly face-to-face academic activities, such as laboratory activities, clinical and field practicals and some assessments. In total, it will invest an extra amount of 1.5 million euros to prepare the academic setting for the upcoming academic year. Jul 09, 2020 09:57 AM
A UPC research group and the company B. Braun investigate new inactivation strategies against SARS-CoV-2 virus through modified nanoparticles and activation of heat nanosources The research group Innovation in Materials and Molecular Engineering - Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies (IMEM) of the UPC will investigate, in collaboration with B. Braun, the detection, blocking and elimination of the SARS-CoV-2 virus using modified nanoparticles and activation of nanosources of heat. To carry out the research, the Joliot-Curie supercomputer at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in Paris, France will be used. Jun 26, 2020 12:44 PM
Novel photonic platform capable of producing quantum walks of structured photons in 2D A team of researchers from the UPC’s Department of Physics, the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (Italy) and the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) have discovered a novel photonic platform, capable of producing quantum walks of structured photons in two spatial dimensions and exhibiting a quantum Hall effect. Jun 26, 2020 12:24 PM
The UPC participates in the new spin-off Smart Tower, a service for monitoring transmission towers remotely and autonomously The UPC’s new spin-off Smart Tower, led by the researcher Lluís Gil, provides remote and autonomous monitoring of transmission towers. The technology-based startup has received the support of The Collider, the Mobile World Capital Barcelona innovation programme that connects scientific and entrepreneurial talent to create technology-based startups. Jun 22, 2020 12:06 PM
The UPC’s Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics studies ocean noise pollution in Antarctica The UPC’s Laboratory of Applied Bioacoustics (LAB) is leading a scientific expedition to Antarctica to deploy permanent acoustic sensors for monitoring the effects of climate change and human activities on polar ecosystems. Jun 22, 2020 11:48 AM
A robotic wheelchair helps to improve the physical condition of people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy How can care robotics help patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)? This inherited neuromuscular disorder affects one in 3,500 children worldwide. It causes the progressive loss of muscle function and therefore leads to progressive disability. Despite advances in treatment, patients have an average life expectancy of 35 years and already need an electric wheelchair in their teens. Jun 17, 2020 11:45 AM
The UPC, 1st in Spain and among the world’s top 100 in SDG Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure The UPC is ranked among the world’s best universities in its commitment to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to the 2020 THE Impact Rankings. It stands out specifically in SDG 7, Affordable and Clean Energy (27th in the world) and SDG 9, Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, in which it is ranked 1st in Spain and among the world’s top 100 (84th). It achieves a high score in these goals and in SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. Jun 16, 2020 09:16 AM
Online information sessions on master’s degrees UPC schools have scheduled online information sessions to discuss and answer questions about master’s degrees in engineering, architecture, sciences and technology. Jun 03, 2020 12:50 PM
Rector's statement posted on 3 June 2020 The Rector of the UPC, Francesc Torres, has said in a new video statement addressed to the university community that face-to-face teaching will be resumed gradually and that students will be able to begin work placements from 8 June onwards. The coming academic year is being planned with face-to-face activity. In addition, bachelor's and master's degree students are being consulted regarding the exceptional distance teaching during this past term. Answers can be submitted until 7 June. Jun 03, 2020 10:18 AM
During the state of alarm the UPC will not suspend student rights in the event of non-payment of enrolment fees or add any late payment charges Students may submit a reasoned request to delay payment of outstanding enrolment fees, which will be responded to considering the reasons stated. Car parking charges and Sports Service fees are suspended during the period of lockdown. Jun 02, 2020 10:35 AM
UPC researchers create an app to monitor outings with children during the lockdown The Data Management Group (DAMA-UPC) of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the spin-off Sparsity have developed the app SafeWalkNearby to help to monitor the distance and the duration of outings with children under 14 to public spaces during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. May 29, 2020 09:52 AM
ATENEA Exams launched AteneaExams is the UPC’s tool for non-face-to-face exams during lockdown. May 25, 2020 11:54 AM
UPC’s plan for ending the lockdown approved The UPC's Governing Council on 14 May has approved the plan for ending the lockdown and progressively reinstating face-to-face activities on UPC campuses. The four-stage plan will be adapted to the evolution of the pandemic and health authorities’ advice. From 19 June, all UPC campuses are in the stage of Resuming Normality. In this stage, the measures and instructions for Stage 3 are in force at the moment and work is being done to define action plans for this new scenario. May 19, 2020 11:57 AM
The UPC enters stage 1 of the lockdown ending All UPC campuses and the campuses of the other universities in Catalonia will be able to carry out those activities provided for in stage 1 of the plan for ending the lockdown from 18 May, according to the ministerial decree published on 16 May by the Ministry of Health. Activities continue to be carried out remotely in general terms, and access must be requested beforehand and is restricted to critical services and some research activities and scientific and technical services with restrictions on access and capacity. May 18, 2020 01:30 PM
Technological cooperation at the UPC to fight COVID-19 Low-cost ventilators, ICT technology to manage the spread of the pandemic, a campaign to collect tablets and mobile phones for isolated patients in hospitals... The UPC is providing 145,000 euros in funding to support 20 local- and international-scale cooperation projects to tackle the COVID-19 health emergency. May 13, 2020 11:45 AM
The percentage of COVID-19 cases diagnosed in Spain rises to nearly 10% of the population infected A multidisciplinary research group of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Germans Trias i Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) has analysed the diagnostic delay between the development of symptoms of COVID-19 and the registration of a positive case in ten countries in the European Union. From this they have been able to calculate the percentage of cases that each country is capable of detecting with respect to the total number of infections and to give a more accurate figure for the real number of cases of COVID-19. May 11, 2020 10:14 AM