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  1. The UPC ranks higher in the 2019 Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking

    The UPC climbs six positions, so that it now ranks 81st in Europe and 1st among technical universities in Spain in the 2019 Europe’s Most Innovative Universities ranking drawn up by Reuters. The ranking lists the top 100 European universities that...
  2. The analysis of a meteorite reveals secrets about the birth of the solar system

    The study has been carried out by an international team of cosmochemists and astrophysicists, including researcher Jordi José, from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and the Department of Physics of the Universitat Politècnica de...
  3. Researchers have identified a plastic crystal that could be used as an eco-friendly coolant in refrigerators and air conditioners

    In a joint research project, researchers from the UPC’s Department of Physics, the University of Cambridge and the University of Barcelona have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrocarbons (HCs),...
  4. The CIMNE, technological partner in the REALQUIRUR project

    The International Centre for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE) is participating in a project promoted by the J. Torrent Institute at the El Pilar Hospital to apply augmented reality in open liver surgery.
  5. A new study shows that chimpanzee gestural communication and human language follow the same linguistic patterns

    The researcher Ramon Ferrer, from the Relational Algorithmics, Complexity and Learnability Laboratory (LARCA) at the UPC, participated with foreign researchers in a study on linguistic laws in chimpanzees’ gestural communication. The study revealed...
  6. A thesis on Paulista Avenue in the Brazilian city of São Paulo was awarded the Manuel de Solà-Morales European Prize in the field of urbanism

    The architect Renata Priore Lima, a professor at the Architecture and Urbanism College of São Paulo (Brazil), received the Manuel de Solà-Morales European Prize in urbanism in its second edition for her doctoral thesis “Plugin: interfaces urbanas en...
  7. The UPC’s scientific knowledge in emerging areas in ICT, just one click away

    The recerTIC UPC tool compiles scientific output on 5G, computer security, embedded systems, machine learning, smart sensors, bioinformatics, data science and engineering, IoT, robotics and vehicle-to-everything.
  8. A study led by the UPC and the IEEC has determined the mass and radius of one of the oldest stars in our galaxy for the first time

    A study led by the researcher Alberto Rebassa-Mansergas, from the UPC and the IEEC, has determined the mass and radius of one of the oldest stars in our galaxy for the first time and validated the theoretical mass-radius relations for such stars....
  9. Some piezoelectric materials may be ‘fakes’

    A team of researchers has discovered that the most widespread technique for characterising piezoelectric properties—the ability of some materials to generate electricity when subjected to mechanical stress—can yield ‘false positives’ due to...
  10. Researchers from BASF, the ALBA Synchrotron and the UPC propose a methodology to increase the strength of concrete

    Researchers from the UPC, the ALBA Synchrotron and the chemical company BASF have established how clays and superplasticisers interact in cement pastes using synchrotron light. These results pave the way for improving the design of new...
  11. The BSC-CNS will apply to host one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe

    The Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) will present its candidacy to host one of the pre-exascale supercomputers—with a peak velocity of 200 petaflops/s—that will be operational in the European Union at the...
  12. Researchers from the Department of Physics analyse rainfall records in Catalonia since 1855

    María del Carmen Casas, Raúl Rodríguez and Alba Llabrés are collaborating with the Meteorological Service of Catalonia and the University of Barcelona (UB) to assess the quality of rainfall data in Catalonia since 1855. Rainfall data are essential...
  13. The UPC-EETAC hosts the IATA Drones Innovation Weekend

    On 30-31 March, the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aeroespace Engineering (EETAC) hosts the IATA Drones Innovation Weekend, where its participants will develop a proof-of-concept for the safe operation and business impact of drones...
  14. The UPC in Terrassa is leading the creation of new technologies for industrial wastewater treatment and reuse

    INTEXTER and the MCIA research group, both of which belong to the UPC and are located on the Terrassa Campus, launched the ELDE project with the aim of creating new technologies for wastewater treatment and reuse in the paper, chemical and leather...
  15. UNITE!, the UPC’s bid for a benchmark European technological university

    The UPC and six European partners (the Instituto Superior Técnico, the Grenoble Institute of Technology, the Politecnico di Torino, TU Darmstadt, the Royal Institute of Technology and Aalto University) have submitted a proposal called UNITE! in the...
  16. The UPC, among the world’s top 30 universities in Civil and Structural Engineering and Architecture and Built Environment

    The UPC ranks among the world’s top 100 universities in the subjects Civil and Structural Engineering (23rd), Architecture and Built Environment (29th), Art and Design, Telecommunications, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and Mechanical,...
  17. The mechanical engineer Evert Hoek was awarded an honorary doctorate by the UPC

    On 6 March the UPC conferred an honorary doctoral degree on the engineer and rock mechanics expert Evert Hoek, an outstanding figure in the field of mining engineering worldwide. The award, approved by the UPC Governing Council on 21 June 2018, was...
  18. Artificial intelligence will improve quality of life for Alzheimer's patients

    The UPC is coordinating the European eHealth research project CaregiversPRO-MMD, in which a virtual health platform has been created to support people with Alzheimer's disease, their caregivers and health professionals.
  19. The UPC once again at the Mobile World Congress

    Several biotechnology and 5G projects backed by the UPC, as well as a number of spin-offs from the University, were presented at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) event, which took place in Barcelona between 25 and 28...
  20. The motility of a unicellular aquatic organism could inspire new robotic crawlers

    A team of researchers led by professor and researcher Marino Arroyo, from the UPC and the IBEC, discovered Euglena cells’ ability to crawl remarkably fast in narrow spaces. These unicellular organisms live in water and perform harmoniously...
  21. The UPC continues promoting technology-based companies by backing six new spin-offs

    In the last few months, the UPC has launched and partnered with six new spin-offs, namely: Elem Biotech, Mitiga Solutions, NearbyComputing (these three with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación as a shareholder),...
  22. A student at the UPC’s Barcelona School of Telecommunications has discovered the first resolved triple white dwarf system ever reported

    While doing his bachelor’s thesis, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) student Martí Perpinyà found the first resolved triple white dwarf system, based on data from the Gaia spacecraft. This is the first triple system of...
  23. An international project to share and reuse cancer data at a global level

    Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC) is coordinating the EUCANCan project, which will foster the reuse of genomic oncology data to improve biomedical research. The project, which was launched in Barcelona on 11...
  24. The EIT Innovation Community in Urban Mobility is presented in Brussels

    On 24 January the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) presented in Brussels the EIT Innovation Community in Urban Mobility, headquartered in Barcelona, with the UPC as one of its technology partners.
  25. Mohanad Harba: "Studying at the UPC is an excellent opportunity for my career."

    Mohanad Harba is one of the 18 young refugees from Lebanon who have resumed their studies in Catalan universities in the 2018-2019 academic year thanks to the host programme for refugee students of the Generalitat of Catalonia, with the support of...
  26. Margaret Hamilton: “I have learned to always ask myself why and to foresee the unexpected”

    The experience of programming the software that allowed the Apollo 11 mission to land on the Moon 50 years ago “was at least as exciting as the events surrounding the mission.” This is how systems engineer Margaret Hamilton described her experience...
  27. The UPC libraries redesign Bibliotècnica

    The new version of Bibliotècnica and the UPC libraries’ websites was launched on 14 January. The design follows that of the UPC’s institutional website, is more visual and intuitive, and is responsive to mobile devices.
  28. The WOMEN-UP project launches a MOOC on eHealth applied to female urinary incontinence

    The Female Urinary Incontinence and eHealth MOOC is a free online course on urinary incontinence in women and on the techniques and technologies available to enhance the effectiveness of medical treatments (eHealth). It will be available online from...
  29. The UPC participates in a European trial of a treatment to reduce mortality of cardiogenic shock

    The EURO SHOCK trial includes the main cardiovascular hospitals in nine European countries. The UPC is participating in the project with CardioSense, a device that provides an early cardiovascular diagnosis in less than 60 seconds. Over 400 patients...
  30. The UPC’s Maritime Engineering Laboratory develops a system to protect beaches from erosion and flooding

    The UPC’s Maritime Engineering Laboratory (LIM) is testing a project at the Maritime Research and Experimentation Channel to determine the feasibility of adapting sand-filled geotextile bags for use on beaches.