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  • Algorithms to forecast natural disasters?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    Is it possible to forecast, two hours in advance, whether there will be flash floods and heavy rain in areas near major rivers? Researchers at the UPC are designing the forecast and alert systems to do so.

    Felipe Quintero. Centre for Applied Research in Hydrometeorology (CRAHI)

  • How do materials react to fire?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    What is a fire lab? What new construction materials are being researched? The UPC is using computer simulation to achieve safer, more sustainable buildings.

    Laia Haurie. Department of Architectural Technology II. Fire Lab. Interdisciplinary Group on Building Science and Technology.

  • Liquids and solids at the same time?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    Disordered systems are found throughout nature, and there is no theory to describe them. How do the molecules of a liquid move as they cool? The UPC is studying the structure of liquids.

    Luis Carlos Pardo. Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering. Materials Characterisation Group.

  • An underground that never breaks down?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    Is it possible to predict mechanical and electrical failures in the motors of Barcelona’s underground? A team of young entrepreneurs has designed an artificial intelligence system to do just that.

    Marc Gispert. Thinking Forward S.L.

  • Can simulating human movement help the disabled?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    Can human movement be analysed to design devices that help people walk? The UPC is working on modelling how the human body moves, with the ultimate aim of designing new orthopaedic devices for the disabled.

    Josep Maria Font. Biomedical Engineering Research Centre. Department of Mechanical Engineering.

  • Noiseless, vibration-free buildings?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    Is it possible to predict the acoustic consequences of structural design in the fields of construction and civil engineering? How are noise and vibrations transmitted?

    Cristina Díaz. Department of Applied Mathematics III. Laboratory of Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis.

  • Waterpoof and fireproof cardboard?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    A new, highly resistant, mouldable, porous material that is both fireproof and waterproof and is made out of recycled paper and cardboard: a glimpse of the future? The UPC has already created it.

    Gabriel Ros and Gustavo García. Biprocel S.L.

  • Bacteria that can cause miscarriages?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    How can a type of bacteria commonly found in wet environments, such as pools, cause a miscarriage? How do pregnant women become infected?

    Gemma Agustí. Department of Optics and Optometry. Environmental and Health MicrobiologyLab – AquaSost.

  • Hydrogen-producing plants?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    Is it possible to obtain hydrogen from a chemical reaction? At the UPC, catalysts containing nanometric particles are being used to obtain hydrogen from renewable fuels.

    Cristian Ledesma. Institute of Energy Technologies. Nanoengineering Research Centre.

  • At the frontier of Moore’s Law?

    Publication: 24/01/2011

    How can a single chip perform trillions of operations per second? Will Moore’s Law hold? The UPC is leading a European project to design the computer memory of the future.

    Shrikanth Ganapathy. Department of Software. Soft Computing Research Group.

  • A virtual assistant to fight tumours?

    Publication: 25/05/2010

    The UPC is designing an intelligent system to provide support for the diagnosis of brain tumours in order to help doctors improve diagnoses in clinical oncology.

    Alfredo Vellido. Department of Software. Soft Computing Research Group.

  • Will mobile coverage problems soon become a thing of the past?

    Publication: 25/05/2010

    The UPC is leading a European project to create the technology of future mobile networks: WiMax and LTE.

    Adrián Agustín. Department of Signal Theory and Communications Signal Processing and Communications Group.