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  • At the frontier of Moore’s Law?


    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.

  • Noiseless, vibration-free buildings?


    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.

  • Algorithms to forecast natural disasters?


    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?


    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.

  • Electric airplanes?


    The UPC is researching how the motor that moves an airplane’s ailerons works. The goal is to create safer, cleaner airplanes: the airplanes of the future?

    Miguel Delgado. Department of Electronic Engineering. Motion Control and Industrial Applications Group.

  • Waterpoof and fireproof cardboard?


    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.

  • Simulations to predict phenomena on a nanometric scale?


    Computer simulations allow us to perform virtual tests that cannot be performed experimentally, but can we develop computational models and techniques to predict the behaviour of nanomaterials or proteins? It might not be such a harebrained idea.

    Marino Arroyo. Laboratory of Computational Methods and Numerical Analysis. Department of Applied Mathematics III

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


    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.

  • Satellites to study climate change?


    The European Space Agency launched the SMOS satellite in November 2009. Researchers from the UPC monitor its sensors. The mission, the first to be led by Spain, will enable more precise forecasts regarding climate change.

    Alessandra Monerris. Radiometry Group. Department of Signal Theory and Communications

  • Hydrogen-producing plants?


    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.

  • Recyclable tyres?


    About 3.4 million tonnes of used tyres are generated in Europe each year. Although the material they are made of is not biodegradable, it has certain properties of interest to the scientific community, which is seeking new ways to recycle it.

    Pilar Casas. Department of Chemical Engineering

  • Liquids and solids at the same time?


    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.