Telecommuting experiences workshop at RedIRIS

RedIRIS, the Spanish academic and research network that provides advanced communication services to the scientific community and national universities, organizes several workshops about Telecommuting experiences due to the Coronavirus home confinement.

The /rdlab will share his platforms and services to provide worldwide access for researchers.

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Quantifying the non-reported new daily COVID-2019 cases by region in Spain

In 2016 a method for analysing under reported data was developed by Fernández-Fontelo, Cabaña, Puig and Moriña (2016): Under-reported data analysis with INAR?hidden Markov chains, Statistics in Medicine.

The method allows an accurate estimation of the number of un-registered cases, with several applications in public health, such as the number of cases of Human Papiloma Virus, botulism and even the number of victims of domestic violence.

We are now using the same methodology, which is briefly summarized in an upcoming report to update the situation concerning COVID-19 frequently, and particularly quantify the potential under-reporting in the official registered cases by region in Spain.

Results herein can help to have a more realistic picture of the pandemic at a real time as well as to more accurately estimate essential measures such as the basic reproduction number or the fatality rate that are used by practitioners and policy makers to take actions. Figure below shows the situation of underreporting in Madrid Community and Catalonia as of March 25th.

eHealth Eurocampus project awarded “Bonne Practique” by Erasmus+

The UPC Computer Science Department participates in the eHealth Eurocampus project. This initiative supports the development of innovative teaching material and activities that will improve the relevance and quality of higher education in the field of eHealth by adapting curricula to labour market needs, while providing students with skills of entrepreneurship through innovative and learner-centred methods.

Moreover, one of the main goals of the project is to create an original eHealth teaching-learning space where university professors, students, researchers, and clinicians will be able to share their experiences and knowledge with the aim of improving the skills of graduates with the aim of improving their employability.

The European project platform Erasmus+ awarded the eHealth Eurocampus project with the highest mark among all contestants on 2016. Upon project ending, presenting the final report and evaluation, the project was granted the seal of “Bonne practique”.

For more information, check here.

/rdlab 2010-2020

On 2020, the Research and Development Lab commemorates its 10th anniversary as research IT support center. As a part of this 10 years remembrance, we have renewed our corporate image and logo, designed a new website and defined a new strategy for the forthcoming years.

/rdlab “Engaged with your research” is not just an empty motto. It is our clear compromise with our researchers, with the Computer Science department and with the UPC.

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Project from PADS group (ALBCOM) earns Special Mention at 12è premi de valorització de la recerca.

The jury of 12è premi de valorització de la recerca grants a Special mention to the project Data Science Techniques for non-technical loss detection in energy consumption from professor Josep Carmona, from Process and Data Science (PADS) Group – ALBCOM.

The project, developed for Naturgy (formerly Gas Natural Fenosa) tackels the problem of non technical loss (NTL) in energy distribution (gas and electricity).

The aim of this collaboration is to develop techniques, methodologies and applications in order to change the way the enterprise faces NTL detection in gas and electricity consumption. This has meant the design and architecture of a data model, adapting techniques of academical data science to a reality of raw data, and adding techniques to allow Naturgy personnel to understand the results, simplifying and optimizing its search.

The jury has assessed it for being and project which offers a technological solution that can have a good market trajectory, scalable, monetizable, with high economical and social impact to sector enterprises, and with the possibility of a quick growth.

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Marie Ely Piceno awarded Best Student Paper at IEEE CBMS 2019

At the 32nd IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems – IEEE CBMS 2019, which took place at Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba, the PhD student of our department Marie Ely Piceno has been awarded the “Best Student Paper Award” for the paper she presented there, entitled “Hierarchical Visualization of Co-Ocurrence Patterns on Diagnostic Data”.

The paper has as co-authors José Luis Balcázar (her supervisor) and Laura Rodríguez-Navas.

Mathematics and Computational Sciences at the UPC lead the Leiden 2019 ranking at European level

They share the podium’s first place with Imperial College London. This ranking measures the academic impact and the level of scientific collaboration from the analysis bibliometric indicators.

The Leiden ranking aims to facilitate a careful measurement of the academic impact of universities and their level of scientific collaboration based on the analysis of a series of bibliometric indicators. The field of action is research. Specifically, the UPC is located in the ‘top 50’ of the world (at 44th place) and 1st in Europe in volume of publications in the field of the #Mathematics and the Computation Sciences.

Information 2019 Edition

Congratulations to the entire UPC mathematical community and also to the Computer Sciences one!

Other editions and more information about the Leiden Ranking

The ViRVIG Research Group at the Fira del coneixement, Berga 9-10 April 2019

The ViRVIG Research Group will be at the Fira del coneixement the next 9-10 of April.

The purpose of La fira del coneixement is to publicize key projects related to the science and technology of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and other research centers. This year, they will deal with very different topics, from virtual reality, materials, planetary missions, to sustainability issues. It is about increasing the interest of young people, and society in general, by these matters, fostering the spirit of learning based on research, and stimulating scientific vocations, demonstrating that science is at the reach of everyone and that strives to approach society.

[UPDATED] HPC queue service update

UPDATE: The SGE queue service will be definitely unavailable on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019.

Over the next months, our High-Performance-Computing system queue will be upgraded. Our SGE/OGE system will be replaced with the Slurm queue system.

This month, a testing platform based on Slurm + Ubuntu 18.04LTS will be available in order to let users adapt their executions providing the same queue restrictions.

Do not hesitate in contacting rdlab for further information.