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Researchers from the DNOLL research group convert the bass chords of a song by the group 'Queen' into an image
Cristina Masoller, Pablo Amil, Donatus Halpaap and Jordi Tiana-Alsina are researchers from the UPC Physics Department at the Terrassa Campus. The team of researchers have detected audio signals at a distance, without listening to the emitter, and have converted them into images using laser light. The experiment, which was performed by recording the first bass chords of the song 'Another one bites the dust' by the British group 'Queen', has been published in the magazine 'Optics Express'. The method has been baptized with the name 'Best Pixel' and has had the collaboration of Italian scientists from the Università degli studi di Catania.
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New strategies for the control of spacecraft propelled by solar radiation
The student Xun Duan supervised by professors Josep Masdemont, Gerard Gomez and Xiaokui Yue defends his PhD thesis on the study of the movement of a spaceship equipped with a solar sail around artificially created libration points and orbits.
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Sergi Mas-Pujol defends his thesis on the management of imbalances between demand and air capacity using deep learning techniques
Sergi Mas-Pujol defended his thesis co-supervised by Dra. Esther Salamí and Dr. Enric Pastor on May 12, 2023 at the Baix Llobregat Campus. Entitled "Deep Learning techniques for Demand-Capacity Balancing", the thesis studies the use of artificial intelligence techniques to improve the detection of air regulations and how to smooth traffic in periods of high demand, proposing different models that have takes into account the needs of the main parties involved (network management entity and airlines) and a reinforcement learning model based on the use of images.
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Important results published on a molecular mechanism that causes a type of serious cardiac arrhythmia
Blas Echebarria and Enric Àlvarez, researchers in the Physics department of the research group in Computational Biology and Complex Systems (BIOCOM-SC), together with researchers from the Heart Rate Analysis and Control (ANCORA) research group at the UPC, and other international scientists have identified one of the molecular mechanisms responsible for cardiac alternation. This is an alteration of the heart rhythm that facilitates the induction of ventricular fibrillation, a potentially lethal type of arrhythmia. This discovery, published in the journal Circulation Research (AHA Jounals), opens the door to new pharmacological treatments.
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Analysis of the last two centuries of rainfall records in Andalusia for the detection of possible changes caused by global warming
As a result of a collaboration with researchers from the University of Córdoba, M. Carmen Casas and Raúl Rodríguez have evaluated the quality of the rainfall data of Andalusia available since 1870, long before the first modern meteorological stations were put into operation, and have analyzed the different rainfall patterns in the region in pursuit of the detection of possible changes caused by global warming
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Qi Liu defends his thesis on GNSS-based Global Ionospheric Maps: real-time combination, time resolution and applications on space weather monitoring
Qi Liu telematically defended his thesis supervised by Professor Manuel Hernández-Pajares on April 14, 2022, entitled "GNSS-based Global Ionospheric Maps: real-time combination, time resolution and applications on space weather monitoring”. The thesis focuses on GIMs including the combination of Global Ionospheric Maps (GIMs) from different centers in real-time, evaluation of real-time GIMs, investigation of the impact of temporal resolution on GIMs, and applications of GIMs on new indices about spatial-temporal components of the VTEC gradient as well as ionospheric storm-scale.
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Researchers from the Department of Physics analyze the data regarding covid-19 daily
A team of researchers from the Computational Biology and Complex Systems research group (BIOCOM- SC) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and the Center for Comparative Medicine and Bioimatge (CMCiB) of the Germans Trias and Pujol Research Institute (IGTP ), prepare a daily report by the European Commission and by the ECDC with the predictions of new cases of covid-19 to about 50 countries.
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Understanding the oldest stars in the Milky Way
A study led by UPC/IEEC has determined for the first time the mass and radius of one of the oldest stars in our Galaxy, allowing to validate the theoretical relationship between the mass and radius for this class of stars. Alberto Rebassa, a physics professor from our department in the group Astronomy and Astrophysics, has led the study.
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Arjuna Castrillon has defended her doctoral dissertation on the physics of planetary nebulae
Arjuna Castrillon defended her thesis, co-directed by DFIS professors Jordi José and Domingo García-Senz on May 12, 2021 by teleconference. The thesis, entitled "Study of the physical properties of collided regions in planetary nebulae", presents an analysis of the morphology of microstructures present in planetary nebulae, as well as simulations of the motions of a star in the protoplanetary nebula phase.
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Clara Prats and Martí Català of the BIOCOM-SC research group study the effect of tuberculosis on human evolution
A new multidisciplinary study, with a team from the Physics Department of the UPC and the IGTP-CMCiB, uses mathematical modeling to provide new information on how the origin of tuberculosis has affected population growth and female resistance to infection. The study, published in Scientific Reports, describes mechanisms through which tuberculosis infection has contributed to shaping human society as we know it.
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