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The University of La Rioja is a public institution of higher education based in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain. Inaugurated during 1992-1993 from various existing schools and colleges, it currently teaches Grades 19 adapted to the European Higher Education, and a varied program of masters, summer courses and courses of Spanish language and culture for foreigners. It has earned the Campus International Excellence for the project "Iberus" presented together with the public universities of Zaragoza, Navarra and Lledia.The campus of the University of La Rioja is located in Logroño. Teaching, research and culture are activities conducted in the roughly 200,000 square meters it covers. The shield of the University of La Rioja is composed of the initials "U" and "R" removed from the calligraphy of emilianenses codices, written and kept in the Monastery of San Millán de la Cogolla, considered 'the cradle of the Spanish' and a Heritage Site.Students enjoy a personalized learning system that has integrated new technologies , with small groups and a personal tutor to guide them during their career, training in languages, computer, communication and management skills, the ability of internships in companies and a cosmopolitan atmosphere that enables hundreds of visits to campuses in Europe, America , Asia and Australia.In 1996, the University of La Rioja was the first campus to create and teach Spanish in the Bachelor of Oenology, according to the tradition of winemaking in the region, while in 1999 it began offering studies in History and Bachelor of Science Music, the first given at a Spanish public campus entirely through the Internet and is now offered by the Bachelor of Science in Labour and much of the master's program and graduate courses.The staff at the University of La Rioja is composed of about 450 members of teaching and research staff and 250 other members of the Administration and Services. The ratio remains at 15 students per teacher. In eighteen years of history, University of La Rioja has taught more than 14,000 students.The UR is part of Group 9 of Universities, which brings together the nine public campuses that are unique in their autonomous region, and Tordesillas Group, a network of Latin American campus has its origins in the First Meeting of Rectors of Universities in Brazil, Spain and Portugal, which was held in June 2000 for the commemoration of 500 years of Brazil, in the Houses of the Treaty in Tordesillas .In 1999 it received the Medal of the Government of La Rioja, in a ceremony in San Millan de la Cogolla . Wikipedia.

Perez-Sobrino P.,University of La Rioja
Journal of Pragmatics | Year: 2014

In this paper I explore the workings of meaning (re)construction strategies in programmatic musical works, where the music stands for a broader extra-musical narration. The analysis of ten fragments of classical and contemporary music involving text and music reveals that conceptual disintegration in connection to metonymy emerges as a crucial tool for meaning (re)construction in programmatic music. This research presents four major contributions to the field. First, this paper holds for the complementariness of networks of conceptual disintegration and metonymic mappings in order to convincingly account for conceptual disintegration as a product (i.e., the multimodal expression) and as a process (i.e., the conceptual operation). Second, concerning the product, this paper provides a theoretical categorization of conceptual disintegration in terms of the "degree of disintegration" and "degree of subsidiarity" between the represented part and the whole conceptual package. Third, concerning the process, this work claims that metonymy arises as powerful analytical tool because it counts on a higher degree of constraint than blends. A view from Conceptual Metonymy Theory allows us to expand the inventory of possible meaning reconstruction processes in multimodal use: metonymic echoing, metaphtonymy, metonymic cueing, source-in-target metonymies and multiple source-in-target metonymies. Fourth, this paper deals with musical and verbomusical examples, largely unexplored in cognitive-linguistic studies. © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

Introduction and objectives This article describes the contribution of the decrease in cardiovascular mortality to the increase in life expectancy at birth in Spain from 1980 to 2009. We explain the demographic factors underlying the decrease in mortality from cardiovascular diseases at older ages and the effect of this decrease on lifespan. Methods The contribution of these decreases to Spanish life expectancy at birth was calculated using decomposition methods for life expectancy. We calculated standardized mortality rates by sex and 3 causes of death (cerebrovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, and other heart disease) for 3 age groups: 65 to 79 years, 80 to 89 years, and ≥90 years. Results From 1980 to 2009, life expectancy at birth in Spain increased by more than 6 years for both sexes. The contribution of the decrease in cardiovascular mortality to the total increase in life expectancy at birth was 63% among women and 53% among men. Among the ≥65-year-old age group, this contribution was 93% among women and 87% among men. Conclusions The decrease in cardiovascular mortality, mainly at older ages, has been the main contributor to increased Spanish life expectancy at birth during the last 3 decades. © 2013 Sociedad Española de Cardiología. Publicado por Elsevier España, SL. Todos los derechos reservados.

Sampedro D.,University of La Rioja
Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics | Year: 2011

The photoprotective role of a family of compounds found in very different organisms is assessed by means of CASPT2//CASSCF computations. The potential use of these compounds in commercial applications in order to effectively dissipate light energy is explored. © the Owner Societies. 2011.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.2.2 | Award Amount: 2.72M | Year: 2013

The aim of this project is the design, development, and deployment of a novel use-case agricultural robot under the scope of Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV), and equipped with several non-invasive sensing technologies to monitor: 1) of grape yield, 2) vegetative growth, 3) Water stress and 4) Grape composition in order to optimize the vineyard management and improve grape composition and wine quality.\n\nThe use of UGVs to monitor vineyard physiological parameters and grape composition has several advantages over simple hand-held devices for manual sampling and over UAV.\n\nUGVs may provide key information regarding vineyard physiology and water stress, grape composition, and pests and diseases incidence much faster than manual solutions and at higher resolution, in a more flexible way, and lower cost than aerial scouting carried out by drones or planes.\n\nThe scope covers the integral monitoring of vineyards, over the entire season, by placing a ground robot along the vineyards (endowed with artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques).\nThe final users will receive updated in mobile application (app).\n\nThe proposed use-case agricultural robots (where key proximal sensing technologies will be implemented) will allow revolutionary and conclusive decision making to optimize vineyard management and to drive agronomical fundamental decisions according to grape yield estimation, plant growth monitoring, water status, and berry composition assessment. UGV proposed will incorporate an integrated system that includes machine vision, thermography and fluorescence-based sensors. Canopy images and data acquisition processes will be executed in real time through customized algorithms to compose specific production maps.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-IEF | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IEF | Award Amount: 230.04K | Year: 2015

In an increasingly saturated space about the Earth, aerospace engineers confront the mathematical problem of accurately predicting the position of Earths artificial satellites. This is required not only for the correct operation of satellites, but also for preserving the integrity of space assets and the services they provide to citizens. Operational satellites are threatened by the possibility of a collision with a defunct satellite, but most probably by the impact with other uncontrolled man-made space objectsall of them commonly called space debris. The present international concern in space situational awareness (SSA) has produced a renewed interest in analytical and semi-analytical theories for the fast and efficient propagation of catalogs of data. Within this framework, it is widely accepted by experts that perturbation theory based on Lie transforms is the most accurate and efficient method to derive semi-analytical propagators. In a semi-analytical approach, the highest frequencies of the motion are filtered analytically via averaging procedures, allowing the numerical integration of the averaged system to proceed with very long step sizes. Then, the short-period terms can be recovered analytically. Another fundamental need in SSA is the efficient management of uncertainties that characterize the motion of orbiting objects. To this aim Taylor differential algebraic (DA) and Taylor model (TM) techniques have been transferred in the last decade from beam physics field to astrodynamics. These techniques, by allowing high order expansions of the flow of the dynamics and rigorous estimate of the associated approximation errors, have shown to be a powerful tool for managing uncertainties both in initial conditions and model parameters. The focus of this project is to merge Lie perturbation theory and DA and TM techniques with the goal of applying the resulting methodology to practical problems in SSA.

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