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University of La Rioja

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Logrono, Spain

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.

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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-2012-1 | Award Amount: 1.11M | Year: 2012

This proposal considers the relevance of location-based experiences for education. Edumotion develops a software platform for informal learning, based on field experience. It will lean on content management and location-based distribution, through a combination of existing technologies and specific contributions from the project. The educational community has already demonstrated the potential application of a variety of location-based experiences in the education field such as tour-guides, educational games, field trips or field science. In general, location-based educational experiences offer the potential for interactive, real-time ways of learning, which take place outside the conventional lecture hall, laboratory or classroom. Education through field experience, combines knowledge and real life, learning and interaction, and makes Edumotion a strong asset for significant progress. Edumotion exploits collaborative networking among educational institutions and professionals across the World in order to share contents and activities in a globally available platform. Users will be able to modify, enrich, and complement activities of others users and adapt them to specific level of students and to their specific evaluation criteria. The system is commercially targeting public educational institutions, private schools and companies organizing outdoor and indoor activities where students or other participants have access to a certain educational content adapted to their skills and knowledge. The system allows students to contribute with content generated by them during the activity. Therefore, the user becomes a producer, not only a consumer. With this approach, every user works as a real-time enrichment to the learning experience of the group, not only of him. Through this interaction, the user group becomes a pro-active, inter-related knowledge cell, which will grow faster and with more powerful, the more it is used and populate.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.8.1 | Award Amount: 3.67M | Year: 2012

The objective of INTUITEL is to enhance state-of-the-art e-learning content and Learning Management Systems (LMS) with features that so far have been provided only by human tutors. An INTUITEL-enabled system constitutes an integrated learning environment that configures itself in response to any learner, monitors his/her progress and behaviour, combines these data with pedagogical and methodological knowledge and then by automated reasoning deduces optimal guidance and feedback. The deductive process may include the current learner performance, the daily learning attitude and emotional setting of the learner, personal aspects like gender, culture and age as well as environmental aspects like available communication bandwidth, ambient noise level, screen size and type of access device. INTUITEL therefore will be a step towards a global learning cloud, where personalized technology-enhanced learning is available for any person at any place, with any access device and under any external condition, including mobile learning scenarios. In INTUITEL, learning goals will be defined according to the desired competency, which will be mapped to the available content. At the same time, high flexibility to choose a learning pathway is maintained by offering system driven and learner directed navigation tools, thereby increasing the empowerment of teachers and learners and fostering the acquisition of methodological knowledge. By interpreting the learners responses INTUITEL will automatically determine his/her position in a cognitive model for the particular learning content. The INTUITEL-enabled LMS then plays the role of a pedagogically skilled teacher, transparently guiding the learner towards the required competencies. Particular emphasis will be put on a widespread dissemination of INTUITEL results across the e-learning industry as well as in schools, universities and to other educational key players in collaboration with a major e-learning conference.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.8.1 | Award Amount: 1.01M | Year: 2012

Many studies on the role of ICT as a catalyst to change learning scenarios have failed to grasp relevant developments because they were working on the ground of a given set of technology options and codified learning models. If the areas of implicit, tacit and informal learning are not taken into consideration there is little chance to discover fundamentally new forms of learning through ICT.\n\nThe HOTEL Support Action aims to contribute to more effective, holistic and faster innovation cycles in European TEL, by increasing quality at the level of the cycle itself and of the different phases foreseen, that can be replicated in the future. Taking inspiration from the Deming Cycle model (Plan/Do/Check/Act) the HOTEL project focuses on the design, testing and validation of a new innovation working method for TEL (the HOTEL Innovation Cycle).\n\nThe most important element of impact of the HOTEL project will be:\n-\tto establish a sustainable and replicable working paradigm (the HOTEL Innovation Cycle) to identify new models of learning through ICT, analyse the specific elements of innovation, assess the potential impact at the micro (technology-learning), meso (organizational-learning) and macro-level (policy); present results of the analysis and assessment to a community of innovators, researchers, decision makers; collect the results of field-test and in-depth contextualized proof-of-concept activities;\n-\tset up three Learning Exploratorium Labs (one in higher education, one in a corporate setting, one within an international professional network focused on eLearning quality) where the Innovation Cycle can be tested and validated and that will represent a contribution to the European Inovation Partnership for TEL.\n\nThe focus of the support action is on adult learners and the ways they use or might use ICT to learn as a structured and fully organized activity, but also as a side effect of work and personal development in many fields.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: FTIPilot-01-2016 | Award Amount: 2.13M | Year: 2016

The wine industry is strategically for Europe, both economically and socially speaking. Its competitive position in the global market depends on the long-term reputation of its wines, which needs many years to be built but can be lost quickly with a poor wine. The risk of losing reputation is high when repeatability cannot be granted, which happens ever more in the vineyards where manual data sampling is meager due to unaffordable costs. Therefore, our aim is to industrialize, demonstrate, and take as first ones to market an innovative expert field monitoring system (decision support system) embedded in a small-size and cost-efficient robot for the vineyard, which will be the follow-up of the successful EU-funded project VineRobot (TRL6/7). In order to ensure commercial success, we will optimize both the external design and the internal electronics, as well as industrialize the navigation and mapping software for top performance, protection, and user friendliness. For this we count on an industry-driven consortium, targeting one of the largest agricultural sectors in Europe, with a strong business plan and the support of a large number of committed industry leaders and end-users, ensuring a rapid market deployment. Market penetration will be boosted by the SMEs already active in the robotics and viticulture sectors, reinforced by strategic tradeshows and international conferences. As a result, we target a cumulative turnover of 33 Million in five years yielding 10.9 Million of industrial benefits, reaching a market adoption of 5% which will provide service to 54,540 ha of EU vineyard area. In addition, VineScout technology will attract young farmers to rural areas, which is becoming crucial for the sustainability of the sector since current farming population is near retirement age. The practical adoption of robotics in agriculture will create employment, in part with the advent of new industries related to ICT, precision management, and data interpretation.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN | Award Amount: 2.54M | Year: 2015

ProteinConjugates is an inter- and multi-disciplinary network for the education of talented young scientists who will learn how to rationally design and construct the next generation of chemically-defined and innovative protein drug-conjugates for the targeted treatment of serious conditions such as cancer or rheumatoid arthritis. A complementary interaction between academy and pharmaceutical industry is at the centre of such a network, which involves 8 academic groups and 1 SME partner as beneficiaries, and 2 leading European industrial partner organizations that will host secondments while providing training. The combined expertise of the beneficiaries and industrial partners in synthesis of complex molecules, molecular dynamics, supramolecular self-assembly, site-selective chemical protein modification, protein/antibody engineering, cancer therapeutics and drug development together with the experience in project management and training of PhDs and Postdocs of the PIs, will create a multidisciplinary environment where 10 young researchers can foster their knowledge and skills while developing the most innovative ideas in the emerging fields of chemical site-selective protein modification and protein biotherapeutics. Exposure to the highly dynamic and multidisciplinary ProteinConjugates environment will contribute to the education of the next generation of leaders in the emerging field of protein biotherapeutics, a key area of research and drug development for Europes competitiveness.


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Agency: European Commission | 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.


Patent
University of La Rioja | Date: 2014-05-21

The invention relates to a feeding carriage for a compressor machine of the type having an upper filling end through which a particulate material which is to be compressed in a mold of the compressor machine is introduced, and a lower discharging end for discharging said particulate material towards said mold. At least some of the elements forming said feeding carriage can move with respect to one another, which thereby allows modifying the geometry of at least one of said lower discharging end, said upper filling end and an intermediate portion of the supply carriage located between both ends. The invention also relates to the use of such a feeding carriage comprising the initial steps of determining optimum carriage geometry for a particulate material which is to be compressed and applying said optimum carriage geometry to the feeding carriage.


Patent
University of La Rioja | Date: 2015-12-02

The invention relates to a feeding carriage for a compressor machine of the type having an upper filling end through which a particulate material which is to be compressed in a mold of the compressor machine is introduced, and a lower discharging end for discharging said particulate material towards said mold. At least some of the elements forming said feeding carriage can move with respect to one another, which thereby allows modifying the geometry of at least one of said lower discharging end, said upper filling end and an intermediate portion of the supply carriage located between both ends. The invention also relates to the use of such a feeding carriage comprising the initial steps of determining optimum carriage geometry for a particulate material which is to be compressed and applying said optimum carriage geometry to the feeding carriage.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | 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.


Grant
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.44M | Year: 2011

The aim of the MoDeM_IVM project is to develop a new, interactive, web-based Decision Support System (DSS) for integrated management of the vineyard. The SME participants are strongly confident that the project results will improve their competitiveness in a very important and highly profitable market (i.e., grapevine in EU27), because of: i) the DSS is highly innovative and focused to solve practical problems; ii) end-users will draw clear economic and environmental advantages; iii) the EU policies will determine a huge increase of the Internet use in agricultural areas in coming years. The project has 8 partners (3 SMEs and 5 RTD performers) settled in four EU countries; other countries and end-users are involved in some project activities. The project has 8 Work Packages. RTD is mainly in charge to RTD performers but involves also the SMEs. Research is mainly addressed to: i) develop and integrate in a single system automatic sensors and hand-held devices for monitoring all the vineyard components (WP1); ii) develop mathematical models for the key aspects of the vineyard management (WP2); iii) define the best options for managing the vineyard according to the Integrated Production and bring these options into practical guidelines (WP2); iv) optimise decision making based on a cost-benefit analysis that also considers environmental impacts (WP3); v) develop the web-based DSS that: receives real-time input data from the vineyard; uses data for calculating optimised decision supports; shows the decision supports in a clear way (WP4). Dissemination activities (WP5) will be targeted to end users (validation of the DSS in commercial vineyards and seminars), and to the scientific world (international congress, publications and a web-site). Training for the SME staff is aimed at facilitating the take up of results (WP6). Management of the project activities, knowledge, IPR and exploitation of the results by the SMEs have a specific WP (WP7).

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