Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Short name: UPC
Contact name:  Joaquin del Rio Fernandez
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Brief Description of Organisation:

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. UPC's research, teaching and management projects are based on the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. They also reflect the University's commitment to the environment and to change. With a focus on intellectual rigor, critical thinking, a transversal approach to knowledge, educational innovation and entrepreneurship, the UPC produces competent professionals with the skills they need to tackle present and future challenges. These actions make the UPC—in partnership with the productive fabric—an agent and driver of economic and social change. As a leading member of international networks of excellence, the UPC has a privileged relationship with global scientific and educational organisations. As a result, the University is at an advantage when it comes to attracting international talent. The SARTI team is a research group within the UPC devoted to electronics and instrumentation for marine technologies. The last years, SARTI has been involved in high tech marine instrumentation facilities design and deployment like OBSEA, an underwater cabled observatory. Interoperability experiments at instrument level and at data management level are being carried out. SARTI is an active member of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium), SOSC (Smart Ocean Sensor Consortium) and IEEE, and was participating in the drafting of last communication protocols like "PUCK 1.0 SWG OGC", and "IEEE DRAFT Standard for a Smart Transducer Interface for Sensors and Actuators - Transducer to Microprocessor Communication Protocols and Transducer Electronic Data Sheet (TEDS) Formats". JERICO will benefits from UPC of its background in the full chain of marine related activities. From its technical and scientifical background developping marine instrumentation to the expertisse on building facilities for testing (e.g. Obsea). UPC members experience about developping new standards and its application to marine instrumentation will be a key factor that will contribute to JERICO.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

UPC will contribute to JERICO offering OBSEA seafloor observatory under TNA. UPC will be also involve in WP7 developing SWE tools, and integrating new sensors in a coastal EGIM. UPC will provide engineering support in many tasks related to sensor integration. UPC-Obsea participates as a node in the NWMed supersite.

JERICO-NEXT: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

UPC will contribute to JERICO NEXT under WP7 offering OBSEA seafloor observatory under TNA. 

Contributions to WP5 about data management and data quality control of data acquired in fixed and underwater cabled observatories.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

•NeXOS (FP7 OCEAN 2013.2, GA: 614102). new cost-effective, innovative and compact integrated multifunctional sensor systems

FixO3 (INFRA-2012.1.1.11, GA: 312463), Fixed point Open Ocean Observatory network

JERICO-NEXT GA number: 654410 — JERICO-NEXT — H2020-INFRAIA-2014-2015. Joint European Research Infrastructure network for Coastal Observatory – Novel European eXpertise for coastal observaTories

METEOMET2 (European Metrology Research Programme, researcher grant contract Nº. ENV58-REG1) Metrology for essential climate variables.

EMSODEV — H2020-INFRADEV-2014-2015/H2020-INFRADEV-1-2015-1 Implementation and operation: DEVelopment of instrument module.


Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Calle Jordi Girona 31

08034, Barcelona