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How translation and language sciences are adapting to technology, central theme for the new edition of "360upf" magazine
The 12th edition of the University's digital magazine includes reports on the 30th anniversary of the Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences and the UPF's INNOValora programme which is designed to encourage knowledge transfer. Alongside many other features it includes interviews with UPF rector, Laia de Nadal; sociologist Raewyn Connell, who was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by the University; Laia Angrill, a UPF alumni who works on a family farm, and Paloma Rodiles, a UPF student who has created a streaming platform for journalists.
The UPF Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and it does so in the midst of a technological storm. This has been brought about mainly by the Artificial Intelligence (AI) revolution and the emergence of applications such as ChatGPT, which are based on natural language technology.
For this reason the 12th edition of 360upf magazine dedicates a substantial proportion of its contents to this topic, with a review of thirty years' of the Faculty's growth and evolution, both in terms of research as well as teaching; an analysis of the past, present and future of translation and languages sciences, and a collection of reflections about AI in the world of education from the perspective of various different disciplines.
The Community section gives us a run through thirty years of change at the Faculty of Translation and Language Sciences since 1992-1993 when the project started, up to the present day. This journey also gives us a picture of how the translation and linguistics profession has changed over the last few decades as a result of the expansion of the Internet, digital technology and the audiovisual industry.
Two other separate pieces focus on research, which is becoming increasingly technical and diverse, and on the training for Catalan sign language interpreters which the Faculty offers. Discussing how the translation and languages sciences sector has changed, Esther Tallada, translator and UPF Interpretation and Translation student, and Blanca Arias, lecturer and researcher of Translation and Language Science studies at UPF lead the fourth Visions UPF conversation in a video recording.
The Kaleidoscope section under the heading "ChatGPT, (r)evolution in the education world?" offers eight opinion pieces written by members of teaching and research staff from seven different departments within the University
These articles follow on directly from the Kaleidoscope section, which under the heading "ChatGPT, (r)evolution in the education world?" offers eight opinion pieces written by members of teaching and research staff from seven different departments within the University, which provide reflections about this hot topic from the perspective of various different disciplines.
Knowledge transfer is also a key theme in the new issue, with a report in the Innova section describing the UPF INNOValora programme, a UPF initiative started in 2018 and led by the Innovation Unit - UPF Business Shuttle, with the aim of identifying and financing research results which have the potential to become market solutions.
Laia de Nadal, UPF rector, gives one of the four interviews in the new edition
The topic of knowledge transfer at the University has a prominent place in the Profile section interview, which 360upf has dedicated to Laia de Nadal Clanchet, UPF rector, who has held the position for a little over two months. The key to the University's evolution over the coming years, the challenges for the institution on an international level, the old Fish Market strategic project, how to improve financing, or the role of women at the University are some of the issues we asked her about.
A second interview in the Tres60 section gives us the chance to get to know Raewyn Connell, professor emerita from the University of Sydney and sociologist and expert in masculinities. She was recently awarded an honorary doctorate by UPF on 17th April in a ceremony which she attended online from Sydney. Professor Connell gives her opinion about issues such as the role of universities, the importance of the social sciences, collective participation in intellectual work, and masculinities and gender equality.
The two remaining interviews are devoted to two young entrepreneurs with great initiative who are part of the UPF university community: firstly, within the Our Alumni section, Laia Angrill Perelló, a Global Studies graduate who works on her family's farm in Peramola (Alt Urgell) describes her personal experience and the great dedication that her work demands, with reflections on the role of women in the countryside, the rural environment and current challenges facing the agricultural sector. In addition, Paloma Rodiles Marín, a student in the last year of a Humanities degree in Journalism at UPF, talks to us in the Zoom section about The Hist, of which she is CEO and founder: this project is a streaming platform where freelance journalists can create content which is first validated by AI and blockchain in order to avoid creating fake news and disinformation.
The world of culture and creativity also has a place in the Spring issue, which completes the edition (in the On Campus section) with the report "The UPF Library's 'Delicatessen'". This puts fifteen diverse and singular works under the spotlight, many of which are the result of donations and loans. The Quiztime section features Antoni Tàpies Puig as its guest, one of the most outstanding Catalan artists of the 20th century whose centenary is being celebrated this year. The Glance at UPF essentials, with nine featured news reports, rounds off the magazine, which is available in Catalan, Spanish and English.