Having cutting-edge equipment is a pre-requisite to conduct high-quality research in the ICT domain (such as computing, robotics and sensoring or specialised audiovisual equipment). During the 2 first years, almost 20% of the María de Maeztu funds have been used to finance equipment (163K EUR). The total upgrade of equipment directly linked to the development of the María de Maeztu program reaches 340KEUR, including additional funds provided by the department and the program by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness for scientific equipment and donations by the company NVIDIA of Graphic Processing Units.
COMPUTATION AND STORAGE
OTHER NEW FACILITIES AT DTIC-UPF
The MoCA Lab: a new Motion Capture and Analysis Lab at BCN MedTech
Although not direct part of the implementation of the María de Maeztu program, it is also worth mentioning the new MoCA Lab as it directly improves the capacities of the department to conduct data-driven research. The BCN MedTech research unit has launched the MoCA (Motion Capture and Analysis Lab) laboratory, within the framework of the project HOLOA – Clinical and virtual examination of patients for a holistic and objective description of the mechanisms of the progression of osteoarthritis (DPI2016-80283-C2-1-R). This lab uses a marker-based optical tracking technology and has been established at UPF by the Biomechanics and Mechanobiology area of BCN MedTech, with the cooperation of staff at the Hospital del Mar Institute for Medical Research (IMIM), Barcelona. It is equipped with a system of eight infrared cameras with 1.5 MP resolution at 250 fps, and has the capacity to detect maker displacements inferior to 0.1 mm in an acquisition volume of 4x4x3 m3. The motion capture system is synchronised with video cameras and two force plates (additional information here)
Overview of the equipment and infrastructures available at the Department: