Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) News
Spanish network led by SOM Research Lab receives funding from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
The Ministry has recently announced the funding of the “Thematic network on model driven software development”, led by the research group SOM Research Lab of IN3 and directed by Robert Clarisó – professor of IT, Multimedia and Telecommunications at the UOC and member of the research group.
Gender and ICT and the Catalan Women's Institute (IDC) enter a collaboration agreement to tackle academic sexism
In recent decades, women outnumber men in university degrees and take on disciplines traditionally developed by men, such as medicine, mathematics or biology. Nevertheless, gender inequalities persist: young women continue to rule out subjects related to engineering and the hard sciences, while young men show less interest in courses and professions related to humanities and social sciences. This vocational segregation has significant implications in the professional trajectories of men and women and perpetuates a social hierarchy: women are underrepresented in the fields of science and technology. Nowadays these fields comprise some of the most prestigious and most in-demand jobs.
Montserrat Batet, researcher of the K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks (KISON) of the IN3, was awarded in the category of Academic/Research.
Science and Technology by Other Means: Exploring the actors, spaces and futures of Science and Technology
Some decades ago Science, Technology and Society (STS) scholars proposed that science and technology could be considered as ‘politics by other means’. Many years have gone by, and STS researchers are turning their attention towards proposals and experiences where science and technology are increasingly performed ‘by other means’ in a variety of exploratory activities. These include the articulation of collectives that do not fit with the traditional actors in science and technology, or who work in ways that problematize the established value systems involved in the production of knowledge and technologies, e.g. fostering the creation of open science, DIY design and commons‐based p2p projects, citizen science and maker communities, feminist and environmentalist technoscience projects, and many other platforms seeking to create alternatives to public/private technoscientific arrangements.
Ignasi Belda is a perfect example that a young entrepreneur can go a long way professionally. This Alicante-born scientist is sure to make his mark internationally. Aged 37, he is Associate Director of the Barcelona Science Park (UB) and in 2007 he founded the company Intelligent Pharma, which develops new computational technologies to design drugs. After opening subsidiaries around the world, it was considered by MIT as one of the leading companies in computational chemistry. He trained at Cambridge, Ramon Llull University, the UPC and, most recently, the UOC, where he took the University Master's Degree in Taxation. His final project was recognized as the best in his academic year.
The Spanish Meeting on Cryptology and Information Security (RECSI) is the Spanish reference scientific Conference in the field. Every two years the most important national researchers attend this event, and renowned foreign researchers are invited. In the meeting recent advances in security will be presented to the main agents of the Information Society, in order to provide a forum for exchanging ideas, increase knowledge and share experiences in the field of Security.
Detecting high-risk emotional states and maintaining healthy self-care habits are some of the needs that elderly people have. Finding innovative solutions for them will now be the job of university students, health professionals and members of a pensioners' social centre. All of them will be able to take part in the Collaborative Codesign Competition (CO3), a collaborative competition to foster solutions for the challenges that elderly people face in their daily lives and which will be held on 19 November. It is organized by HIMSS Europe, Badalona Serveis Assistencials (Badalona municipal care services) and the UOC, with assistance from the international network Aging 2.0.
The unstoppable march of technology brings with it increasing technological risk and the cyber threats faced by organizations are evolving and becoming ever more sophisticated. It is therefore vitally important that we have pioneering cybersecurity tools and that we bring business and academic research together. This forms the backdrop to the creation of the Chair in Cybersecurity, a result of the collaboration agreement between the UOC and IBM that came into operation this week.
Roger Gomis devotes his time to researching a relatively unknown phenomenon which is of great concern to society: that of metastasis. He holds a doctoral degree in biochemistry; he was granted a post-doctoral research fellowship in the US in 2002, carrying out research in Joan Massagué's lab at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. Continuing this work in Catalonia, he is now ICREA professor at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), where he heads up the "Growth control and cancer metastasis" group. Gomis completed a Business Studies course at the UOC, studies which have subsequently served him well in setting up his latest venture, Inbiomotion, the company through which he aims to launch a biomarker for the prediction of bone metastasis in breast cancer.