Flash Talks

Collective behavior of drunk-runners

Javier Cristin, Joan Codina

What is the main difference in the trajectories of drunk people if you ask them to either ramble or run?? In a physical sense a random walker (drunk-rambler) is a particle that undergoes a diffusive translational process which occurs in thermal equilibrium. Instead, if one defines a direction of propulsion and leaves it to diffuse freely the final outcome (drunk-runner) …

Taking the Pulse of the Ocean

Ignasi Vallès Casanova

In medicine, taking the pulse is a basic method when evaluating the blood circulation in specific points of the human body. Similar to blood circulation distributing different essential properties throughout our body, ocean circulation distributes key properties for life in our blue planet. The ocean holds most of the water, heat, inorganic carbon and nutrients, and life in our planet, …

Fixing the Broken Telephone

Ivan Bailera, Carlos Vela

The Chinese whispers, also known as the broken telephone, is an internationally popular game in which participants have fun listening how an initial message is distorted when transmitted along a chain of listeners. Errors typically accumulate in successive whispers, so the message announced by the last player significantly differs from the first one, usually with humorous effect. In a communication …

3D printing with metals: An exciting opportunity for the manufacturing industry

Eric Neiva

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing refers to a group of manufacturing technologies that build three-dimensional objects layer by layer from a computer-aided design model. AM methods are able to create objects with shapes and properties that cannot be easily produced with conventional manufacturing processes. For this reason, it is expected to play a key role in future technological revolutions. …

See underneath. High Performance Computing, Geophysics and Electromagnetic Methods

Octavio Castillo Reyes

Electromagnetic methods (EM) are an established tool in geophysics to “see underneath”, finding application in many areas such as hydrocarbon and mineral exploration, reservoir monitoring, CO2 storage characterization, geothermal reservoir imaging and many others. Particularly, the three dimensional marine controlled-source electromagnetic modelling (3D CSEM) is well established and widely used in industry and academy to define and characterize bodies by …

Hot future for cold superconductors – research in materials science

Júlia Jareño, Alexander Stangl

Superconductivity is a highly interesting topic in physics and material science and it’s at its bottleneck between the laboratories and final applications. It’s a phase present in several different materials, which only occurs at low temperatures (below the so called critical temperature Tc~<-200°C). If a superconductor is cooled down, it can carry electric currents without any resistance and expels magnetic …

Employing Socially Assistive Robotics to Empower Cognitive Stimulation

Jainendra Shukla

Recent advancements in the Socially Assistive Robotics (SAR) has shown a vital potential for the use of social robots in mental health service. Our research (Refer figure) is a holistic approach to extend the benefits of SAR to achieve cognitive rehabilitation among individuals with Intellectual Disability (ID). The number of individuals with ID has increased worldwide, from 182 million in …

Green chemistry from a computational point of view: New low cost materials to produce and take profit of hydrogen

Sergi Posada, Oriol Lamiel, Alberto Figueroba

Computational science has landed in our lives complementing experimental techniques with the goal of opening an advanced, economic, and environmentally friendly way to do science. In this talk we want to illustrate the tremendous benefits computational studies provide applied to one of the most promising near-future fuels: Hydrogen. Hydrogen is one of the most clean fuels in the world. Nevertheless, …

Single-mothers’ time allocation

Núria García-Saladrigas

  I analyse the time-use of single-mother households compared to households with two parents. I calculate the amount of time spent in daily activities by the mother to measure the time devoted to care-giving, housework, work, personal care and leisure. Women who form single-mother families are the main family supporters, therefore they have higher employment rates. For this reason, I hypothesize …