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The I3A handles between 200 and 300 local, regional, national and international projects each year. These involve basic or applied research orientations and the management of both publicly or privately funded budgets. Particularly, the groups of the I3A have participated in the last 5 years in more than 300 national research projects, including 25 of the prestigious CENIT program and 29 of the new innovation program INNPACTO, as well as 22 european projects.
We consider certain projects as being key projects due to their relevance, showing the quality of the Institute and its researchers. These include the following:

Is your heart aging well? A systems biology to characterize cardiac aging from the cell to the body surface (ERC Starting Grant): MODELAGE proposes a multi-scale,multi-factorial research that is expected to make an important step in the characterization of human heart aging at both the population and individual levels.

Living tissues are regulated by multi-cellular collectives mediated at cellular level through complex interactions between mechanical and biochemical factors. A further understanding of these mechanisms could provide new insights in the development of therapies and diagnosis techniques, reducing animal experiments.

Sustainable production of next generation biofuels from waste streams: WASTE2FUELS aims to develop next generation biofuel technologies capable of converting agrofood waste (AFW) streams into high quality biobutanol.

 
Human-Computer interaction with this platform will adopt the principles of universal design and natural user interfaces such as speech, silent speech, gestures, tactile and haptic devices, pictograms, animated characters and personalized synthetic voices.

To date, Wi-Fi has been a highly successful technology present in our day‐to‐day lives. However, Wi‐Fi access points have spread without any coordination. That is to say, we install access points wherever we think fit. In principle this is reasonable, but there are places where there is such a density of Wi‐Fi networks that broadband is significantly diminished. Navajas.

Developing Data-Intensive Cloud Applications with Iterative Quality Enhancements : Internet produces enormous quantities of information every day and exploiting this resource is vital for businesses and governments.  In the years to come we will see software programmes that take advantage of this wealth of information, so called “data-intensive applications”.

WE@EU is a project of the FP7 ‘Regions of knowledge’ initiative leads by the University of Zaragoza and with the participations of five regions: Aragón (Spain), Provenza-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (France), East of England (United Kingdom), Galilee (Israel) and Malta.

European project. 4-year project. The RoboEarth-project exploits a new approach towards endowing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, thus enabling robots to carrying out useful tasks autonomously in circumstances that were not planned for explicitly at design time. A series of six demonstrators will show the contributions of the project. The Action Recipe demonstrator will show robots creating/uploading and downloading/executing action recipes (abstract behaviour or algorithm descriptions in the RoboEarth database) to and from RoboEarth. 2009-2013.

Study of adhesives in food packaging. The SAFEMTECH proposal has two main scientific objectives: a) the study of the safety in use of adhesives produced at the GOGLIO company and used in the production of food packaging materials, and b) the development of active and intelligent packaging systems at industrial level. GOGLIO is a multinational company involved in the whole food packaging chain. It produces adhesives, printing inks, valves and laminates for food packaging. The research group GUIA of the Universidad de Zaragoza (UNIZAR) has considerable expertise in the study of the performance of adhesives in food packaging and their safety in use, as well as in the development and study of active and intelligent food packaging materials. The leader of the group is the inventor in four international patents in this area. The combination of intersectoriality and synergies between the two partners involved in this proposal will lead to the achievement of the objectives.

  • Period: 2010-2014
  • Leader (U. Zaragoza): Cristina Nerín
  • Funded by: European Union (7th FW Programme IAPP-Marie Curie) – Ref. 251382
The TAMA project (Advanced Multimodal Audiovisual Technologies) aims to develop audiovisual technologies from a global and multimodal perspective by bringing together various research fields such as computer graphics, image processing, computer vision, image processing, augmented reality, etc. This will result in the improvement of the state of the art of audiovisual technologies and the development of advanced interactive multimodal systems enabling a transparent and simple synergy between people and machines.
 
The team comprises the engineers José María Saldaña, Ana Belén Cambra, Miguel Montañés; Miguel Ángel Varona and Eduardo Estopiñán together with various members of the I3A, and is led by Carlos Orrite, director of the I3A’s Computer Vision group (CV Lab). The collaboration between the TAMA project and the Asalto Festival (held in Zaragoza from 8 to 21 September 2014) led to the development of an application which demonstrated the possibilities of this technology in urban environments (computer vision, recognition in the cloud, augmented reality, advanced audiovisual systems). This application offers a reinterpretation of various graffiti, adding augmented content or reconstructing walls deteriorated over the passage of time. Augmented reality applications have also been developed for tourism purposes in the cities of Huesca and Zaragoza.
 
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