UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID – UPM
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) is the largest Spanish technological university specialized in all engineering fields and architecture. With two recognitions as Campus of International Excellence, its outstanding research activity together with its highly-qualified professional trainings, make UPM a really competitive university at international level. More than 2.400 researchers carry out their activity at the UPM, grouped in more than 200 Research Groups, 20 Research Centers or Institutes and 55 Laboratories, all of them committed to transform the knowledge generated into innovation advances applied to the productive sector, contributing to solve the challenges of the European citizens.
The intense collaboration with governmental bodies and industry guarantees that research at UPM offers real solutions to real-world problems. The dynamism of R&D&I activity at the UPM, together with the transfer of knowledge to society, are among its lines of strategy.
These two commitments place UPM among the Spanish universities with the greatest research activity, both at national and international level. UPM highly innovation driven commitment is showed by the application for around 40 patents/year thanks to its Technology Transfer Office and by the generation of around 20 spinoffs/year (70% survival rate), trained and mentored by the UPM Center for Innovation Support. UPM is also highly committed to communication and outreach with a specific unit devoted to it.
UPM belongs to the KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION COMMUNITY (KIC) Raw Materials and is member of the European cluster of EIT Raw Materials (core partner), EIT Climate (core partner), EIT Digital (core partner), EIT Health (core partner), EIT Urban Mobility (network partner) and MIT-UPM Seed Fund.
Two groups are participating in this proposal:
- The Explosives and Blasting Lab, at the Department of Mining Engineering and Earth Sciences of the School of Mines and Energy (UPM-M). This group is well known internationally for its contributions to rock blasting research. It participates in numerous research projects and its members regularly publish in the first line international journals and more prestigious conferences of explosives and mining.
- The second group (UPM-AI) is formed by researchers of the Environmental Studies Group and Prospecting and Environment Group, also at the Department of Mining Engineering and Earth Sciences and the Department of Energy and Fuels, both of the School of Mines and Energy. UPM-AI is well known internationally for its contributions to geological & mining engineering and environmental remediation. It participates in numerous research projects and its members regularly publish in the high-quality international journals. This Group researches in health and safety in mining activities and contributes within the Nanoscience field (using Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms). Their expertise on AI algorithms will be used in this project to optimise the performance, health and security of mining facilities.
Role: Developer of rock mass characterisation tools, blasting and drilling technologies in KTA1, Pilot in HANSON’s Pilot #2; Developer of AI algorithms in KTA4, Pilot in all Pilots #1 to #5; Leader of clustering; WP2 & 8 Leader.