December 18, 2013Barcelona, Spain

First UOC International Research Symposium

First UOC International Research Symposium


First UOC International Research Symposium


Dec 18, 2013

08:30 - 09:00
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome and opening by the Hon. Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia and President of the FUOC 

Welcome and opening by the Hon. Mr. Andreu Mas-Colell, Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia and President of the Fundació per a la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Foundation for the Open University of Catalonia) Board of Trustees, Dr. Josep A. Planell, President of the UOC, and Dr. Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research of the UOC.

09:15 - 09:45
09:45 - 11:45
Flash presentations 

Thematic areas: Technology and E-Learning.



  • A self-scheduled TDMA MAC protocol for one-hop dynamic low-power wireless networks. Pere Tuset (UOC) and Xavier Vilajosana (UOC).  
  • Context Aware Recommender Systems. Antoni Perez-Navarro (UOC) and Jordi Conesa (UOC).
  • Digital media security: data hiding techniques and privacy-aware fingerprinting protocols. David Megías (UOC), Jordi Serra-Ruiz (UOC) and Mehdi Fallahpour (Univ. Ottawa).
  • Network Virtualization in Cellular Networks. Georgia Tseliou (UOC), Ferran Adelantado (UOC) and Christos Verikoukis (CTTC).
  • Privacy-preserving on Social Networks. Jordi Casas-Roma (UOC), Jordi Herrera-Joancomartí (DEIC-UAB) and Vicenç Torra (IIIA-CSIC).
  • Randomized Heuristic Algorithms for Real Routing Problems. José Cáceres-Cruz (UOC), Angel Juan (UOC), Daniel Riera (UOC), Helena Lourenço (Universitat Pompeu Fabra), Alex Grasas (Universitat Pompeu Fabra).
  • Secure and anonymous multimedia content distribution in Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networks. Amna Qureshi (UOC), Helena Rifà (UOC) and David Megías (UOC).
  • Simheuristics: hybridizing simulation with metaheuristics for decision-making under uncertainty. Dr. Angel A. Juan (UOC), Prof. Dr. Scott E. Grasman (Rochester Institute of Technology, USA), Prof. Dr. Javier Faulin (Public University of Navarre, Spain) and Prof. Dr. Markus Rabe (Technical University of Dortmund, Germany).
  • Emotionally Aware Computation Using Facial Expression Analysis. Agata Lapedriza Garcia (UOC), Davd Sanchez Mendoza (UOC) and David Masip Rodó (UOC).
  • Forensic imaging and analysis of iOS devices. Luis Gomez-Miralles(UOC) and Joan Arnedo-Moreno (UOC).
  • Multi-modal Non-Verbal Communication Analysis in Victim-Offender Mediation Sessions. Víctor Ponce-López (UOC), Xavier Baró (EIMT/UOC) and Sergio Escalera (MAiA - UB).



  • Competences: Profile of business online graduates: Facing the new times. Àngels Fitó (UOC), Mª Jesús Martinez (UOC) and Soledad Moya (EADA).
  • Live and Virtualized Collaborative Learning. Santi Caballé (UOC), Jordi Conesa (UOC) and Atanasi Daradoumis (UOC).
  • Open Education in Higher Education Institutions: trends and issues. Marcelo F. Maina (UOC), Montse Guitert (UOC), Marc Romero (UOC), Maria Pérez-Mateo (UOC), Albert Sangrà (UOC), Lourdes Guàrdia (UOC), Nati Cabrera (UOC) and Teresa Romeu (UOC).
  • Technology-Enhanced Assessment for Skill and Knowledge Acquisition in Online Education. Enosha Hettiarachchi (UOC), Maria Antonia Huertas (UOC) and Enric Mor (UOC).
  • The impact of Students Time Perspective in Game Based Learning. Mireia Usart (UOC), Elena Barberà (UOC) and Margarida Romero (UOC).
  • Usefulness of feedback in e-learning from the students’ perspective. Dolors Plana (UOC), Carolina Hintzmann (UOC), Josep Maria Batalla (UOC), M.Jesús Martínez (UOC) and Marc Badia (Universitat de Barcelona).
  • Using learning co-design methods to build inquiry-based and technology-enhanced learning scenarios in higher education. Iolanda Garcia (UOC), Elena Barbera (UOC), Mireia Usart (UOC), Begoña Gros (UB), Anna Escofet (UB), Marc Fuertes (UB), Marta Lopez (UB), Meritxell Cortada (UVic) and Marta Marimon (UVic).
  • ValidCard: a virtual evaluation process based on student trust. Joan Arnedo-Moreno (UOC), Ana Elena Guerrero (UOC), Xevi Baró (UOC)Josep Prieto (UOC), Santi Caballé (UOC) and Laura Porta (UOC).
  • Dropout at UOC: definition and analysis. Josep Grau (UOC) and Julià Minguillón (UOC).
  • SpeakApps: Studies on oral production and speaking interactionChristine Appel (UOC).
  • Time Regulation in Creative Collaboration. Elena Barberà (UOC), Margarida Romero (Université Laval), Janine Knight (UOC) and Marga Franco-Casamitjana (UOC).
12:00 - 14:30
Round table 

The challenges posed by higher education worldwide

Dr. Josep A. Planell, President of the UOC, will moderate this round table.


Dr. Josep A. Planell

President of the UOC
“UOC in the Global University System”

Dr. Manuel Castells
President of the Scientific Commission of the UOC
“The University  in the Information Age”

Dr. Helga Nowotny
President of the European Research Council, European Commission
“Achievements and Challenges of Basic Research in Europe”

Dr. Brenda Gourley
Ex-Vice Chancellor of the Open University, United Kingdom
“The New Frontiers of Distant Higher Education”

Dr. Martin Carnoy
Professor of Education and economics, Stanford University
“The Global Transformation of the University System: China, India, Brasil, Rusia”

1st Floor. More information about the speakers.

14:30 - 15:30
16:00 - 18:00
Flash presentations 

Thematic areas: Social Science and Health

  • Are Hybrid Channels Likely to Decrease Price Competition? Antoni Meseguer-Artola (UOC) and Inma Rodríguez-Ardura (UOC).
  • Automatic creation of wordnets from parallel corpora. Antoni Oliver (UOC) and Salvador Climent (UOC).
  • DARWeb: developing and testing an online intervention for children with RAP and their parents.Rubén Nieto (UOC), Mercè Boixadós (UOC), Eulàlia Hernández (UOC), Anna Huguet (IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada.) and Patrick McGrath (IWK Health Centre, Halifax, NS, Canada).
  • Dissociating the role of the pre-SMA in response inhibition and switching: a combined online and offline TMS approach. Ignacio Obeso (Reward and Decision Making Group, Cognitive Neuroscience Center, CNRS, Lyon University, Lyon, France), Noemí Robles (AQU. Generalitat de Catalunya.), Elena Muñoz-Marrón (UOC) and Diego Redolar-Ripoll (UOC).
  • Do IFRS financial statements provide analysts with enough and adequate information? A new 'MADI' rating for compliance in the UK. Àngels Fitó (UOC), Josep Lladós (UOC), David Hillier (Straithclide Business School) and Soledad Moya (EADA).
  • It's not only about skills; it's about resources (as always). Mireia Fernández-Ardèvol (UOC).
  • Machine Translation: a Concept for Machine Translation Evaluation and Detection. Joaquim Moré (UOC).
  • Ten patients with a wide neurological phenotype: Results of a families-researchers collaborative project in Lowe Syndrome. Mercedes Serrano (Neurometabolic Unit. Hospital Sant Joan de Déu de Barcelona.), Belén Pérez-Dueñas (Neurometabolic Unit. Hospital Sant Joan de Déu de Barcelona.), Rafael Camino-León (Director Plan Andaluz de Enfermedades Raras), Esther Maldonado (Hospital Río Carrión de Palencia.), Verónica Cantarín (Hospital Niño Jesús de Madrid.), Tomás Ojea (Neurologist. Consultation.), Joan Vidal-Valls (Centro Arcángel San Gabriel and CDIAP ASPACE.), Fernando Paredes (Hospital Universitario Arnau de Vilanova), Manuel Armayones (UOC), Modesta Pousada (UOC), Beni Gómez-Zúñiga (UOC) and Javier de la Fuente (University of Barcelona).
  • Time in Language: A Psycholinguistic Study on Event Duration in Language Comprehension. Marta Coll-Florit (UOC).
  • Work arrangements moderate the link between intangible capital and productivity in service industries. Eva Rimbau-Golabert(UOC) and Vasileios Myrthianos (UPC).
  • Barriers to academic entrepreneurship. Evidence from spanish social sciences and humanities research groups. Eva Rimbau-Golabert(UOC) and Vasileios Myrthianos (UPC).
  • Factors affecting survival of new firms in the financial crisis: The role of the local milieu. Josep Lladós Masllorens (UOC).
  • Assessing support for independence in Catalonia using imputation techniques. Ivan Serrano (UOC), Xavier Fernàndez-i-Marín (ESADE) and Toni Rodon (UPF).
  • Collaboration Networks in 'Big Science': the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. Agustí Canals (UOC), Eva Ortoll (UOC) and Markus Nordberg (CERN).
  • Copyright for a Digita World. Raquel Xalabarder (UOC)
  • Gendered paths in secondary students' expectancies about stem studies. Milagros Sainz (UOC) and Julio Meneses (UOC).
  • iCity: Linked Open Apps Ecosystem to Open Up Innovation in Smart Cities. Jordi Gavaldà (UOC).
  • Looking towards the future: life aspirations and the experience of disadvantage. Young people in the margins of the educational system. Nadia Hakim (UOC).
  • Methodology to construct regional knowledge maps to territory’s sustainable development. Montserrat Garcia, Alsina(UOC), Christian Wartena (Hochschule Hannover) and Eva Ortoll (UOC).
  • PACPlagi: a plagiarism detection tool for both teachers and students. Jordi Duran Cals (UOC), Jordi Garcia Albero (UOC) and Marcel Mateu Vilaseca (UOC).
  • Professional Careers in the Global Knowledge Society: Milestones of Men and Women High Skilled Professions. Ana M. González Ramos (UOC).
  • Science and Peer Production: perception and use of Wikipedia among university faculty.  Eduard Aibar (UOC), Maura Lerga (UOC), Josep Lladós (UOC), Antoni Meseguer (UOC) and Julià Minguillon (UOC).
  • The MASELTOV mobile app for arriving immigrants: sociology meets technological development. Adela Ros (UOC).
  • Women highly skilled migration from SSA to Europe. Beyond the economic point of view. Camilla Spadavecchia (UOC).
  • Digital Wall. Cognitive Design for Connective Environment. Derrick de Kerckhove (UOC), Matteo Ciastellardi (UOC), Donato Aiello (Studio Aiello (Naples)), Maria Pia Rossignaud (MediaDuemila (Rome)) and Antonio Irlando (Fondazione Amici di MediaDuemila (Rome)).
  • The Electronic Margin. From Smart Cities to Smart Ecosystems. Derrick de Kerckhove (UOC), Matteo Ciastellardi (UOC), Crisitina Miranda de Almeida (UOC) and Andrea Cruciani (Independent researcher, Rome).
  • Work-Life Balance, Gender and Telework: dilemmas and contradictions. Anna Gálvez (UOC), Maria Jesús Martínez (UOC) and Elsa Santamaría (UOC).
18:00 - 18:30
Closure and awards 

To close the event, the organization will deliver the prizes to best presentations and posters. Dr. Josep A. Planell, President of the UOC, will pronounce the farewell speech.


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