[UPC] [CCABA] [Televisió de Catalunya] [Tecsidel]

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)

The UPC (http://www.upc.es) was set-up in 1971 grouping several well-known and traditional Engineering Schools in Barcelona. Nowadays its spread in several campuses being the Campus Nord the one which concentrates the Schools of Engineering in Telecommunications, ETSETB (http://www.etsetb.upc.es) and in Computer Science, FIB (http://www.fib.upc.es). UPC consists of 38 Departments, 15 Schools, 7 associated Schools, and 5 Institutes, covering the main technical fields in engineering and architecture, and some specific Research Centres. Currently there are 33 undergraduate programmes, 45 doctorate programmes, 35 master programmes and 46 postgraduate courses and programmes. Some figures about personnel and students are the following. Personnel include about 2,000 teaching staff, 100 research staff, and 950 administrative and services staff. The overall amount of students includes about 30,000 undergraduate students, 900 doctorate students and 2,800 postgraduate and master students.

The research within the UPC is organised in research groups (about 316 research lines are active) and Specific Research Centres, which involve several research groups and share laboratories, expensive equipment and facilities. The Technology Transfer Centre (http://www.upc.es/ctt) is in charge of the promotion and development of contracts and projects between the UPC and companies and the EC.

The participation of the UPC in the Project will be carried out by the Advanced Broadband Communications Centre (CCABA) -CCABA is the acronym of ''Centre de Comunicacions Avançades de Banda Ampla''. The CCABA (http://www.ccaba.upc.es) was set-up in January 1994 with the aim of consolidating a multi-disciplinary research group. The centre integrates researchers from several Departments with interests on complementary communications research fields. The Integrated Broadband Communications research group (Computer Architecture Department), and the Optical Communications and the Radio Communications research groups (Signal Theory and Communications Department) founded the CCABA. In October 1998 it was designated as Specific Research Centre of the UPC. In 1999 the Communications group of the Mathematics and Telematics Department joined the CCABA.

This research centre is supported by the University and is being partially funded by the Spanish Education Ministry (CICYT) and by Research Commission of the Catalan Government (CIRIT-CUR) under several grants. In the IV Framework Programme the UPC participated in the Spanish National Host through the network platform of the CCABA.

Advanced Broadband Communications Centre (CCABA)

A short description of the profile of the research groups within the CCABA follows. A more detailed information about the activities, projects, laboratory, etc. may be found in (

Televisió de Catalunya

TVC is the leading station in Catalonia, with 4 television channels, 1,515 employees, 33,000 sq. meters of work premises in Sant Joan Despí (Barcelona), a budget of 26.403 million pesetas in 1999, 14,432 hours of broadcasting annually, 13,716 million pesetas of advertising income and 56.5% of programming being self-produced.

Televisió de Catalunya, SA is the public enterprise created on October 7, 1983 to run and operate the television channels of the CCRTV: TV3 and Canal 33. Since it is conception, Televisió de Catalunya has sought to reflect the identity of a country and acted as a media of public communication which seeks to give a response in an open and serious way to the concerns of the citizens of Catalonia regarding news, entertainment and culture.

TV3 is a channel which has a highly varied and entertaining program content, of a general nature, in an attempt to reach the widest audience possible. Its first broadcast, of an experimental nature, took place on September 11, 1983, and regular broadcasting began on January 16, 1984, with 15 hours a week of programming. Today, TV3 and Canal 33 together have more than 14,000 hours of broadcasting annually.

Canal 33 is characterized by a more specialized and select content which complements the programming of TV3. Canal 33 has always been a channel addressed to an audience segmented by specific interests and needs. Regular broadcasts of Canal 33 began on September 10, 1988.


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