Epilepsy: What if cold could prevent seizures?
Cold can reversibly modify neural dynamics, including those involved in epileptic seizures. The challenge is how to produce cold deep in the brain and let the heat generated by the production of cold escape. Clinatec is investigating the issue under the Epicool project (part of the Carnot Exploratoire program).
The future implantable device will measure less than 3 mm in diameter; the energy produced will be released as light rather than as heat. Once implanted in the brain, the system will detect the precursors to epileptic seizures and will trigger the production of cold until neural activity has returned to normal.
The research, which is still in the very early exploratory stage, will include tests to assess the feasibility of the technology in terms of size and other factors. Proof-of-concept testing has already allowed the researchers to overcome several technological hurdles. Researchers at Clinatec are now tackling miniaturization of the system.
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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional digital innovation hub opens
The new regional digital innovation hub will guide businesses through the digital transition, drawing on the region’s high-level digital technology experts. Leti will present the hub, called “minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes” in Vienna, Austria on December 4. The organization should receive funding from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regional government and from the European Commission, which has expressed a desire to certify this type of initiative under the European Digital Innovation Hub name.
The CEA, INRIA, Minalogic, Grenoble-Alpes University, and the Regional Council are all founding members. Drawing on the technology and software platforms within the scope of the region’s Digital Campus initiative, minaSmart Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes will assist businesses with all aspects of the digital transition, from hardware and software to user services.
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Activage tested by 150 senior citizens
The EU Activage project, coordinated by IRT Nanoelec and the Isère General Council in France, has now entered the testing phase. Between now and April of 2020, 150 senior citizens in Isère will engage in a year-long test of digital solutions developed to meet their needs. The solutions, designed to boost comfort and safety at home, are based on a touch tablet, a gateway, and sensors. The goal is to keep senior citizens safe in their homes and facilitate caregivers’ work.
The solutions will also be implemented in patient rooms at a hospital near Grenoble to support caregivers. IRT Nanoelec worked with the CEA and STMicroelectronics to come up with the specifications for the gateway and ensure that it adequately protects the data from the sensors in compliance with the European GDRP regulation.
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CEA Open Innovation Center: innovation in residence
The CEA Open Innovation Center will combine high-tech R&D, exploration of new uses for technology, and innovative business models. Ground broke on the new building on September 25, 2018 at a ceremony attended by representatives of the project’s three financing partners*. The 3,300 sq. m facility’s modular workspaces will host project teams (two days a week for four months, for example). Teams will be made up of CEA technology, marketing, and user-centered design experts and employees of the partner company. The projects hosted on-site will focus on new products and services, emerging technologies, and multi-technology topics. Several projects have already begun, like the 3D printing residency with HP.
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The artistic side of new printed materials
Have you ever wondered what choreographers, production designers, or street artists could do with some of the new printed materials out there? Imagine what these artists might be able to create with flexible solar panels, conducting ink, or haptic-feedback materials! A workshop offered by the Atelier Arts-Sciences on October 15–19 will give artists, designers, students, and research scientists a chance to use new printed materials in unique ways. The most promising concept hatched at the workshop will lead to an eighteen-month artistic residency during which a complete work will be created. The work will be presented at EXPERIMENTA 2020. The CEA, coordinator of the EU Prestige project on new printed materials, initiated the project. Prestige is somewhat broader in scope, addressing the integration of these materials into consumer products.
Ideas Days 2018: Innovating for the Climate
Ideas Laboratory will host its third Ideas Days on July 3 and 4. This year’s event will be devoted to technology for the climate, with a program that includes four plenary sessions and around 40 30-minute breakout sessions for a professionals-only audience. Speakers will include specialists from construction, farming, environmental sciences, mobility, biomimetics, robotics, artificial intelligence, healthcare, and more.
And, for a change of pace, explorer Jean-Louis Etienne and mountaineer and adventurer Laurence de la Ferrière will provide their uniquely different perspectives on climate change and what it means. As always, Ideas Days will inspire, provide insights into the latest trends shaping society, and offer ample opportunities to share ideas in a receptive and friendly environment.
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Innovation: CEA still in the top-100 global innovators
For the seventh year running, Clarivate Analytics (formerly Reuters), has ranked the CEA among the top 100 global innovators. Only two other research organizations are on the list: Fraunhofer in Germany and ITRI in Taiwan. The rest of the ranking is populated by companies, including six in France: Alstom, Arkema, Safran, Saint Gobain, Thales, and Total.
The global top 100 is based on the organizations’ patent activity and intellectual property strategy, including the number of patent filings and extensions and the success rate. The CEA is particularly active, with 762 priority patents filed last year, a slight increase from the 743 patents filed in 2016. Grenoble is by far the CEA’s leading center, filing more than three quarters of the patents.
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Phelma students help spread the word about science
First-year students at Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma are playing a major role in orchestrating the second edition of Phelma’s “Partager la Science” [Sharing Science] program as part of their first-year student projects.
Some of the students have been facilitating science experiments, while six others will organize the program’s closing talk, which anyone can attend, on the afternoon of May 17 at MINATEC. All participants will be there, including 30 primary-school and 20 high-school students. The program includes science experiments, feedback on the activities that have taken place throughout the school year, a lecture, and a “science for all” performance. The performance, organized by four students, will feature the “Pepper’s ghost” optical illusion technique.
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MINATEC a center for the arts and culture
Taking a cultural tour of the MINATEC campus has probably never crossed your mind. Maybe now it will! The Grenoble-Alps University community created the “Campus des Arts” program in 2017 to promote the cultural interest of MINATEC and other sites. The program’s website lists some 40 works of art on Grenoble’s campuses and offers up discovery tours with downloadable guides. The 90-minute “Campus Ouest” walking tour starts at IUT, near the train station, and ends at LSPC on rue des Martyrs near the Presqu’île tramway stop. Along the way you will see five works of art in a variety of media, including paintings, mosaics, and sculptures. All were created by contemporary artists and commissioned by the University under the French government’s “1%” art acquisition grant program.
Wristband diagnoses sleep apnea at home
The indicators used to diagnose sleep apnea—heart and respiratory rates, stress, blood oxygen level—can now be measured at home with a simple wristband. Leti showcased the innovative device at CES 2018 and is working with manufacturing partners to get the product out to medical professionals. The complete solution includes the wristband (with optical and electrical sensors) and data interpretation software. The results are saved to memory and sent to the patient’s doctor via a smartphone or PC. A preliminary study of 60 patients conducted in conjunction with Grenoble University Medical Center and INSERM demonstrated that 90% of significant respiratory events could be detected by the bracelet—sufficient for a preliminary sleep apnea diagnosis.
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