The professor and former FIB dean receives this honour for her contribution to the promotion and dissemination of ICT.
The 26th “Nit de les Telecomunicacions i la Informàtica” (Night of Telecommunications and Informatics), a pioneering and benchmark institutional event in the Telecommunications and Information Technology area, took place on 16 June at l’Auditori of Barcelona. The “Premis de la Nit” (Night Awards) were awarded within the framework of this event, and jointly issued by the Catalan Association of Telecommunications Engineers (Telecos.cat) and the Official College of informatics Engineering of Catalunya (COEINF).
Nuria Castell Ariño, from the Department of Computer Science at the UPC and professor until now at the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB), has received the Salvà y Campillo Award for Outstanding Personality, which recognises the person or entity that has contributed significantly to the promotion or dissemination of electronics, ICT or audiovisual. Castell is one of the first women graduates in Computer Science in Catalunya and Spain and was dean of the FIB from 2010 to 2017. The award-winning Doctor by the UPC has designed and directed research, teaching and gender projects, which have led to multiple publications.
On the other hand, the Joan Clarke Award for Outstanding CIO has gone to the FIBer Raimon Dalmau. Dalmau is the CIO of the Medical Emergency System of the Generalitat de Catalunya (SEM) and is responsible for starting a digital transformation process to improve the Urgent Medical Transport service, both in terms of quality and reduction of response time, through the sustainable implementation of ICT tools. The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has also been awarded the Institutional Honour Award for its 50 years. The recently elected rector of the UPC, Daniel Crespo, received the award that recognises half century of history of the university of architecture, science, engineering and technology.
Several authorities, including the president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Laura Borràs and the ministry of the Digital Policies and Territory vice-presidency, Jordi Puigneró, attended the ceremony. The secretary of State for Telecommunications and Digital Infrastructures, Roberto Sánchez, the deputy mayor of Agenda 2030 of the Barcelona City Council, Laia Bonet, and the deputy president of the Innovation Area of the Barcelona Provincial Government, Josep Arimany, were also among the authorities attending the event.
The "Nit de les Telecomunicacions i la Informàtica", held in Barcelona since 1995, is the networking meeting par excellence for professionals, companies, public administration, associations and institutions in the country's ICT field.