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Visit of CUD-ENM staff to the LHD “Juan Carlos I”
Numerous lecturers from the Defense University Center at the Spanish Naval Academy (CUD-ENM), had the opportunity to visit the amphibious aircraft carrier “Juan Carlos I” during its stay in the port of Marín on April 28th and 29th, 2022. Two visits were organized: on Thursday afternoon for 8 lecturers (María Álvarez, Javier Pérez, Leticia Pérez, José Antonio González, Jorge Feijoo, Jesús del Val, Carlos Pérez and Débora Cores) and on Friday morning for 5 lecturers (Miguel Ángel Álvarez, Rocío Maceiras, Milagros Fernández, Lorena González and Rubén Nocelo). During these visits, which lasted just over an hour, they had access to the bridge and aircraft control area, the flight deck where a single aircraft (a helicopter) was “resting”, the turbine chamber and auxiliary equipment, the light vehicle and aircraft transport area and, finally, the heavy vehicle transport and debarkation area. This large vessel has capacity for 1,345 people and has rooms for medical and dental services, operating rooms, X-ray room, ICU and pharmacy. On the deck of the ship there is a large runway for air operations and on the inner part of the ship, at sea level, there is a dock with a large hatch that allows seawater to enter up to a certain level for amphibious operations. The guided tour allowed CUD-ENM lecturers to ask specific questions about the machinery in some of the rooms and its operation, which proved to be very entertaining and illustrative. On Friday morning the Commander of the ship, CN Vicente Rubio Bolívar, also received a representation of the CUD-ENM Management….
Visit to the CUD-ENM research building of the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy
Taking advantage of a visit to the Spanish Naval Academ, on April 22nd, 2022, the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy (AJEMA), the Hon. Mr. Admiral General Mr. Antonio Martorell Lacave, was able to visit the research facilities of the CUD-ENM. The Director of the CUD-ENM, Dr. Mr. José Martín Davila, accompanied by the center’s management team, first summarized the initiatives implemented at the CUD-ENM to promote the development of the research activity of its teaching and research staff. Precisely, among these initiatives, are the internal calls of the CUD-ENM to finance R&D&i projects aligned with the interests of the Ministry of Defense and the Navy, in particular. There are already two calls to date where research projects have been funded in different fields of knowledge: There are already two calls to date where research projects have been funded in different fields of knowledge: communications (improvement of passive radar performance with application to the maritime field), teleco-computing field (application of artificial intelligence techniques for the improvement of knowledge of the maritime environment), naval/simulation field (development of a methodology for the creation of digital twins on the basis of training boats), chemical field (construction of a pilot plant for the production, purification and storage of hydrogen from glycerin for use in submarines with AIP fuel cell systems) and mechanical/design field (virtual combat laboratory for immersive firearm shooting training). During this visit, the AJEMA was able to learn firsthand, from its principal researchers about the first results of these research projects. In addition, the different Rules of Attack (ROA) involved in the real battlefield are recreated and the aim is to achieve a totally immersive sensation for the user. The first one, framed in the field of mechanical design, proposes the use of Fourth Generation industrial technologies (i4.0) for the hyper-realistic 3D modeling of a combat laboratory (virtual combat laboratory for immersive firearm shooting training (BATTLELAB)), which serves as a virtual training platform for the military practice of firearm shooting. Through the combination of different i4.0 techniques, the characteristic graphical environment and the user/device interaction have been recreated. All this in accordance with the lines of interest established by the Technology and Innovation Strategy (ETID) of the Ministry of Defense, as described in the Technological Goal (MT.6.4.1.) referring to the modeling of the battlefield and its environment. Presentation of the project VIRTUAL COMBAT LABORATORY FOR IMMERSIVE FIREARM SHOOTING TRAINING Secondly, the Professor-Secretary of the CUD-ENM, Dr. Belén Barragáns Martínez (technical coordinator of the project), briefly presented the results of the R+D+i project (recently completed) “Application of artificial intelligence to the knowledge of the maritime environment”, developed by doctors of the CUD-ENM with funding provided by the Navy and support from the Spanish Naval Academy. As a result, a technological demonstrator has been presented to improve the operational procedures developed by the Navy from the Maritime Action Operations and Surveillance Center (COVAM), in charge of monitoring maritime areas of national interest. Specifically, the demonstrator receives the AIS (Automatic Identification System) data stream containing information on ships and their positioning in real time, and uses data analysis and artificial intelligence techniques to detect scenarios and anomalies of interest defined by COVAM. Due to the high rate of messages transmitted, it is necessary to analyze and select Big Data technologies for the storage and processing of information in real time and the research and development of Data Analytics and Machine Learning techniques to process and extract knowledge from the large volume of data involved. Presentation of the project APPLICATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNIQUES FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT More information on research, development and innovation projects carried out at the CUD-ENM is available at https://cud.uvigo.es/proyectos-contratos….
Visit to the CUD-ENM of the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy
Framed within the official visit to the Spanish Naval Academy, on March 3rd, 2022 took place the visit to the CUD-ENM of the Admiral Chief of Staff of the Navy (AJEMA), the Hon. Mr. Admiral General Mr. Antonio Martorell Lacave. The AJEMA was accompanied by, among others, the Commander-Director of the Spanish Naval Academy (H.E. Mr. CN. Pedro Cardona Suanzes) as well as the Chief of Staff of the AJEMA (H.E. Mr. CN. Vicente Cuquerella Gamboa). The Director of the CUD-ENM, Dr. Mr. José Martín Davila, accompanied by the center’s management team, made a presentation to the AJEMA, summarizing the main teaching and research activities of the CUD-ENM as well as its upcoming challenges in both areas. …
Visit of the Director of CESTIC to CUD-ENM
On the occasion of his visit to chair the closing ceremony of the IV Course on Management and Direction of STIC and Information Security and presentation of diplomas, which took place on January the 28th, 2022, the Director of the Center for Information and Communication Systems and Technologies (CESTIC) Hon. Mr. GD D. José María Millán Martínez, had the opportunity to visit the Defense University Center at the Spanish Naval Academy (CUD-ENM) and, in particular, to visit its research building. The Director of CESTIC was accompanied on the visit by the Deputy Director General of Military Education, Hon. Mr. Cor. Juan Manuel Sánchez Aldao, as well as by the Director of the CUD-ENM, Hon. Mr.CN. José Martín Davila, and other members of the center’s management team. The Director of CESTIC was able to see first-hand from the main investigators about the first results of research projects funded under the first internal CUD-ENM call, as well as some of the projects that are beginning to be developed in 2022 (funded under the second call). Projects framed in different fields of knowledge were presented: communications (improvement of passive radar performance with application to the maritime field), tele computing field (application of artificial intelligence techniques to improve knowledge of the maritime environment), naval/simulation field (development of methodology for the creation of digital twins from training boats), in the chemical field (construction of a pilot plant for the production, purification and storage of hydrogen from glycerin for use in submarines with AIP fuel cell systems) as well as in the mechanical/design field (virtual combat laboratory for immersive firearm shooting training). Presentation of the project ANALYSIS OF MIMO CONFIGURATIONS FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE PERFORMANCE OF PASSIVE RADARS WITH APPLICATION TO THE MARITIME FIELD Presentation of the project APPLICATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TECHNIQUES FOR IMPROVING KNOWLEDGE OF THE MARITIME ENVIRONMENT Presentation of the project TRAINING BOAT DIGITAL TWIN (Development of a methodology for the creation of digital twins from training boats) Presentation of the project CONSTRUCTION OF A PILOT PLANT FOR THE PRODUCTION, PURIFICATION AND STORAGE OF HYDROGEN WITH METAL HYDRIDES FROM GLYCERIN FOR USE IN SUBMARINES WITH AIP FUEL CELL SYSTEMS Presentation of the project VIRTUAL COMBAT LABORATORY FOR IMMERSIVE FIREARMS SHOOTING TRAINING At the end of the visit, the Director of CESTIC signed the CUD-ENM book of honor….
Closing Ceremony of the IV Management and Direction Course of STIC and SEGINFO and presentation of diplomas to the students of the second promotion of the DIRETIC Master’s Degree
On January the 28th, 2022 took place the closing ceremony of the IV Course of Management and Direction of STIC and Information Security and presentation of diplomas to the students who, as part of this course, have completed the second edition of the Master’s Degree in ICT Management for the Defense (Master DIRETIC), an official degree of the University of Vigo, taught by this University Center. The ceremony, which took place in the Assembly Hall of the Spanish Naval Academy (ENM), was chaired by the Director of the Center for Information and Communications Systems and Technologies (CESTIC), Hon. Mr. José María Millán Martínez, and he was accompanied by the Deputy Director General for Military Education, the Illustrious Mr. Juan Manuel Sánchez Aldao, the Director of the Defense University Center at the Spanish Naval Academy (CUD-ENM), the Illustrius Mr. José Martín Davila, the Illustrius Mr. CN. D. Pedro Cardona Suanzes, Commander Director of the Spanish Naval Academy and the Coordinator of the DIRETIC Master, Prof. Dr. Ms. Milagros Fernández Gavilanes. The event was attended by invited civilian and military authorities, representatives of companies in the Galician technology sector, and faculty and students of the IV and V Course on Management and Direction of STIC and Information Security. The event began with the intervention of the Director of CESTIC, who gave as the last lecture of the course the conference entitled “The keys to the digital transformation of the Ministry of Defense”. At the end, the Director of CUD-ENM moderated a colloquium on the topics covered in the conference, in which there was great participation by students and the representatives of the companies. Afterwards, the Director of the CUD-ENM addressed a few words to the attendees, after which the DIRETIC Master Coordinator took the floor, emphasizing the good development of the course and the good results. Finally, Mr. TCol. Mr. Rafael Sierra García, as the oldest student of the IV course of Management and Direction of STIC and Information Security, offered a few brief and emotional words on behalf of his classmates. Then, diplomas were awarded to the students who successfully completed the second edition of the DIRETIC Master’s Degree, with a special mention to Mr. Daniel Jiménez Cancho as the most distinguished student of the course, whose diploma was presented individually by the Director of CESTIC. To conclude, the Deputy Director General of Military Education, of the General Directorate of Military Recruitment and Education, spoke a few words of evaluation of the course and, then, the Director of CESTIC proceeded to close the course….
The stay of a Fulbright professor at CUD-ENM during the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year has been completed
After a year of suspension of this activity due to the mobility curb caused by the pandemic that began in 2020, in the 2021-2022 academic year it was possible to resume a stay at the Defense University Center located at the Spanish Naval Academy (CUD-ENM) by a Fulbright visiting professor. Thus, from August 24th to December 22nd, 2021, Professor Dr. Jason M. Dahl carried out a teaching and research stay at the CUD-ENM. In 2014, the Center signed an agreement with the Fulbright Commission (whose mission is to favor and promote the exchange of academics between the USA and Spain) in order to have an American professor expert in one of the subjects taught in the final years of the degree in mechanical engineering, so that, in addition, by teaching it in English, it allows students to improve their English language skills. For the first semester of the 2021-2022 academic year, the Fulbright Commission selected Professor Jason Dahl for his academic merits. This American professor completed his doctoral thesis at the prestigious MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in the field of Ocean Engineering, with previous training in the field of marine engineering and naval architecture. For the last ten years he has been on the faculty and research staff of the Department of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He specializes in hydrodynamics and fluid-structure interaction. Academic activity His stay at CUD-ENM lasted throughout the first semester of the academic year 2021-2022, participating, to a large extent, in the teaching of a subject of the degree in mechanical engineering, strongly linked to his specialty and experience. He has taught “Ship Theory and Naval Construction” in English to fifth year students of the Naval Branch. The English language was used for absolutely all class interactions, including seminars, labs, assignments and exams. Research activity During his stay at the CUD-ENM he completed, in mid-October and in virtual format due to restrictions on face-to-face meetings caused by the pandemic, a presentation of his research activity to the faculty of the center, which led to subsequent contacts with researchers who visualized possible lines of collaboration by sharing concerns and research topics. Visit to Ferrol: Navantia, Arsenal of the Navy and Polytechnic School of Ferrol In December, he made a visit to Ferrol (accompanied by the CUD-ENM professor, TN Pedro Carrasco, doctor of the Corps of Engineers of the Spanish Navy). One of the stops was made in Navantia, with a general visit to the facilities of the Ferrol Shipyard, which allowed a tour of the construction process from the sheet metal yard and raw material warehouses to the armament docks. Before the tour, the model room was visited to explain the centenary history of shipbuilding in the facilities. Afterwards, they went to the Military Arsenal of Ferrol, visiting the Campana dock (the largest European hydraulic work at the time). Inside the Arsenal of Ferrol, he also visited the weapons room as well as the permanent exhibition on the birth of Ferrol with drawings by Colonel Villasante in the same building. The Naval Museum was also visited. The next stop was the Polytechnic School of Ferrol, where degrees in naval and oceanic engineering, mechanics and industrial technologies are taught, where he was received by a delegation from the University of A Coruña (UDC). Throughout the visit he was accompanied by Eugenia Díaz, Internationalization Manager of the Industrial Campus of Ferrol, and by Professor Sonia Zaragoza, Transfer Associate. He was able to visit the Hydrodynamic Test Channel of the Technological Research Center of the UDC, which is one of the few facilities of its kind available in Spain. It is a laboratory in which behavior tests at sea and anchoring of floating and fixed ocean facilities can be carried out at the bottom in different wave conditions, including both regular and irregular seas, as well as behavior tests at sea and self-propulsion, both in calm water and under wave action, of ships and boats. On this trip to Ferrol he also visited the tidal dock and old shipyard of La Cabana (the only dock of its kind in Europe). During his tour he also visited the Castle of San Felipe as well as the center of Ferrol. Life with his family He also took the opportunity to travel with his family to many places in Galicia as well as Barcelona, Lisbon or Paris, taking advantage of his months of stay in Marin. In the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Galicia) On the ferry to Ons Islands (Pontevedra, Galicia) Hiking in Moaña (Pontevedra, Galicia) Under the Christmas tree in Lisbon At the Eiffel Tower (París) At the Rodin Museum (París) Park Güell (Barcelona) Sagrada Familia Basilica (Barcelona) At Oporto (Portugal) Farewell to the CUD-ENM He said goodbye to the Management of the CUD-ENM, in an emotional act on December 21st, 2021, where he received a memory of his time at the center, from the hands of its Director, Mr. José Martín Davila. Professor Dahl thanked the treatment provided by all the CUD-ENM staff throughout his stay and expressed his interest in maintaining the collaborations already initiated in lines of research shared with other professors of the center. …
Extraordinary degree award ceremony at the University of Vigo
On January 28th, 2022 took place in the Assembly Hall of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the University of Vigo the celebration of the feast of St. Tomás de Aquino (patron saint of the institution). In this act, among others, the extraordinary degree prize was awarded to AN Eduardo Corral Rozalem, former student of the CUD-ENM, as the best graduate record in mechanical engineering in the 2016-2021 class (seventh class of graduates of the center). The award was collected by the winner himself, who was accompanied at the ceremony by the Deputy Director of the Defense University Center at the Spanish Naval Academy, Mr. Santiago Rafael Urréjola Madriñán, as well as the Head of Instruction of the Spanish Naval Academy, CC. Mr. Lucas Vázquez Alberti….
Welcoming ceremony for DIRETIC master students on the occasion of the start of the face-to-face phase
On January 10, 2022, the face-to-face phase of the “ICT Management for the Defence Master Degree” (DIRETIC master’s degree) began, an official degree from the University of Vigo taught by the Defense University Center at the Spanish Naval Academy (CUD- ENM). The welcoming ceremony, which took place in the Assembly Hall of the ENM, was chaired by the Director of the CUD-ENM, Ilmo. Mr. CN D. José Martín Davila, and the Commander-Director of the ENM, Ilmo. Mr. CN. Mr. Pedro Cardona Suanzes and the coordinator of the DIRETIC master, Prof. Dr. Ms. Milagros Fernández Gavilanes. Among the attendees were the 46 students of the second and third class of the DIRETIC master’s degree in the two specialties, as well as the faculty. The master’s program is taught in blended learning mode where each of its three academic periods has a 3-week face-to-face phase at CUD-ENM. During this face-to-face phase, the students of both courses will receive practical classes, attend conferences and make training visits to centers, companies and facilities of interest for the subjects that make up the course’s teaching program. In addition, the students of the third promotion will defend their Master’s Final Dissertation during the last week of this face-to-face phase. …
Farewell to CUD-ENM professor Roberto Cocheteux on his retirement
On September the 28th, 2021, the Direction of the CUD-ENM offered a farewell coffee to Professor Roberto R. Cocheteux Lourido, on the occasion of his retirement on the 30th of the same month. Professor Roberto Cocheteux leaves a great memory among colleagues and students of the CUD-ENM where he was performing his teaching duties as an associate professor during the last seven academic years. During this period his academic activity was focused on the teaching of the fifth course of the mechanical engineering degree “Ship theory and shipbuilding” (subject of the intensification in naval technologies), which is studied by future officers of the Naval Branch. It has also collaborated during this period in the teaching of Physics II (basic training subject taught to all first year students). All the staff of the CUD-ENM thanks him for the services offered in this university center and wishes him the best in this new stage….
Visit to CUD-ENM of the Deputy General Director of Military Education and the Director of ANECA
On September 2nd, 2021 took place the visit to the Centro Universitario de la Defensa en la Escuela Naval Militar (CUD-ENM) of the Deputy General Director of Military Education, Mr. CN. D. Alfonso Vallés Sales, accompanied by the Director of ANECA (National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation), Dr. Mercedes Siles Molina. The day’s agenda began with a meeting with the management team of the CUD-ENM, where the Commander-Director of the ENM, Mr. Pedro Cardona Suanzes, was invited. In this meeting, the Director of the CUD-ENM, Dr. José Martín Davila, made a presentation of the activity developed by the center, both in the academic field (regarding the two official Bachelor and Master degrees offered) and research (detailing the initiatives already launched in this field as well as the roadmap of actions proposed by the recently published Order DEF/375/2021, which approves the general guidelines for the management of research and knowledge transfer in the defense university centers). Afterwards, the Secretary of the CUD-ENM, Dr. Belén Barragáns Martínez, presented a summary of the academic results of the center in its eleven years of activity as well as the main milestones related to the Internal Quality Assurance System of the CUD-ENM, as the basis for the continuous improvement of the center. At the end of the meeting, the Director of ANECA signed the CUD-ENM’s book of honor. The visit ended with a tour of the CUD-ENM facilities. Visits were made to the administrative building, the teaching laboratories and the research laboratories of the center, where both the Deputy General Director and the Director of ANECA were able to exchange impressions with the coordinating professors of these laboratories and to obtain a clearer and more direct vision of the activities carried out in teaching and research fields. Also, during this visit, both attended a demonstration of the telematic teaching capabilities implemented at the start of the last academic year 2020-2021 at the CUD-ENM, with its own funding and support from the teaching tools and platforms of the University of Vigo….