This is the fourth edition of the HiPEAC Tech Transfer Awards, which aims to showcase the various advances in data fusion strategies, artificial vision, cybersecurity, low-power hardware and high-performance computing simulation. It should be noted that all applications are evaluated by a dedicated internal technology transfer committee.

As a result of changing factors such as increasing frequency, magnitude of events, unplanned urbanization, as well as insecure livelihoods and public perception of risk, both the impact and costs of water-related disasters are increasing, especially in developing countries.

The work developed for Vielca Ingenieros, S.A. by the Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia (UCAM) and the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (UPV) has been selected as one of the 9 winners of the 2018 edition of the HiPEAC Tech Transfer Award for the development of multisensory data fusion strategies for the prevention of natural disasters related to water use and management in El Salvador.

A real-time application for early detection and prevention of water-related disasters has been developed to carry out data fusion. The technology developed consists of a BigData analysis tool that combines information from “hard” sensors (information from weather stations) and “soft” sensors (microtexts) from social networks, analyzed using natural language processing (NLP) techniques.

The reference work has stood out both in the area of data fusion strategies and in the area of high-performance computing.