UNIVERSIDAD DE LEÓN (ULE, https://www.unileon.es/) is a Spanish public university established in 1979 that carries out research activity in most academic fields and in a good number of areas of technology. In terms of volume, the main research disciplines are Life Sciences (Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences), Health Sciences (Biomedicine, Health Studies, Veterinary Science) and Engineering (Cybersecurity, Chemical Engineering, Manufacturing Process).
The University is formed by more than 1090 professors and researchers, 366 administrative officers and other staff and 130 laboratory technicians, who carry out their teaching and research activities in near 100 research groups sited in 13 Schools and Faculties, 10 Research Institutes and 2 Technological Centres.
Since its beginnings, ULE has shown a strong commitment to participation in competitive R&D calls of international scope, which has resulted in more than 20 projects granted in collaboration with foreign entities in the last decade, 10 of which are currently in progress.
ULE has 99 research groups, among which is the VALFIS research group, which will participate in the SIXTHSENSE project. This group is integrated in the Department of Physical Education and Sports and in the Institute of Biomedicine (IBIOMED), and is located in the Faculty of Physical Activity and Sports Sciences. This group has extensive experience in the following research fields:
- Health-related physical fitness assessment. Exercise Physiology and physical activity.
- Human performance assessment. Sport physiology. Training and competition monitoring.
- Nutrition and physical activity.
- Physical demands in Occupational settings: Wildland firefighters’ thermophysiological response assessment.
Role of ULE in the project:
ULE has extensive experience in collaborative work with first responders (e.g., wildland firefighters). Therefore, this will have an important role in different activities such as the advice of the SIXTHSENSE requirements from practitioners. Due to the experience of VALFIS research group in the assessment and control of first responders from an applied exercise physiology perspective, our participation in the project will be relevant at the end of the Alpha, Beta and Gamma stages during the SIXTHSENSE prototypes validation in the lab and field within the WP2.
- WP1 – Coordination and management
- WP2 – Co-development and Lab and field testing
- WP6 – Analysis of first responders’ physiological strain.
- WP7 – Feedback inputs
- WP9 – Feedback inputs
- WP10 – Scientific dissemination