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DOCTORAL THESIS: Motion Annotation in complex video datasets

By Mahmood Muhammad Habib Supervised by Dr. Arnau Oliver Malagelada Abstract An in-depth analysis of computer vision methodologies is greatly dependent on the benchmarks they are tested upon. Any dataset is as good as the diversity of the true nature of the problem enclosed in it. Motion segmentation is a preprocessing step in computer vision whose publicly available datasets have certain limitations. Some databases are not up-to-date with modern requirements of frame length and number of motions, and others do not have ample ground-truth in them. In this paper, we present a collection of diverse multifaceted motion segmentation benchmarks containing...

DOCTORAL THESIS: Online Acoustic Localization Methods for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

By Guillem Vallicrosa Massaguer Supervised by Dr. Pere Ridao Abstract Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) true autonomy capabilities in complex poten-tially unknown environments, have not yet been fully achieved because of the lack of online algorithms that can solve fundamental problems such as localization, mapping and path-planning on-board the AUV and consequently react according to their outputs. These algorithms can empower them for new capabilities such as long-term deployments, au-tonomous exploration and autonomous intervention.   This thesis presents the development of two online localization algorithms for AUVs. The first algorithm is based on a Sum of Gaussian (SOG) filter for online...

An interview with Soumya Ghose

Soumya Ghose, Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University   I am a senior research associate in the biomedical engineering group at Case Western Reserve University. My research primarily involves risk stratification, diagnosis and prognosis prediction of prostate cancer patients from medical images and other clinical information using machine learning, segmentation and registration methods   Can you tell us what do you do in your daily work? I am primarily involved in code development in the HPC environment, writing papers and NIH grants for our group.   Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time? (in professional terms) I…

ECTRIMS 2018 have been an opportunity to understand better the clinical expert needs

European Committee for treatment and research in Multiple Sclerosis (ECTRIMS) that was held in Berlin, Germany, from October 10th to 12th, 2018. During the last 25 years, ECTRIMS has served as Europe’s and the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the understanding and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The conference includes three days of oral presentations authored by the world-top scientists and clinical experts on the field. Furthermore, the conference provides also several poster sessions which are useful to both spread the research and community networking.   As a former Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (MAGNIMS) grant fellow, Mariano…

DOCTORAL THESIS: Underwater Navigation and Mapping with an Omnidirectional Optical Sensor

Underwater Navigation and Mapping with an Omnidirectional Optical Sensor By Josep Bosch Alay Supervised by Dr. Nuno Gràcias / Dr. Pere Ridao Abstract Omnidirectional vision has received increasing interest during the last decade from the computer vision community. A large number of camera models have reached the market to meet the increasing demand for panoramic imagery. However, the use of omnidirectional cameras underwater is still very limited. In this thesis we propose a number of methods to create a reference resource for designing, calibrating and using underwater omnidirectional multi-camera systems.     The first problem we address is the design...

ViCOROB team at IROS Madrid 2018

IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2018) took place from the 1st to the 5th of October in Madrid (Spain). It is the most important scientific event on robotics worldwide. The event counted on the participation of more than 4,000 people and was organized by Universidad Carlos III.   ViCOROB participated in the event with the keynote speech of Pere Ridao (PI of the underwater robotics lab) on “Underwater 3D Mapping and Intervention“, the presentations of scientific work of the MSCA Postdoctoral fellow Patryk Cieslak and the PhD student Dina Youakim and the presentation of a poster…

Breaking the Surface -10th year celebration

By Guillem Vallicrosa Photos: BTS organization   We attended the 10th International interdisciplinary field workshop of maritime robotics and applications – Breaking the Surface – BTS 2018. The conference was held on 30 Sep – 7 Oct, in Biograd na Moru, Croatia.   “BTS is a conference not only focused on marine robotics, but also in its applications like marine biology, marine geology, and underwater archaeology.   It was the second time I attended BTS, first time was back in 2014. Since it was the 10th year celebration we could find many pictures remembering all the different editions where we…

Plenary meeting of the EUMarineRobots project in Croatia

EU Marine Robots (EUMR) is an H2020 infrastructures project coordinated by the University of Porto. The main objective of the EUMR project is to open up key national and regional marine robotics research infrastructures (RIs) to all European researchers, from both academia and industry, ensuring their optimal use and joint development to establish a world-­class marine robotics integrated infrastructure.   The EUMR team gathered in a plenary meeting in Biograd Na Moru, Croatia, on the eve of Breaking the Surface Workshop. The main goal of the reunion was the approval of the Trans National Access (TNA) first call, launched on…