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Tali Hurtós

Tali Hurtós defends her PhD thesis: “Forward-Looking Sonar Mosaicing for Underwater Environments”

Vehicle operations in underwater environments are frequently compromised by poor visibility conditions. The perception range of optical devices is heavily constrained in turbid waters, thus often complicating navigation and mapping tasks in environments such as harbors, bays, or rivers. A new generation of high-frequency forward-looking sonars that provide acoustic imagery at near-video frame rates have recently emerged as a promising alternative for working under these challenging conditions. In this thesis, we propose an end-to-end mosaicing framework tailored to the characteristics of forward-looking sonar imagery in order to build consistent overviews of planar underwater areas regardless of water visibility. Our solution…

Onur Ganiler defends his PhD thesis: “Automated detection of new Multiple Sclerosis lesions in longitudinal brain magnetic resonance imaging”

  This thesis deals with the detection of new multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions in longitudinal brain magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. This disease is characterized by the presence of lesions in the brain, predominantly in the white matter (WM) tissue of the brain. The detection and quantification of new lesions are crucial to follow-up MS patients. Moreover, the manual detection of these new lesions is not only time-consuming, but is also prone to intra- and inter-observer variability. Therefore, the development of automated techniques for the detection MS lesions is a major challenge. After a thorough analysis of the state-of-the art in…

Udigitaledu

UdiGital.edu: quatre anys d’èxits!

El grup de recerca de la Universitat de Girona,  UdiGital.edu, va iniciar ahir les activitats per aquest curs 2014-2015 i ho va fer a través d’un acte d’inauguració que va tenir lloc a la sala d’actes de l’edifici Narcís Monturiol (Parc Científic i Tecnològic) a les 17:30 hores. UdiGital.edu, és un grup de recerca que pretén investigar com les TIC poden esdevenir eines per a transformar l’aprenentatge i fomentar la creativitat. La seva proposta és transversal i multidisciplinària i abraça totes les matèries del currículum, el que es coneix amb l’acrònim STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). L’equip UdiGital.edu…

Rafael Garcia delivers a plenary talk at INT-NAM 2014

Rafael Garcia has delivered today the plenary lecture “3-D Mapping for the Characterization of the Seafloor using an Underwater Robot” as “keynote speaker”on the 2nd International Symposium on Maritime and Naval Architecture which takes place on October 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey. In his keynote lecture, Dr. Garcia presented the latest advances and conclusions of the MICINN MUMAP project regarding the development of systems for seafloor monitoring.

educació qualitat

El màster VIBOT rep una beca per a Màsters d’Excel.lència de la Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera

La Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera ha atorgat, un any més, una beca per a Màsters d’Excel.lència al Màster VIBOT. Amb aquestes beques La Fundació vol reconèixer i atraure el talent, fomentar l’excel•lència i contribuïr a fer de Catalunya un referent en l’àmbit dels estudis de postgrau de qualitat. Els màsters inclosos en el programa de beques es fan a Catalunya i s’han considerat excel•lents tenint en compte la seva projecció internacional. Són impartits en llengua anglesa, amb professorat de prestigi i amb una clara orientació a la recerca. L’acte d’entrega oficial va tenir lloc dilluns passat a La Pedrera, Barcelona. Van…

SPARUS II - euRathlon

Veni, vidi, vici. Felicitats als campions de l’euRathlon!

L’equip de la Universitat de Girona amb el seu robot submarí  Sparus II AUV es proclama vencedor de la competició euRathlon   L’SPARUS II AUV, un robot autònom submarí desenvolupat al CIRS, es va proclamar campió a la competició europea en robòtica submarina euRathlon celebrada la setmana passada (29/9-3/10/14) a La Spezia, Itàlia.   euRathlon és una competició europea de robòtica submarina on hi competeixen diferents equips amateurs i on es plantegen reptes d’aplicació real del camp de la robòtica submarina. En un camp tecnològic tant innovador, existeixen poques per a valorar les capacitats d’aquests robots i, aquest tipus de…

FP7 European Project MORPH: next generation of underwater robotics for ocean exploration tested in the Azores

From 8 to 18 September 2014, the Center of IMAR of the University of the Azores is hosting the sea trials of a new type of robotics-based distributed sensor system, aimed at affording marine scientists and commercial operators a revolutionary tool for marine habitat mapping in complex 3D environments. The tests are being performed in the scope of the EC research project MORPH, entitled Marine Robotic System of Self-Organising, Logically Linked Physical Nodes.   Launched in February 2012, the 4-year research project MORPH is partly funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme with a budget of 8,5 million Euros….

PhD Vicorob

MARC MASIAS defends his PhD thesis: “Automatic source detection in astronomical images”

This thesis is focused on the automatic detection of sources (objects) in astronomical images. These sources are something that suggests the presence of an astronomical object such as stars, galaxies, gas, dust or cosmic rays. The use of automatic algorithms to perform such a task becomes of great importance in the astronomical field because of the increasing amount of data and the inefficiency and inaccuracy of manual inspection.   In the first place, we exhaustively analyze the state of the art on this topic, presenting a new classification of techniques and pointing out their main strengths and weaknesses. A complementary…