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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…

We participated in MICCAI 2018

MICCAI 2018, the 21st international conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer-Assisted Intervention, was held in Granada, Spain, from September 16th to 20th, 2018. The MICCAI conference attracts world-leading biomedical scientists, engineers and clinicians from a wide range of disciplines associated with medical imaging and computer-assisted intervention. The series of lectures includes three days of oral presentations and poster sessions. Besides, the day before and the day after is full of workshops, tutorials and challenges.   We participated in three different challenges, the MRBRAINS18, related to brain tissue segmentation, the BRATS2018, related to brain tumour segmentation and prediction, and the…

We attended the 11th IFAC – CAMS 2018

We attended 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – CAMS 2018   Khadidja Himri had the opportunity to attend The 11th IFAC Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles – CAMS 2018, that was held on 10th-12th September 2018, in Opatija, Croatia; a Mediterranean town reflecting Central European charm.   “CAMS 2018 is the 11th Conference on Control Applications in Marine Systems, Robotics, and Vehicles, the conference was all about the latest achievements in the field of automatic control applied to marine systems, marine robotics, and marine vehicles. It was the…

An interview with Luca Zappella

Luca Zappella, Researcher, Apple Inc.   I studied computer science in Italy, worked for a few years then I came across this new masters called VIBOT. I did not think twice and applied. After the VIBOT I did my Ph.D. at the University of Girona with Xavi Llado and Joaquim Salvi. Once I got my Ph.D. I did a couple of years of postdoc at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. I then decided to move to an industry setting and started working as researcher at Metaio (Augmented Reality). Currently I am working in an artificial intelligence research team at Apple Inc….