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EU Research and Industry meet at EMRA Limerick

EU workshop on EU-funded Marine Robotics and Applications (EMRA) has taken place in Limerick (Ireland). Organized on the framework of EXCELLABUST and EUMR H2020 projects, the event is a perfect occasion to put together researchers and industry and establish and enhance relations between them. EMRA has been organized by the University of Limerick Center of Robotics and Intelligent Systems.   The two-day single-track conference program included more than twenty speakers with plenty of time for discussions and networking. Presentations from ongoing EU-funded research projects mixed with presentations from industry, policy makers and end-users. A dedicated space was provided for exhibits…

SERAM 2018: ViCOROB team represented at Biotechnology and Computing Session

Last month, three members of VICOROB attended to the 34th National Congress of the Spanish Society of Medical Radiology SERAM and presented 3 oral and 3 poster presentations. This event represented a great opportunity to show part of the most recent research works in breast and brain imaging developed at the institute: breast parenchyma enhancement automated classification methods, image analysis tools to improve breast cancer diagnosis or deep learning approaches for multiple sclerosis’ lesion segmentation, among others.     This biennial event gathers mainly radiologists, but also other health professionals such as technicians as well as researchers and engineers with…

We travel to the land down under: visit at CSIRO research center and participation at ICRA 2018

The IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) took place in Brisbane, Australia, from 21 to 25 of May. Established in 1984 and held annually, the conference joins experts in the field of robotics and automation for technical communications through presentations and discussions.   ViCOROB participated in the conference, once again. Narcís Palomeras presented the work “Autonomous Mapping of Underwater 3D Structures: From View Planning to Execution”, and Eduard Vidal presented “Optimized Environment Exploration for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles”. Eduard was also awarded with a Student Travel Grant from the Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) to participate in the event….

Eduard Vidal wins a second prize in the Student Poster Competition of Oceans’18 MTS/IEEE Kobe

The Oceans Conference joints maritime professionals and researches to learn, innovate and lead in the protection and utilization of ocean resources. It is co-sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS).   The conference is held twice a year. For 2018, it first took place in Kobe, Japan, from May 28th to 31st. This time, Eduard Vidal from ViCOROB was one of the 15 international students selected to participate in the Student Poster Competition, presenting the work “Online Robotic Exploration for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles in Unstructured Environments”. The final result: 2nd place! It…

Learning about the climate change: effects on the Arctic

We set sail for Ny-Aalesund, an island situated on Spitsbergen, north-west of Longyearbyen, in Oscar II land. One of the northernmost city in the world. Now deemed, as an international research center in the Arctic. Ny-Aalesund,  counting 11 institutions from 10 countries.   As we had an opportunity to be part of training program organized by the Italian station support the CNR‘s studies on climatic changes. where the aim of their research focuses on environmental and climatic studies of ice and marine sediments, that plays a mandatory role to avoid the disappearance of the glaciers covering some areas of the…

Laser 3D Sense Technology towards the market

The Laser 3D scanner technology developed and patented by the University of Girona is one step beyond the state of the art of underwater 3D perception. It is the result of a PhD thesis in Underwater Robotics and 3D Perception done by Albert Palomer and tutored by Pere Ridao, Josep Forest and David Ribas that will be soon defended.   L3S, as an easy to integrate system, will allow the end user to gather online 3D information of a target scene from a moving vehicle at a resolution where the objects can clearly be identified. Moreover, it will also allow…

DOCTORAL THESIS: Glandular Tissue Pattern Analysis Through Multimodal MRI-Mammography Registration

Glandular Tissue Pattern Analysis Through Multimodal MRI-Mammography Registration By Eloy García Marcos Supervised by Dr. Joan Martí Bonmatí / Dr. Arnau Oliver Malagelada Abstract Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. Current statistics show that one in eight women will develop this disease over the course of her lifetime. While X-ray mammography is the gold standard image modality for screening and diagnosis of breast cancer, it presents decreased sensitivity in dense breasts. Several studies have shown that the combination of the different medical image modalities, such as mammography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), leads to a more...

SOUNDTILES technology presented at Oceanology International London

At ViCOROB, we do research on Underwater Vision and Robotics. One of the developed technologies in the last years, currently being valorized in the context of SOUNDTILES project (Ref.: 2016 PROD 00130) consists on the development of a tool for automatic processing of sonar mosaics, a breakthrough in the current technologies available commercially.   Natàlia Hurtós presented this technology in front of a commercial audience in the most important fair of underwater technologies, Oceanology International, that took place in London (UK). In the same event, ViCOROB team had the chance to meet with industry key actors, like the American company SoundMetrics.  …