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Jainendra Shukla defended his PhD performed through the program of Industrial Doctorates

Empowering Cognitive Stimulation Therapy with Socially Assistive Robotics and Emotion Recognition

Abstract: Socially Assistive Robotics (SAR) has already been widely used in mental health service and research, primarily among children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and among older adults with dementia. Motivated by the benefits offered by SAR in mental health service and research, we envision that SAR can also benefit cognitive rehabilitation of individuals struggling with a wide range of mental health concerns, including adults with intellectual developmental disorders (IDD), people with neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease etc. Cognitive rehabilitation involves guided practice on a range of standard tasks related to one or more cognitive domains. Such gain in cognition will increase autonomy among these individuals which in turn can improve quality of life and hence well-being of these individuals. Motivated by lack of adequate resources for providing support to individuals with mental health concerns, the benefits offered by cognitive rehabilitation and SAR in mental health service and research, we envision that SAR empowered cognitive rehabilitation can positively affect the well-being of a wide variety of users.

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Hamed Habibi defended his PhD

Understanding Road Scenes using Deep Neural Networks

Abstract: Understanding road scenes is crucial for autonomous cars. This requires segmenting road scenes into semantically meaningful regions and recognizing objects in a scene. While objects such as cars and pedestrians has to be segmented accurately, it might not be necessary to detect and locate these objects in a scene. However, detecting and classifying objects such as traffic signs is essential for conforming to road rules.

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Jordi Bautista defended his thesis, the first performed through the program of Industrial Doctorates

Abstract: The IRCV group was present in the PhD defense of Jordi Bautista, in the development of a conference realized in Reus about the experiencies of the first call of a program of industrial doctorands engaged by the catalan government to enhance the coordination and the collaboration between the the University, the Generalitat de Catalunya and the companies. The thesis of Jordi Bautista, “Human-robot interaction and computer-vision-based services for autonomous robots”, which approaches topics like robotics and computer vision, was directed by Domènec Puig, leader of this group, and Jaume Vergés, member of Ateknea, company where the doctorand conduited his research. This thesis was the first of this program defended in URV.

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