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.
Last week the group was present in the thesis defense of one of its members. Mohammed Abdel-Nasser, one of our former doctorands, presented his PhD in the Engineering Faculty of our University. Abdel-Nasser, who did his research in computer-aided breast cancer diagnosis through analyzing cancer images in mammographies, ultrasonographies and thermographies, obtanied a grade of Excellent (Cum Laude) for his work.
Generation and control of locomotion for biped robots based on biologically inspired approaches
Abstract: This thesis proposes the use of biologically inspired control approaches to generate and control the omnidirectional gait of humanoid robots, adapting their movement to various types of flat terrain using multi-sensory feedback. The proposed locomotion control systems were implemented using Central Pattern Generator (CPG) networks based on Matsuoka’s neuron model. CPGs are biological neural networks located in the central nervous system of vertebrates or in the main ganglia of invertebrates, which can control coordinated movements, such as those involved in locomotion, respiration, chewing or swallowing.
The paper entitled “A Unified Framework for Coarse-to-Fine Recognition of Traffic Signs using Bayesian Network and Visual Attributes” written by Hamed Habibi Aghdam, Elnaz Jahani Heravi and Domenec Puig won the best student paper award in 10th International Conference on Computer Vision, Theory and Applications.