1. Programme Description 

1.1. Person in charge of the Programme (Coordinator)

First Surname 


Second Surname




Professional Category

 University Full Professor 

ID number



1.2. Applicant University 

University name 

 University of Vigo

VAT number 



1.3. PhD Programme's basic data 

Name of the PhD Programme 

PhD Programme in Information and Communications Technology from the University of Vigo (Doc_TIC)

ISCED code 

 Engineering and Engineering trades (code 52) 

Joint degree (Yes/No)


Participating universities  (indicate coordinating university)

University 1

 University of Vigo 

Centre where it is taught at University 1

 School of Telecommunications Engineering 



1.4. Data of the centre 

Number of new entry places offered in the first year of implementation


Number of new places offered in the second year of implementation 


Languages used in the training process 

Spanish - Galician - English

Standards for continuance 



1.5. Context

Doc_TIC arises from the proposal of ten research groups in the School of Telecommunications Engineering, many of them belonging to AtlantTIC Research Centre. Doc_TIC involves the merging and expansion of the current PhD Programmes in Signal Theory and Communications (TSC) and Telematics Engineering, both with mention to the excellence and according to the Royal Decree 1393/2007. Previously these programmes came from three programmes according to the Royal Decree 778/1998 from the departments of Signal Theory and Communications, and Telematics Engineering from the University of Vigo. 

The research groups of the PhD Programme, whose merits are summarized on Section 6 of this report, are:


Research Group 
Multimedia Technology Group  (GTM)
Radio Systems Group (SR)
Signal Processing in Communications Group (GPSC)
High Frequency Devices Group (GDAF)
Antennas Group
Bioengineering and Chronobiology Laboratory  (LBC)
Networks Laboratory
Services for Information Society Group (GSSI)
Telematic Systems Engineering Group (GIST)
Information Technologies Group (GTI)

DOC_TIC's mission is to train the best professionals and researchers in the field of the Information Technology and Communications (ICT), to generate quality research and international impact and to provide the industry with advanced and professional technology and knowledge, to improve its competitiveness at global level. 

Information and Communications Technology has transformed all production processes in a transversal way, and it is rightly considered powerful catalysts for innovation and progress in advanced societies. The interest and importance that the different public administrations grant to the research in this field are clearly reflected in the current strategic plans and research support programmes at regional, national and European level. 

In the European context, since in March 2000, the "Lisbon Agenda" established as key factors in the productivity levels of the European Union, the underinvestment in R&D and in ICT training, the strategic commitment for these technologies has been settled. One significant example is that within the 7th Framework Programme these technologies have the most important budget allocation (18% of the total budget).  

Besides being measured by public investment, the impact of the Information and Communications Technology in the European socio-economic environment is backed up by several studies that attribute to the ICT the 40% of the productivity growth and 25% of the GDP growth of the European Union. Nowadays, this field means the 6% of the labour employment and 8% of the overall GDP of the EU, which makes it a key sector in the economy of the Union.

Within the nearest socio-economic environment, at national level it should be noted that one of the five major strategic actions defined by the National Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation Plan 2008-2011 of the Spanish Government, is precisely the "Strategic Action on Telecommunications and Information Society"; in the Autonomous Community of Galicia, the Galician Research, Development and Technological Innovation Plan 2006-2010 (INCITE) identifies 14 priority areas for sectorial programmes and critical technologies, being two of them Information and Communications Technology and Information Society. It is also significant the Galician Strategic Research Plan 2010 of the "Xunta de Galicia" (Galician Regional Government), which analyses the backwardness of the Galician companies in R&D and identifies the priority areas for improvement, by pointing Information and Communications Technology as the second key aspect in order of importance in which Galician companies need more innovation.

In short, there is broad consensus on the importance of the ICT, both within a global socio-economic environment and within the closest one, and, consequently, on the deficit of properly trained researches to carry out R&D tasks in this sector. Doc_TIC aims to meet this demand in the same way the PhD programmes which it replaces had been doing.

Regarding the scientific soundness of the research groups it can be said they all belong to the ICT field. Seven of them are beneficiaries of funding from the Programme "Programa de Consolidación e Estruturación de Unidades de Investigación convocadas por la DXPCT y la DX I+D+i" from the "Xunta de Galicia" (Galician Regional Government). On the whole they cover almost all of the research areas that can be included in the ICT field: Telematics, Signal Processing in Communications and Multimedia, and Radio Systems, including a large number of research topics within each area. Over the years, this set of groups has proven competence to achieve quality scientific production, a high level of transfer to the industrial sector, and high level of public funding for their research projects, achieved as well in competitive calls at regional, national and European level. Additionally, most of the groups, from their inception, are part of the research centre of the University of Vigo "Atlantic Research Centre for Informationand Communication Technologies - AtlantTIC", whose strategic plan has defined as priority action line the establishment of an internationally renowned PhD Programme.


Doc_TIC Academic Committee, consisting of 9 full members and 9 substitutes, represents all of the research gropus, distributed as follows: 













GDAF + Antennas  






Networks Lab.













One of the full members will act as Coordinator of the PhD Programme and Chair of the Academic Committee, and another one as Secretary. They will be chosen according to the operating regulations of the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme.


1.6. Collaboration 

The research groups underpinning the Doc_TIC Programme have a long collaboration path with other national and foreign research groups, embodied in the execution of joint projects and publications.

Below are listed, firstly, the partnerships by agreement, following with the detailed partnerships with research groups, departments and universities, mentioning the actions carried out and the most important outputs of these partnerships. Finally, they are mentioned the participation of professors in different projects and multilateral research networks. 

Partnerships by agreement: 

  •  Agreement with the "Universidad de la República" (Uruguay) on the promotion of partnerships in the field of research between the two universities including the "Development of training programmes for the research personnel". The agreement was signed on 24.11.97, valid for four years, but it is currently in force, as it is automatically extendable. Activities already completed: 

    • Course at the Faculty of Engineering of the "Universidad de la República Oriental del Uruguay":  “Measurement of Radio Signal" taught by Professor Iñigo Cuiñas Gómez in January 2005.

    • Jose Eduardo Acuña González, is conducting his doctoral thesis with Prof. Iñigo Cuiñas Gómez

    • Joint Publications

Iñigo Cuiñas, Paula Gómez, Ana Vázquez Alejos, Manuel García Sánchez, José E. Acuña, “Reduction of interferences to adjacent networks by combined lattice structures and shrub barriers” WINSYS 2009, Internacional Conference on Wíreless Information Networks and Systems, Milan (Italy), 2009

Iñigo Cuiñas, Paula Gómez, José E. Acuña, Manuel García Sánchez, “Cellular phone coverage in urban vegetation areas” EuCAP2009, European Conference on Antennas and Propagation., Berlin (Germany), 2009




These collaborations will be formalized in the medium term by signing the relevant agreements with the ultimate goal of all the collaborations being institutional.

Collaboration with “Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing” from the “University of Surrey (UK)”:

  • Participation of the Head of the Centre, Prof. Josef Kittler in our PhD Programme teaching “Lecture Course on Multiple Classifier Systems” from March 30th to April 3rd, 2009. 

  • Predoctoral stays performed by students of the Programme for a minimum of three months: Enrique Argones , 5 moths from 01/03/2005 to 01/08/2005, Paula López Otero 3 months in  2011.

Daniel González-Jiménez, Enrique Argones-Rúa, José L. Alba-Castro, Josef Kittler, “Evaluation of Point Localization and Similarity Fusion Methods for Gabor Jets-based Face Verification”, IET Computer Vision Vol. 1, N. 3-4. Pp. 101-112 Dec. 2007

Poh, N. Chan, C. H. Kittler, J. Marcel, S. Mc Cool, C. Argones-Rua, E., Alba Castro, J. L. Villegas, M. Paredes, R. Struc, V. Pavesic, N. Salah, A. A. Fang, H. Costen, N., “An Evaluation of Video to Video Face Verification”, IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security. Vol. 5, N. 4, pp.781- 801, Dec. 2010

Collaboration with the “Universita degli studi ROMA TRE”:

  • Participation of Prof. Patrizio Campisi, IP del COMLAB in the PhD Programme teaching a  "Lecture Course on Privacy and Security in Biometric Systems" - May 18th-21th, 2010. 

  • Postdoctoral stay performed by the researcher Emanuele Maiorana to work with PhD Programme students, last week of March 2010. As a result of the collaboration with Prof. Campisi it was published one paper in the JCR journal and two papers in conferences.  

Enrique Argones-Rúa, Emanuele Maiorana, José L. Alba-Castro and Patrizio Campisi"Secure Biometric Recognition System Using Eigen-Model User Representation. An Application to On-line Signature", IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, V. 7, Issue 1, pp. 269-282, Feb 2012.

Emanuele Maiorana, Enrique Argones-Rúa, José Luis Alba-Castro and Patrizio Campisi, "Eigen-Model Projections for Protected On-line Signature Recognition" , 3rd Workshop on biometrics and Identity Management (BIOID'11), Brandenburg (Havel), Germany, March 8-10, 2011, in Lecture Notes in Computer Science 5558 (Springer)

Enrique Argones Rúa, Emanuele Maiorana, José Luis Alba Castro and Patrizio Campisi, Feature Fusion for Template Stability in Biometric Cryptosystems. An Application to Face Biometrics based on Eigen-Models, 1st International IEEE-AESS Conference in Europe about Space and Satellite Telecommunications (ESTEL 2012), special track on Security and Privacy, Rome, Italy - October 2-5, 2012



Collaboration with the “Speech Research Group, Department of Enginneering, University of Cambridge”:

  • Course "Statistical Machine Translation: challenges, solutions and trends" taught by Dr Adrià de Gispert, currently "Lecturer in Speech and Language Technologies", May 4th-8th, 2009. 

  • Predoctoral stay performed by Gonzalo Inglesias in this group during 9 months (starting 24/03/2008) 

  • Co-direction of Gonzalo Iglesias thesis by Dr Adrià de Gispert. This thesis, "Hierarchical Phrase-based Translation with Weighted Finite-State Transducers", was defended at the University of Vigo in March 2010. Upon completion of the doctoral thesis, Dr Gonzalo Iglesias joined the "Speech Research Group" as postdoc researcher.

  • Several joint publications among members of the groups of the universities of Cambridge and Vigo. 

Collaboration with the “EMAG Research Group de New Mexico State University”, USA:

  • Project RICANA (Radar Imaging: Challenges And New Approaches) is a project within the  FP7-PEOPLE_IOF Programme, which has enabled Ana Vázquez Alejos to perform a Marie Curie stay (2009-2010) as doctor  at the New Mexico State University.

  • Joint Publications 

Ana Vázquez Alejos, Manuel García Sánchez, Iñigo Cuiñas, M. Dawood, M.U.R. Mohammed, “Educational System to Approach Teaching of Bi-static Noise Radar” Electronics and Electrical Engineering (Elektronika ir Elektrotechnika), 6(102), pp.71-74, 2010

Ana Vázquez Alejos, Dawood Muhammad, Manuel García Sánchez, Russell Jedlicka, Iñigo Cuiñas, Habeeb Ur Rahman Mohammed, “Low Sidelobe Level Radar Techniques Using Golay Based Coded Sequences” 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation, San Diego, California (EE.UU.), 2008

S. Morgadinho, R.F.S. Caldeirinha, Iñigo Cuiñas, Manuel G. Sánchez, “A reduced Markov channel modelling of vegetation in the forward scattering region at 40GHz” The 2nd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation. Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 2007

Collaboration with the “Electrical and Computer Engineering Department” from the University of Nuevo Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.

  • 6 months stay performed by Prof. Carlos Mosquera Nartallo in the aforesaid department. 

  • 3 months stay performed by Prof. Nuria González Prelcic in the aforesaid department in 2011.

  • 2 weeks stay by Prof. Sudharman K. Jayaweera in the Signal Theory and Communications Department from the University of Vigo in June 2009. He also taught the course "Radio Cognitive Systems". June 14th-18th, 2010. 

  • 12 months stay by Prof Pedro Comesaña Alfaro in this department (2010-2011), funded by a postdoctoral mobility grant from the Ministry of Education associated to the "Príncipe de Asturias" Chair.

    Pedro Comesaña, Fernando Pérez-González, and Chaouki T. Abdallah. Witsenhausen's counterexample and its links with multimedia security problems. 10th International Workshop on Digital-forensics and Watermarking (IWDW'11), Atlantic City, USA, October 2011. Best Paper Award.  

  • Joint publications with Prof. Sudharman K. Jayaweera de la UNM:

"Primary user enters the game: performance of Dynamic Spectrum Leasing in Cognitive Radio Networks". G. Vazquez-Vilar, C. Mosquera and S. K. Jayaweera. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 9 no. 12, pp. 3625-3629, December 2010.

"Efficient Dynamic Spectrum Sharing in Cognitive Radio Networks: Centralized Dynamic Spectrum Leasing (C-DSL)". K. Hakim, S. K. Jayaweera, G. El-howayek and C. Mosquera. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, vol. 9 no. 9, pp. 2956-2967, September 2010.

Dynamic Spectrum Leasing: A New Paradigm for Spectrum Sharing in Cognitive Radio Networks". S. K. Jayaweera, G. Vazquez-Vilar and C. Mosquera. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, vol. 59 no. 5, pp. 2328-2339, June 2010.

Carlos Mosquera, Roberto López-Valcarce, and Sudharman K. Jayaweera. Stepsize Sequence Design for Distributed Average Consensus. IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 17(2):169-172, Feb 2010.

Gonzalo Vazquez-Vilar, Carlos Mosquera, and Sudharman K. Jayaweera. Primary User Enters the Game: Performance of Dynamic Spectrum Leasing in Cognitive Radio Networks. IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications, Accepted for publication 2010.

Sudharman K. Jayaweera and Carlos Mosquera. Distributed Sequential Estimation with Noisy, Correlated Observations. IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 15, 2008.

In addition to numerous conference papers 

  • Prof. Fernando Pérez González holds the "Principe de Asturias" Chair in Information Technology in the ECE department from 2009 to 2011, teaching in the PhD Programme on "forensics".

Collaboration with the "Universidad de Barcelona":

  • Participation of Jordi Vitria Marca, Full Professor at the UB, Senior Researcher at the "Computer Vision Center" at the UAB and PI at the BCN Perceptual computing Lab, in the PhD Programme, teaching a course on "new paradigms in pattern recognition and its applications", March 9th-13th and February, 8th - 12th February, 2010.

Collaboration with the "Universidad de Alicante":

  • Participation of Prof. Juan Manuel López Sánchez, in the PhD Programme, teaching a course on "Radar polarimetry and interferometry: foundations and applications " May 4th-7th, 2010.

Collaboration with the "Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico":

  • Course “Electromagnetic Pollution: effects on health, exposure control and measurement of the electromagnetic field" taught by Prof. Iñigo Cuiñas Gómez in December 2009. 

  • Jose Antonio Orizaga Trejo, from the "Universidad de Guadalajara" conducted a research stay in Vigo for a month and a half in November-December 2009. 

  • Joint publications.

Leonardo Soto Sumuano, Iñigo Cuiñas, “Proposal of an environmental monitoring network for the measurement of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiations", 3rd International Conference on Applied

Collaboration with the “Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, Università di Siena”, Italy:

  • Course “Introduction to digital watermarking and image multimedia forensics”, June 14th-18th, 2010, taught by Prof. Mauro Barni.

  • Research stays by Prof Pedro Comesaña Alfaro of 7 and 3 months in 2007 and 2008, respectively.

  • Joint participation in the  European Ecrypt Network of Excellence

  • Joint participation in the European project REWIND

  • Joint publication 

    - Pedro Comesaña, Neri Merhav, and Mauro Barni. Asymptotically optimum universal watermark embedding and detection in the high-snr regime. IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, 56(6):2804-2815, June 2010.

Collaboration with the IEETA, “Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Telemática” in Aveiro, Portugal

  • Conference of Prof. Paulo J.S.G. Ferreira at the Signal Theory and Communications Dept.  from the Universidad de Vigo: “Inverse problems and the role of sparseness”, March 2009.

  • Conference of Prof. Nuria González Prelcic at the IEETA in June 2010, “State of the art of Analog to Information converters”

Collaboration with Tecnalia (technology centre)

  • Workshop “Hands on Image Processing” organised by TECNALIA in November 2010. Conference Face Recognition and the Head-Pose, given by Prof. José Luis Alba Castro.

  • Workshop “Hands on Wireless & Mobile”, organised by Tecnalia in November 2010, conference Spectrum monitoring in cognitive radio, given by Roberto López Valcarce.

  • Workshop “Hands on Wireless & Mobile”, organised by Tecnalia in November 2010, conference Overview of analog compressed sensing, given by Nuria González Prelcic

Collaboration with the European Space Agency

  • Prof. Carlos Mosquera has been collaborating for several years with the European Space Agency and he is part of the technology platform ISI (Integral Satcom Initiative) since 2005. This latter initiative includes the major European companies and research centres with some type of connection with satellite communications. 

  • Project: "Flexible and High Performance Adaptive Modulation and Coding Techniques for Satellite Multimedia Applications" UVigo, University of Bolonia, Technical University of Graz, University of Surrey. ESA Support to the SatNEx Network of Experts

Collaboration with the “Univ. 7 du Novembre á Carthage”, Tunisia

  • Project “Development of algorithms for a DSL modem with vectorization", funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) 2006-2007, directed by Prof. Roberto López Valcarce and Hichem Besbes.

  • Project “Advanced Espectral Estimation for Cognitive Radio", funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) 2008, directed by Prof. Roberto López Valcarce and Hichem Besbes .

  • Project “Modelling the propagation of electromagnetic wawes in rain” funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) 2004-2005, led by professors Verónica Santalla del Río and Riadh Abdelfattah

  • Project “Correction of atmospheric effects on a synthetic aperture radar system: application to the desertification in the south of Tunisia" funded by the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) 2009, led by professors Verónica Santalla del Río and Riadh Abdelfattah

  • Co-direction by Prof. Roberto López Valcarce of the doctoral thesis of R. Elasmi-Ksibi, defended in 2009.

  • Conference given by the Prof. Nuria González Prelcic at the "Universidad 7 du Novembre á Carthage", Tunisia. November 2009.

  • Joint publications with professors from this University:

Collaboration with the “Institute of Communications and Navigation of DLR” in Germany (German Aerospace Center)

  • Dr. Sandro Scalise, DLR Project Manager, is an alumnus of this Programme.

  • Prof. Carlos Mosquera has led some projects in cooperation with this entity. 

  • Joint publications:

Carlos Mosquera, Sandro Scalise, and Roberto López-Valcarce. Non-Data-Aided Symbol Rate Estimation of Linearly Modulated Signals. IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, February 2008.

Collaboration with the “Institute of Communication Networks and Satellite Communications, Graz University of Technology”, Austria by Prof. Carlos Mosquera

There are joint publications and collaborations in different multilateral projects: 

Wilfried Gappmair, Roberto López-Valcarce, and Carlos Mosquera. Joint NDA Estimation of Carrier Frequency/Phase and SNR for Linearly Modulated Signals. IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 17(5):517-520, May 2010.

Wilfried Gappmair, Roberto López-Valcarce, and Carlos Mosquera. Cramer-Rao Lower Bound and EM Algorithm for Envelope-Based SNR Estimation of Nonconstant Modulus Constellations. IEEE Transactions on Communications, 57(6):1622 -- 1627, june 2009.

Roberto López-Valcarce, Carlos Mosquera, and Wilfried Gappmair. Iterative Envelope-Based SNR Estimation for Non-Constant Modulus Constellations. In Proceedings VIII IEEE Workshop on Signal Processing Advances in Wireless Communications (SPAWC), 2007.

Wilfried Gappmair, Roberto López-Valcarce, and Carlos Mosquera. ML and EM Algorithm for non-data-aided SNR Estimation of Linearly Modulated Signals. In 6th International Symposium on Communication Systems, Networks and Signal Processing, CNSDSP08, pages 530-534, 2008.

  • Prof. Wilffried Gappmair has conducted a three-month stay in the Signal Theory and Communications Dept. in 2011.

Collaboration with the Universidad de Bologna, Italy

  • In the area of satellite communications, Prof. Carlos Mosquera has published several papers with researchers from this university: 

Marcos Álvarez Díaz, Nicolas Courville, Carlos Mosquera, Gianluigi Liva, and Giovanni E. Corazza. Non-linear interference mitigation for broadband multimedia satellite systems. In Proc. of International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications 2007 (IWSSC'07), Salzburg, Austria, September 13-14 2007.

A. Vanelli-Coralli, G.E. Corazza, G.K. Karagiannidis, P.T. Mathiopoulos, D.S. Michalopoulos, C. Mosquera, S. Papaharalabos, and S. Scalise. Satellite Communications: Research Trends and Open Issues. In Proceedings III International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications, 2007. (PDF )

Marcos Álvarez Díaz, Massimo Neri, Carlos Mosquera, and Giovanni Emmanuele Corazza. Trellis Shaping Techniques for Satellite Telecommunication Systems. In International Workshop on Satellite and Space Communications, Leganés, Spain, September 2006.

Collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

  • Six-month stay conducted by David Vázquez Padín in 2012

Detection of video double encoding with GOP size estimation, David Vázquez-Padín, Marco Fontani, Tiziano Bianchi, Pedro Comesaña, Alessandro Piva, and Mauro Barni, accepted for its publication at the IEEE Workshop on Information Forensics and Security, 2012.

Collaboration with the Centre for Ecosystem Dynamics and Diversity, Curtin University of Technology (Perth, Australia):

  • Prof. Julio Martín-Herrero conducted a two-month research stay realizó in 2007 at the CEDD of the CUT wtih Dr. M. Calviño.

  • Joint publications:

M. Calviño-Cancela, J. Martín-Herrero, A simulation model to estimate the contribution of dispersers to seedling recruitment, MEDECOS XI, Perth (Western Australia), 2007

M. Calviño-Cancela, J. Martín-Herrero, Effectiveness of a varied assemblage of seed dispersers of a fleshy-fruited plant, Ecology 90(12):3503-3515, 2009.

Collaboration with the ENSEIRB of Bordeaux:

  • Prof. Christian Germain from the University of Bordeaux taught the course "Textural analysis and synthesis" in the Master in Signal Theory in June 2009.

  • Dr. Jean-Pierre Da Costa from the University of Bordeaux a one-month research stay in May 2007 in our Department.

  • Joint publications :

J. Martín-Herrero, C. Germain, Microstructure reconstruction of fibrous C/C composites from X-ray microtomography, Carbon, 45:1242-1253, 2007.

J. Martín-Herrero, C. Germain, Extraction of fibres in tomographic samples of composites, Internacional Conference on Composites (ACUN5), Sydney (Australia), 2006. Invited paper S. Bandyopadhyay, Q. Zang (eds.) Developments in Composites: Advanced, Infrastructural, Natural, and Nanocomposites, pp. 65-72. ISBN 0-7334-2363-9.

Collaboration with the Instituto Técnico de Lisboa, Portugal

  • Prof. Julio Martín-Herrero gave the guest lecture "Robust oil spill discrimination in synthetic aperture radar images using support vector machines" at the "Instituto Superior Tecnico de Lisboa" in 2007.

  • Joitn publications:

M. Ferreiro, J.P. Da Costa, S. Homayouni, J. Martín-Herrero, Hyperspectral image analysis for precision viticulture, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 4142:730-741, 2006.

M. Ferreiro, L.P.C. Bandeira, J. Martín-Herrero, P. Pina, Classifiers for vegetation and forest mapping with low resolution multispectral imagery, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4477(I):177-184, 2007

M. Ferreiro, J.L.Alba-Castro, S. Homayouni, J.P. Da Costa, J. Martín-Herrero, Vine variety discrimination with airborne imaging spectroscopy, SPIE Optics and Photonics, San Diego (USA), 2007. Proceedings of SPIE Vol.6679, W. Gao, S.L. Ustin (Eds.) Remote Sensing and Modelling of Ecosystems for Sustainability IV. DOI:10.1117/12.734177.

Collaboration with the Instituto Politécnico de Leiría, Portugal

  • Joint publications:

Paula Gómez, Iñigo Cuiñas, Ana V. Alejos, Manuel García Sánchez, Rafael F. S. Caldeirinha “Shrub-Blown Time Variability in Attenuation and Scattering at Cellular Frequencies, IET Microwaves, Antennas and Propagation, pp. 526-542/Abril 2010

S. Morgadinho, R.F.S. Caldeirinha, Iñigo Cuiñas, Manuel G. Sánchez, A statistical radio channel model for vegetation dynamic effects at 40GHz, SPECTS 2007, International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, San Diego, California, EE.UU, 2007

S. Morgadinho, R.F.S. Caldeirinha, Iñigo Cuiñas, Manuel G. Sánchez, “A multistate Markov channel modelling of vegetation dynamics at 40GHz”ConfTele 2007, 6th Conference on Telecommunications, Peniche (Portugal), 2007

S. Morgadinho, R.F.S. Caldeirinha, Iñigo Cuiñas, Manuel G. Sánchez, “A reduced Markov channel modelling of vegetation in the forward scattering region at 40GHz” The 2nd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation. Edinburgh (United Kingdom), 2007

I. Cuiñas, A.V. Alejos, M.G. Sánchez, R.F.S. Caldeirinha, “Wind effect on the scattering from vegetation at cellular phone frequencies” IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, IGARSS 2007, Barcelona (Spain), 2007

Consortium SOLITE

5 Spanish universities together with 7 Ibero-American universities and 1 Portuguese university. 

Collaboration with New York University

Research collaboration with peer group  from the “Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering del Polytechnic Institute of New York University” (USA) initiated with the 3-month stay of Dr. Cristina López Bravo in 2006, which has already given rise to the predoctoral training of the PhD student Miguel Rodelgo Lacruz, with research stays and three joint publications with DOIs 10.1109/TCOMM.2010.04.080610, 10.1364/JOCN.1.000B70 and 10.1109/LCOMM.2009.081942, and a conference paper : http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1817706.

Collaboration with the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena

Collaboration between peer research groups with the Department of Information Technologies and Communications from the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, which has already given rise to the pre-doctoral training of PhD Miguel Rodelgo Lacruz, with a publication with DOI 10.1002/ett.1365

Collaboration with the State University of New York at Buffalo

Collaboration between peer research groups with the “Department of Computer Science and Engineering" from the State University of New York at Buffalo” (USA) directed by Dr. Chunming Qiao, which has already given rise to the pre-doctoral training of PhD Miguel Ángel González Ortega, with a conference paper: http://www.gbv.de/dms/tib-ub-hannover/633132268.pdf.

Collaboration with the Universidad de Camerino (Italy)

Collaboration between peer research groups with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science of the "Universidad de Camerino" (Italy), which has already given rise to the pre-doctoral training of Dr Luis Modesto Álvarez Sabucedo, with two publications with DOI 10.1016/j.eswa.2009.10.026 and10.1007/978-3-540-74444-3_18 (LNCS).

Collaboration with the Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal)

Collaboration between peer research groups with the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), which has already given rise to the pre-doctoral training of Dr Manuel Caeiro Rodríguez, with a publication with DOI 10.3217/jucs-013-07-0980.

Collaboration with the New Mexico State University (USA)

Collaboration between research groups with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the New Mexico State University (USA), which has already given rise to the pre-doctoral training of Dr Rafael Asorey Cacheda, with aconference paper: http://portal.acm.org /citation.cfm?id=1811423.

Collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Collaboration in the pre-doctoral training of  Dr Miguel Rodelgo Lacruz, and PhD David Fernández Hermida with research stays in January 2009 and November 2011, respectively, in the Telecommunications Networks Group, which has led to joint publications:

Bianco (PoliTO), F. Castano (UVIGO), D. Cuda (PoliTO), G. Gavilanes (PoliTO), C. Lopez Bravo (UVIGO), F. Neri (PoliTO), M. Rodelg Lacruz (UVIGO), M. Salvat (UPC), Crosstalk limiting schedulers in AWG based optical switches, IEEE Global Communications Conference (GLOBECOM 2010), Optical Networks and Systems Symposium, Miami, FL, USA, December 2010.  DOI: 10.1109/GLOCOM.2010.5683192

D. Fernández Hermida (UVIGO), M. Rodelgo Lacruz (UVIGO), A. Bianco (PoliTO), D. Cuda (PoliTO), G. Gavilanes Castillo (PoliTO), C. López Bravo (UVIGO), F. J. González Castaño (UVIGO), AWG-based optical switches performance using crosstalk limiting schedulers, Computer Networks, vol. 56, no. 13, September 2012, pp. 3099-3109. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.comnet.2012.04.028

Collaboration with the University of Oulu

  • Research collaboration with peer group from the "Department of Computer Science & Engineering" of the University of Oulu (Finland) initiated with the participation in the UBIChallenge in 2011 of professors Felipe Gil Castiñeira, Enrique Costa Montenegro, Pedro Rodríguez Hernández, Francisco Javier González Castaño and Cristina López Bravo (http://www.ubioulu.fi/en/UBI-challenge).
  • Joint publications: F. Gil Castiñeira (UVIGO), E. Costa Montenegro (UVIGO), F.J: González Castaño (UVIGO), T. Ojala (UOULU), R. Bose (NOKIA), Experiences inside the Ubiquitous Oulu Smart City, Computer, vol. 44, no. 6, pp. 48-55, June 2011.

Collaboration with the Centrum voor Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Stay in 2009 of Prof. Alberto Gil Solla at the Distributed Multimedia Languages and Infrastructures Group from the CWI. During this stay, he gave a lecture titled "Improving content-based recommender systems using semantic reasoning".

Collaboration with the Department of Telematics Engineering of the University of Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • Stays in Vigo of Ms Analía Conde and Mr Rafael Sotelo Bovino, in order to perform their doctoral studies. In particular, Rafael Sotelo Bovino defended his doctoral thesis “Referral services for audiovisual contents for groups of individuals" at the "Universidad de Vigo" in 2010, directed by professors Alberto Gil Solla and Manuel Ramos Cabrer, from the GSSI.
  • As a result, several joint publications were carried out:

Rafael Sotelo, Yolanda Blanco Fernández, Martín López Nores, Alberto Gil Solla, José J. Pazos Arias. “TV Program Recommendation for Groups based on Multidimensional TV-Anytime Classifications. IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics (ISSN: 0098-3063), vol. 55, no. 1, pafes 248-256.

Rafael Sotelo, Yolanda Blanco Fernández, Martín López Nores, Alberto Gil Solla, José J. Pazos Arias. TV Program Recommendation for Groups based on Multidimensional TV-Anytime Classifications. 27th IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE). Las Vegas (USA).

Rafael Sotelo, Alberto Gil Solla. Prediction of TV audiences based on Recommender Systems. 6th Iberoamerican Conference on Telematics (CITA 2011). Granado (Brazil).

Rafael Sotelo, Yolanda Blanco Fernández, Alberto Gil Solla, Manuel Ramos Cabrer, Martín López Nores. Prediction of TV-Station Ratings Based on Content Recommenders. 29th IEEE International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE 2011). Las Vegas (USA).

  • Alberto Gil Solla gave two lectures during his stay at the "Universidad de Montevideo": Telematics Engineering in the European Higher Education Area and R&D in the Department of Telematics Engineering at the "Universidad de Vigo".

Collaboration with the Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo, Portugal

  • The researcher Ms Sara Paiva, conducted her postdoctoral studies at the "Universidad de Vigo", defending her thesis “Arquitecture for guided search systems based on semantic technologies" at the "Universidad de Vigo" in 2011, directed by professors Manuel Ramos Cabrer and Alberto Gil Solla.
  • Joint publications:

Paiva, S., Ramos Cabrer, M., Gil Solla, A., Fernández Vilas, A. & Díaz Redondo, R. “Precision: A Guided-Based System for Semantic Validation and Personalized Natural Language Generation of Queries”. En International Conference on Consumer Electronics. (2011)

Paiva, S., Ramos Cabrer, M. & Gil Solla, A. “Automatic query generation in guided systems: natural language generation from graphically built query” (2010). 11th ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2010)

Paiva, S., Ramos Cabrer, M. & Gil Solla, A “Semantic Query Validation in Guided-Based Systems: assuring the construction of queries that make sense”11th ACIS International Conference on Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Networking and Parallel/Distributed Computing (SNPD 2010).

Collaboration with the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas y el Instituto Tecnológico de Laredo (Tamaulipas), Mexico.

Collaboration with Ramón Ventura Roque Hernández, professor at both institutions, conducting his doctoral thesis: “Multidimensional separation of concerns for specification and reuse of requirements in Z notation", directed by professors Rebeca P. Díaz Redondo and Ana Fernández Vilas, from GSSI.

Collaboration with the School of Business, Economics and Informatics from the Birkbeck University of London, United Kingdom

Three-month pre-doctoral stay in 2011 of Manuela I. Martín Vicente ("FPI" grantee) at the Computational Intelligence Research Group, from the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.

Collaboration with the Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.

Three-month stay of Prof. Yolanda Blanco Fernández, at the Telecommunications Software and Multimedia Laboratory, from the Computer Science and Engineering Department.

Collaboration with the NC A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, USA and with the Chonnam National University, South Korea.

  • Joint Publications:

Adrián Canedo Rodríguez, Jung H. Kim, John Kelly, Jung Hee Kim, Soohyung Kim, Yolanda Blanco Fernández, Pavan Banugondi. Color Clustering Text Extraction Algorithm for Mobile Phone Images. 14th International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2010. Las Vegas (USA).

Adrián Canedo Rodríguez, Jung H. Kim, John Kelly, Jung Hee Kim, Soohyung Kim, Yolanda Blanco Fernández, Sai Kiran Veeramachaneni. An Efficient and Accurate Text Localization Algorithm in Compressed Mobile Phone Image Domain. 14th International Conference on Image Processing, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition. Las Vegas (USA).

Adrián Canedo Rodríguez, Soohyung Kim, Jung H. Kim, Yolanda Blanco Fernández. English to Spanish Translation of Signboard Images from Mobile Phone Camera. IEEE SoutheastCon 2009. Atlanta (USA)

Collaboration with the Tomas Bata University (Zlín, Czech Republic) and the Slovak University of Technology(Bratislava, Slovakia)

  • One educational stay and several invited papers on research topics.
  • Joint organization at the Universidad de Vigo, of the 6th edition of the International Workshop on Semantic Media Adaptation and Personalization (http://www.smap2011.org ).

Collaboration with the research group REGIM from the University of Sfax in Tunisia

  • Erasmus Mundus project, Action 2, coordinated by Prof. Rebeca P. Díaz Redondo formed by a consortium of 20 universities (from Europe and North of Africa) and 8 associated entities.
  • Development of a proposal for the call for projects Tempus (project TIAPSIT),  and another proposal for the ICT call 9 of the specific programme  "Cooperation" of the 7th Framework Programme (call identifier FP7-ICT-2011-9)



Participation in European Networks of Excellence under the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes:

  • Prof. Fernando Pérez took part in a Network of Excellence under the Seventh Framework Programme, ECRYPT, 2004-2008, focused on cryptographic and watermarking algorithms. 

  • Prof. Carlos Mosquera participated in the Network of Excellence SatNEx (2004-2009) under the Sixth Framework Programme, which dealt with the definition of next generation satellite communications.

  • Professors José Luis alba Castro and Carmen García Mateo were involved in the Network of Excellence BioSecure- Biometrics for Secure Authentication. IST-2002-507634 (2004-2007) under the Sixth Framework Programme, focused on multimodal biometric recognition.

  • Prof. Julio Martín-Herrero was the PI of the Spanish group in the project INTERREG IIIB "PIMHAI: Multispectral and Hyperspectral Images from Acquisition to Interpretation for Environmental Monitoring and Decision Making", also involving the "Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa", ADETTI, the University of Bordeaux, the University of Poitiers, the University of Rennes, the University of Central Lancashire and the IGER (Wales), with a total budget of 3.5 MEur, from 2004 to 2007.

  • Professors Javier González Castaño and Cristina López Bravo took part in a Network of Excellence under the Seventh Framework Programme: BONE (Building the Future Optical Network in Europe), 2008-2010, a network for the integration and collaboration in the field of optical networks. 

Participation in the Seventh Framework Programme:

  • Prof. Fernando Pérez leads the Spanish participation in a consortium of nine European research agencies, under the name European Coordinated Research on Long-term Challenges in Information and Communication Sciences and Technologies. Launched in 2009, under the Seventh Framework Programme.

  • Prof. Iñigo Cuiñas Gómez leads the Spanish participation within a consortium of eleven European research agencies,from the project RFID From Farm to Fork (F2F). Launched in 2010, under the Seventh Framework Programme. 

  • The research groups from the Department of Telematics Engineering have participated in several European coordinated projects, ECP-2007-EDU-417008 (EUN Partnership ASIBL -Coordinador-, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Universitaet Koblenz-Landau, Universidad de Vigo, UNI-C, Univerza V Ljubljani, The Open University...).


Consortium COMONSENS (Consisting of groups of Signal Processing and Communications from: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa, Universidad de Coruña, Universidad de Vigo, Universidad de Cantabria, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universidad de Valencia, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universidad de Sevilla):

  • Project CONSOLIDER: it includes training tasks of PhD students, fostering stays and exchange of ideas. 

  • Course: "Advanced Multiuser Information Theory", 6-10 July, 2009, taught by Prof. Baltasar Beferull from the "Universidad de Valencia".

Participation in projects coordinated by the National Plan

The professors from the programme actively cooperate with other national research groups, being a good example the different proven research projects coordinated in the latest years, which usually lead to the allocation of "FPI" grants.

  • DYNACS, Dynamic Spectrum Access and Cognitive Communications (DYNACS), in collaboration with the UPC.

  • SPROACTIVE (2008-2010). Project coordinated by the National Plan between the University of Vigo and the UPC. 

  • AnClaS3 (“Analysis, classification and synthesis for sound separation”), funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation both in its first and second stage (2006-2009 and 2009-2012, respectively), involving the collaboration of GTM with other Spanish universities. 

  • BUCEADOR, from the National Plan, involving UVigo, UPC and the Universidad del País Vasco.

  • “Characterization and modelling of satellite earth radio channel with low elevation at L-band", project coordinated by the National Plan between the Universidad de Vigo and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

  • TEC 2004-05622-C04-01/TCM and TEC2007-67966-C03-02/TCM (Universidad de Vigo, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid y Universidad Pública de Navarra),

  • TSI2006-12507-C03-02 (Universidad Carlos III, Universidad de Vigo, Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña).

Participation in projects EU Ampera

  • DEOSOM: Detection and Evaluation of Oil Spills by Optical Methods. EU AMPERA Funding Initiative, involving the professors from the multimodal treatment group (GTM) together with several European institutions.

Participation in European consortiums and actions

  • GTM (represented by Prof. Carmen García Mateo and Eduardo Rodriguez Banga) has been a founding member in 2007 of the European consortium ECESS (European Center of. Excellence in Speech Synthesis) which involves research groups from Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, China and Turkey.  

  • BioSecure Association, European network with GTM (represented by professors Carmen García Mateo and José Luis Alba Castro), created to facilitate the collaboration, management and exchange of information related to security techniques based on biometrics. This association brings together about twenty European universities, originally integrated within the Network of Excellence BioSecure FP6.

  • Professors Carmen García Mateo and Jose Luis Alba Castro took part in the European action COST2101 “Biometrics for Identity Documents and Smart Cards (BIDS). 2006-20011

  • GTM (represented by professors Carmen García Mateo and José Luis Alba Castro) participates in COST Action IC1106 “Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age” (2012-2014)