I3A - Instituto de Investigación en Ingeniería de Aragón

Information and Communication Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies
Information and Communication Technologies

The emergence of the knowledge society, building on the pervasive influence of modern information and communication technologies, is bringing about a fundamental reshaping of our modern society. The Information and Communication Technologies división of the I3A coordinates and conducts studies and research programs in the vast field of new information and communication technologies and their interrelationship with the knowledge society Broad lines of the activities:

  • Advanced computing technologies and smart embedded systems
  • Infrastructures, technologies and services for communications
  • ICT for digital content and creativity : audio-visual technologies and multimedia
  • Advanced interfaces and robots

 
Keywords
Smart embedded systems; advanced computing; photonics; content technologies; Internet technologies; technologies and services for communications; smart spaces; robotics; advanced interfaces; computer graphics; computer vision; machine learning.



Key Projects

Developing Data-Intensive Cloud Applications with Iterative Quality Enhancements : Internet produces enormous quantities of information every day and exploiting this resource is vital for...
Developing Data-Intensive Cloud Applications with Iterative Quality Enhancements : Internet produces enormous quantities of information every day and exploiting this resource is vital for businesses and governments.  In the years to come we will see software programmes that take advantage of this wealth of information, so called “data-intensive applications”. Such applications will Make use of today’s emerging technologies such as Hadoop/MapReduce, NoSQL or cloud based storage.
 
The DICE project will face these challenges by defining a methodology and its related tools so that companies will be able to develop these types of applications.
 
IP = José Merseguer
Funded by: FP7- Marie Curie- IAPP

Grant agreement no.: 610986

Partners: Microsoft Portugal, UZ, UAveiro, FIMOporto, METU-...

Funded by: FP7- Marie Curie- IAPP

Grant agreement no.: 610986

Partners: Microsoft Portugal, UZ, UAveiro, FIMOporto, METU-Turquía.

Description: The overall goal of IRIS is to provide a natural interaction communication platform accessible and adapted for all users, particularly for people with speech impairments and elderly in indoor scenarios.

Human-Computer interaction with this platform will adopt the principles of universal design and natural user interfaces such as speech, silent speech, gestures, tactile and haptic devices, pictograms, animated characters and personalized synthetic voices.

The platform will provide a set of services that allow easy access to social networks, friends and remote family members, fighting social-exclusion of people with special needs or impairments. Application of these features will be performed in the context of serious games, virtual reality environments and assisted living scenarios. We will also explore the use of personalized avatars (that resemble with the user) in asynchronous human-human and human-machine communications, in situations where the user has lost his/her voice and in scenarios where it is not possible to have a video signal transmission due to low bandwidth or privacy reasons.

Biometrics will complement the platform, in the sense that authentication and authorization are fundamental aspects for assuring access security to personal information in a natural way.
 

European project. 4-year project. The RoboEarth-project exploits a new approach towards endowing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, thus enabling robots to...

European project. 4-year project. The RoboEarth-project exploits a new approach towards endowing robots with advanced perception and action capabilities, thus enabling robots to carrying out useful tasks autonomously in circumstances that were not planned for explicitly at design time. A series of six demonstrators will show the contributions of the project. The Action Recipe demonstrator will show robots creating/uploading and downloading/executing action recipes (abstract behaviour or algorithm descriptions in the RoboEarth database) to and from RoboEarth. 2009-2013.

The TAMA project (Advanced Multimodal Audiovisual Technologies) aims to develop audiovisual technologies from a global and multimodal perspective by bringing together various research fields...
The TAMA project (Advanced Multimodal Audiovisual Technologies) aims to develop audiovisual technologies from a global and multimodal perspective by bringing together various research fields such as computer graphics, image processing, computer vision, image processing, augmented reality, etc. This will result in the improvement of the state of the art of audiovisual technologies and the development of advanced interactive multimodal systems enabling a transparent and simple synergy between people and machines.
 
The team comprises the engineers José María Saldaña, Ana Belén Cambra, Miguel Montañés; Miguel Ángel Varona and Eduardo Estopiñán together with various members of the I3A, and is led by Carlos Orrite, director of the I3A’s Computer Vision group (CV Lab). The collaboration between the TAMA project and the Asalto Festival (held in Zaragoza from 8 to 21 September 2014) led to the development of an application which demonstrated the possibilities of this technology in urban environments (computer vision, recognition in the cloud, augmented reality, advanced audiovisual systems). This application offers a reinterpretation of various graffiti, adding augmented content or reconstructing walls deteriorated over the passage of time. Augmented reality applications have also been developed for tourism purposes in the cities of Huesca and Zaragoza.
 

WE@EU is a project of the FP7 ‘Regions of knowledge’ initiative leads by the University of Zaragoza and with the participations of five regions: Aragón (Spain), Provenza...

WE@EU is a project of the FP7 ‘Regions of knowledge’ initiative leads by the University of Zaragoza and with the participations of five regions: Aragón (Spain), Provenza-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (France), East of England (United Kingdom), Galilee (Israel) and Malta. The objective of this project is the coordination of activities and work in R&D&i in the market for efficient use and management of water in urban environments. The project will establish those aspects in which these regions have a potential (and a reality) that will allow them to be leaders in R&D&i in the field of efficient use and management of water in urban environments. Over this analysis of capabilities, the project will propose action lines for the promotion and public funding of innovation works in this area. The aim is to influence to regional and national governments and to the EU to ensure that it will be possible to continue innovating in those areas in which the regions already have a competitive advantage so they do not lose it, or even increases. The project includes a contribution from the European Commission over 2 million Euros, will be developed over 3 years and is led by Dr. F. Javier Zarazaga-Soria, Associate Professor at the Universidad de Zaragoza and Associate Director of the Group of Advanced Information Systems from the Aragón Institute of Engineering Research of the University of Zaragoza.

To date, Wi-Fi has been a highly successful technology present in our day-to-day lives. However, Wi-Fi access points have spread without any coordination. That is to say, we install access...
To date, Wi-Fi has been a highly successful technology present in our day-to-day lives. However, Wi-Fi access points have spread without any coordination. That is to say, we install access points wherever we think fit. In principle this is reasonable, but there are places where there is such a density of Wi-Fi networks that broadband is significantly diminished.
 
The Wi-5 project will investigate methods of adding intelligence to routers in such a way that they will automatically adjust their channels and power, and not interfere with other nearby routers. Special emphasis in the Wi-5 project will be placed on the requirements of certain real time services, such as voice over IP calls or on-line games.
 
IP = Julián Fernández Navajas.
 
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