Luis Miguel Bergasa
At present, I’m Professor at the Department of Electronics of the University of Alcalá (UAH) and lead the RobeSafe research group. I received the MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995 from the Technical University of Madrid and the PhD degree in Electrical Engineering in 1999 from the University of Alcalá. Since 2014 I’ve been appointed Director of Technology Transfer at the University of Alcalá.
I was Head of the Department of Electronics (2004-2010), coordinator of the Master Advanced Electronic Systems, Intelligent Systems (2007-2010) and coordinator of the Doctorate program in Electronics (2005-2010). Besides, I was Associate Service Inspector of the UAH (2012-2013). This course I’m teaching the following subjects: Perception Systems included in the Master in Industrial Engineering, Intelligent Control Systems for the Degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Vision for the Degree in Telecommunication Technologies.
I'm author of more than 175 refereed papers in journals and international conferences, and corresponding author of 7 national patents and 1 PCT patent. Currently I have a Scholar Google h-index=30 and an ISI h-index=17. I've been recipient of 22 prizes related to Robotics and Automotive fields from 2004 to nowadays. I'm Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, member of the Editorial Board of International Journal of Vehicular Technology (2012-2017), and habitual reviewer in 12 journals included in the JCR index. I've served on Program/Organizing Committees in more than 16 conferences. I was Research Visitor at the Computer Vision Research Group of the Trinity College in Dublin (Irland) in 1998, Visiting Scholar at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (USA) in 2013 collaborating with Raquel Urtasun, and at the OPTIMAL Center Northwestern Polytechnical University (China) in 2017. I was Research Director of Vision Safety Technologies Ltd, a spin-off company established to commercialize computer vision systems for road infrastructure inspection (2009-2016).
My research interests include real-time Computer Vision for Assistant Robotics and Intelligent Vehicles. My main research over the past few years has been on Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as well as on SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping). Currently my main interests are driver behaviors and scene understanding using Computer Vision and Machine Learning Techniques. Please contact me if you are interested in coming to RobeSafe group for PhD studies or post-doctoral research as I am always looking for excellent new team members. Researchers with an interest in my university, please have a look at the Fellowships program at the University of Alcalá.
Highlights of Recent/Upcoming papers (ONLY last year)
· K. Yang, K. Wang, S. Lin, J. Bai, L.M. Bergasa, R. Arroyo, “Long-range Traversability Awareness and Low-lying Obstacle Negotiation with RealSense for the Visually Impaired”, in 2nd International Conference on Frontiers of Image Processing (ICFIP), Barcelona (Spain), March 2018. Submitted on October 2017
· S. Bronte, L.M. Bergasa, D. Pizarro, R. Barea, “Model-Based Real-time Non-Rigid Tracking”, in Sensors. Vol 17(10), nº2342, 1-28 (2017). [PDF]
· W. Zhou, R. Arroyo, A. Zyner, J. Ward, S. Worrall, E. Nebot, L.M. Bergasa, “Transferring Visual Knowledge based on Deep Learning for a Robust Road Environment Perception in Intelligent Vehicles”, in IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Yokohama (Japan), October 2017. Accepted on June 2017
· E. Romera, J.M. Álvarez, L.M. Bergasa, R. Arroyo, “ERFNet: Efficient Residual Factorized ConvNet for Real-time Semantic Segmentation”, in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems. Online version July 2017. [PDF]
· R. Arroyo, P.F. Alcantarilla, L.M. Bergasa, E. Romera, “Are You ABLE to Perform a Life-Long Visual Topological Localization?”, Autonomous Robots. Online version July 2017. [PDF]
· E. Romera, J.Mª. Álvarez, L.M. Bergasa, R. Arroyo, “Efficient ConvNet for Real-time Semantic Segmentation”, in IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV), California (USA), June 2017. [PDF]. Best Student Paper Award at the IV2017.
· E. López, S. García, R. Barea, L.M. Bergasa, E.J. Molinos, R. Arroyo, E. Romera, S. Pardo, “Multi-Sensorial SLAM System for Low-Cost Micro Aerial Vehicles in GPS-denied Environments”, Sensors. Vol 17, nº 802, 1-27 (2017). [PDF]
· R. Arroyo, L. M. Bergasa, E. Romera, “OpenABLE: An Open-source Toolbox for Autonomous Vehicles Life-Long Visual Localization”, in 19th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil), November 2016. [PDF]
· C. Arroyo, L. M. Bergasa, E. Romera, “Adaptive Fuzzy Classifier to detect Driving Events from the Inertial Sensors of a Smartphone”, in 19th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil), November 2016. [PDF]
· E. Romera, L. M. Bergasa, R. Arroyo, A. Lázaro, “Need Data for Driver Behaviour Analysis? Presenting the public UAH-DriveSet”, in 19th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), Rio de Janeiro, (Brazil), November 2016. [PDF] [Video]
· R. Arroyo, P. F. Alcantarilla, L.M. Bergasa, E. Romera, “Fusion and Binarization of CNN Features for Robust Topological Localization across Seasons”, in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Daejeon, (Korea), October 2016. [PDF] [Video]
Highlights of Recent/Upcoming professional service (ONLY last year)
· 2017. International Excellence Campus “Smart Energy” award 2017 for the project “Smart Street Lights Network (SSLN)” (researcher).
· 2017. Best Spanish PhD Thesis in Intelligent Vehicles for Roberto Arroyo. ASEPA (Supervisor).
· 2017. New research project entitled “Senior Drivers Monitoring System (SERMON) funded by the Spanish Traffic Direction (DGT).
· 2017. International Program Committee in the 2nd edition of the Special Session on Autonomous Driving and Driving Assistance System (ADDAS), which is part of the ROBOT2017 Iberian conference, Seville, Spain, November 2017.
· 2017. Visiting Scholar at the Center for OPTical IMagery Analysis and Learning (OPTIMAL). Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU). Xian (China) between August-September 2017.
· 2017. Best Student Paper Award to Eduardo Romera for the work “Efficient ConvNet for Real-time Semantic Segmentation” at the 2017 Intelligent Vehicles Symposium. June 10-14, 2017, Redondo Beach, CA, USA (Supervisor)
· 2017. Autonomous and connected vehicles Master. Invited conference “Human Factors and Social Aspects”. June, 2017, INSIA, Madrid, Spain
· 2017. Diffusion of the DriveSafe app in the Spanish TVE program “Seguridad Vital” on 05-28-2017 (minute 26).
· 2017. Organizing Committee in the IEEE/RSJ IROS 2018 International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Madrid, Spain, October 2018.
· 2017. International Program Committee and Associate Editor in the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Yokohama, Japan, October 2017.
· 2016. Guest Editor of the Special Issue on “Robust & Efficient Vision Techniques for Intelligent Vehicles” in IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, 2016-2017.
· 2016. Top 5 most highly cited papers published in Image and Vision Computing during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016 for the paper “A Text Reading Algorithm for both Natural and Born-Digital Images”.
· 2016. 1% most cited research since September/October, 2016 in Transportation Science & Technology category according to data from Web of Knowledge (WOK) for the paper “Real-time system for monitoring driver vigilance”, published on IEEE T ITS, vol.7, issue 1, pp: 66-77. 2006.
· 2016. International Program Committee and Associate Editor in the IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Conference (ITSC), Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, November 2016.
Current PhD students
o Topic: Semantic 3D scene understanding for autonomous vehicles using deep learning
o Internships: Fraunhofer IOSB del Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Germany), Canberra Research Lab, ACT (Australia), Computer Vision and Robotics Research (CVRR) Lab at University of California San Diego (UCSD).
o Forecasted date for reading: December 2018
Current Master students
· Álvaro Sáez-Contreras
o Topic: Semantic segmentation based on fish cameras using CNNs
o Forecasted date for reading: July 2018
Current Visiting students
· Kailun Yang (PhD student at the Zhejiang University (China))
o Topic: Detecting obstacles and stairs with a minimum range decreased RGB-D sensor for the visually impaired
o Internship: September 2017-September 2018
Current Postdoctoral researchers
o Topic: Smart ElderlyCar project
o Contract: from April 2017 to December 2017
o Topic: Smart ElderlyCar project
o Contract: from May 2017 to December 2017
Former Postdoctoral researchers
o Topic: SmartAparc project
o Contract: from September 2014 to April 2015
o Spanish Fellowship “Juan de la Cierva”
o Topic: Abstraction, Synthesis, and Integration of Information for Human-Robot Teams
o Contract: from February 2012 to October 2012
Former PhD students
o Title: Real Time Sequential Non Rigid Structure from motion using a single camera
o Reading date: July 11, 2017
o Internships: Queen Mary University of London (England)
o Title: Topological Place Recognition for Life-Long Visual Localization
o Reading date: March 31, 2017
o Internships: Cambridge Research Lab at Toshiba (England), University of Sydney (Australia)
o Awards: 3M Innovation Award. Category: Safety. 2011
o Title: Supervised Learning and Inference of Semantic Information from Road Scene Images: Objects and Layout
o Reading date: July 25, 2014
o Internships: Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago (USA), Technische Universität Darmstadt (TU-D) (Germany)
o Title: Text Detection and Recognition in Natural Images using Computer Vision Techniques
o Reading date: February 22, 2013
o Internships: University of Surrey (England), RWTH in Aachen (Germany)
o Title: Vision Based Localization: From Humanoid Robots to Visually Impaired People
o Reading date: October 21, 2011
o Internships: Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), Imperial College London (England), AIST-Tsukuba (Japan)
o Awards: 3M Innovation Award. Category: Safety. 2011
· Iván G. Daza. Now Assistant Professor at UAH
o Title: Driver Fatigue Detection using Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Fusion
o Reading date: October 14, 2011
o Internships: Chalmers University (Sweden)
o Title: Face Pose Estimation with Automatic 3D Model Creation for a Driver Inattention Monitoring Application
o Reading date: March 18, 2011
o Internships: Computer Science Department, Trinity College Dublin (Irland), CSIRO Robotics Centre (Australia)
o Title: FaceTracking with active Models for a Driver Monitoring Application
o Reading date: October 30, 2009
o Internships: CSIRO Robotics Centre (Australia), Chalmers University (Sweden)
o Title: Simultaneous Localization and Mapping based on stereo vision for improving vehicle navigation in large environments
o Reading date: February 2, 2009
o Awards: Second prize in the Eduardo Barreiros Foundation Award to the Best Research Work on the Automotive field in Spain in 2010
· Edward Rafael Blanco (jointly with Manuel Mazo at UAH)
o Title: Contribution to segmentation in the HSI color space. Application to Gesture Recognition
o Reading date: July 24, 2008
· Manuel Ocaña. Now Associate Professor at the UAH
o Title: Global localization system based on WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) signal measurements applied to the navigation of a semiautonomous robot
o Reading date: May 20, 2005
Awards: Best PhD Thesis in Electrical Engineering.
o Title: Global navigation system based on POMDP. Application for an assistance robot
o Reading date: February 2, 2004
o Awards: Best PhD Thesis in Robotics. Spanish Committee of Automatic. 2004
Former Master students
· Alberto Lázaro. Now researcher in Siemens
o Title: UGV Navigation in ROS based on GPS and LIDAR 3D
· Cesar Arroyo. Now Technical Assistant in UAH
o Title: Improvements of DriveSafe App for Driver Behaviour Evaluation
· Eduardo Romera. Now PhD student
o Title: Driver Behaviour Evaluation by using Smartphones
o Internships: Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
o Awards: IEEE ITSS-Spain 2º Best Master Thesis Award 2015
· Mario Passani. Now researcher in Telefonica
o Title: Probabilistic Graphical Models applied to Road Segmentation
o Awards: IEEE ITSS-Spain Best Final Degree Project Award 2015, Best Student Paper Award of IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium (IV 2015)
o Title: Real-time Vision Based Localization for Smartphone platforms
o Internships: University of Bristol (England)
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