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e-mail: bergasa@depeca.uah.es

         luism.bergasa@uah.es

 

 

 

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 160 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=29 and an ISI h-index=15. I've been recipient of 20 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 15 conferences. In 1998 I was Research Visitor at the Computer Vision Research Group of the Trinity College in Dublin (Irland) and a Visiting Scholar at the Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago from June to August, 2013 collaborating with Raquel Urtasun. I was Research Director of Vision Safety Technologies Ltd, a spin-off company established to commercialize computer vision systems for road infrastructure inspection, from 2009 to 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)

 

·        S. Bronte, L.M. Bergasa, D. Pizarro, R. Barea, “Model-Based Real-time Non-Rigid Tracking”, in Sensors. Submitted on June 2017

·        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. Submitted on April 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. Submitted on March 2017

·        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]

·        S. García, E. López, R. Barea, L. M. Bergasa, A. Gómez, E.J. Molinos, “Indoor SLAM for Micro Aerial Vehicles Control using Monocular Camera and Sensor Fusion”, in IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC), pp.97-105, Braganca, (Portugal), July 2016. [PDF] [Video]

·        E. Romera, L. M. Bergasa and R. Arroyo "Can we unify monocular detectors for autonomous driving by using the pixel-wise semantic segmentation of CNNs?", in Workshops of IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium (IV-W), Gothenburg (Sweden), June 2016. [PDF]

 

 Highlights of Recent/Upcoming professional service (ONLY last year)

 

·        2017. Visiting Scholar at the Center for OPTical IMagery Analysis and Learning (OPTIMAL). Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU). Xian (China) in August 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

 

·        Eduardo Romera

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).

o   Forecasted date for reading: September 2018

·        Sebastián Bronte

o   Topic: Non-rigid Structure from Motion using a single camera

o   Internships: Queen Mary University of London (England)

o   Forecasted date for reading: July 2017

 

Current Master students

 

Current Postdoctoral researchers

 

·        Roberto Arroyo

o   Topic: Smart ElderlyCar project

o   Contract: from April 2017 to December 2017

·        Eduardo Molinos

o   Topic: Smart ElderlyCar project

o   Contract: from May 2017 to December 2017

 

Former Postdoctoral researchers

 

·        Javier Yebes. Now  Machine Vision Engineer at GOBOTiX Ltd, UK

o   Topic: SmartAparc project

o   Contract: from September 2014 to April 2015

·        José Mª Alonso. Now researcher in the European Centre for Soft Computing

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

 

·        Roberto Arroyo (jointly with Pablo F. Alcantarilla at iRobot, UK). Now post-doc position in the Robesafe group

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)

·        Javier Yebes. Now  Machine Vision Engineer at GOBOTiX Ltd, UK

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)  

·        Álvaro González Now researcher in Ericsson

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)

·        Pablo F. Alcantarilla. Now researcher at iRobot, UK

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)

·        Pedro Jiménez. Now researcher in Gamesa Spain

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)

·        Jesús Nuevo. Now postdoc at CI2CV Lab of CSIRO ICT 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)

·        David Schleicher (jointly with Manuel Ocaña at UAH). Now researcher in Airbus Spain

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

o   Awards: Best PhD Thesis in Electrical Engineering. University of Alcalá. 2005

·        Elena López (jointly with Rafael Barea at UAH). Now Associated Professor at the UAH

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)

·        Javier Almazán (jointly with Rafael Barea at UAH). Now R&D Engineer in Computer Vision for Talgo Inc.

o   Title: Real-time Vision Based Localization for Smartphone platforms

o   Internships: University of Bristol (England)

 

 

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