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Jordi Vilà-Valls

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 Session Chairing, Conference Organization & TPC

  • Main organizer – Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT), “Indoor localization and tracking : from theoretical foundations to practical applications”, Davide Dardari, Spain (CTTC – Barcelona, UC3M – Madrid, US – Sevilla), June 2018.
  • Session Chair – “GNSS Signal Processing in Degraded Environments 1”, Institute of Navigation technical meeting (ION-GNSS+), Miami, FL (USA). September 24–28, 2018.
  • Session Chair – “GNSS Signal Processing in Degraded Environments 2”, Institute of Navigation technical meeting (ION-GNSS+), Miami, FL (USA). September 24–28, 2018.
  • Member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) for the IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC’18).
  • Student Activities Co-Chair, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’19), September 2019, A Coruña, Spain.
  • Member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) for the European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’19), September 2019, A Coruña, Spain.
  • Special Session Co-Chair (with Daniel Medina (DLR) and Pau Closas (Northeastern University)) – “Navigation and Localization for Intelligent Transportation Systems”, IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Conference (ITSC), Auckland (New Zealand), October 27-30, 2019.
  • Finance Co-Chair, IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi- Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP’19), Guadeloupe, French West Indies, December 2019.

 Invited Talks, Seminars & Tutorials

  • “A Probabilistic Approach to Trajectory Prediction for Tactical Air Traffic Management”, at the KTN ENGAGE Workshop Thematic Challenge #2 : Data-driven Trajectory Prediction, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Castelldefels (Spain), November 2018.
  • “A Probabilistic Approach to Localization, Tracking and Navigation”, at the Autonomous Systems Seminar, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL (USA), October 2018.
  • “Robust Statistical Inference in Hierarchically Gaussian Dynamic Systems”, at the Laboratoire de l’Intégration du Matériau au Système (IMS), Université de Bordeaux, Bordeaux (France), July 2018.
  • “Robust Statistical Inference in Hierarchically Gaussian Dynamic Systems”, at the Electronics, Optronics and Signal Processing Department (DEOS), ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse (France), June 2018.
  • “Cooperative Positioning and Signal Processing for GNSS in Degraded Environments”, at the Electronics, Optronics and Signal Processing Department (DEOS), ISAE-SUPAERO, Toulouse (France), June 2018 (with Dr. Mònica Navarro and Dr. Javier Arribas).
  • “Cooperative Positioning for Real Time Location Systems (RTLS)”, at the Joint Seminar WIBEC/COST-IRACON on Radio frequency Localisation Techniques, Cartagena (Spain), May 2018 (with Dr. Mònica Navarro and Dr. Javier Arribas).
  • “A Signal Processing Approach to GNSS in Degraded Environments”, at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY (USA). November 2017.
  • “Robust Statistical Inference in Hierarchically Gaussian Dynamic Systems”, at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY (USA). November 2017.
  • “Robust Statistical Inference in Dynamic Complex Systems”, at the Signal Processing, Imaging, Reasoning, and Learning (SPIRAL) Seminar Series, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA). November 2017.
  • “Stochastic Filtering in Nonlinear Gaussian High-dimensional Systems”, at the Department of Signal Theory & Communications, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Madrid (Spain). January 2017.
  • “Robust Filtering in Nonlinear Hierarchically Gaussian State-space Models”, at the Department of Signal Theory & Communications, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Madrid (Spain). January 2017.
  • “Bayesian Filtering in the Gaussian Context : Kalman, Sigma-point and Beyond”, at the EURASIP/IEEE-SPS/N# Summer School in Foundations and Advances in Stochastic Filtering (FASF’15), Barcelona (Spain). June 2015 (with Dr. Carles Fernández-Prades).
  • “Optimal Bayesian Estimation : A Brief Overview”, at the Signal Processing for Communications and Navigation (SPCOMNAV) Seminars, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona (Spain). September 2013.

 Awards, Recognitions & Grants

  • Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) Grant, European Commission, COST Action CA15104 (IRACON), October 2018.
  • Best Paper in Track Award at the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS ’18), “On-line Model Learning for Adaptive GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation Estimation and Mitigation”, 23-26 April 2018, Monterey, CA, USA.
  • Awarded the Assistant Professor Accreditation by the Catalan Agency of Quality of the University System (AQU), March 2018.
  • Elevated to Senior Researcher of CTTC, January 2018.
  • Affiliate Member of the Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) Technical Committee (TC), IEEE-SPS, December 2017.
  • Elevated to Senior Member of the IEEE, November 2017.
  • Best Poster Award at the 6th ESA Intl. Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of GNSS / Galileo, “Challenges of Using Low-Cost GNSS Receivers for Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring”, 25-27 October 2017, Valencia, Spain.
  • Awarded the french “Qualification aux fonctions de Maître de Conférences en Section 61 (Génie informatique, automatique et traitement du signal)”, January 2012.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), October 2010 to October 2012.
  • Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) Grant, European Commission, COST Action IC0803 (RFCSET), June-July 2009.
  • PhD Thesis Grant, French Ministry of Science, October 2006 to October 2009.
  • MS Thesis Grant, France Télécom R&D, February to June 2006.

 Research Stays/Visits

  • STSM – Short Term Scientific Mission (Visiting Researcher) at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA), working together with Prof. Pau Closas on robust Bayesian parametric/nonparametric statistical inference for indoor localisation, tracking and navigation, October 2018 (1 month). STSM Grant from COST Action CA15104 (IRACON).
  • Visiting Researcher at Northeastern University, Boston, MA (USA), working together with Prof. Pau Closas on new robust filtering methods for dynamic complex systems, November 2017 (1 month).
  • Visiting Researcher at Gipsa-Lab, Grenoble, France, working together with Prof. Jean-Marc Brossier on the relationship between coding, estimation and quantization, June 2016 (1 month).
  • 3 postdoctoral research stays at CTTC, Barcelona, Spain :
    • “Nonlinear Bayesian filtering in high-dimensional systems”, 2012 (3 months).
    • “Development of new approaches to recursive nonlinear filtering”, 2011 (3 months).
    • “Study and implementation of new reduced complexity Bayesian sigma-point filters”, 2010 (2 months).
  • STSM – Short Term Scientific Mission (Visiting PhD Student) at CTTC, Barcelona, Spain. Topic : “New nonlinear filtering methods for synchronization and Bayesian bounds for Galileo type signals”, June-July 2009 (2 months). STSM Grant from COST Action IC0803 (RFCSET).

 Memberships

  • Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE), the IEEE Signal Processing Society (IEEE-SPS) and the IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society (IEEE-AESS).
  • Affiliate Member of the Signal Processing Theory and Methods (SPTM) Technical Committee (TC), IEEE-SPS.
  • Member of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP).
  • Member of the Institute of Navigation (ION).
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