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Jordi Vilà-Valls

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 Short Bio

I received the MS in Electrical Engineering from both Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, and Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG), Grenoble, France, in 2006. In October 2006, I joined GIPSA-Lab at the INPG as a Research Assistant with a French Ministry of Science PhD grant. My thesis, entitled “Nonlinear Dynamic Channel Estimation for Mobile Satellite Receivers”, focused on nonlinear Bayesian estimation methods and its applications to synchronisation problems for both communications and positioning systems. I received the PhD in Signal Processing from Grenoble INP in March 2010.

Following the standard research career path, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in different research groups from 2010 to 2015 : Signal Processing and Communications group, UPC (2010-2012) ; Signal Processing for Communications and Navigation group, UAB (2012-2013) ; Statistical Inference for Communications and Positioning Department, CTTC (2014-2015). From May 2015 to December 2016, I was a freelance researcher (kind of sabbatical). Then, I joined again the CTTC, first as a Researcher (2017) and later appointed Senior Researcher (2018). Also, at that time I was a part-time lecturer at the Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering School (EETAC-UPC).

I worked during the last 10+ years in several aspects related to advanced statistical signal processing techniques, with special emphasis on Bayesian statistical inference and adaptive/robust stochastic filtering techniques. I have also been a key personnel in several projects funded by the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Spanish Ministry of Science. My primary areas of interest include statistical signal processing at large, estimation and detection theory, nonlinear Bayesian inference, robust filtering, statistical learning, computational and robust statistics ; with applications to satellite-based navigation (GNSS) ; cooperative localisation & navigation ; indoor localisation, tracking & navigation ; Earth observation (GNSS-R & GNSS-RO) ; multiple object localisation & tracking ; multi-sensor data fusion ; communications ; intelligent transportation systems ; air/unmanned traffic management.

 Research-related Things

  • Elected member of the EURASIP Special Area Team on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing (SAT-TMTSP) - Term 2019-2021.
  • Navigation Expert at the Telecommunications for Space and Aeronautics Lab (TéSA), Toulouse, France.
  • Associate Editor for Signal Processing, Elsevier Journal (2018 – present)
  • Senior Member of the IEEE, November 2017.
  • 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” , Institute of Navigation technical meeting (ION-GNSS+), Miami, FL (USA). September 24–28, 2018.
  • Student Activities Co-Chair, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’19), September 2019, A Coruña, Spain.
  • Special Session Co-Chair – “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.
  • Student Activities Chair, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’21), September 2021.
  • 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.
  • 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.

 Research Projects

Since 2019


Before 2019

In my previous scientific life (2007-2018), before joining ISAE-SUPAERO, I was involved in a number of projects funded by the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French/Spanish Ministries of Science, certainly with different degrees of engagement. More details here.

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