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Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC- UPF) in a nutshell, Barcelona

The DTIC hosts faculty and researchers in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, which groups the disciplines of Telecommunications and Computer Science. Through UPF's Polytechnic School (ESUP), the DTIC supports degrees in Telematics Engineering, Audiovisual Systems Engineering and Computer Science. At the postgraduate level, the DTIC offers several master's degrees and a full Ph.D. program. Some of these master programs are offered in cooperation with other UPF departments and research institutions.

The DTIC's research activities are organized around 15 groups pursuing a wide range of topics that include networking, wireless communications, multimedia, image and music processing, medical imaging, interactive technologies, artificial intelligence, data mining, and computational neuroscience, among others. The department participates extensively in National and European research programmes, and has active cooperation agreements with other prominent universities and corporations.

The DTIC is sited in UPF's Communication Campus, which was opened in 2009 and is located within the vibrant 22@ technological district of Barcelona. The campus features modern facilities for both research and teaching, in close proximity to other research institutions, industry, technology start-up clusters, and government agencies.

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Department of Information and Communication Technologies (DTIC- UPF) in a nutshell, Barcelona

  1. 1. Department of Information and Communication Technologies January 2015
  2. 2. Research COGNITIVE AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS Cognition and Computation and Robotics Artificial Intelligence and Theoretical Computer Science Natural Language Processing Ubiquitous Computing Information Retrieval and Data Mining Cognitive Multimedia Technologies AUDIOVISUAL TECHNOLOGIES Image Processing and Computer Vision Image Processing for Enhanced Cinematography Sound and Music Computing Human-Computer Interaction, Graphics and Educational Technologies COMMUNICATIONS AND NETWORKS Network Technologies and Strategies Wireless Communications Information Theory and Coding COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY AND MEDICAL SYSTEMS Computational Neuroscience Instrumentation and Biomedical Signals Computational Imaging and Computational Physiology Analysis of Biomedical DataBRAIN AND COGNITION Language and Comparative Cognition Multisensory Research Speech Acquisition, Perception, Production Reasoning and Infant Cognition
  3. 3. ICT Department – key facts (2014) People • Tenured Faculty: 31 • ICREA Professors: 13 • Tenure-track Faculty: 4 • Undergraduate Students: 825 • Master and Ph.D. Students: 176 ( > 60% international) Research • Research incomes: 15.6 M€ • ERC grants: 9 • External Advisory Board Faculty includes VP of the European Research Council (Prof. Sebastián-Gallés) or VP of Research for Europe and Latin America Yahoo! (Prof. Baeza-Yates), plus a number of recognitions as ACM, IEEE, AAAI or ECCAI Fellows (recognitions typically to 1-3% most influential researchers from the leading professional communities) 65 FP7 projects participated and coordinated by 25 staff members (> 60% UPF EU funds) including 9 prestigious ERC Grants and the Human Brain Project (absolute leader in Spain, with around 5% of all the funds obtained by Spanish Universities in FP7)
  4. 4. ICT Department - Training Undergraduate Programs (Polytechnic School – ESUP) • Bachelor's degree in Biomedical Engineering • Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences • Bachelor's degree in Telematics Engineering • Bachelor's degree in Audiovisual Systems Engineering Research Master Programs • Interdisciplinary Master in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media (CSIM) • Master in Sound and Music Computing (SMC) • Master in Intelligent Interactive Systems (MIIS) • Master in Computer Vision (Interuniversity master, coord. UAB) • Master in Brain and Cognition • Master in Wireless Communications (jointly UPC, starting 2015) PhD program in Information and Communication Technologies • 2/3 PhD students are non-spanish nationals (around 140 students in total, 40 joining each year) • DTIC Seminars Recent selected awards for students Cisco Security Grand Challenge 2014, European Young Researchers' Award 2013, National Commendation for Invention from the Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation in 2013, BBVA Innova Challenge 2013 International Competition on Big Data, BBVA Innova Challenge MX 2014
  5. 5. ICT Department - Training Professional master and postgraduate studies (UPF-IDEC – Barcelona School of Management) • Master in Animation • Master in Creation of Video Games • Master in Sonology • University Master in Digital Arts • Master in ICT Strategic Management • Postgraduate studies in Interactive Instruments • Postgraduate studies in Data Visualisation… and more! MOOCs • Descodificando el álgebra • Audio Signal Processing for Music Applications (joint with Stanford) • Hands On Wireless Sensor Networks Coming soon… • 3D Graphics for the Web Programmers • Ecosistemas de innovación (with the network Cátedras de Telefónica) And supplying the supporting technology for external MOOCS as Hands-on ICT (powered by ILDE)
  6. 6. Companies Spin-offs Some of our collaborators Cognitive and Intelligent Systems Audiovisual Technologies Communications and Networks Computational Biology and Medical Systems TECNIO accreditation Network of Tech Centers and University Research Groups dedicated to Industrial Research and technology transfer in Catalonia. It is based on cutting edge technology, business innovation and management excellence.
  7. 7. #hacklab_upf Physical and virtual space for student-driven action (since 29/10/2014) Peer-to-peer-learning, collaborative projects Established groups • Hands-on Wireless Sensor Networks: • ACM-UPF 2014 Contest (programming workshop) • Open-source 3D-printed life-size robots • Hosting PyladiesBCN Groups under preparation • Data journalism • Collaborative and interactive storytelling • Robotics (RoboCup) • Ruby (with Ironhack) • BioHacking Complementing other actions such as
  8. 8. Thank you C/ Tànger, 122-140 08018 Barcelona, Spain @dtic_upf