Universidad de Valencia

The research group of UVEG participating in COMONSENS is the Group of Information and Communication Systems (GSIC), leaded by Dr. Baltasar Beferull Lozano. The group is composed of 4 Faculty members, 5 PhD students and 2 MSc students. GSIC members have co-authored more than 15 international journal (IEEE/ACM Trans.) papers of high impact, more than 50 international conference papers and 3 U.S. patents. They have been serving as reviewers for around 9 different international journals and also belong to the International Technical Program Committees of prestigious International Conferences, such as IEEE & ACM International Symposium on Information Processing for Sensor Networks or INFOCOM, with acceptance rates below 16%. Six PhD students have completed their degrees under the supervision of GSIC members, one of them obtaining Best PhD Award at EPFL. Members of GSIC have also taught graduate courses in several international Master and Doctoral programs of different institutions such as ICS-FORTH, EPFL, UPC, and UC3M, as well as seminars in more than 15 international institutions since 2002, among them, AT&T Shannon Laboratories, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Southern California (USC), University of California San Diego (UCSD). Some of the research papers generated within GSIC that are related to the area of WSNs, have been used as part of the selected mandatory reading list for several U.S. universities, such as University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, University of Southern California (USC), University of California, Santa Cruz, and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

GSIC maintains several active international collaborations across Europe and also with institutions in the U.S., such as: a) Dr. Martin Vetterli, Audiovisual Communication Laboratory-EPFL, b) Dr. Panagiotis Tsakalides, Computer Science Dept -ICS-FORTH-Crete University, c) Dr. Deepak Ganesan, Computer Science Dept- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, d) Dr. Razvan Cristescu, Centre for Mathematics of Information-California Institute of Technology), e) University of Southern California, and f) AT&T Shannon Laboratories. In addition, the group participates actively in several international research projects, namely: a) FP7 STREP Project entitled 'Sensor Network for Dynamic and Cognitive Radio Access' (SENDORA), b) Marie Curie Transfer of Knowledge Grant (2006-10) in coordination with ICS-FORTH for structural health monitoring and seismic prediction using WSNs and c) Network of Excellence 'CReating Ubiquitous Intelligent Sensing Environments' (CRUISE) of FP6. Other projects in which GSIC members have been involved as Principal Investigators or Co-Principal Investigators are: a) 'Multiresolution Techniques for Signal Processing and Communications' (2001-04) Swiss NSF, b) 'Distributed Signal Processing and Communications' (2002-05) Swiss NSF, c) 'Elementos Activos de Seguridad' (2002-05) and d) 'Procesado co-operativo y comunicaciones auto-organizativas para redes inalámbricas de sensores'(2007-10), both funded by Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia. GSIC also collaborates closely with several important companies and institutions, such as: a) Telefónica I+D, b) Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, c) Thales Communications, d) Telenor, e) CEAM (Centro de Estudios Medioambientales del Mediterráneo), interested in WSNs for Environmental Monitoring, and f) AVAPACE (Asociación Valenciana de Ayuda a la Parálisis Cerebral), interested in using WSNs within the context of Ambient Intelligence for people with cerebral palsy. Some GSIC members have been also involved as evaluators and reviewers for the European Commission, Directorate-General Information Society, of the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes.