On going projects

ORIENTATE - Low-cost Reliable Indoor Positioning in Smart Factories (MSCA-IF)

Indoor positioning (IP) will play a central role in industry 4.0 by assisting unmanned vehicle navigation or tracking goods within the value chain. However, some disadvantages prevent the usage of technologies with the technical requirements for IP in industrial environments. Also, the variations in scenarios used in empirical assessment exclude the direct comparison of existing IP technologies. The EU-funded ORIENTATE project will address this issue with a new scalable high-accuracy solution. It will integrate multiple IP technologies to create an open assessment structure. The project’s solution is based on visible-light communications principles, processing data provided by other positioning modules with neural networks and local outlier factors, and coding trusted positioning information as hyperspectral images.

The duration of the project is September 1 2021 until August 31 2023. For more information, please visit the ORIENTATE's dedicated website.

Lab4U&Spaces - Living Lab of Interactive Urban Space Solutions (Ref.ª NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000072)

Lab4U&Spaces project presents three converging research lines, to promote sustainable and safe urban space solutions and enhance interaction and mobility. The project will benefit from the strong competencies of the three research lines, bridging the gap between urban intelligence and physical, virtual and digital elements, and sharing the commitment with developing added value products to drive new uses of urban spaces.

The contribution to the project will focus on the development of Indoor Positioning solutions enabling smart mobility.

MODERATE(HORIZON-CL5-2021-D4-01 GA.101069834)

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re-MODULEES - the Retrofitting Market Activation Platform based on the generation of standard modules for energy efficiency and clean energy solutions (H2020-LC-SC3-EE-2020-1 GA.955529)

The building sector is the single largest energy consumer in Europe. Within its 2030 climate and energy framework, the EU has committed to improving the energy performance of buildings. Since three quarters of today’s buildings will still exist in 2050, the key to a low carbon building stock is to renovate. The EU-funded re-MODULEES project will develop an EU-wide umbrella platform for the renovation of existing EU residential buildings. re-MODULEES is based on EU-wide umbrella framework clustering efforts and aims at shaping cross-regional market activation policies. As such, the project will strategically leverage other EU-funded projects' knowledge and solutions to customise their market uptake according to regional climatic, building and socio-economic conditions.

Objective: re-MODULEES aims at the creation of an EU-wide “umbrella” framework for EE in existing residential buildings based on the generation of standard modules for the retrofit market activation and up-take. Modularity is to be intended as multi-level: it regards the “breakdown” of the overall retrofit process into standardized segments; and multi-target: it regards their customization according to regional climatic, building, socio-economic and market conditions, in order to shape more effective tools and approaches through which to maximise cost-optimality, positive spillovers and impact. This framework is based on clustering of efforts and evidences, and would allow shaping cross-regional policies, and generating wider homogeneous, integrated and facilitated retrofitting market areas. For this reason, re-MODULEES aims to be a strategic capitalization project which, by leveraging on the wide background of several H2020 projects (as well as from other EU programs), will join and combine knowledge, approaches and tools already available within its clear modular framework, so to optimize their uptake on local markets.

A-WEAR - A network for dynamic WEarable Applications with pRivacy constraints (MSCA-EJD)

The project "A network for dynamic WEarable Applications with pRivacy constraints" (A-WEAR) is a four year (2019-2022) H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN)/European Joint Doctorate (EJD) for bringing together 5 academic beneficiaries and 12 partner organizations from Finland, Czech Republic, Italy, Romania, and Spain, with the aim of educating, supervising, and training 15 young ambitious and creative researchers to face the future challenges in smart wearables and wireless computing and enhance their career prospects by training them in a multi-sector cross-country environment and teaching them to think globally.

The emerging market of wearables is expected to grow exponentially in the near future, driven by the sales increase of smart clothes, watches, and eyeglasses. The future wearables are likely to be heterogeneous, operating on batteries, sun power or human motion, and endowed with smart functions. They will co-operate in a decentralized manner with each other and will be able to reach various interconnected software and applications. The main stream wearable-based architecture has been applied so far in wellbeing industries, such as eHealth or ambient assisted living, which might also reduce the costs for care and guarantee a healthy independent live in the forthcoming older society. As the digitalisation and data-based economy are growing, the exploitation potential of the wearables can easily be expected to increase. Key wearables stakeholder groups in the future are also smart cities, comprising intelligent building industry and infrastructure, energy-efficient smart grid sector, public e-Services, and smart transport. Motivated by the opportunities that next-generation wearable intelligence is expected to provide, the mission of A-WEAR action is to cross-disciplinarily create new architectures, open-source software and frameworks for dynamic wearable ecosystems, with distributed localization and privacy constraints. We aim at building new joint/double European doctoral programmes to train a new generation of young researchers in order to be aware of, to cope with, and to disseminate to a large audience the vulnerabilities and the corresponding solutions of the communication and positioning through wearables. The impact of A-WEAR will be to enhance the future social well-being, to contribute to an easy living, effective and enjoyable work, and to offer new solutions to the challenges of violation of privacy by communication and positioning through wearables and to the need of applying the right of the ownership to one’s data.

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IPIN Competition (formerly known as EvAAL Competition)

EvAAL aims at establishing benchmarks and evaluation metrics for comparing Ambient Assisted Living solutions. EvAAL stands for "evaluating AAL systems through competitive benchmarking". Since 2011 they have organised international competitions on indoor localization and indoor activity recognition. In 2016 and 2017 they lent their experience to the organization of IPIN Competition.

Our contribution to this competition is the organization of the third track "Smartphone-based (off-site)" where participants have to compete in the same environment using the same data provided as datatsets.

EvAAL Website

Past projects

Smartphone-based indoor positioning

Non-funded project whose main aim is to develop a working indoor positioning system, android applications (update map-based and augmented-reality existing ones) and improve indoor location in many alternative ways.

REPNIN: Spanish Network of Excelence in Indoor Positioning and Navigation.

The network REPNIN integrated the efforts in research and technological development related to Indoor Positioning and Indoor Navigation (IPIN) and Intelligent Environments (IE) carried out in Spain. The aim is to promote the collaboration among all the research team, boost international relations, and to fire the technolofical transfer to the industry. Challenges to address include, but are not limited to: the study of different technologies, development of fusion algoriths, development of perception strategies, support decision-make, task management, legal and ethical issues, among many other. This network has been recently extended forming the REPNIN+ netwotk.

REPNIN/REPNIN+ Website

Geolocated Virtual Assistant for Guided Visits in Museums

The main objective of the project is to develop a prototype of an open platform to manage geo-referenced contents. This platform is intended to support smartphone-based virtual assistants in museums where the GNSS coverage is limited by means of Wi-Fi fingerprinting methods and/or BLE beacons. This project is considered as a demonstrator in a real scenario of the technologies and developments done at the Geospatial Reserach Group.


Valorización, transferencia y explotación por las empresas de resultados de I+D: INNVAL10/18/049

Advanced methodologies for the design, development, evaluation and integration of indoor location algorithms

Project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness. One of its objectives is the developement of the IndoorLocPlatform, which is an open platform for the development, implementation, evaluation and comparison or different methods and strategies for indoor positioning and navigation.

Platform website

GEO-C - Joint Doctorate in Geoinformatics: Enabling Open Cities

GEOTEC is one of three partners organising the Joint Doctorate "Geoinformatics: Enabling Open Cities (GEO-C)", funded under the EU Marie Curie International Training Networks (ITN) program, European Joint Doctorates (EJD). GEO-C aims to contribute methods and tools to realise smart and open cities, in which all groups of society can participate on all levels and benefit in many ways. Complementary strands of research in GEO-C (participation, data analysis & fusion, services) will lead to an improved understanding of how to build open cities and will produce a prototypical open city toolkit. With a budget of over 3,5 million EURO, Geo-C provides 15 Phd students (5 in Spain, 5 in Portugal, 5 in Germany) the opportunity to do research and advance the state of the art in smart and open cities. The duration of the project is January 1 2015 until December 31 2018. For more information, please visit the GEO-C dedicated website.

The goal of the topic "ESR10: Predictive analytics - human mobility patterns investigation from social networks" is to investigate the possible integration of different sources of data related with urban mobility allowing a better understanding on urban environment dynamics. From the use of predictive analytics analyses on these datasets it is possible to extract social and community intelligence and model urban environment allowing the improve of urban transportation planning. Geospatial data mining tools will be used to define spatial-temporal clusters of similar urban mobility, which will then allow the integration of information coming from different sources. This PhD research will investigate (1) how new data available in the cities can be exploited to understand mobility and location patterns in cities, (2) if different cities share similarities in terms of mobility and location patterns and (3) how to enhance urban transportation models, by integrating the social network data with other sources of information. This topic is supervised by Prof. Roberto Henriques. Joaquín Torres-Sospedra is the co-supervisor for the external semester that will take place in Spain.

ILDUM: Indoor Localization Demonstrator in a University caMpus.

ILDUM's main objective was a research/tranfer project to develop a mobile application that would drive the library users in the building and be an interface to the services provided, such as the book finder. Advanced indoor positioning techniques were developed to enhance our pedestrian navigation system. The application is to be released to the Android Play Store during Septembet 2018.

ENABLE: Educational Advancement of ICT-based spatial Literacy in Europe

ENAbLE was a 3 year EU Erasmus+ project, in which GEOTEC cooperates with the University of Munster (Germany) and the University of Aveiro (Portugal) to improve ICT and spatial literacy skills in secondary schools. GEOTEC was responsible for the development of a mobile game called NavApps, which was a geogame that aimed to improve spatial literacy of secondary school students through gamification and indoor positioning.

Monitorización en el hogar de pacientes con depresión mediante sistemas de localización en interiores no invasivos.

The main objective of this project was to improve the knowledge we have about behavioral factors which chronicle depression. Specifically, we focused on improving our knowledge about patient's activity and behavior that they have in their own homes. One of the pillars of this project was the development of an indoor geolocation device that captures the patient's behavior. This system was relied on a web management system, which allowed the professional to: 1) receive therapeutic alarms and 2) identify in real-time the behavioural patterns that chronicle the depression in each patient

SmartWays

Smart Ways was a 3-year (2014-2016) funded project by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Retos colaboración 2014), for developing an innovative platform aimed at promoting sustainable mobility, which will satisfy the deficiencies in the field of transport. The project will offer a parking and lighting management following the Internet of Thing paradigm. It is a pilot project in Castellon with parking and lighting sensors and apps development for guiding vehicles to find free parking spaces. It also foresees the management of the blue parking zone (paid parking), including the possibility of an option for online payment.

SmartCampus: SmartLibrary

Based on ESRI technologies, the Virtual Smart Campus UJI is a map-based view of interior and/or exterior assets on the university campus that enables employees, students and visitors to locate an area of interest and review information stored in the human resources and facilities management database. It also allows employees and visitors to deliver a web-based service request or booking spaces applications and integrate other existing services like the monitoring of energy consumptions or solid wastes management. Visit SmartUJI, click here.

Perception (Perception: Interacción Hombre-Máquina)

Development of HCI (Human Computer Interaction) systems which process the information surrounding individuals, analyze the data and return the suitable information to these individuals (Plan Avanza2 Ministerio de Industria). This project includes indoor positioning and navigation, augmented reality, QR codes, speech recognition among other state-of-the art topics in HCI.

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Desarrollo de un prototipo para la interoperabilidad de guías médicas con sistemas de registro electrónico de pacientes

MANIFA: Mapeado autónomo y navegación distribuida para la realización de tareas de mantenimiento en fincas agricolas

Localización selectiva de malas hierbas para un desbroce ecológico

RETA: Sistema coordinador de robots empotrados en un ambiente inteligente para tareas de asistencia

Análisis y desarrollo de métodos de diseño de conjuntos de redes neuornales

MAPACI: Modelado y clasificación automática de patrones de voz patológica para su aplicación clínica sobre internet