|University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC)|
The Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) started its activities in the late 1980 by coordinating the synergies of a qualified group of scientists and experts from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) in the fields of Microelectronics, Communications, Computer Science and Mathematics. Since its conception, IUMA has witnessed changes in its administrative and legal status due to its excellence in research and technology transfer to industries, being partly granted at present by the regional and national governments apart from the incomes obtained from private and public industries as well as from competitive scientific programs.
With more than 55 researchers, technicians and administrative support, IUMA is structured in 6 different divisions.
• Integrated Systems Design Division (ISD)
• Information Technology Division (IT)
• Microelectronics Technology Division (MT)
• Industrial Systems and CAD Tools Division (SiCAD)
• Communications Division (COM)
• Microsystems Division (MEMS)
• Mathematics, Graphics and Computing Division (MAGiC)
IUMA members lecture mainly in the School of Telecommunication and Electronic Engineering and the School of Industrial Engineering. IUMA also offers a PhD in Telecommunication Technology, which has received a quality label from the Spanish Government due to its excellence, and since year 2010 a MSc on Telecommunication Technology has been launched.
Research and Development
IUMA has a strong presence in diverse initiatives. Some of our members participate in the Steering Committee of international conferences or have been chairing some of them (DATE, ICECS, ISQED, Euromicro, SPIE, DCIS...) while others are part of the Editorial Board of international journals. IUMA members have published more than 250 papers in well-known journals and conferences.
The approval of different submissions presented to European and national programs has led to the acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment which is employed in the development of new technology products for industries located in USA, Europe and Australia. IUMA is also promoting innovation in the local sector by collaborating with emerging enterprises. Furthermore, during the last 15 years IUMA has participated in the creation of 8 spin-offs, being a valuable factor of innovation in the Canary Islands.
Integrated Systems Design (ISD) Division
During the last fifteen years, the researchers of the Integrated Systems Design Division (DSI) of the Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA), have been working with different technologies, not only sub-micron CMOS but also GaAs, in order to create high performance designs. The activity of the group, and hence its experience, combines knowledge of signal processing, high speed switching and design and co-design of SoCs based on IPs with architecture specifications, development of design tools, modelling and integrated circuits design. For the last years, the group has participated in European projects related to the implementation of heterogeneous processor implementations and embedded systems with flexible video coding, texture processing, and smart processing functions applied to imaging. The group has also being involved in different industrial contracts implementing advanced CMOS switching systems, developing methodologies and verification tools and characterizing complex systems. The background gained by the researchers of IUMA involved in the present proposal, ensures it success.
ULPGC is the the coordinator of the HELICoiD project and the leader ofWP1 (Management and coordination). As the coordinator, ULPGC monitors the compliance by participants with their obligations under the Grant Agreement, which includes the participants' obligations regarding IPR, dissemination and use issues. ULPGC has a strong interaction with the WP7 leader for the dissemination, collaboration and exploitation of the results.
Additionally, ULPGC is participating in the development of the algorithms for cancer detection (WP3) and in the development of the processing platform for the execution of the algorithms in real or quasi real time (WP4). ULPGC will also assist the WP2 leader in the acquisition of the hyperspectral camera and will check the system interface in WP5. ULPGC works closelywith the Doctor Negrín Hospital (FUNCANIS) for the deployment of the hyper-spectral system in the operating theatre due to its close geographical localization.
Gustavo M. Callicó received the Telecommunication Engineer degree in 1995 and the Ph.D. degree and the European Doctorate in 2003, all from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and all with honours. From 1996 to 1997 he was granted with a national research grant from the Educational Ministry and in 1997 he was hired by the ULPGC as an electronic lecturer. In 1994 he joined the Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) and from 2000 to 2001 he did a stay at the Philips Research Laboratories (NatLab) in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as a visiting scientist, where he developed his Ph.D. thesis. He is currently an Associate Professor at the ULPGC and develops his research activities at the Integrated Systems Design Division of the IUMA. He has more than 90 publications in national and international journals and conferences and has participated in 17 research projects funded by the European Community, the Spanish Government and international private industries. He is a member of the Consumer Electronics Society as well as a member of the Publications Review Committee of the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. Additionally, he currently serves as an active reviewer of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), the EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems, the SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging, the SPRINGER Journal of Real-Time Image Processing and the ELSEVIER Journal of Microprocessors and Microsystems: Embedded Hardware Design. His current research fields include real-time super-resolution algorithms, synthesis-based design for SOCs, real-time hyperspectral imaging systems and circuits for multimedia processing and video coding standards.
Roberto Sarmiento is a Full-Professor at the Telecommunication Engineering Faculty at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in the area of Electronic Engineering. He contributed to the birth of this centre in 1989. He was the Dean of the Faculty from 1994 to 1998 and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Staff at the ULPGC from 1998 to 2003. In 1993, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of Adelaida, South Australia, and later at the University of Edith Cowan, also in Australia. He is a cofounder of the Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) and Director of the Integrated Systems Design Division of this Institute. Since 1990 he has published more than 40 journal papers and book chapters and more than 120 conference papers. Roberto Sarmiento has been awarded with four six years research periods by the National Agency for the Research Activity Evaluation in Spain. He has participated in more than 35 projects and research programmes funded by public and private organizations, from which he has been leader researcher in 16 of them. Between these projects, it has special mention those funded by the European Union like GARDEN and the GRASS workgroup. He has got several agreements with companies for the design of high performance integrated circuits, being the most remarkable ones the collaboration with Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation (California), and Thales Alenia Space (Spain). His research interests include multimedia processing and video coding standard systems, reconfigurable architectures and real-time processing and compression of hyperspectral imaging.
Himar Fabelo, received the telecommunication engineer degree and the master degree in telecommunication technologies from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in 2013, and 2014, respectively. Since then, he has conducted his research activity in the Integrated System Design Division at the Institute for Applied Microelectronics, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the field of electronic and bioengineering. In 2015 he started to work as a coordination assistant and researcher in the HELICoiD European project, co-funded by the European Commission. His current research interests are in the use of classification algorithms together with hyperspectral images to detect human brain cancer using in-vivo hyperspectral images. He obtained the best paper award in the Jornadas de Computación Empotrada (JCE2015) in September of 2015 with the paper entitled “HELICoiD Demonstrator for Intraoperative Brain Cancer Detection using Hyperspectral Images”.
Sebastian Lopez was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in 1978. He received the Electronic Engineer degree by the University of La Laguna in 2001, obtaining regional and national awards for his CV during his degree. He got his PhD degree by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2006, where he is currently an Associate Professor, developing his research activities at the Integrated Systems Design Division of the Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA). He is a member of the IEEE Geoscience & Remote Sensing and Consumer Electronics Societies as well as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. Additionally, he currently serves as an active reviewer of the IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing (JSTARS), IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology, the Journal of Real Time Image Processing, Microprocessors and Microsystems: Embedded Hardware Design (MICPRO), and the IET Electronics Letters, among others. He is also a program committee member of different international conferences including the SPIE Conference on Satellite Data Compression, Communication and Processing, IEEE Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), and SPIE Conference of High Performance Computing in Remote Sensing. Furthermore, he has been designated as the program co-chair of the last two aforementioned conferences for their upcoming editions in 2013. He has published more than 60 papers in international journals and conferences. His research interests include real-time hyperspectral imaging systems, reconfigurable architectures, video coding standards, and hyperspectral compression systems.
José F. López obtained the M.S. degree in physics (specialized in Electronics) from the University of Seville, Spain, in 1989. In 1994, he obtained the PhD degree by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, being awarded by this University for his research in the field of High Speed Integrated Circuits.
He has been member of the Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) since its foundation, back in 1990 and presently he is the Deputy Director of this Institution. He has conducted his investigations at the Research Institute for Applied Microelectronics (IUMA), where he is part of the Integrated Systems Design Division. He currently also lectures at the School of Telecommunication Engineering, in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC), being responsible of the courses on VLSI Circuits and Digital Circuits. He was with Thomson Composants Microondes (now United Monolithic Semiconductor, UMS), Orsay, France, in 1992. In 1995 he was with the "Center for Broadband Telecommunications" at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Lyngby, Denmark, and in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000 he was funded by the Edith Cowan University (ECU), Perth, Western Australia, to make research on low power, high performance integrated circuits and image processing. He has been advisor of the local government for attracting technology-based industry to the Canary Islands and has participated in the creation of three SME related to the field of electronic integrated systems. Dr. López has been actively enrolled in more than 15 research projects funded by the European Community, Spanish Government and international private industries. He has written more than 70 papers in national and international journals and conferences, and his research interests include image and video processing, and VLSI circuits and systems.
Inmaculada G. Dópido received the B.S. and M.S. degrees in telecommunications and received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in computer engineering from the University of Extremadura, Caceres, Spain. She is a member of the Hyperspectral Computing Laboratory (HyperComp) coordinated by Prof. Antonio Plaza. Her research interests include remotely sensed hyperspectral imaging, pattern recognition and signal and image processing, with particular emphasis on the development of new techniques for unsupervised and supervised classification and spectral mixture analysis of hyperspectral data. Dr. Dópido is a reviewer for the IEEE Journal of Selected topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transaction on Geoscience and Remote Sensing and IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.
Samuel Ortega, received the telecommunication engineer degree and the research master degree in telecommunication technologies from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in 2014, and 2015, respectively. Since then, he has conducted his research activity in the Integrated System Design Division at the Institute for Applied Microelectronics, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in the field of electronic and bioengineering. In 2015 he started to work as a coordination assistant and researcher in the HELICoiD European project, co-funded by the European Commission. His current research interests are in the use of machine learning algorithms in medical applications using hyperspectral images.