FormaTTic 2020

FormaTTic is a multidisciplinar program designed for all members of atlanTTic. It will be developed during October 2020 and it will consist of several online sessions.


22/10/2020 11.00-13.00 h.

Place: Sala Acristalada, E.E. de Telecomunicación, Universidade de Vigo (Campus Lagoas-Marcosende) – Limited capacity, due to COVID: 10 people

Language: Spanish

Eva Rajo Iglesias

Title: “Gap waveguide technology: fundamentals and applications to antenna and component design”

Abstract: This talk will present the origins and development of a new technology (called “gap waveguide technology”) that is useful in the design of antennas and components in millimeter frequency bands. The fundamentals of this technology, derived from the use of periodic structures, will be reviewed in their different versions in a critical manner. Finally, some design examples will be presented along with their methodology.

23/10/2020 11.00-12.00 h.

Language: Spanish

María del Mar Costa Portela
Title: “Aquaculture and telecommunications: in search of the first date“

Abstract: Disciplines that seem completely remote can interact in a very productive way when we understand their specific purpose and their application. The needs of a fishing plan offer several opportunities to be controlled by automated systems, promoting both their installation and their maintenance. Additionally, new massive sequencing techniques opened up computing methods, where data analysis and big data methodology are required in order to help biologists, biochemists and biotechnologists to provide a functional meaning to the descriptive data obtained. Its integration and technological tools allow for all kinds of options: from controlling infectious diseases, to identifying members with distinctive characteristics, alert zootechnical system design, gene selection mechanisms or biological marker detection, amongst other uses.

26/10/2020 10.00-11.00 h.

Language: English

Francisco Manuel Da Luz Soares
Title: “How to Manage a Research Project – example HHI“


This talk will describe my experiences in managing EU research projects during my 10-year employment at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin, Germany.

The talk is divided in three parts corresponding to the three phases of any project: 1. proposal phase, 2. implementation phase, and 3. ending phase.

The topics that I will be discussing are: personnel allocation, material costs, monitoring the resources of the project, project management software, project extensions, consulting firms for proposal writing and project coordination, and several other topics.

26/10/2020 16.30-18.30 h.

Language: Spanish

Carlos Zamorano Pinal
Title: “Telecommunications Networks Operators. Evolution and trends“

Abstract: This session reviews the main evolutions of Telecommunications Networks in recent years (switch to IP, separation of control plane from traffic plane…) and how they have been changing the structure of the Networks and facilitating new services.

The latest trends in Networks (SDN, virtualization, MEC, 5G…) are also reviewed, which will imply their future evolution and allow new services to customers.

27/10/2020 12.00-13.30 h.

Language: Spanish

Cibrán Ledo Peláez

Title: “Digitization, digital transformation and processes”


The continuous advancement of technology is unstoppable and affects all areas of society. Digital technologies are among those that advance the fastest, constantly introducing breakthrough innovations, in what is known as accelerated innovation.

Within society, companies, public administrations and organizations are structured based on the definition of their business processes. These processes organize the activities to be carried out and define the objectives of the organizations. Whether documented or not, managed in one way or another, the processes make use of the tools at their disposal for a better achievement of their results. With the advancement of digital technologies, processes are supported by the most innovative technologies to advance in what is known as digital transformation.

In the current environment, without digital transformation, organizations have no future and the basis of this digital transformation is in the processes. In this session we will see, through concrete examples, how digital transformation is affecting companies and organizations, we will analyze some of the technologies that are expected to have the most impact in the future, such as RPA, Process Mining and Low Code and we will verify how digital transformation is essential for the functioning of organizations.

28/10/2020 10.30-12.00 h.

Language: Spanish

Gabriel González Fernández
Title: “Data Analysis and AI in Industry: A Modernization Process“

Abstract: The process of modernizing and updating industrial data management systems in the real world of small, medium and even large companies is far from the utopian concept of reading data, studying it and making a system that optimizes it and generates a direct benefit. The application of academic knowledge to the more traditional methods collides head-on with the inertia of the people who make up companies and teams that have been working in the same way for years. Furthermore, the general belief that AI can do little less than magic sometimes leads to disappointments at the management layers and misunderstandings at the technical layers. Let’s take a look at how to deal with these issues and how tools really have to advance if we want to get users to enjoy them.

28/10/2020 12.00-13.30 h.

Language: Spanish

Davinia Hernández Leo
Title: “Learnning Analytics: Concepts, Cases and Challenges“

Abstract: The interdisciplinary field of “Learning Analytics” (or LA) is defined as the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about students and their contexts, for the purposes of understanding and optimizing learning environments where it takes place. In this course we will review the concept of LA and analyze cases where LA has offered promising results that improve teaching and learning in environments that are highly diverse in nature, from large-scale online learning environments to small-scale face-to-face learning activities. The course will also reflect on potential future scenarios where LA would be applied, as well as its benefits and challenges.

29/10/2020 12:00-13.00 h.

Language: Spanish

Ruben Míguez Pérez
Title: “Fake Wars: How AI models will seek the truth”

Abstract: Fake news explosion is threatening modern democracies. Although fake news was traditionally associated with politics, it is now a global threat that can cause irreversible damage to companies, people’s reputation, science or even affect our health. COVID-19 has shown the danger of disinformation in a time of crisis which has made big media companies such as Facebook, Google or Twitter to think of new ways of fighting back. Even the EU has decided to support research projects.
Fact-checkers can counter fake news, but they are scarce and need proper tools to leverage the battlefield. In recent years, neural networks have shown their computational power in computer vision, specifically image recognition. Nowadays deep tech is exploding in the NLP field, supporting new SoA algorithms on automated translation and natural language understanding tasks. Although we are still far from asking Alexa to verify some piece of information, deep learning specialists and NLP engineers are joining forces to make it true. This talk introduces the challenges of the automated fact-checking field and provides an overview of some of the most promising technologies on the field including SoA transformer language models, cross-lingual claim matching techniques and a shallow introduction to deep fakes and the latest initiatives to fight them.

30/10/2020 10:00-11.30 h.

Language: Spanish
Pedro José Muñoz Merino

Title: “Educational Data Mining Techniques and Research Opportunities”

Abstract: This course will present an introduction to some educational data mining techniques and their applications, as well as some related research opportunities. An introduction to the following topics will be included:- Item response theory for calculating students’ ability.
– Bayesian networks to detect ability or feelings.
– Detection of student indicators based on process models.
– Adaptive learning.
– Early prediction of learning outcomes.
– Some future research opportunities.

30/10/2020 12.00-13.30 h.

Language: English

Milica Orlandic
Title: “High-performance onboard processing in Hyperspectral imaging payloads and NTNU Hypso mission use case”

Abstract: There is a potential for the development of a new generation of small satellites which exploits advances in modern technologies to achieve significant reductions in dimensions, mass, development time and cost. Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is a rapidly emerging field enabled by these trends, and at the same time calls for more effective data processing due to higher information contents and complex acquisition process. Demands for autonomous and fast decision making have made onboard computing to become among the principal challenges in the development of spacecraft systems. Advanced onboard processing systems, that perform computations in real-time, have emerged as an attractive solution for decreasing communication bottlenecks and delays between the acquisition, processing and the decision-making stages.