Ref.: 101004887
01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023 | Unión Europea
José Juan Pazos Arias, Martín López Nores, Alberto GIl Solla, Manuel Ramos Cabrer

Ref.: LC-01641480 – 101018166
01/01/2021 - 30/06/2022 | Unión Europea
Carmen García Mateo



ELE, in collaboration with its sister project the European Language Grid (ELG), will begin on the 1st January 2021 and aims to aid the development of a strategic research, innovation and deployment agenda to achieve digital language equality in Europe by 2030. ELE and ELG are aligned so that both will run for 18 months culminating with a joint event in June 2022, the META-FORUM 2022. 

The wider consortium comprises five core partners (DCU, DFKI Berlin, Charles University Prague, ILSP Athens,  and the University of the Basque Country, Donostia), Language Technology Expertise from  9 networks, associations and initiatives, 9 companies and 30 research organisations.  Together this consortium of 53 partners from all over Europe will drive the strategic research,innovation and deployment agenda to achieve digital language equality in Europe by 2030. 

A number of consultation events, round tables and  stakeholder meetings are planned during the 18-month project, and will ensure close collaboration with ELG. Research partners will produce updates on the 32 META-NET White Papers, detailing the situation regarding the 77 languages of the project. Each network initiative will produce a report in which they collect, consolidate and present their own vision, and companies will produce various technical deep dives for the different technology areas.

Ref.: 585782-EPP-1-2017-1-ES-EPPKA2-CBHE-SP
15/10/2017 - 15/10/2020 | Unión Europea
Ana Fernández Vilas



The ultimate goal of the AuditUM project is to strengthen governance in Moroccan universities through the implementation of tools to prevent drift and control the management and operation of these.The ultimate goal of the AuditUM project is to strengthen governance in Moroccan universities through the implementation of tools to prevent drift and control the management and operation of these.

The purpose of setting up an audit and internal control function within the university will be to ensure compliance with the application of financial and accounting management rules and procedures, compliance of profiles with skills needs and the optimal exploitation of Information Systems through the implementation of the procedural prerequisites necessary for the correct use of these systems.

Ref.: 585681-EPP-1-2017-1-EL-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
15/10/2017 - 15/10/2020 | Unión Europea
Rebeca P. Díaz Redondo



The new paradigms of electricity grids and markets require that staff employed in electrical energy related jobs as well as electricity end users are properly educated and trained. The electrical engineering curricula in WBC, formed to serve the conventional model of one large scale power grid, owned and operated by one company, need to adapt.

ELEMEND is designed to facilitate electrical engineering curricula in WBC to be competitive through teaching and training in smart gird and microgrid technologies and electricity markets. Courses at the BSc level and a MSc programme will be developed; academic and technical staff will be trained; new ICT tools, such as e-learning platforms and gamified content combined with blended learning, will be used; an internship programme will be put in place for the most motivated of the ELEMEND students; a University – enterprise network will be created within the project, around the core group of the ELEMEND industrial partners.

The ELEMEND laboratories will be accessible to all partners and are expected to attract research funding while ELEMEND graduates are expected to have increased employability rates and play a leading role in their field. The student projects carried out in ELEMEND labs in the third project year will focus on real?life problems and are expected to attract the interest of relevant stakeholders. Outputs, such as the e?learning courses, the gamified applications, the virtual labs, the new courses and Master’s programme are expected to engage new students and relevant target groups after the lifetime of the project as well as enhance public’s awareness.


ELEMEND aims to provide, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo with high profile professionals in intelligent microgrid technologies and emerging electrical energy markets in line with societal and market needs in the Western Balkans. Capacity building in engineering academic staff and students as well as in the general public (through dissemination activities) will create a favourable envirronment for energy related business and will modify the electricity user’s behaviour.

Ref.: 2017-1-TR01-KA201–045926
01/09/2017 - 01/08/2019 | Unión Europea: Erasmus +
Martín Llamas Nistal



Traditional learning methodologies based on the passive transmission of information do not develop competences that students require to successfully continue their studies and/or move into a professional life. Furthermore, these passive methodologies do not motivate the net-generation or “digital native” students that are very much accustomed to the ubiquitous use of technology, are used to quickly absorb information in short chunks, and want to get instant responses and feedback. These students expect to be active in their learning!

Therefore, schools and teachers need to change their pedagogical methodologies, moving into active learning processes whereby students engage in activities that promote higher order learning skills like analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Examples of these methodologies are Project and Problem-based learning (PBL), learner-centered processes, in which students develop their knowledge and competences by following a problem solving process, usually based on real-life situations. The identified benefits for students are considerable improvements in critical, lateral and creative thinking, problem solving, intrinsic motivation, team work, group collaboration, leadership and communication.

Supporting PBL through ICT tools (serious games, interactive simulations, virtual communication platforms, etc.) creates Active Digital Learning Environments (ADLE) where the new technologically-savvy students feel comfortable and are motivated to be active. These tools, advanced Open Educational Resources, highly interactive and immersive, involve mental and physical stimulation and develop practical skills – they force the learner/user to decide, to choose, to define priorities, to solve problems, etc. They imply self-learning abilities (in games, players are often required to seek out information to master the game itself), allow transfer of learning to other contexts and are inherently experiential with the engagement of multiple senses. On top, they promote the digital literacy of teachers and students.


The objective of the ADLES (Active Digital Learning Environments in Schools) project is therefore to work with and prepare teachers to implement active learning methodologies based on PBL (Project/Problem Based Learning) supported by an online platform that includes a set of digital tools (games, simulations and communication) that will allow students to experiment, collaborate and communicate in an extended and multinational learning community. As such, the two main target groups of the project are teachers and students of vocational/secondary schools.

Ref.: LIFE16 ENV/ES/000559
01/09/2017 - 31/12/2021 | Unión Europea
Verónica Santalla del Río



Forest fires threaten human life and properties, endanger the biodiversity, increase the risk of desertification and impoverish the atmosphere quality as the emissions of carbon and greenhouse increase.

The incidence of forest fires is much greater in Southern European countries. These are more sensitive to global warming and are at a higher risk of desertification.

In the fight against forest fires, early detection and better communications between the fighting forces are critical. A fast and efficient intervention means a lower risk for human life, to reduce the burned forest area and a decrease of carbon and greenhouse gases emissions.

LifeTec is a coordinated project with participation of Universidad de Vigo, IPMA (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera), Dirección Xeral de Calidade Ambiental e Cambio Climático (Meteogalicia), Amtega (Axencia para a Modernización Tecnolóxica) y Retegal.

Ref.: 0121_RED_MAY_1_E
01/06/2017 - 31/12/2020 | EP - INTERREG V A España Portugal (POCTEP)
Manuel José Fernández Iglesias



The Galicia-Northern Portugal Euroregion is undergoing a change in its population structure with a decrease in the birth rate and an increase in life expectancy, which, together with a migration of the young population from rural territories to the nuclei of impulse or outside of this area of cooperation, supposes the increase of the percentage of inhabitants over 55 years of age.


The main purpose of this project is to encourage research initiatives, innovation and improvement of social services in the area of cooperation Galicia-North of Portugal, for the establishment of new models of cross-border social intervention to meet the challenge of aging population .

Ref.: 0181-NANOEATERS-1-E
01/06/2017 - 31/12/2019 | Unión Europea
Carlos Mosquera Nartallo



NANOeaters is a network of Research Centers born with the aim of supporting companies in the Euroregion, in the application of value added nanotechnological solutions, for the definition of new products and / or services, susceptible of commercial exploitation, that offer effective responses to the weaknesses detected in the Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialization of the Euroregion Galicia – North of Portugal.

Xunta de Galicia, Axencia GAIN, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Universidade de Vigo, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, CTAG, AIMEN, Fundación Biomédica Galicia Sur, Gradiant.

Ref.: EASME/EMFF/2016/ - 04/SI2.749553
01/02/2017 - 31/01/2019 | Unión Europea
Fernando Martín Rodríguez



The LitterDrone project intends to develop a pilot system for the characterization of marine litter in Europe’s coasts. For this it will employ new technologies like unmanned aerial vehicles equipped with high resolution cameras that will perform monitoring in beaches belonging to the Spanish national program of marine litter monitoring in beaches in order to test their technical and commercial potential.

Fieldwork for the project will take place in the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, an area of enormous ecological value and difficult access, whose beaches are already being monitored through traditional methods.

Images obtained through these methods will be processed through specialized image recognition software in order to proceed to the characterization of the marine litter items found in the monitoring. This characterization can then be employed by the relevant organisms for the design and implementation of prevention and mitigation measures against marine litter.


LitterDrone has as its main objective the development of an innovative service for the management and control of marine litter in coastal areas. This objective will be achieved through the application of new technologies, specifically unmanned aerial vehicles (popularly known as drones) and image analysis software against the traditional methods of marine litter control. Through this methodology it will be possible to evaluate remotely the presence of marine litter in coastal areas, as well as its composition. This will allow to monitor remote and/or inaccessible areas.

With the collected information through LitterDrone it will be possible to easily detect litter hotspots in the coast, as well as the composition of the litter located in them, allowing thus to design more precise and efficient prevention and mitigation measures

This new methodology will present an array of benefits in comparison with the traditionally employed systems in the fight agains marine litter, such as:

  • The capacity to increase the geographical scope of activities related with the fight against marine litter in remote or with difficult access
  • The lowering of the effort needed in these campaigns, as well as shortening the time devoted to them.
  • Easing the work conditions of personnel that perform these campaigns, as the often arduous field work can be replaced by this new methodology.
  • The automated identification of marine litter items in an objective way through a specific characterization software, reducing the margin of human error.

Once LitterDrone’s viability in coastal areas has been proved, new areas for its implementation can be explored, such as the detection of floating litter in the open sea, in an underwater environment or in the exploration of the sea floor, allowing thus to extend its contribution to the european maritime sector’s stakeholders, as well as to other regions of the world.

Ref.: 2016-1-EL01-KA203-023624
01/09/2016 - 01/10/2018 | Unión Europea: Erasmus +
Manuel Caeiro Rodríguez

Ref.: H2020-REFLECTIVE-2014-2015
01/03/2016 - 28/02/2019 | Unión Europea
Martín López Nores

Ref.: LIFE 14 CCM/ES/001209
01/10/2015 - 30/09/2018 | Unión Europea
Soledad Torres Guijarro



The main objective of the project LifeDemoWave is the demonstration of the feasibility of the use of wave power for electric generation in order to reduce greenhouse gases’ emissions. Thus, according to the regulation LIFE 2014-2020 Regulation (EC) No 1293/2013 the specific objective (d) stablished in article 14 would be reached. Thus, it will contribute to the development and demonstration that the use of other technologies such as wave power helps to mitigate the climate change with easily repeatable equipment. This project wants to raise awareness in society, proving that this is a via to reach clean energy, one of the biggest barriers nowadays. Additionally, this goal is in accordance with the policies stablished by the EU, which stablished guides for an European strategy for sustainable, competitive and safe energy through the Green Paper (8th of March of 2006). Furthermore, the Directive 2009/28/CE stablished that in 2020, 20% of the EU energy consumption has to come from renewable sources, although this value was only up to 14% in the EU. On the 20th January 2014 it was presented an action plan named «The blue energy», highlighting the support to wave power and tidal power as one of the priority areas in the EU to mitigate climate change, being wave power the solution proposed in LifeDemoWave. The final objective of this project is to help the implementation of these policies and support the adaptation of the applicable legislation in order to adopt these technologies, achieving what was stablished in section (a), article 14. For demonstration purposes, two prototypes of wave power generation, 25kW each, will be installed in the Galician coast, (Galicia stands out for having up to 75kW per each meter of wave front) that will be reproducible and scalable at high level. Another objective is to quantify the reduction of the carbon footprint and the emission of pollutants (NOx, NMVOC, SO2, NH3, PM25…). The aim is to reach the set values in the performance indicators, thus, allowing to adjust to the EU environmental polices such as Directive (2008/50/EC), (2001/81/EC), (94/63/EC), etc.  The LifeDemoWave project will consider as well in its design and implementation, the environmental impact in the installation areas and its effect on biodiversity, trying to minimize as much as possible any of these effects and to quantify them explicitly.

Ref.: 2015-1-PL01-KA203-016844
01/09/2015 - 01/09/2017 | Unión Europea: Erasmus +
Manuel Fernández Iglesias

Ref.: ICT-2011-7-287966
01/10/2012 - 30/09/2014 | Unión Europea
Martín López Nores

Ref.: RTI2018-101372-B-I00
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
José Luis Alba Castro, Laura Docío Fernández



This project will delve into the research and development of techniques that would allow paving the path to a full comprehension and exploitation of the verbal and non-verbal communication channels that use facial expression, body language and hands expressivity as their signal sources. The team consists of members of GTM and Carmen Cabeza Pereiro of the UVIGO GRADES (Grammar, Discourse and Society) group.

Nonverbal communication is an interdisciplinary area where linguists, psychologists, anthropologists, sociologists and neuroscientists developed a plethora of theories. The study of non-verbal communication finds application fields in security, law enforcement, recruitment, negotiation, consumer research, medical practice or psychiatry. Non verbal communication can be defined as the transfer and exchange of messages in any and all modalities that do not involve words. The modalities are as diverse as facial expressions, gestures and body movements, nonverbal vocals, behavior in interpersonal space, and even physiognomy (face, body, clothes). Most of the research advances done by engineers around these modalities were intended to improve Human-Computer Interaction and Affective Computing, so there are large bodies of research on gesture recognition and facial expressions of emotion. Sign Languages are primarily based on hand gestures and other body parts, and have a visual grammar, thus, many of the techniques developed for gesture recognition applications and speech recognition have been leveraged for Sign Language Recognition (SLR). However, facial expressions and body movements, being crucial for SL, haven’t received the deserved attention in this scenario yet.

Therefore, the project global objective is developing new algorithms, systems and datasets, based on speech and video processing, and machine learning techniques, to extract multimodal information to allow decoding verbal and nonverbal communication channels from Spoken and Sign Languages.


This project pursuits several goals with different R/D/I scope and time horizon for their achievement:

  1. Developing facial expression recognition techniques beyond the 6 basic expressions of emotion: compound emotions and communicative non-emotional facial expressions (short-term objective).
  2. Design and development of hand-sign recognition algorithms on static images and dynamic video streams (short-term objective).
  3. Building a progressively large dataset for Spanish SL and annotation tools to be used within the ELAN package (short-term objective).
  4. Design and development of a coding tool to translate trajectories of hands, arms, troncal and head, and facial expressions into linguistically interpretable information in Spanish SL and into prosodic modifiers for ASR (long-term objective).
  5. Starting from outputs of Goal 1, design and development of audiovisual techniques for enhanced detection of emotional and linguistic cues useful for a richer closed-caption: questions, laughter, sadness, sobbing, dubitation, turn-taking, etc. (long-term objective).
  6. Launching an international benchmarking contest on Spanish SL using the acquired dataset (short-term objective).


The following activities were planned to achieve the short-term objectives and move towards the long-term objectives. Should you want to delve into details, follow the links.

Activity 1: Understanding and describing nonverbal communication channels.

Activity 2: Compiling a dataset of Spanish SL

Activity 3: Developing facial expression recognition tools in communicative scenarios

Activity 4: Developing a hand-based signing recognition tool

Activity 5: Multimodal fusion and interpretation of nonverbal communication channels 

Activity 6: Result Dissemination

Ref.: TEC2017-84197-C4-2-R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020 | Ministerio de Economía, Industria e Competitividade
Ana Fernández Vilas, Rebeca P. Díaz Redondo



Energy delivery has evolved from closed infrastructures to high complex interconnected systems or smart grids. The interconnection of a broad range of smart devices that constantly assess the state of the grid, the availability of power, and the demand brings new opportunities to increase the efficiency of these ecosystems. However, it also requires from adequate solutions to face potential cyber threats, which usually take advantage of new vulnerabilities. This is, indeed, the main aim of the MAGOS project: to providing energy operators with affordable solutions for monitoring and detecting potential threats in smart grids.

The work will be supported by four main pillars. (1) Gathering and analyzing data from social networks, specialized blogs and sites (OSINT) and also from smart devices connected to the smart grid (such as smart meters). (2) Privacy of data and communications in Smart grids to protect and anonymize users personal data and consumption profiles (applying obfuscation techniques) to avoid user reidentification and leakage of private information. (3) Scalability of the proposed solutions to analyse large and different data sources. In MAGOS will take advantage of the combination of (i) a centered-approach, based on Big Data computing and (ii) a distributed-approach, based on Fog Computing. (4) Secure assessment in smart grids to offer the operators a service to perform vulnerability assessments from the analysis of the gathered data.


In this MAGOS global framework, the specific objectives of the UVIGO sub-project focus on two main aspects. On the one hand, and related to the first pillar, obtaining and analysing the data,:

  • Data Fusion and Interoperability issues. Designing fusion mechanisms to merge data from open sources, like digital social media (social networks, chats, blogs, forums, etc.) together with data from the smart devices connected to the Smart Grid from different perspectives: energy distribution, consumption, energy market, etc.
  • Irregularity detection from fusion data. The solution will detect: (i) irregularities on distributed communications in different forums that could be evidence of orchestration behaviours (suspicious communities), based on natural language processing (hate speech, information about smart grid vulnerabilities, etc.), geo-location analysis of the sources and the interaction processes in open media (process mining); and (ii) irregularities on consumption patterns, that could entail potential threats.

On the other hand, and related to the third pillar, we will face the scalability problem of the analysis from a distributed perspective:

  • Fog-oriented approach at the user level that aims to move the analysis to the devices that manage the data, to reduce the scalability problems.. Thus, irregularities detection would be done at edge and even intermediate nodes to supplements analytics at upper levels in the cloud.
  • Fog-oriented solution based on distributed agreement. Both edge and intermediate nodes should collaborate to perform the irregularities analysis, thus nearby devices will share and compare their results. A distributed consensus solution will be designed in order to allow the interconnected devices to make a decision (which would trigger deeper analysis at upper levels) by using a voting system with reputation metrics

Ref.: TIN2017-87604-R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2021 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Martín López Nores

Ref.: TEC2017-85587-R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020 | : Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
Manuel Fernández Veiga; Cándido Antonio López García



Las redes de comunicaciones inalámbricas avanzan hacia despliegues en los que el número de equipos por unidad de área será al menos un orden de magnitud mayor que el actual. Este proceso de densificación trae consigo un incremento sustancial de la eficiencia espectral y de la capacidad de transmisión de la red, pero también incrementa notablemente el consumo de energía de los dispositivos y de todo el sistema, por causa de la interferencia, el acceso no coordinado o el acoplamiento de los ciclos de uso en los dispositivos.

En este proyecto se están (1) ideando algoritmos y procedimientos nuevos para reducir el consumo de energía en los dispositivos y en las estaciones base de la red, manteniendo la eficiencia espectral; (2) desarrollando modelos matemáticos para estimar la eficiencia energética de los dispositivos y de las redes de comunicaciones, en especial en entornos densos (5G y 5G+) y en comunicaciones D2D, pero también en grandes redes conmutadas Ethernet , como las de los centros de datos; (3) utilizando medidas en tiempo real del estado de la red para optimizar el ciclo de uso de los dispositivos y reducir su consumo de energía, sin afectar al retardo ni a la tasa de forma sensible (networking anticipatorio), mediante técnicas de compresión/estimación estadística y ML.

Ref.: TEC2017-88243-R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Marcos Curty Alonso



Secure communication is a fundamental resource for modern society. Each time we make an “online” purchase with our credit cards, conduct financial transactions using Internet banking or transmit medical or genetic data, we should be concerned about secure communication. The security of classical cryptographic solutions is often based on unproven computational assumptions. That is, these solutions are vulnerable to both algorithms and hardware advances and, therefore, they cannot provide long-term security. Indeed, the tremendous progress made recently in the development of a quantum computer seriously jeopardizes the security of all public-key classical cryptography—the most widely-used technique to protect our communications nowadays.

Quantum key distribution (QKD), on the other hand, holds the promise of achieving the Holy Grail of cryptography—absolute security in communications despite the computational capability of an adversary, which is only limited by the laws of Physics—and thus it is a perfect solution to assure long-term security. Unfortunately, however, this statement is only true in theory, and the security of QKD implementations is seriously threatened by quantum hacking. This is so because typical experimental QKD realizations do not satisfy the requirements imposed by the theory to guarantee security. For instance, real devices behave  differently from the theoretical models assumed in the security proofs. Also, security proofs usually consider the existence of a protected space devoid of any unwanted information leakage in which the legitimate parties can privately generate, process and store their classical data. That is, they assume that the QKD systems are free of covert channels and all their optical/electronic devices, as well as their classical post-processing units are honest and located in perfectly shielded labs. However, all these assumptions are very hard (if not impossible) to guarantee in practice. Indeed, the behaviour of real devices is affected by the environmental conditions and can depend on their response to external signals, unawarely triggered by a legitimate user, or maliciously injected into the QKD system by the adversary. Also, the adversary could modify the hardware of the QKD setup, or infect its software with malware, to make it fail at a crucial time, or to hide a backdoor that leaks crucial data to the channel. Note that this type of attacks is a fundamental problem even in conventional cryptographic systems.


In this ambitious project we aim to relax these unrealistic and hardly feasible assumptions and develop security proof techniques which could be used to prove the security of existing practical QKD implementations. That is, the goal is to develop a general formalism, which will include typical imperfections of real devices, to prove the security of practical QKD setups when some of its optical/electronic devices and classical post-processing units could be corrupted. Also, here we will evaluate the realistic situation where the optical devices which are honest do not lie inside private spaces inaccessible to the adversary but they could leak part of its internal information to the channel. Importantly, the results of this project would apply to conventional QKD, “device-independent” QKD and “measurement-device- independent” QKD. The achievement of these goals would represent a fundamental step forward in bridging the gap between the theory and practice of QKD.

Ref.: TEC2017-85376-C2-2-R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Fernando Obelleiro Basteiro

Ref.: TEC2017-85529-C03-3R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Manuel García Sánchez, Verónica Santalla del Río

Ref.: TEC2017-88242-C3-2-R
01/01/2018 - 31/12/2020 | Ministerio de Ciencia, Innovación y Universidades
Mónica Fernández Barciela

Ref.: TEC2016-76465-C2-2-R
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2020 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Francisco Javier González Castaño

Ref.: TEC2016-75103-C2-2-R
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Nuria González Prelcic y Carlos Mosquera Nartallo

Ref.: TIN2016-80515-R
30/12/2016 - 29/09/2020 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Manuel Fernández Iglesias, Juan Manuel Santos Gago

Ref.: EXP 00091935 / ITC-20161234
01/09/2016 - 31/07/2018 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Carlos Mosquera Nartallo



The connected vehicle is already a reality in the market, with a process of vertiginous growth that opens up a whole set of new services, among which the autonomous driving must be mentioned as the most disruptive.

In this scenario, the satellite is postulated as the ideal platform to provide Over The Air Services (SOTA), such as video broadcasting or remote updating of software for infotainment units (road conditions, news, etc.) of the vehicles. Precisely for this type of applications, the satellite is more competitive and efficient than the terrestrial networks (3G / 4G), since from the satellite a single file of update for all the vehicles is sent (broadcast transmission), whereas with the networks a file is sent for each vehicle.

In addition, the massive use of “Over The Air” software upgrade systems requires highly available and low cost networks, so satellite communications using the Ka band offer great potential.



The main objective of the Sat2Car project is to develop and validate a comprehensive system of mobile services and applications (Over Air Services) in vehicles through a communications satellite operating in the Ka band that allows managing, queuing, transmitting, validating, and deploy software updates remotely over a fleet of vehicles.

Ref.: RTC-2016-4898-7
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018 | Ministerio de Economía Y Competitividad
Francisco Javier González Castaño

Ref.: TEC2015-65345-P
01/01/2016 - 01/01/2019 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Carmen García Mateo



In TraceThem, we will carry out research in algorithmic techniques of multimedia and multilingual search, working in real environments where current techniques fail in performance, generalisation and scalability. Apart from the traditional audiovisual contents (TV shows, news, movies, series...) new scenarios and types of contents have emerged in recent years (MOOCs, video blogs, tutorials...) where the automation of the search process for accessing the contents is a key aspect; processing these multimedia documents involves the added difficulty that, often, contents appear in different languages, representing a higher technological challenge, as tools adapted to different languages are needed, which is not always possible due to the lack of resources or tools to enable completely language independent content indexing. The information that we intend to extract is always within a communicative context (“from” someone and “for” someone), so the characterisation of the people involved in this context will play a central role. We will focus on finding information about people and their way of interacting (“who they are”, “what they say”, “how they communicate”, “how they are doing”), with a special interest in discovering people and content. The extraction of information related to people will be performed through audio processing, video processing and combined audio and video processing. To do this, we will focus on searching for technologies and new solutions for: multimedia content analysis, voice and face biometrics, audio segmentation and speaker diarization, detection of the emotional state and detection of people interacting. Content extraction will be primarily performed by processing audio using both language-dependent and language-independent search on speech. The scientific-technical impact and dissemination of project results will be favored by participation in international competitive evaluations related to the described issue, as these are important in the development of this project activity because they allow to use data sets related with tasks that constitute the current technological challenges. Moreover, in these competitions, common experimental frameworks are set up to enhance collaboration with other research groups and to allow comparisons of different algorithms, helping to discover the strengths and weaknesses of algorithms and developed systems.

These are  two video demo of our research on  "Semantic Indexing and Searching in Multimedia Contents" that are related to the TraceThem activities:

Ref.: TEC2014-54335-C4-3-R
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Ana Fernández Vilas

Ref.: TEC2014-54898-R
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Marcos Curty Alonso

Ref.: MAT2014-58201-C2-2-R
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
José Luis Rodríguez Rodríguez, Fernando Obelleiro Basteiro

Ref.: PI14-00205
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Ramón C. Hermida Domínguez

Ref.: TEC2014-55735-C03-3R
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Manuel García Sánchez

Ref.: TEC2014-60283-C3-3-R
01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Mónica Fernández Barciela

Ref.: TIN2013-42774-R
01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
José Juan Pazos Arias

Ref.: TEC2013-47016-C2-1-R
01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Francisco Javier González Castaño

Ref.: TEC2013-47020-C2-1-R
01/01/2014 - 31/12/2016 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Roberto López Valcarce

Ref.: TEC2012-38939-C03-01
01/01/2013 - 13/12/2015 | Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad
Carmen García Mateo



SpeechTech4All es un proyecto concedido por el Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad en la convocatoria de 2012 del Programa Nacional de Proyectos de Investigación Fundamental. El proyecto tiene una duración de tres años y en el participan las Universidades de Vigo, Politécnica de Cataluña y del País Vasco.  Carmen García Mateo, directora del Grupo de Tecnologías Multimedia del centro AtlantTIC de la Universidad de Vigo será la coordinadora del proyecto .

El proyecto está dedicado a la investigación avanzada en las principales tecnologías del habla (reconocimiento de voz, traducción automática, conversión de texto a voz) en todas las lenguas oficiales habladas en España, al reconocimiento del estado emocional del hablante, y a la construcción de marcos experimentales multimodales (voz y facial) y multilingües (castellano, gallego, catalán, y euskara) que permitan mostrar el trabajo realizado.

Como resultado del proyecto se obtendrán avances de investigación en cada una de las tecnologías mencionadas. Algunos ejemplos de estos avances son la búsqueda de la universalización del servicio de personalización de voces sintéticas, el desarrollo de técnicas de adaptación al dominio en traducción automática, o el desarrollo de sistemas de detección del estado del hablante mediante procesado conjunto de voz y cara. Se prevé que el proyecto participe en campañas de evaluación competitiva, entre ellas las organizadas por la Red Temática en Tecnologías del Habla, y por Interspeech.

 Con el fin de dar visibilidad a los avances logrados en todas las tecnologías, así como de ilustrar el marcado carácter social que se pretende dar al proyecto, se definen dos demostradores:

 1) El primero, que integra la mayor parte de las tecnologías trabajadas, consiste en el subtitulado multilingüe de material audiovisual relacionado con el campo de la educación: documentales, ponencias, seminarios...

 2) El segundo va dirigido a una de las aplicaciones genuinas de las tecnologías del habla, como es dotar de voz a personas que por diferentes motivos presentan un nivel severo de discapacidad oral, usando un sintetizador que se adapte a las características específicas de dicha persona.

Ref.: TEC2011-29264-C03-03
31/12/2011 - 31/12/2014 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Mónica Fernández Barciela

Ref.: TEC2009-12135
01/10/2011 - 31/12/2013 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Cándido Antonio López García

Ref.: TEC2010-21405-C02-01
01/01/2011 - 31/12/2013 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Francisco Javier González Castaño

Ref.: TEC2010-21303-C04-03
01/09/2010 - 01/09/2013 | Ministerio de Ciencia y Tecnología
F. Javier Fraile Peláez

Ref.: TSI-020302-2010-67
07/06/2010 - 31/12/2011 | Ministerio de Industria Turismo y Comercio
Pedro Salvador Rodríguez Hernández

Ref.: TEC2009-14094-C04-04
01/01/2010 - 31/12/2012 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
Eduardo Rodríguez Banga

Ref.: TSI-020301-2008-16
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009 | Ministerio de Industria
Cristina López Bravo

Ref.: TSI-020100-2008-110
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2008 | Ministerio de Industria
Cristina López Bravo

Ref.: CSD2008-00068
01/01/2008 - 31/12/2013 | Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación
J. Óscar Rubiños López

Ref.: TSI2007-61599
01/10/2007 - 03/08/2010 | Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
José Juan Pazos Arias

Ref.: TEC2007-67429-C02-02/TCM
01/09/2007 - 01/09/2010 | Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
F. Javier Fraile Peláez

Ref.: TSI2006-12507-C03-02
01/10/2006 - 30/09/2009 | Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
Cándido Antonio López García

Ref.: TEC2006-12971-C02-02/MIC
01/09/2006 - 01/09/2007 | Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia
F. Javier Fraile Peláez

Ref.: FIT-330300-2006-60
01/01/2006 - 31/12/2007 | Ministerio de Industria, Turismo y Comercio
José Juan Pazos Arias

27/07/2021 - 31/07/2021 | Cátedra Feminismos 4.0 Depo-UVigo
Laura Docío Fernández



En este proyecto nos proponemos realizar un agente conversacional (tambien denominado chatbot por voz o simplemente chatbot) feminista orientado al diagnóstico del deterioro cognitivo leve mediante el análisis de conversaciones del chatbot con pacientes. Entre los fines estarán, por un lado, la definición de una guía de buenas prácticas en el diseño de chatbots por voz para tareas en las que la interacción se realiza con personas con deterioro cognitivo leve. Y por otro, que el diseño del chatbot se realizará de tal forma que evite los sesgos de género.

Ref.: ED431C 2021/47
01/01/2021 - 31/12/2024 | Xunta de Galicia
Fernando Pérez González

Ref.: 2020-1-ES01-KA204-082720
01/09/2020 - 01/09/2021 | Xunta de Galicia
Felipe José Gil Castiñeira

Ref.: ED431G 2019/08
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2022 | Xunta de Galicia
Martín Llamas Nistal

Ref.: ED431C 2018/53
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2021 | Xunta de Galicia
Francisco Javier González Castaño

Ref.: ED431B 2017/78
01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019 | Xunta de Galicia
Ramón C. Hermida Domínguez

Ref.: ED431D 2017/12
01/01/2017 - 01/09/2019 | Xunta de Galicia
Martín Llamas Nistal

Ref.: ED431B 2016/038
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018 | Xunta de Galicia
José Juan Pazos Arias

Ref.: EM2014/033
14/05/2014 - 14/05/2017 | Xunta de Galicia
Marcos Curty Alonso

Ref.: INCITE08PXIB322257PR
28/07/2008 - 30/10/2011 | Xunta de Galicia
F. Javier Fraile Peláez

Ref.: PGIDIT05PXI32204PN
13/07/2005 - 12/07/2008 | Xunta de Galicia
José Juan Pazos Arias