Grupo DIANA

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The DIANA research group has been working since 1999 in advanced human-machine interfaces, including Virtual Reality and 3D interaction, Interfaces based on biosignals, management of multimedi services in wireless communicatin networks and design of electronic systems to implement that. Since the beginning, the group has been structured in three research areas to address those topics:

  • Networks and Radio Technology
  • Human-Computer Interaction and Virtual Reality
  • Design of Electronic systems
During thse years, some members os DIANA, as they are teachers as well, have been devoting more and more effort to innovation in education in the field of engineering. The work in this area became more and more important in the group and, since 2013, we officially have a fourth research area for this:
  • Innovation in Education
In the following, some more detais about the origins of the first working areas are explained.

Networks and Radio Technology

Since the beginning the DIANA research group has been working in traffic modelling and resource management of multimedia services (voice, video and data) in wireless communications networks within several public and private funded research projects.

The first research projects (TIC97-0789, TIC98-1040) focused on standardization and modelling of cordless DECT networks and yielded a PhD thesis and technological transfer to Alcatel Spain.

The ACIMUT project (TIC2000-1120-C03-01), in coordination with two research groups from the Department of Telematic Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Mobile and Cryptography and Network Security) concentrated on the design and development of third generation wireless communications networks (particularly UMTS) and on multimedia applications for portable devices using technologies such as Bluetooth and MPEG4, As a result, 4 PhD thesis were carried out as well as new technological transfers to Alcatel Spain.

The ARIES project (TIC2003-07953-C02-01), in coordination with the University of Almería, centered its attention on the development and analysis of heterogeneous wireless networks at different levels such as the implementation of wireless biosensor networks (specifically for pulse oximetry) or the optimization of ad hoc and cellular networks. In particular, ARIES permitted the construction of a flexible architecture for the development of personal/body area networks with wireless remote control. Two PhD theses were concluded as a result. this continued with the ABRIL project (TEC2006-12211-), studying in depth telemedicine applications and body area networks, and yielded the finalization of two PhD theses.

The project RAMAS, continuation of ABRIL, focused on the study and development of a mesh network architecture intended for socio-sanitary applications. The goal of the architecture was to capture and retransmit the biosignals flowing from multihop biosensor networks. Three PhD theses were concluded as a result. Besides, it encourages HIGIA SYSTEMS (uHealth In a new Generation of Interaction and Accesibility), a spinoff, promoted by members of DIANA group, which got the PRIZE FOUNDATION GENERAL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MALAGA 2011 (an annual spinoff competition of the UMA).

The DIANA group has also been involved in  privately funded research projects and contracts in areas such as optimization of cellular networks (Optimi), development of collaborative virtual environments (Fundación Centro Andaluz de Innovaciónand TICs), collaborative portal for medical applications (Fundación IAVANTE), creation of a platform for social assistance services (MediaWeb Platform), RFID based control of hotel occupancy (Libera Networks), low power radio monitoring systems (IHMAN S.L.L.) and new techniques for OSS statistical-based automatic optimization of 3G and HSDPA networks (AICIA).

The group participates in the project Movilforum, leaded by Movistar, and their members have received training in programming languages for wireless devices. Members of the group have also been collaborating with the research centre SAIT of Samsung and the Wireless Systems Laboratory and the Department of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, USA.

After all this, the group has continued working in this area, working on different projects that you can see in this website


Human-Computer Interaction and Virtual Reality

Since the beginning, the DIANA group has been working in human-machine interaction within different research projects with public and private funds.

The first important research project in the area of Virtual Reality was the ALBATROS project (1FD97-2177). Within this project, a development system of new generation human-machine interfaces was implemented, incorporating advanced technologies (immersive virtual reality, voice interface, facial interface, and acquisition and control of physiological signals) in order to obtain a high degree of realism interactivity with the user. The ALBATROS project gave as a result the conclusion of a PhD thesis and the creation of a spin-off (www.ihman.com) which has been awarded with several prizes. The continuation of ALBATROS was the ALBA project, which was a joined program (Junta de Andalucía reference AI55706) with the Group of Social and Personality Psychology of the University of Malaga and EPES, where the group started working in haptic interaction using force retro-feedback systems in order to cover needs detected in several fields of Health Sciences. From ALBATROS emerged two work lines (brain computer interactionand virtual environment interaction) which resulted in two research projects: INTENTIO and ENVIRA, respectively.

In 2003, some researchers of the tean became members of the Spanish association of Human Computer Interaction AIPO (Association of Computer-Person Interaction, www.aipo.es). Since then, members of DIANA have been always involved in the steering committee of this association.

The INTENTIO project (TIC-2002-04348-C02-01), which was a joined work with the Department of Electronics of the University of Alcalá de Henares introduced the group in the study and development of brain computer interfaces training systems based on Virtual Reality Techniques. The project yielded a PhD dissertation. This line of work continued in an internal project within the Excellence Network INTUITION within the EU’s 6th Framework Programme and also with the Junta de Andalucía excellence project BRAINS (P07 TIC03310) in collaboration with the University of Granada. Currently, the group is involved in INCADI, (TEC2011-26395), a new project related to brain interfaces for motor disabled people.

In the ENVIRA project (TIN2006-15202-C03-02) together with the Decoroso Crespo Laboratory at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and the group of Artificial Intelligence Applications at the Complutense University of Madrid, the team focused on the development and evaluation of mechanisms for navigation, selection and manipulation of virtual environments.

The DIANA group belonged to INTUITION (Network of Excellence on Virtual Realityand Virtual Environments Applications for Future Workspaces, Contract Nº 507248, www.intuition-eunetwork.net), the Excellence Network of Virtual Reality within the EU’s 6th Framework Programme, which was transformed in EuroVR (European Association of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality). DIANA became a founding member of EuroVR since it was born.

In 2009, a team of researchers from DIANA started the project AVATAR(P08 4198), a Junta de Andalusia excellence project, it is being  developed (together with IHMAN S.L.L.) an Embodied Conversational Agent on a low cost and ultra low power embedded platform.

In 2011, the group is involved in the project PERSEO (TSI-090100-2011-3) together with DEIMOS Space S.L.U and ABACCUS SOLUCIONES E INNOVACIÓN S.L. The team is focused on natural interaction in a collaborative augmented reality system.

Since then, researchers in the Human-Computer Interaction area have continued working in 3D interaction for Virtual Reality using different modalities (visual, haptic and auditory) and Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) in european and national projects together with companies and other academic partners, as you can see in this website.


Electronic System Design

Since the beginning the DIANA group has been working in hardware/software design and development of electronic systems for telemonitoring and control.

Several contracts must be mention: intelligent wireless sensor networks based on Bluetooth and WiFi (EMASA, Empresa Municipal de Aguas S.A.), RFID systems (PREDAN), multi-protocol domotic controllers (Ingelabs S.L.), residential automatization systems (AIRZONE S.A), systems for passenger directioning, flow control and information by boarding pass (AENA), vehicle location using active RFID (IHMAN S.L.L.), infrared thermometry-based quality control systems for glass bottles manufacturing (MESUREX S.L.). DIANA encourages PRODETEX 9032 (system for the protection, detection and extinction of fire), a spinoff, promoted by members of DIANA group, which got the PRIZE CONFEDERACIÓN DE EMPRESARIOS DE MÁLAGA 2010 (a annual spinoff competition of the UMA). The group was also involved in the project ECOCPD (TSI-020302-2010-49) related to a hardware-software platform for energy efficiency in the Data Processing Centers.

Since then, the group hs continued working in diferent projects mainly with companies about electronic systems, as you can see in this website.


Innovation in Education

Since 2013, sereral researchers of DIANA have been working in Innovation in Education, running differnet projects funded by the University of Málaga about ICT applied to education and teaching generic competences in engineering. These were the main topics of the two first PhD theses presented by members of DIANA in this working area.

 


 

 

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