University of Girona (UdG)

University of Girona is a public university devoted to excellence in teaching and research and to participating in the progress and development of society through the creation, transmission, diffusion and criticism of knowledge related to the sciences, technology, the humanities, the social sciences and the arts. Located in the city of Girona (Catalonia, Spain), it has approximately 15.000 students and 2.000 academic and administrative staff.

UdG researchers that will participate in the project are members of the Broadband Communications and Distributed Systems (BCDS) research group. BCDS research group belongs to the Polytechnic School and the Department of Architecture and Technology of Computers (ATC) which come from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC). The Department has more than 35 years of history and experience with world-class research groups, international contacts, and technology transfer with industry. The Department focuses on computer technology with a broad experience on processors, operating systems, computer vision, robotics, data networks and intelligent systems. The Department has long experience in Doctorate and Master programmes in the above-mentioned areas, such as the Masters in Industrial Computing and Automatic Control. The Department’s academic staff has also participated in a number of international research projects and EU-funded research programmes.

BCDS is also member of the institute of informatics and applications from UdG. This research institute identify technologic challenges in the area of information and communication technologies and it provide administrative support to their researcher in the following areas: (a) TIC- Media (b) TIC- Tourism, (c) TIC- Education and Training, (d) TIC – Helth, (e) TIC – alimentation, (f) Smart Cities

BCDS has led and participated in several Spanish and European projects involving other universities, research institutes and companies such as ISPs and manufacturers. Group Research fields could be divide in two categories, the first one Computing Networks which include network reliability, routing and dynamic resource management and the second one Intelligent and Distributed Systems which includes the development of user modelling and adaptation process for E-learning platforms and Telediagnosis.

BCDS has led and participated in several Spanish and European projects involving other universities, research institutes and companies such as ISPs and manufacturers. Group Research fields could be divide in two categories, the first one Computing Networks which include network reliability, routing and dynamic resource management and the second one Intelligent and Distributed Systems which includes the development of user modelling and adaptation process for E-learning platforms and Telediagnosis.

In the field of Computing Networks and at the national scale, BCDS has led the Spanish Network of Excellence in GMPLS for five years, and organizes yearly an international “Workshop in GMPLS networks” (seven editions already). Also, BCDS is about to finish the Spanish project M2R3, which proposes protection mechanisms to assure reliability in multilayer networks using IP/MPLS over optical technologies and is going to start soon the Spanish project TRION, which aims to offer interdomain reliability through an overlay network without the collaboration of ISPs. At the European scale, BCDS has participated in the EU project COST 293 GRAAL (“Graphs and algorithms in communication networks”) and is currently participating in the EU Celtic project TIGER2 (“Together IP, GMPLS and Ethernet Reconsidered – 2”).

In the field of Intelligent and Distributed Systems and at the national scale, BCDS has participated in several Spanish projects among them: Adaptation based on learning, modelling and planning for user-oriented complex tasks (ADAPTAPlan), A2UN@: Accessibility and Adaptation for ALL in Higher Education and ARreLS - Augmented Reality in Adaptive Learning Management Systems for All. At the European scale BCDS coordinate technically the European ALTER-NATIVA project in cooperation with eleven Latin American Institutions and three European. Projects propose the creation of E-learning proposal based on user modelling process and the use of intelligent techniques. Main user modelling proposals are standard-based and they include the following users characteristics: competences (specific and generic), learning styles, writing and reading problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), multilingual populations characteristics, user context, etc. BCDS have developed the implementation of accessible wizards for the standards ISO/IEC 24751 (parts 2 and 3) with the purpose to represent the user model and labelled learning resources for providing accessible learning scenarios. Adaptation processes use planning techniques and other intelligent mechanism from the artificial intelligence with the purpose of delivering to users the most suitable learning scenarios according with their characteristics. Also some standards and specifications are used to represent the learning process as IMS-Learning Design, Questions and Test Interoperability, Reusable Definition of Competences and Learning Objects, among others.

UdG is the Coordinator of the ALTERNATIVE eAccess Project and it is involved in all WPs of the project

Contact information:

Address: Polithecnic School University of Girona (SPAIN), Av. Lluis Santalo s/n 17071 Girona (SPAIN)

Web: http://bcds.udg.edu/

Department Dep. of Computer Technology and Architecture (ATC)

Contact: Ramon Fabregat Gesa and Silvia Margarita Baldiris Navarro

Phone: +34 972 418484

Fax: +34 972 418976

e-mail: ramon.fabregat@udg.edu, baldiris@eia.udg.edu