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“Robust Statistical Signal Processing in Dynamic Complex Systems: Locate, Track, Navigate and Sense”


Short: I carry on both fundamental and applied research in the general area of Statistical Signal Processing.

My theoretical work is somewhere in the frontiers of statistical signal processing, Bayesian analysis, statistical learning, computational and robust statistics.

Applications: mainly interested in the broad field of localisation, tracking and navigation (GNSS, indoor, cooperative, robust, multiple object, multi-sensor data fusion); historically working in communication systems; and recently involved in intelligent transportation systems, air/unmanned traffic management (flight execution phase trajectory prediction in ATM) and Earth observation (GNSS remote sensing).

Keywords: estimation and detection theory; performance bounds and maximum likelihood; stochastic filtering; Kalman filtering; nonlinear Bayesian inference; robust filtering; model mismatch; heavy-tailed/skewed distributions; distributed/cooperative signal processing;

Primary Research Lines: 1) Robust statistical inference in dynamic complex systems, 2) Statistical signal processing for advanced GNSS receivers, and 3) Robust localisation, tracking, navigation and sensing methods.

  • Associate Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), University of Toulouse
  • Associate Editor for Signal Processing (Elsevier)
  • Navigation & Localisation Expert at the Telecommunications for Space and Aeronautics Lab (TéSA) – https://www.tesa.prd.fr/

ISAE_SUPAERO_72_cmjnInstitut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO)
Dept. of Electronics, Optronics and Signal Processing (DEOS)
Image and Signal Processing for NAVIgation, Radar and REmote Sensing (NAVIR²ES) Research Group
10, Ave. Édouard-Belin – 31055 Toulouse, France

Web: https://personnel.isae-supaero.fr/jordi-vila-valls/

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Contact: jordi.vila-valls@isae-supaero.fr

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Previously at: CTTC (2014-18), UAB (2012-13), UPC (2010-12, 17-18), Gipsa-Lab (2006-2010)

  • Lecturer at the Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering School (EETAC), Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).
  • Postdoc, Researcher & Senior Researcher at the Statistical Inference for Communications and Positioning Department (CTTC).
  • Postdoc at the Signal Processing for Communications and Navigation Research Group (UAB).
  • Postdoc at the Signal Processing and Communications Research Group (UPC).
  • Research Assistant (PhD) at the Laboratoire Grenoble Images Parole Signal Automatique (Gipsa-Lab), Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG).


October 2021

14/10 — I successfully defended the HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches) in Signal Processing, Toulouse INP (INPT). Title: Robust Statistical Signal Processing for Dynamic Complex Systems: Locate, Track, Navigate and Sense”. Jury: Cédric Richard, Audrey Giremus, Guillaume Ginolhac, Juliette Marais, Pascal Larzabal, Eric Chaumette and Jean-Yves Tourneret.

Journal article on linearly constrained smoothing: Robust Kalman Smoothers with Linear Equality Constraints”, IEEE Control Systems Letters.

July 2021

Journal article on partial ambiguity resolution: Precision-Aided Partial Ambiguity Resolution Scheme for Instantaneous RTK Positioning”, Remote Sensing.

June 2021

A new journal article accepted for publication: Robust Information Filtering under Model Mismatch for Large-Scale Dynamic Systems”, IEEE Control Systems Letters.

May 2021

A new journal article accepted for publication: Insights on the Estimation Performance of GNSS-R Coherent and Non-Coherent Processing Schemes”, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters.

March 2021

Four journal articles accepted for publication: i) On the General Conditions of Existence for Linear MMSE Filters: Wiener and Kalman”, Signal Processing; ii) Robust Linearly Constrained Invariant Filtering for a Class of Mismatched Nonlinear Systems”, IEEE Control Systems Letters; iii) “Robust LCEKF for Mismatched Nonlinear Systems with Non-Additive Noise/Inputs and Its Application to Robust Vehicle Navigation”, Sensors; iv) “On the Impact and Mitigation of Signal Crosstalk in Ground-based and Low Altitude Airborne GNSS-R”, Remote Sensing.

February 2021

Closing the loop on robust filtering techniques in GNSS PVT applications: Robust Filtering Techniques for RTK Positioning in Harsh Propagation Environments”, Sensors.

November 2020

New journal articles accepted for publication: i) “Robust Variational-based Kalman Filter for Outlier Rejection with Correlated Measurements”, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing; ii) “Joint Delay-Doppler Estimation Performance in a Dual Source Context”, Remote Sensing.

October 2020

New journal articles accepted for publication: i) GNSS Data Demodulation over Fading Environments: Antipodal and M-ary CSK Modulations”, IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation; ii) Robust Linearly Constrained EKF for Mismatched Nonlinear Systems”, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control.

September 2020

Three journal articles accepted for publication: i) Cramér-Rao Bound for a Mixture of Real- and Integer-valued Parameter Vectors and its Application to the Linear Regression Model”, Signal Processing, ii) A New Compact Delay, Doppler Stretch and Phase Estimation CRB with a Band-limited Signal for Generic Remote Sensing Applications”, Remote Sensing. Special thanks to Prof. Eric Chaumette, the mother and father of these contributions! iii) Robust TOA-based UAS Navigation under Model Mismatch in GNSS-denied Harsh Environments”, Remote Sensing.