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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.

  • Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), University of Toulouse
  • Associate Editor for Signal Processing (Elsevier)

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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  • Associate Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), University of Toulouse (2019-2022).
  • 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).


June 2022

New journal articles accepted for publication: 1) “Clean-to-Composite Bound Ratio: A Multipath Criterion for GNSS Signal Design and Analysis”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems; 2) “Non-Binary PRN-Chirp Modulation: A GNSS Fast Acquisition Signal Waveform“, IEEE Communications Letters; 3) “Accounting for Acceleration – Signal Parameters Estimation Performance Limits in High Dynamics Applications”, IEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems.

March 2022

New journal articles accepted for publication: 1) “On the Asymptotic Behavior of Linearly Constrained Filters for Robust Multi-Channel Signal Processing”, Signal Processing; 2) “Robust Linearly Constrained Square-Root Cubature Kalman Filter for Mismatched Nonlinear Dynamic Systems“, IEEE Control Systems Letters; and 3) “Robust Filter-Based Visual Navigation Solution with Miscalibrated Bi-Monocular or Stereo Cameras“, Remote Sensing.

November 2021

Journal article accepted for publication at the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control!! “Robust Linearly Constrained Kalman Filter for General Mismatched Linear State-Space Models”.

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.