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“Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it” (Albert Einstein)



Jordi_v1Jordi Vilà-Valls, Associate Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), member of the Signal, Communications, Antennas, Navigation (SCAN) Research Group, Toulouse, France.

I received the MS in Electrical Engineering from both Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, and Grenoble Institute of Technology (INPG), Grenoble, France, in 2006. In October 2006, I joined GIPSA-Lab at the INPG as a Research Assistant with a French Ministry of Science PhD grant. My thesis, entitled “Nonlinear Dynamic Channel Estimation for Mobile Satellite Receivers”, focused on nonlinear Bayesian estimation methods and its applications to synchronization problems for both communications and positioning systems. I received the PhD in Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing) from Grenoble INP in March 2010.

Following the standard research career path, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in different research groups from 2010 to 2015: Signal Processing and Communications group, UPC (2010-2012); Signal Processing for Communications and Navigation group, UAB (2012-2013); Statistical Inference for Communications and Positioning Department, CTTC (2014-2015). From May 2015 to December 2016, I was a freelance researcher (kind of sabbatical). Then, I joined again the CTTC, first as a Researcher and later appointed Senior Researcher (2018). Also, at that time I was a part-time lecturer at the Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering School (EETAC-UPC), teaching a course on Navigation.

I worked during the last 10+ years in several aspects related to statistical signal processing, with special emphasis on Bayesian statistical inference and adaptive/robust stochastic filtering. I have also been a key personnel in several projects funded by the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Spanish Ministry of Science. My primary areas of interest include statistical signal processing at large, estimation and detection theory, nonlinear Bayesian inference, robust filtering, statistical learning, computational and robust statistics; with applications to GNSS, indoor localisation/tracking, multiple object tracking, multi-sensor data fusion, communications, intelligent transportation systems, air traffic management and life sciences.

MS in Electrical Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, 2006.

MS in Signal, Image, Speech, Telecommunications Research, Grenoble INP (INPG), France, 2006.

PhD in Electrical Engineering (Signal Processing), Grenoble INP (INPG), France, 2010.