Joint Research Unit UPC-CSIC (UPC)


Short description of the organization

UPC is a public institution dedicated to research and higher education that has participated in several European projects (FP, AAL and others) and currently plays a partner role in 151 European projects and, in terms of their management capability and experience, UPC is acting as a coordinator in 35 of them. The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI, is an interdisciplinary center that hosts researchers both from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), and from the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC). Its Robotics Group has expertise in areas such as computational kinematics and geometry, computer vision, industrial robotics, mobile robotics (legged and wheeled robots), and artificial intelligence. The Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (IRI) is a Joint Research Unit (JRU) composed by members from the Universitat Politècnica de Catlunya (UPC) and the Spanish National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). IRI will participate in EIRobot as a JRU in which UPC will have CSIC as Third Party.

Role in the project and main tasks

UPC will lead WP5, Perception for robotic manipulation in aerial operations, and will contribute to WP3, WP4 and WP7.

Relevant previous experience

UPC was the Scientific and Technical Coordinator of FP6 URUS (Ubiquitous Networking Robots in Urban Sites) project, which objective was to analyse and test the idea of incorporating a network of robots (robots, intelligent sensors, devices and communications) in order to improve life quality in urban areas. UPC is a partner of the ARCAS (Aerial Robotics Cooperative Assembly System) project which aim is to develop and validate the first cooperative free-flying robot system for assembly and structure construction. Its role in ARCAS project is the development of perception system for aerial and space manipulation. UPC has also being involved in a number of EU projects related with robots PACO Plus Plus, CargoAnts, CONET and GARNICS.

Key publications before the project

  • F. Moreno-Noguer, A. Sanfeliu and D. Samaras. Dependent multiple cue integration for robust tracking.IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 30(4): 670-685, 2008.
  • T. Vidal-Calleja, A. Sanfeliu and J. Andrade-Cetto. Action selection for single-camera SLAM. IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics: Part B, 40(6): 1567-1581, 2010.
  • A. Penate-Sanchez, J. Andrade-Cetto and F. Moreno-Noguer. Exhaustive linearization for robust camera pose and focal length estimation. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 35(10): 2387-2400, 2013.
  • A. Amor, A. Ruiz, F. Moreno-Noguer, A. Sanfeliu, On-board real-time pose estimation for UASs using deformable visual contour registration, IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2014), Hong Kong, May 31 – June 3, 2014.
  • M. Villamizar, J. Andrade-Cetto, A. Sanfeliu, F. Moreno-Noguer. Bootstrapping boosted random Ferns for discriminative and efficient object classification, Pattern Recognition 45 pp.3141-3153, 2012.

Publications during the project

A complete list of key publications of UPC related to this project can be seen in