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Dr.  Garcia Campos, Rafael

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Visió per computador i robòtica - Vicorob

Brief CV


  • 2001: PhD in Electronic Engineering, (Univ. of Girona, Spain).
  • 1994: Computer Engineering, (Univ. Autónoma of Barcelona, Spain).


  • 2011-today. Director of the Institute of Education Sciences, Univ. of Girona.
  • 2009-2015. Director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Group, Univ. of Girona.
  • 2007-today: General Manager of the spin-off company Coronis Computing SL.
  • 2003-today: Director of the Underwater Vision Lab, Univ. of Girona.
  • 2003-2011: Vice-dean of the Polytechnic School, Univ. of Girona.
  • 2005: visiting professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Univ. of Miami, USA.
  • 2002-2003: Member of the committee for the evaluation of the Computer Engineering studies.
  • 2002-2004: Associate director of the Dept. of Electronics, Informatics and Automation.
  • 2003-today: Tenured University Professor, Department of Electronics, Informatics and Automation, Univ. of Girona.

Recent research grants

  • 2014-2016. MINECO Project "OMNIUS: Light-weight Robot for Omnidirectional Underwater Surveying and Tele-presence". CTM2013-46718-R (UdG: 257,730 €)
  • 2013-2017. FP7 EU Project “ROBOCADEMY: European Academy for Marine and Underwater Robotics". FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-608096. (UdG: 226,681 €)
  • 2013-2017. FP7 EU Project “EUROFLEETS2: New Operational Steps towards an Alliance of European Research Fleets”. FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-312762 (UdG: 195,190€)
  • 2012-2015. MICINN-INNPACTO Project “PICMAR: Intelligent Platform for Multimodal Characterization of the Seafloor and Submerged Structures”. IPT-2012-0463-310000 (UdG: 281,441 €)
  • 2012-2015. Technology transfer contract with OSSA “PABLITO: Predictive adaptive blasting in tunnel operation” (UdG: 521,438 €)
  • 2011-2015. FP7 EU project “MORPH: Marine robotic system of self-organizing, logically linked physical nodes”. FP7-ICT-2011-288704 (UdG: 671,580 €)
  • 2011-2014. FP7 EU project “PANDORA: Persistent autonomy through learning, adaptation, observation and re-planning”. FP7-ICT-2011-288273 (UdG: 534,760 €)
  • 2010-2013. Technology transfer contract with the Univ. of Miami (USA). “High Resolution Landscape (2-D) Mosaics for Improved Coral Reef Monitoring Capability” (US$93,212)
  • 2010-2013. MICINN project “MUMAP: Multi-modal 3-D Mapping for the Characterization of the Seafloor using an Autonomous Robot”. CTM2010-15216/MAR (227,480 €)
  • 2010-2012. US DoE-DoD joint programme (subcontract through the Univ. of Miami).  “High Resolution Landscape (2-D) Mosaics for Improved Coral Reef Monitoring Capability” (US$93,212)
  • 2011-2012. Technology Transfer Project "Development of Methods for Predicting 3D Geobodies from Thickness Data: Reconstructing Subsurface Uncertainty Using 3-D Markov Chain Models". Nova Southeastern University (US$25,220)
  • 2010-2012. FP7 EU project “POLMOSAIC - Advanced Underwater Image Mosaicing through Imaging Polarimetry” (160,793 €)
  • 2010-2013. FP7 EU project “TRIDENT - Marine robots and dexterous manipulation for enabling autonomous underwater multipurpose manipulation” (461,480 €)
  • 2010-2012. Technology Transfer Project “Automatic video categorization system”. INDRA SISTEMAS SA, DSET SL and LAVINA SA (152,636  €) 

Invited lectures

  • 2015: Invited talk at the 6th International Workshop on Computer Vision in Vehicle Technology, in conjunction with IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR). Boston, USA. Title of the talk: “Vision-based Robots to Explore the Ocean”.
  • 2015: Invited speaker at the 4th EOS Topical Meeting on Blue Photonics® - Optics in the Sea (Blue Photonics 4). Barcelona, Spain. Title of the talk: “High-Resolution Optical Seafloor Mapping and Characterization”.
  • 2014: Plenary Keynote Speaker at the Marine Imaging Workshop, National Oceanographic Centre Southampton, U.K. Title of the talk: “Underwater imaging: from nice evidence to useful data”.
  • 2014: Plenary Keynote Speaker at the International Symposium on Naval Architecture and Maritime INT-NAM, Istanbul, Turkey. Conference “3-D Mapping for the Characterization of the Seafloor using an Underwater Robot”.
  • 2013: Plenary Keynote Speaker at the Hispano-Brazilian Workshop on Autonomous Robots and Robotic Intelligence, Cáceres, Spain. Conference: “Underwater Robot for Autonomous Mapping and Intervention”.
  • 2013: Invited Talk “Techniques and Tools for High-Resolution Seafloor Mapping using Underwater Robots” at the University of Qatar, Doha, Qatar. Invited by the Qatar National Research Fund.
  • 2013: Plenary Keynote Speaker at the Symposia on Automation and Computation for Naval, Offshore and Subsea Industry (NAVCOMP’2013), Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Conference: “Future trends in high-resolution benthic habitat mapping using autonomous underwater robots”.
  • 2012: Plenary Keynote Speaker at the Jornadas Argentinas de Robótica (JAR’2012), Olavarria, Argentina. Conference: “Underwater Robotics as a key tool for Seafloor Exploration”
  • 2012: Plenary Keynote Speaker at the IFAC Workshop on Navigation, Guidance and Control of Underwater Vehicles (NGCUV’2012), Porto. Conference: “Challenges and Limitations of High-resolution Sea-floor Optical Mapping using UUVs”.


Author or co-author of 47 journal articles, 3 books, 11 book chapters and more than 90 papers in peer-review conferences.

See for a complete list.


  • T. Nicosevici and R. Garcia. "Efficient 3D Scene Modeling and Mosaicing", Springer, 2013. ISBN 978-3-642-36417-4
  • R. Prados, R. Garcia, L. Neumann. "Image Blending Techniques and their Application in Underwater Mosaicing", Springer, 2014. ISBN 978-3-319-05557-2
  • A. Elibol, N. Gracias and R. Garcia. "Efficient Topology Estimation for Large Scale Optical Mapping", Springer, 2012. ISBN 978-3-642-30312-8

Selected Publications

  • R. Campos, R. Garcia, P. Alliez, M. Yvinec. "A Surface Reconstruction Method for In-Detail Underwater 3D Optical Mapping". The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 34 no. 1 64-89, January 2015.
  • K. Korotkov, J. Quintana, S. Puig, J. Malvehy, R. Garcia. "A New Total Body Scanning System for Automatic Change Detection in Multiple Pigmented Skin Lesions". IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging, vol.34, no.1, pp.317-338, 2015.
  • R. Campos, R. Garcia, P. Alliez, M. Yvinec. "Splats-based Surface Reconstruction from Defect-Laden Point Sets", Graphical Models. Vol. 75, no. 6, pp. 346-361, 2013. ISSN: 1524-0703. DOI: 10.1016/j.gmod.2013.08.001
  • T. Nicosevici, R. Garcia. "Automatic Visual Bag-of-Words for Online Robot Navigation and Mapping," IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 886-898, 2012. ISSN: 1552-3098. doi:10.1109/TRO.2012.2192013
  • R. Prados, R. Garcia, N. Gracias, J. Escartín, L. Neumann. "A Novel Blending Technique for Underwater Giga-Mosaicing," IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 626-644, 2012. ISSN 0364-9059. doi: 10.1109/JOE.2012.2204152
  • A. Elibol, R. Garcia, N. Gracias. "A New Global Alignment Approach for Underwater Optical Mapping," Ocean Engineering, vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 1207-1219, 2011. ISSN: 0029-8018. DOI:10.1016/j.oceaneng.2011.05.013
  • J. Ferrer, R. Garcia. "Bias Reduction for Stereo Triangulation," Electronics Letters, vol. 46, no. 25, pp. 1665-1666, 2010.
  • A. Elibol, N. Gracias, R. Garcia. "Augmented State-Extended Kalman Filter Combined Framework for Topology Estimation in Large Area Underwater Mapping," Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 27, no. 5, pp. 656-674, 2010.
  • P. Ridao, M. Carreras, D. Ribas, R. Garcia. "Visual Inspection of Hydroelectric Dams using an AUV," Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 759-778, 2010. ISSN: 1556-4959. DOI: 10.1002/rob.20351
  • T. Nicosevici, N. Gracias, S. Negahdaripour, R. Garcia. "Efficient three-dimensional Scene Modeling and Mosaicing," Journal of Field Robotics, vol. 26, no. 10, pp. 759-788, 2009. ISSN (Print): 1556-4959. ISSN (Online): 1556-4967. DOI: 10.1002/rob.20305.

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