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Sectoral Advisory Council

External strategic orientation

Nuclear and fundamental piece in the structure of the campus, it is made up of a small group of individuals chosen for their professional and personal trajectory, all external to the university and the authority of whom is indisputably recognised in the sector. The Sectoral Advisory Council (CAS) acts as an excellent forum of debate, bringing independent strategic perspective, not influenced by the conditions affecting the UdG. It orientates the approach of campus academic activity regarding research orientation and needs as well as on the subject of education. He has to advise also about the model of relation with the companies of the sector and the international presence of the campus and give support to the institutional relations related with the campus, in the measure of the possible one.


Carles Matabosch

Dr Carles Matabosch Industrial obtained his PhD in Engineering at the University of Girona. He previously worked as Technical Director at AQSENSE and he is now Manager Software Engineering at the multinational Cognex, in Girona (Spain). In both cases, he developed industrial vision products and projects, especially in the field of three-dimensional vision.

Manager Software Engineering at COGNEX
Girona, Spain

Deanna Hood

Deanna works in partnership with burns surgeons to improve wound healing for large-area burns, by delivering robot-assisted regenerative cell therapy using a patient’s own skin cells printed directly onto their wound with Inventia’s precision bioprinting technology. She previously worked as a Software Engineer at Open Robotics, developing the Robot Operating System (ROS 2), a software framework that fosters collaboration among the robotics community by enabling roboticists to leverage each other’s algorithms and contribute to a global, open source ecosystem. Her speaking engagements include TED@Sydney as a finalist for TED2013, and keynote at ROSCon, an international robotics conference for which she was on the Organising and Program Committees for 2016-2018. Deanna studied at University of Girona in 2013 during her joint MSc in Robotics and Computer Vision under the VIBOT Erasmus Mundus programme. For her thesis, she developed the first robotic partner for children with handwriting difficulties, which in an innovative twist on educational robotics is designed to write badly so that by correcting it children can benefit from “learning by teaching”.

Senior Robotics Engineer at Inventia Life Science

Sydney, Australia

Jhimli Mitra

Dr Jhimli Mitra is a Senior Scientist at the Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision group at GE Research, USA. After obtaining a doctorate degree in Computer Engineering from University of Girona and University of Dijon, France working in the domain of medical image analysis, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow for few years in Australia and USA. She has over 10 years of experience in medical image analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence and now leads several projects at GE Research.

Senior Scientist Artificial at the Intelligence and Computer Vision group at General Electric Research

New York, USA

Jordi Pagès

Dr Jordi Pagès is a Computer Engineer and holds a PhD in Robotics and Computer Vision from the University of Girona and the University of Rennes I (France). He worked at Davantis Technologies developing an analysis system for intelligent video surveillance. In 2009, he joined PAL Robotics, where he is currently Head of Product and Head of the Intra-Logistics Robotic Solutions Business Unit.

Product Manager at PAL Robotics
Barcelona, Spain

Josep Aulinas

Dr Josep Aulinas is currently a platform architect in the automotive sector. Industrial engineer and PhD in technology at the University of Girona. His areas of specialisation are: computer vision; artificial intelligence and robotics applied to driving assistance systems and systems for autonomous driving.

Automotive Platform Architect at Nvidia
Bavaria, Germany

Luca Zappella

Senior Machine Learning Researcher at Apple Inc. since 2015. He has been working in this field for more than 20 years, gaining experience that ranges from tech giants to start-ups and freelance activities. He was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, and he obtained his PhD in Computer Vision at the VICOROB laboratory at the University of Girona. Professional His are in applied research intereasts, computer vision, machine learning (ML), ML model introspection date and, ML fairness and robustness.

Senior Machine Learning Researcher at Apple
Sunnyvale, California, USA

Natalia Hurtós

Dr Natàlia Hurtós is currently Software Product Manager at Iqua Robotics. She holds a European Master in Computer Vision and Robotics (VIBOT, 2009) and a PhD in Computer Engineering (2014) from the University of Girona. She has been taking part in numerous national- and European-level research projects relating to underwater robotics and involved in technology transfer, bringing research results to the market, since 2006. She has extensive experience in developing and integrating software for autonomous underwater vehicles as well as in applications involving the use of sonar devices for mapping.

Software Product Manager at IQUA Robotics
Girona, Spain

Núria Oliver

Dr Nuria Oliver, obtained her PhD in Artificial Intelligence at MIT. She is a co-founder and the Vice-President of ELLIS (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems), a co-founder of the ELLIS Alicante (Spain) unit, Presidential Commissioner for AI Strategy and Science data against COVID-19, Chief Data Scientist at Data Pop Alliance, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute, independent advisor at Bankia, and an academic member of the Royal Academy of Engineering. His work in the computational modelling of human behaviour using Artificial Intelligence techniques, human-machine interaction, mobile computing and Big Data analysis - especially for the Social Good - is known internationally. She has more than 180 scientific publications and 41 patents. Her work has received dozens of awards and distinctions. She firmly believes in the value of technology to improve the quality of people's lives, both individually and collectively, and dedicates her professional career to this goal.

Chief Data Scientist at Date Pop Alliance, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Vodafone Institute, independent advisor at Bankia, and number academic at the Royal Academy of Engineering

New York, USA - Berlin, Germany - Madrid, Spain

Pol Toldrà

Pol Toldrà is a senior engineer and R&D manager at Tavil. He has participated in several projects related to industrial robotics, artificial vision and automatized solutions for the packaging sector. As a worldwide pioneering and innovative company, Tavil has the mission of foreseeing market needs, and providing high-tech solutions in engineering as well as equipment production. To achieve these objectives, Tavil combines the latest robotic solutions, artificial vision technologies, data acquisition and its own simulation software.

Head of R&D at Tavil
Sant Jaume de Llierca, Girona, Spain

Tudor Nicosevici

Tudor Nicosevici is the head of ADAS (Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems) Advanced Engineering Romania, Continental Automotive. Additionally, he is involved with the technical coordination of artificial intelligence, environment perception and understanding activities for autonomous driving within the Advanced Engineering group. His areas of expertise are computer vision, robotics and artificial intelligence, with a MSc in sensor fusion and a PhD in robotics and computer vision. He previously worked with the VICOROB Group, at the University of Girona, and Coronis Computing, coordinating projects for applied research and technology transfer between the academia and the industry sector.

Head of ADAS at Continental
Timişoara, Romania

Xavier Ribalta

Xavier Ribalta is CEO, R+D manager and co-owner (together with his brother Sisu) of Ribinerf. This company has evolved from automation, through special computer-vision projects, to the current business model of manufacturing industrial robots, based on non-deterministic scenarios. Combining Virtual Reality with Artificial Intelligence has allowed our company to standardise machines aimed at the automotive sector, robotising processes that were not possible before, exporting these machines to Europe and achieving international recognition.

CEO & Technical Sales Manager at Ribinerf
Aiguaviva, Girona, Spain

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