New audiovisual testing session of the 5G Pilot in the environment of Chair RTVE, ETSIT-UPM, Madrid, 7th June 2019

Last Friday 7th June 2019, a new meeting of the Pilot in 5G Technologies took place in the environment of the Chair RTVE (Cátedra RTVE) in the Telecommunication School (Escuela Superior de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In that meeting, members of the companies involved in the project developed a collection of tests in audiovisual remote production, through the integration of different modules for 5G transmission.

5G Pilot Workteam

5G Pilot Workteam

Representatives of the entities of the Chair RTVE attended to this meeting, including Gabriel Solsona from RTVE or Juanjo Anaya from Sapec. From UPM, José Manuel Menéndez, director of the Chair RTVE, attended to the event, as well as David Jiménez, Álvaro Llorente and Javier Serrano, who developed the equipment assembly, necessary for the correct functioning of the demonstrators.


Lindos, Rhodes (Greece)

Advances of ICT4LIFE Project in the International Symposium PETRA 2019 in Rhodes (Greece), 5th-7th June 2019

Alberto Belmonte presented last friday 7th June 2019 in the 12th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments (PETRA 2019) in Rhodes (Greece) the paper entitled “A Novel Framework for Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Monitoring and Assessment in Parkinson Disease Patients using Depth Information”.

Aldemar Amilia Mare, PETRA 2019 Conference venue

Aldemar Amilia Mare, PETRA 2019 Conference venue

Parkinson Disease (PD) is a type of neurodegenerative disease mainly characterised by the progressive declination of motor and cognitive skills. Physical therapies have been shown to be helpful to mitigate the degenerative impact of PD patients by stimulating the patient to maintain activity. However, problems associated to these therapies such as subjective evaluations or lack of accessibility, rise some barriers to professionals and related stakeholders to reach fully functional integrated healthcare systems. In the paper presented by Belmonte, a novel framework to continuously monitor and assess PD patients in their therapies is presented. This framework is composed of a sensorial system that captures movement information from patients while they perform physical rehabilitation therapies and a tool for processing this information, extracting movement patterns and providing an objective evaluation of the performed exercises. The system has been deployed and tested in a real-world environment with PD patients at different stages of the disease. The evaluation of the system underlined the added value of objective data in measuring patient movement evolution and how this helps in personalizing treatment according to patients needs.

The work was developed in the framework of ICT4Life H2020 Project in collaboration with the greek research company CERTH and the spanish Parkinson Madrid Association.

ICT4LIFE: This project has received funding from the European Commision
RTVE Headquarters in Torrespaña, Madrid

Mid-term Review of H2020 Project 5G-Media, RTVE Headquarters, Madrid, 29-30th May 2019

The mid-term review of H2020 Project 5G-Media took place in Madrid in the Headquarters of the Spanish Broadcaster RTVE during the dates 29th and 30th May 2019, with the attendance of representatives of all entities, including Javier Serrano and David Jiménez from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. Partners of the Project presented the last advances of 5G-Media to the Project Officer and to the Experts Commitee.

Preparing the Mid-term Review in RTVE Headquarters in Torrespaña (Madrid)

Preparing the Mid-term Review in RTVE Headquarters in Torrespaña (Madrid)

Demonstrators corresponding to the different Use Cases (UC) of the 5G-Media project and based on innovative technologies are presented in the review. The three use cases are the following:

  • UC1: Immersive media and Virtual Reality
  • UC2: Smart Production and User-generated Content
  • UC3: Ultra High Definition over Content Delivery Network
RTVE Headquarters in Torrespaña, Madrid

RTVE Headquarters in Torrespaña, Madrid

Business Innovation is an important point to keep in mind because 5G-MEDIA aims to step from innovation to a truly exploitable solution. 5G-MEDIA platform enables not only efficient microservice development, management and orchestration, but it pioneers innovative Streaming as a Service (StraaS) business models, over nodes that belong to different administrative domains. 5G-MEDIA network applications also enables fully transparent, seamless and scalable traceability of each individual microservice instantiation throughout its lifetime and monitor the execution time and resources consumed at each node. Another novel feature of the services is the ability to modify, at any time, the permissions granted or the SLA negotiated during initial deployment, with a new set of permissions or new SLAs, or revoke service or VNF execution permission.

More information in the following link: 5G-Media.


Nem Summit 2019, Zagreb (Croatia)

Nem Summit 2019, Zagreb, Croatia, 22th-23th May 2019

The 11th edition of NEM Initiative annual conference Nem European Media Summit (Nem Summit) 2019 is organized this year in The Mimara Museum of Zagrab (Croatia) from 22 to 23 May 2019. NEM Initiative is the New European Media Technology Platform that organizes the NEM Summit 2019 conference, consisting in keynote presentations and an exhibition focused on presentating results of various research projects.

Members of the NEM Initiative, including José Manuel Menéndez and Federico Álvarez from UPM

Members of the NEM Initiative, including José Manuel Menéndez and Federico Álvarez from UPM

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) participated in the event through the figure of Federico Álvarez García. Federico Álvarez and Mario Montagud (from i2Cat) discussed in a roundtable (Session B-2) with different speakers about accessibility in Europe towards the creation of a platform for inclusive media, as partners of the Accessibility Cluster Projects: ImAc, EasyTV, Content4All and SIGN-HUB. EasyTV is coordinated by UPM. Additionally, Federico Álvarez collaborated in another roundtable (Session A-1) about Artificial Intelligence for media and creative industries, presenting some of the works developed in his research group in this field.

On the other side, researcher Massimo Magaldi from the italian company Engineering talked about Advanced analytics services developed in the environment of FANDANGO H2020 Project to detect disinformartion and fake news. UPM is also partner of FANDANGO Project.

José Manuel Menéndez, director of research group GATV, attended to the event, and collaborated in the session “All in the media & Creative Industries”.

For more information about the event. Please, check the following link.


1st Plenary Meeting of REBUILD Project in Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, 13-14th May 2019

The 1st Plenary Meeting of European H2020 REBUILD (ICT-enabled integration facilitator and life rebuilding guidance Project) took place in Madrid in Escuela de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid during from 13th to 14th May 2019.

Partners of the REBUILD Project in the Plenary Meeting in Madrid

Partners of the REBUILD Project in the Plenary Meeting in Madrid

Users and stakeholders engagement is a key success factor addressed both in the Consortium composition and in its capacity to engage relevant stakeholders external to the REBUILD project. The key technology solutions proposed are: GDPR-compliant migrants’ integration related background information gathering with user consent and anonymization of personal information; AI-based profile analysis to enable both personalized support and policy making on migration-related issues; AI-based needs matching tool, to match migrant needs and skills with services provided by local authorities in EU countries and labor market needs at local and regional level; a digital companion for migrants enabling personalized two-way communication using chatbots to provide them smart support for easy access to local services (training, health, employment, welfare, etc.) and assessment of the level of integration and understanding of the new society, while providing to local authorities data-driven, easy to use decision supporting tools for enhancing capacities and effectiveness in service provision. Cross-culturality, ethical, accessibility dimensions will be addressed since the very beginning of the project, and validated and assessed in terms of consistency and impact during the project lifespan.

REBUILD Project Consrtium, belonging to the call of european projects “H2020-SC6-MIGRATION-2018”, is composed by the following partners:

  • Università Telematica Internazionale (Uninettuno) [Consortium Leader, Italy]
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) [Spain]
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB) [Spain]
  • DEN Institute [Belgium]
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) [Belgium]
  • Societa’ Cooperativa Sociale Camelot A R.L (CIDAS) [Italy]
  • Syllogos Ethelonton Kilkis (OMNES) [Greece]
  • Engineering Informatica [Italy]
  • Centre For Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) [Greece]
  • Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki (MDAT) [Greece]
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) [France]

For more information about REBUILD Project, click on the following link


Marcos Quintana during his Doctoral Thesis dissertation

Marcos Quintana defends his Doctoral Thesis about modeling human behaviour, E.T.S.I.T (UPM), Madrid, 10th May 2019

Our colleague Marcos Quintana defended his Doctoral Thesis with title “Modeling human behaviour to improve retail efficiency and health monitoring” last 10th May in E.T.S.I. de Telecomunicación by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, supervised and codirected by José Manuel Menéndez and Federico Álvarez. The Thesis committee highlighted his outstanding work and the Doctoral Thesis received an excellent rating.

Marcos Quintana during his Doctoral Thesis dissertation

Marcos Quintana during his Doctoral Thesis dissertation

The dissertation presents a model to express the most relevant features of the human behaviour, specifying two personalized instances for retail and health monitoring domains. These features are divided into static and dynamic. For the static ones facial features are the most relevant since they can express different attributes of the subjects such as age, gender or emotions. For that purpose landmarks and pose are the most significant points of interest. However, the body pose can also reveal some interesting features of the current state of one person and should also be taken into account. Regarding the dynamic properties, the trajectories described by a subject in the monitored scenario can also express very useful insights. It is a basic task to delimit the area where the subject is located, that is mandatory to perform the static inferences. The interactions of the user with the environment are a very relevant feature, and should be modeled as well.


2nd edition of 5G-Forum, Malaga, 24th-25th April 2019

During the dates 24th and 25th April 2019, the second edition of the 5G-Forum was held in Malaga, 5G-Forum is the reference event in Spain on 5G technologies, which will analyze the revolution that is producing these new technologies in the fields such as mobile telephony, security, medicine, mobility, entertainment, television and internet.

5G-Forum of this edition focused mainly on the following topics: 5G Deployment, Smart Cities, Connected Automobiles, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and research in universities.

José Manuel Menéndez from UPM presenting the H2020 Project 5G-Media

José Manuel Menéndez from UPM presenting the H2020 Project 5G-Media

José Manuel Menéndez, Professor at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and director of the Visual Telecommunications Application Group (GATV), presented the 5G-Media project in a session that described some of the leading international research projects where universities play a fundamental role. In the words of Menéndez: “From 5G-MEDIA we are going to give tools to the developer of media applications that allow to execute the work in a simple way”.

More information about the project in the following link: 5G-Media.


IV Technoheritage Congress about Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Seville, 26-30th March 2019

The Technoheritage 2019 Conference, specifically named “IV Congress about Science and Technology for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage” took place in Seville (Spain) in dates from 26th to 30th March 2019.

Attendants to Technoheritage 2019

Attendants to Technoheritage 2019

The Conference is organized by the Technoheritage network, a national initiative for joining efforts in restoration and conservation of Cultural Heritage, derived by leading research groups from public institutions and universities, but also by private companies. GATV research group from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid is a member of this community and network of excellence.

Emilio Cano, Blanca Ramírez from CSIC, María Martín Gil from IPCE chairing the Technoheritage meeting

Emilio Cano, Blanca Ramírez from CSIC, María Martín Gil from IPCE chairing the Technoheritage meeting

The conference offers an interdisciplinary and international forum for discussions on all aspects of Cultural Heritage, including digital technology for the sustainable management, knowledge and social innovation, new emerging topics in Cultural Heritage such as Digital Information Model (BIM and GIS, for example) for the prevention, conservation and management of heritage, innovative monitoring techniques and social value in the management of information.

Pavillion of Uruguay (Seville), venue of the Conference

Pavillion of Uruguay (Seville), venue of the Conference

Juan Pedro López from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid performed an oral presentation entitled “Development of software tools for the automatic generation of false-colour composites with hyperspectral image capturing” based on the computer vision works in the environment of conservation of cultural heritage in collaboration with IPCE (Instituto del Patrimonio Cultural de España), with the cession of materials for the development of this research. The other authors of this presentation included Carmen Vega and José Manuel Menéndez.

Logos of the MIPAC-CM Project, Comunidad de Madrid, ESF y ERDF


Visit to the CCMA studios of the EasyTV Consortium

New EasyTV H2020 Project Consortium Meeting in CCMA, Barcelona, 5-6th March 2019

The new “EasyTV: Easing the access of Europeans with disabilities to converging media and content” H2020 Project consortium meeting took place in the headquarters of Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA) in Barcelona during the dates 5-6th March 2019 with attendance of representatives from all the partners. Federico Álvarez, Silvia Uribe and Francisco Moreno attended the GATV reaserch group and María Poveda and Pablo Calleja from OEG (Ontology Engineering Group) reasearch group, both from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In the meeting, the partners shared their last advances in accessibility technologies for improving life of european people.

During the plenary meeting an interesting visit to the studios of CCMA broadcaster took place, highlighting the advances in accessibility developed by the technical department.

EasyTV Project Consortium Meeting in Barcelona

EasyTV Project Consortium Meeting in Barcelona

More information about the Easy TV Project in the following link.


9th Plenary Meeting of 5G-Media H2020 in IRT Headquarters, Munich, 5-7th March 2019

9th Plenary Meeting of 5G-Media H2020 Project took place in the Headquarters of IRT in Munich from 5 to 7th March 2019, with the attendance of David Jiménez and Javier Serrano from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid that presented the last advances in our research.

During the plenary meeting an interesting visit to the studios of IRT was developed, including a presentation of last innovative technologies used by the german broadcaster.

Welcome presentation of 5G-Media Project Plenary Meeting

Welcome presentation of 5G-Media Project Plenary Meeting

More information in the following link: 5G-Media.