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Jordi Vilà-Valls

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 Short Bio

I am Professor at the Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (ISAE-SUPAERO), member of the Image and Signal Processing for NAVIgation, Radar and REmote Sensing (NAVIR²ES) Research Group, Toulouse, France, since 2019. In October 2021 I successfully defended the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” in Signal Processing, titled “Robust Statistical Signal Processing for Dynamic Complex Systems : Locate, Track, Navigate and Sense”, from Toulouse INP.

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 synchronisation problems for both communications and positioning systems. I received the PhD in 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 (2017) 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).

I worked during the last 10+ years in several aspects related to statistical signal processing, with special emphasis on 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), the French and Spanish Ministry of Science, and lately involved in projects funded by the French DGA. 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 the broad field of localisation, tracking and navigation (GNSS, indoor, cooperative, robust, multiple object, multi-sensor data fusion), communications, intelligent transportation systems, air traffic management and Earth observation (GNSS remote sensing).

 Research-related Things

  • Best Paper in Track Award at the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS ’18), “On-line Model Learning for Adaptive GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation Estimation and Mitigation”, 23-26 April 2018, Monterey, CA, USA.
  • Best Poster Award at the 6th ESA Intl. Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of GNSS / Galileo, “Challenges of Using Low-Cost GNSS Receivers for Ionospheric Scintillation Monitoring”, 25-27 October 2017, Valencia, Spain.

  • Elected Vice-Chair of the EURASIP Technical Area Committee on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing (TAC-TMTSP) - Term 2022-2024.
  • Elected member of the EURASIP Technical Area Committee on Signal Processing for Multisensor Systems (TAC-SPMuS) - Term 2022-2024.
  • Elected member of the EURASIP Technical Area Committee on Theoretical and Methodological Trends in Signal Processing (TAC-TMTSP). Chair of the Outreach subcommittee - Term 2019-2021.
  • Navigation & Localisation Expert at the Telecommunications for Space and Aeronautics Lab (TéSA), Toulouse, France - Term 2019-2022.
  • Associate Editor for Signal Processing, Elsevier Journal (2018 – 2023)
  • Senior Member of the IEEE, November 2017.

  • Tutorials Co-Chair, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’24), Lyon, France, August 2024.
  • Local Arrangement Co-Chair, IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi- Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP’23), Costa Rica, December 2023.
  • Student Activities Co-Chair, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’21), September 2021.
  • Finance Co-Chair, IEEE International Workshop on Computational Advances in Multi- Sensor Adaptive Processing (CAMSAP’19), Guadeloupe, French West Indies, December 2019.
  • Student Activities Co-Chair, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’19), September 2019, A Coruña, Spain.
  • Main organizer – Distinguished Lecturer Tour (DLT), “Indoor localization and tracking : from theoretical foundations to practical applications”, Davide Dardari, Spain (CTTC – Barcelona, UC3M – Madrid, US – Sevilla), June 2018.

  • Special Session Co-Chair – “Advanced Nonlinear State Estimation”, ISIF International Conference on Information Fusion, 2020 and 2021
  • Special Session Co-Chair – “Collaborative Localization, Positioning and Navigation”, International Conference on Localization and GNSS (ICL-GNSS), 2020 and 2021.
  • Special Session Co-Chair – “Navigation and Localization for Intelligent Transportation Systems”, IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Conference (ITSC) 2019, 2020 and 2021.
  • Session Chair - “TMTSP-P4 : New Trends in Signal Processing”, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’21), Aug. 2021.
  • Session Chair - "TSTSP-L4 : Signal Processing over Graphs & Networks", European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’20), Jan. 2021.
  • Session Chair - “TMTSP PV : Statistical signal processing”, European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO’19), Sept. 2019.
  • Session Chair – “GNSS Signal Processing in Degraded Environments” , Institute of Navigation technical meeting (ION-GNSS+), Miami, FL (USA). September 24–28, 2018.

  • Guest Editor, special issue on “Recent Advances in GNSS-based High Precision Positioning Technology” (Part I and Part II), Sensors, 2020 and 2021.
  • Section Editor for the EU COST Action IRACON Book, “Chapter 9 : Localization and Tracking ; Section 9.5 : System Studies and Performance Limits”, 2020.

  • Member of the Technical Program Committee (TPC) for IEEE PIMRC’18, IEEE PIMRC’19, EUSIPCO’19, IEEE ITSC’19, IEEE CAMSAP’19, EUSIPCO’20, IEEE ITSC’20, IEEE RadarConf’20, ISIF FUSION’20, IEEE VTC’21-Spring, EUSIPCO’21, IEEE ITSC’21, ISIF Fusion’21, IEEE VTC’22-Spring, IEEE ICASSP’22, EUSIPCO’22, ION GNSS+’22, IEEE ICASSP’23, EUSIPCO’23, EUSIPCO’24.
  • Reviewer for IEEE TSP, IEEE SP Magazine, IEEE SP Letters, Signal Processing, Digital Signal Processing, EURASIP JASP, IEEE TAES, Navigation (ION), IET Radar, Sonar & Navigation, and IEEE Communications Letters.

 Research Projects

Since 2019


Before 2019

In my previous scientific life (2007-2018), before joining ISAE-SUPAERO, I was involved in a number of projects funded by the European Commission (EC), the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French/Spanish Ministries of Science, certainly with different degrees of engagement :

  • ESA – “GNSS Space SW Receiver in Zynq”. ESA-AO2/1647/17/NL/CRS. 10/2017 – 12/2018.
  • EC – “Enhanced real time services for optimized multimodal mobility relying on cooperative networks and open data (TIMON)”. 01/2017 – 12/2018.
  • EC – “Inclusive Radio Communication Networks for 5G and Beyond (IRACON)”. COST Action CA15104. 01/2017 – 12/2018.
  • MINECO – “Advanced Bayesian computation methods for estimation, prediction and control in multi-sensor complex systems (ADVENTURE)”. TEC2015-69868-C2-2-R. 01/2017 – 12/2018.
  • ESA – “Next generation uplink coding techniques (NEXCODE)”. ESTEC/ITT AO/1- 7753/13/NL/FE. 09/2014 – 12/2018.
  • MINECO – “Signals for combined communication and navigation systems : theoretical bounds, design and implementation aspects (SICCNALS)”. TEC2011-28219. 10/2012 – 10/2013.
  • EC – “Integrity for GNSS receivers (iGNSSrx)”. ENTR/129/PP/SP2/11/6602. 10/2012 – 10/2013.
  • ESA – “Techniques for robust carrier tracking under high dynamics, strong fading and scintillation conditions (ROCAT)”. ESTEC/ITT AO/1- 6918/11/NL/AT. 10/2012 – 10/2013.
  • MINECO – “Foundations and methodologies for future communication and sensor networks (COMONSENS)”. CONSOLIDER CSD2008-00010. 03/2012 – 09/2012.
  • MINECO – “Macrocells and femtocells systems with advanced interference-aware coordination and cooperation techniques (MOSAIC)”. TEC2010-19171. 01/2011 – 09/2012.
  • EC – “Femtocell-based network enhancement by interference management and coordination of information for seamless connectivity (FREEDOM)”. FP7-ICT-2009-4- 248891. 01/2011 – 12/2011.
  • EC – “RF/Microwave communication subsystems for emerging wireless technologies (RFCSET)”. COST Action IC0803. 10/2008 – 03/2010.
  • ANR – “Localisation d’Urgence Reconfigurable par Galileo (LURGA)”. ANR-06-TCOM-0012. 06/2007 – 03/2010
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