UAB

Brief description and previous relevant experience

The Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) was founded in 1968. At the present time, the UAB's teaching establishments are mainly situated on the Bellaterra campus, but there are also centers in nearby cities. UAB is recognized around the world for its quality and innovation in research. It coordinates a potent scientific and technological centre, promotes new business projects, directs and projects its productive activity towards its socio-economic surroundings, and disseminates its newly acquired knowledge.

The University is therefore a breeding ground for quality researchers and a centre for the dissemination of knowledge and technologies. 16 Spin-offs are currently active in the fields of Information and Technology, Biotechnology and Biomedicine. A number of Departments and research centers at UAB have been and are involved in EU contracts in different fields, from microelectronics to Micro-Ecological Life Support.

In GEO-PICTURES UAB is represented by:

Applied Communications Theory (ACT) group
Group on Interactive Coding of Images (GICI)
Research Group of Methods and Applications in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GRUMETS)

Main tasks in project

Allocated tasks to ACT are the cross-layer optimization of the layered transmission of layered-coded image/video, where the group has broadly recognized expertise. Both from the ASIGN transmitters to the control center and from the control center to the ASIGN receivers in the filed. The challenge is to adapt the transmission to the low capacity channel by optimizing the layers to be transmitted. Therefore it is perfectly complementary with the other UAB group in charge of image and video coding.

Allocated tasks to GICI are the encoding and transmission of large images and video. In particular, novel JPEG2000 standard will be adapted to better deal with the requirements of in-the-ground reception stations, to provide near-real-time access to GMES data. JPEG2000 Region-Of-Interest (ROI) coding and Interactive Protocols (JPIP) will be exploited and implemented for fast communication. GICI tasks are perfectly complementary with the other UAB group in charge of cross-layer optimization of the layered transmission of layered-coded image/video.

The development of GIS servers is the main task for the grumets group. Current state of the art server and client technologies (WMS, WFS and WCS OGC standards) will be complemented with an implementation of near future OGC standard WMTS, which is designed to obtain a fast response even with very large dataset and very large number of simultaneous users.

Reference cartographic data, satellite and field data will be distributed for a better decision flow on the field. Setting up servers following OGC standards is very important because they allow combining information from many servers on any device, as is the case in GEO-PICTURES. Appling this solution will guarantee that field-located devices with limited capacities will have a quick response from the server obtaining a real-time and real-usable scenario on the ground.

GMES AND EARTH OBSERVATION COMBINED WITH POSITION BASED IMAGE AND SENSOR COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY FOR UNIVERSAL RESCUE, EMERGENCY AND SURVEILLANCE. FOR MORE INFO, PLEASE CONTACT THE PROJECT SECRETARIAT AT ANSUR TECHNOLOGIES.