BIO

Dr. Nuno Gracias received the MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering (Control and Robotics) from the Technical Univ. of Lisbon, Portugal. From 2004 to 2006 he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Miami.

Since 2006 he has been a member of the Computer Vision and Robotics Group (ViCOROB) of the University of Girona, where he held a Juan de la Cierva, Ramon y Cajal and TecnioSpring fellowships. He is Adjunct Faculty of Marine Geoscience at the Univ. of Miami.

His research spans underwater image processing, mapping and classification, and navigation and guidance of autonomous underwater robots.


He co-directs the Underwater Vision Lab (UVL) of the University of Girona since 2013, where he has co-supervised 4 PhD and 9 MSc theses. The UVL is a leading research group in the area of underwater image processing, optical mapping and their applications.

He has co-authored 43 JCR peer-reviewed articles in total (28 Q1, 9 Q2, 4 Q3, 2 Q4), of which 19JCR articles in the last 5 years  and more than  50 peer reviewed international conferences.



RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Research Director (non permanent), February 2017 – Present

University of Girona, Institute for Computer Vision and Robotics, Girona, Spain

TECNIOspring Fellow, January 2015 – January 2017

University of Miami, Department of Marine Geosciences, Florida, USA and

University of Girona, Institute for Computer Vision and Robotics, Girona, Spain

Senior Researcher, March 2013 – November 2014

University of Girona, Institute of Informatics and Applications, Girona, Spain

Ramon y Cajal Researcher, February 2008 – January 2013

University of Girona, Institute of Informatics and Applications, Girona, Spain

Navigation and mapping algorithms for autonomous underwater vehicles using computer vision. Underwater image processing.

Adjunct Research Faculty, October 2006 – Present

University of Miami, Department of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Florida, USA

Benthic habitat monitoring and multispectral underwater image processing.

 Juan de la Cierva Researcher, July 2006 – January 2008

University of Girona, Institute of Informatics and Applications, Girona, Spain

Navigation and mapping algorithms for autonomous underwater vehicles using computer vision.

 Postdoctoral Researcher, January 2004 – June 2006

University of Miami, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Florida, USA

Underwater computer vision and mapping with special emphasis on large area visual mapping of benthic habitats, underwater image processing and human interfaces for benthic habitat monitoring.

 Postdoctoral Researcher, June 2003December 2003

Institute for Systems and Robotics, Computer Vision Laboratory, Lisbon, Portugal.

Computer vision applied to the control and navigation of a non-holonomic aerial vehicle.

Fast global registration of image sets and control of an indoor aerial vehicle using real-time vision-based positioning.

 

 

Fellowships

 TECNIOspring Fellowship, Experienced Researcher Mobility Grant for Technology Transfer from the Government of Catalonia, January 2015 – January 2017

Ramon y Cajal Fellowship, Senior Research Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, February 2008 – January 2013

Juan de la Cierva Fellowship, Postdoctoral Junior Grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness July 2006 – January 2008

Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 2004-2006

Doctoral Fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 1997-2003

MSc Fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, 1995-1996