Alícia Casals

Alícia Casals

Keynote speaker at ICINCO 2010

Alicia Casals is professor at the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), in the Automatic Control and Computer Engineering Department. She is currently leading the research group on Robotics and Medical imaging Program of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering of Catalonia, and is member of the research group GRINS: Intelligent Robotics and Systems at UPC. The research is oriented to improve human robot interaction through multimodal perception, focused mainly in the area of medical robotics. In this field she is working both in rehabilitation, assistance and surgical applications. Her background is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and PhD in Computer Vision. From 2001 to 2008 she was the coordinator of the Education and Training key area within Euron, the Network of Excellence: European Robotics Network, and RAS Vice President for Membership in the period 2008-2009. From the developed research projects she won different awards, Award to a social invention (Mundo Electrónico), International Award Barcelona’92 (Barcelona City_Hall), Ciutat de Barcelona Award 1998 (Barcelona City_Hall), and Narcis Monturiol Medal from the Catalan Government as recognition of the research trajectory 1999. From 2007 Prof. Casals is member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans, the Academy of Catalonia.