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Francesc Alías Pujol
francesc.alias@salle.url.edu


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I am Full Professor at the Department of Engineering of La Salle (Ramon Llull University), serving as Head of the Department from October 2014.

From January 2014, I am also the Coordinator of the Research Group on Media Technologies (GTM) recognised as a Consolidated Research Group by the Government of Catalonia (GRC) (ref 2017 SGR 966). GTM is focused on two main research areas: Human-Computer Interaction and Acoustics.

I was born in Tordera, a small town of Catalonia.

Research areas

I am currently working on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), with the goal of achieving natural interaction between human beings, machines and their environment. Starting from a scientific background mainly related to Text-to-Speech (TTS) synthesis, I'm also interested in the following topics:

  • Enviornmental sound sources identification
  • Expressive Speech Analysis and Synthesis
  • Numerical voice simulation
  • Interactive Genetic Algorithms
  • Augmented Reality and Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Robust Text multimedia data Classification and Clustering
  • New Methodologies of Teaching

Associations

Current
  • Spanish Thematic Network on Speech Technology (RTTH)
  • ISCA Speech Synthesis Special Interest Group (SynSIG)
  • ISCA Special Interest Group on Iberian Languages (SIG-IL)
  • Spanish section of the Networked and Electronic Media platform (eNEM)
Former
  • Spanish Thematic Network on Advanced Dialogue Systems (RTSDA)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE)

Certifications

  • 2013 Tenured assistant professor granted by AQU Catalunya (License U1445/100556604-154), March.
  • 2012 Merits of research (Six-year period of research 2006-2011) granted by AQU Catalunya (License U1448-1ª Convocatòria AAI Contractat (2012):URL/30), November.
  • 2007 Tenure-Track Lecturer granted by AQU Catalunya, License U1465-1ª Convocatòria Universitats Privades (2007): URL/20), November.

Conferences and Journals

Organizing and Scientific Committes
  • 2018 X Jornadas en Tecnologías del Habla and V Iberian SLTech Workshop (IberSpeech2018). Member of the Local Organizing Comittee.
  • 2018 6th Conference on Noise and Vibration Emerging Methods (NOVEM 2018). Member of the Local Organizing Comittee.
  • 2015 46th Spanish Congress on Acoustics (TECNIACUSTICA 2015). Member of the Scientific Committee and Co-organizer of the structured session "AAM-3 Environmental sound quality in smart cities" .
  • 2014 1st Workshop on Augmented Reality and Wearable Computing (ARWC 2014). Member of the Organizing Committee and Scientific Committee.
  • 2014 9th Iberian Conference on Information Systems and Technologies (CISTI 2014). Member of the Local Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee.
  • 2013 8th ISCA Speech Synthesis Workshop (SSW8). Member of the Organizing Comittee and the Scientific Committee.
  • 2011 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2011). Member of the Organizing Comittee (Publication co-chair) and the Scientific Committee (Quality Reviewer Award).
  • 2004 XIX Symposium of URSI (URSI 2004). Member of the Organization and Scientific Comittees.
Scientific Committes
  • 2018 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2018).
  • 2018 11th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2018).
  • 2017 19th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2017).
  • 2016 18th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2016).
  • 2015 17th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2015).
  • 2015 23rd ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACMMM 2015). Member of the Scientific Committee of Experience track (2 areas: "Multimedia HCI and Quality of Experience" and "Music, Speech and Audio Processing in Multimedia").
  • 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2015).
  • 2015 23th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2015).
  • 2014 16th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2014).
  • 2014 22th ACM International Conference on Multimedia (ACMMM 2014). Member of the Scientific Committee of "Music, Speech and Audio Processing in Multimedia" and "Multimedia HCI and QoE" tracks.
  • 2013 15th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI 2013).
  • 2012 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2012).
  • 2010 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation of the WCCI 2010.
  • 2005 XXI Congress of SEPLN (SEPLN 2005).
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