Last incorporations into Gradiant

In its effort of growth and improvement, Gradiant has hired four new researchers in the last month and a half, following the plan of increase the number of researchers until sixteen before 2010.

Welcome Luis Pérez, Elena García, David Chaves and Miguel Rodelgo.

Luis Pérez He received the Telecommunications Engineering degree and the Ph.D. degree, also in Telecommunications Engineering, from the University of Vigo, Spain, in 2003 and 2008, respectively. He was an Associate Researcher in the Signal Theory and Communications Department at the University of Vigo between 2003 and 2008. In 2006 he was a visiting researcher in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, thanks to a grant awarded by Fundación Caixa Galicia. In 2008 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Security Labs of Thomson R&D in Rennes, France.

His main research interests are in the areas of digital watermarking and multimedia security, where he has published a number of papers in international journals and conferences, and where he has filed a patent. He has also participated in several projects in the area of multimedia security, such as the European Network of Excellence in Cryptology, or the national projects CINNEO and E2ERM. In 2007 Luis was recipient of the Young Author Best Paper Award of the Information Hiding Workshop, IH’07, held in Saint-Malo, France.

Elena García She is Telecommunication Engineer, majoring in signal processing since December 2008 in Universidade de Vigo. She developed her Graduate Project in the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft des Saarlandes (HTW) in Saarbrücken, Germany, titled: WiMAX Indoor Measurement Campaign and Analysis for an Indoor Coverage Prediction. At present, she works in Terrae project, which tries to design and validate an integral system in order to provide satellite access to digital terrestrial television channels in areas where there is no terrestrial coverage.

David Chaves He received the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunication Engineering (major in Telematics) from the University of Vigo (Vigo, Spain) in 2007 and he is currently a Ph.D. student with the Information Technologies Group (Department of Telematics Engineering, University of Vigo). David Chaves’ Masters Thesis, developed under the supervision of the Ph.D. engineer Felipe Gil Castiñeira, implements a system to transparently send GoogleMaps routes to a in-car navigation device, using a mobile phone as a data mule. This thesis was shown in the International Conference on Consumer Electronics (ICCE) 2009 as a proof-of-concept for the integration of Web 2.0 and automotive user interfaces via nomadic devices. David Chaves has worked with the Information Technologies Group (Department of Telematics Engineering, University of Vigo), directed by professor Javier González Castaño, where his research interests include wireless low-power sensor networks, nomadic information systems and delay/disruption tolerant networks (DTN), among others.

Miguel Rodelgo He received a Telecommunications Engineering degree in 2004 and an Advanced Studies Diploma in 2006 from the University of Vigo. He worked as system administrator at Comunitel Global, as an invited professor at University of Vigo and as R&D Engineer with GTI group at the same University. He held a FPI grant with this group, with which he stayed at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University. He is currently project manager in Gradiant.

His main research lines are focused on high performing networks, switching systems and performance analysis, areas in which he has taught courses and has published several papers in conferences and international journals. He has collaborated in several regional and national projects as CAPITAL, and European ones as the European Networks of Excellence (NoE) e-Photon/ONe+ and BONE, founded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme.