Research Group in Intelligent Systems
N�ria Maci� » General

- Programador Web para la ampliación de un aplicativo para la gestión de datos de pacientes de cáncer
- Barcelona
Fecha publicación:
- 17/02/2010
- El melanoma es una de los cánceres más mortíferos de piel y, para ello, el estudio de los datos procedentes de las diferentes fuentes de datos se ha convertido en un aspecto indispensable. Actualmente existe un aplicativo desarrollado mediante Java Server Faces sobre un gestor polymita y un SQL server 2005. El trabajo a realizar consiste en ampliar el aplicativo actual con nuevos módulos para la gestión de nuevos datos.
Requisitos mínimos:
- Ingeniería informática técnica
- Persona motivada y autónoma
- Experiencia previa en el desarrollo de aplicaciones Web
- Conocimientos de Java, desarrollo Web y, especialmente, de Java Server Faces
- Conocimientos de SQL Server 2005
Se valorará:
- Conocimientos de Polymita
Se ofrece:
- Contrato de 6 meses a media jornada, con posibilidad de extenderlo a jornada completa
- Posibilidad de entregar el trabajo como Proyecto Final de Carrera o como Trabajo Final de Master
- Oportunidad de participar en un proyecto real, así como tener contacto con expertos del ámbito de la medicina (dermatología)
- Sitio de trabajo ubicado en el departamento de informática de Enginyeria i Arquitectura La Salle de la Universidad Ramon Llull
Más información:
- Albert Fornells (

Joan Camps.
On December 22nd, Joan Camps presented his research work done during the last years to obtain the Advanced Study Certificate. Joan’s research topic is focused on Genetic Programming, in particular it aims at finding similarity functions ad-hoc to CBR systems, adjusting and fitting the constant values in the Genetic Programming and applying and validating the resulting techniques on several problems (i.e. qualification prediction, congestion network prediction, melanoma cancer prediction from mammographies).
The examining committee, presided by Prof. Miquel Bertran, gave the maximum grade to Joan’s work. All the committee members specially highlighted the quality of the well-written report, the reliable and encouraging results, the number of publications associated to it and the good presentation. The examining committee encouraged the PhD student and his advisor to carry on his research and to dig into his results in order to successfully achieve his thesis. All the GSRI members explicitly congratulate Joan, well-done!

Dra. Guiomar Corral.
On September 10, Guiomar Corral received her PhD degree. The examining committee awarded the thesis and the presentation, entitled New Challenges in Detection and Management of Security Vulnerabilities in Data Networks, with an Excellent Cum Laude. The committee highlighted the complex goal of tackling two different areas such as network communications and data mining.
Cool congratulations!

From left to right:
Dra. Elisabet Golobardes, Álvaro García-Piquer and Dr. Albert Fornells.

Francesc Teixidó
On June 22, Álvaro García and Francesc Teixidó presented their respective research developed during the two last years to obtain the Advanced Study Certificate, which certificates their research capability. Álvaro presented a work focused on organizing the knowledge of a case-based reasoning systems by using an approach based on an evolutionary multi-objective clustering algorithm. On the other hand, Francesc presented a hierarchical regression method that employs evolutionary computation to evolve a population interval-based rules that contain a regressor in the consequent of the rule.
The examining committee, presided by the associate dean in research of the Ramon Llull University, gave the maximum grade to both works. They specially highlighted  the quality of the report, the number of publications associated to the work and the good presentation. The examining committee encouraged them and their advisors to continue on the hard way towards their thesis completion. Congratulations Álvaro and Francesc, you are almost there!

This week started with the master thesis (PFC) presentation of one of our scholarship holder, Marc Aguilar. I could not attend his presentation but the attendants praised the talk and told me that Marc was fantastic and confident. For this reason, I decided to interview him and you will find below his impressions.


Interviewer: “Marc, were you nervous on Monday?”
Marc: “Well, as a person who is not used to speaking in public, a speech always makes you feel a bit nervous. However, after the first minutes, I forgot about that and felt really comfortable.”

Interviewer: “How was the presentation?”
Marc: “The last days before the presentation, Albert Fornells and I had planned and debated what the content of it and the main concepts that had to be clear to the jury and the rest of the audience should be. I think I managed to explain almost everything we agreed to in a way I liked it. Obviously, there are thousands of ways in which to improve a presentation and I will work to develop better skills in that field.”

Interviewer: “Could you briefly explain what your project consists of?”
Marc: “My project is related to melanoma’s cancer, which is the most lethal skin cancer nowadays. In the framework of a bigger project named MID-CBR (TIN 2006-15140-C03-03), the collaboration between Hospital Clínic i Provincial de Barcelona (HCPB) and GRSI arose to help them face this disease and so did the opportunity to develop what finally became my project.
In it, a conceptual model of the melanoma’s domain was defined –extracting the knowledge from the hospital experts–, a huge database in which to save all the information was created and a web management tool was designed and developed.”

Interviewer: “Do you plan to continue this research line?”
Marc: “As I said in the ‘future work’ section of my presentation, there are two different threads that will be followed: on the one hand, in my master thesis (TFM) I will enhance the management tool and work on the migration of data. On the other hand, data mining will be applied to the data in the database to extract implicit knowledge or patterns in the context of project Next-CBR, the continuation of MID-CBR. Therefore, I am going to continue this research line for some months in my TFM project although I still have to make a decision on what path to take afterwards.”

Many congratulations Marc and thank you for sharing this post with me!


Today, Núria Macià  and Rubén Nicolàs have set and explained the basis of their work. Please, join me in congratulating both Rubén and Núria as well as their supervisors Elisabet Golobardes and Ester Bernadó and in encouraging them to continue with their work. The following provides a view summary of the defenses.

DEA Ruben

Rubén’s DEA: At 11:00, Rubén started a nice talk on applying different types of learning algorithms, ranging from clustering techniques to CBR systems alike, to the detection of melanoma cancer. The talk was well developed and presented the hard work done on structuring the data and applying machine learning techniques to the problem. 


DEA NuriaNúria’s DEA: Thereafter, Núria started with a nice reflection on the need for characterizing our learning problems to fully capture the sources of difficulties and link them to the properties of different learning systems. With no doubt, this is an ancient goal stated in many fields (and further investigated in areas such as optimization) that was sort of overlooked in data classification but that needs to be addressed to advance in the current research of pattern recognition. The talk quickly shifted to the impressing contributions already provided by the thesis. Núria’s glancing back to some important lessons and pointing toward new promising research lines finished with the amazing talk.


Wrapping up: Many congrats Rubén and Núria!

Yesterday, Giovanni Pazienza received his PhD degree. The examining committee awarded the thesis and the presentation, entitled Aspects of algorithms and dynamics of cellular paradigms, with an Excellent Cum Laude. They also promised him a brilliant research career for his talent, dynamism, energy, and for many other of his qualities such as… “universality and fractality”.

Many congratulations and we hope you keep being persistent wherever you are!

On Friday 12, Albert Orriols received his PhD degree. He presented his work entitled New challenges in learning classifier systems: Mining rarities and evolving fuzzy models with a magnificent mise-en-scène which deserved the most sincere congratulations of the examining committee, especially from Prof. Goldberg who remarked that it was one of the best dissertation defenses he had attended.

To be honest, it was not a surprise, you had worked hard for that.

Many congrats!

Pedraforca, magic mountain and symbol of Catalonia, offers wonderful views of the Bergadian countryside and further from its four peaks. On 5 October, Albert Orriols climbed this emblem to place at the top the abstract of his thesis and mark the end of his PhD student time.
The who, how, and more details of the adventure are found in the remainder of the article.

The party, composed of members of the GRSI, members of the lab, and Fí­gols (a lifelong friend of Albert), escorted the valued document to the top, the summary of four pleasant and intensive years of training and research, especially of the fourth (the hardest because one must finish off the work).

The climb took place in a peaceful setting under a blue and sunny sky and was divided into three stages.
A calm, easy walk led us to the “Refugi Lluí­s Estasen”, from where the courteous entourage saw us off.
Until the “Coll del Verdet”, all was joy, energy, and there were some difficulties but we managed to overcome them. At this second stop, some of the troop were a little bit tired so decided to head back to base but no before encouraging us to carry on, reviving the spirit of the five who were left to continue the mission.
At the top, with one of us exhausted (Núria), Albert, excited by the atmosphere, formalized the event with the signatures of those present on the abstract and left the sheet in a safe place. This year, on 31 December, the witches of Pedraforca will have a really interesting reading matter.

The rest of the day was spent at a barbecue at Albert’s home, where his parents treated us wonderfully. Thank you for your kind hospitality!

Finally, we can just say that this period for Albert will close with the thesis presentation on 12 December in front of an impressive examining committee: Prof. David E. Goldberg, Prof. Francisco Herrera, Prof. Martin Butz, Prof. Xavier Llorà, and Prof. Xavier Vilasís.

Good luck! It will not be an easy presentation (unlike the climb)!

The paper “Implementation of Traffic Engineering in NGNs Using Hybrid Genetic Algorithms” authored by Alex Vallejo, Agustín Zaballos, David Vernet, David Cutiller, and Jordi Dalmau won the best paper award the third International Conference on Systems and Networks Communications. For further information, please visit this link.

Many congrats Àlex, Agustí­n, David, and David!

Albert's Thesis AwardAlbert Fornells won the best thesis award for the thesis entitled “Marc integrador de les capacitats de Soft-Computing i de Knowledge Discovery dels Mapes Autoorganitzatius en el Raonament Basat en Casos”. The thesis presents a soft computing framework based on a case-based reasoning approach which integrates several soft computing mechanisms for prototype extraction and memory maintenance.

Many congrats Albert!