Lluís Vicent, Ph.D (Principal research professor)
His first works as a research professor were on the areas of numerical methods, electromagnetism and digital processing of medical images. During the period of 1996 to 2003 he published his first papers, attended international congresses and obtained external financing for his researches. In 2003, when he took on the direction of La Salle’s blended courses, he centered his studies in education and the technologies applied to it, and created the e-Learning Technology Research and Development Group (GIDTEL) that deals with themes like educative technological platforms (LMS’s), tools for synchronous collaborative works, interoperability between e-Learning tools and platforms, the new active-learning immersive methodologies or automatic evaluation. In 2008, the Group’s international projection was a major boost for the creation of the e-Learning Institute inside the International Association of Lasallian Universities. The Institute is a center for research, transmit knowledge and disclose pedagogical and technological advances for the learning field. He has been the principal researcher of several projects of public (MEC, MITYC, GENCAT, etc.) and private calls and published the results in many international magazines and congresses. He is a usual lecturer in Universities and Societies related with the Education Research, and the organizer of different congresses and events. Also, as a result of his researches, he has published diverse books among it is worth to mention “Multimedia in Education: adaptive, learning and testing” (World Scientific Press) in 2010.
Francesc Miralles, Ph.D (Research professor)
Francesc Miralles directs the Innova Institute (Innovation & Entrepreneurship), and is professor of IS strategy, Innovation Management, and Research Method in La Salle BES, at La Salle Campus Barcelona -Ramon Llull University. He has a Ph.D. from the Politechnical University of Catalonia and an MBA from ESADE. Before joining La Salle BES - URL, he held a position of Executive Director in the Information Society Observatory of Catalonia (FOBSIC). For six years Francesc was professor at the University Pompeu Fabra Barcelona, where he held a Dean position and was involved in the implementation of several new programs in the Telecommunications studies at undergraduate and graduate level. Francesc has previously served as senior researcher on the PriceWaterhouseCoopers – IESE eBusiness Center, and as associate professor in the Information Systems Department at ESADE Business School. Dr. Miralles has been published in international journals and conferences and has been active in reviewing research works as Associate Editor and reviewer. His current research interests are in the area of Information Technology Management, Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship. He has participated in several international research projects funded by the European Commission, the CYCIT (Spanish government), and the CENIT programme (Ministry of Science & Innovation) He has been active in adapting educational curricula to the EHEA framework. He led two EHEA adaptation projects that were both awarded with the Distinció Jaume Vicens Vives by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2005 and 2006. For three years, Francesc was a member of the executive committee of the International Conference on Information Systems (sponsored by the Association for Information Systems). He was co-chairman of the ICIS’02 held in Barcelona in December 2002. Francesc has also served as IT executive manager in Retevision (ONO) and other IT companies. He has also a record of activity as independent consultant in IT strategy and projects management.
Jaume Anguera, Ph.D (Research professor)
Jaume Anguera received the Technical Engineering degree in Electronic Systems and Engineering degree in Electronic Engineering, both from the Ramon Llull University (URL), Barcelona, Spain, in 1994 and 1998, respectively, and the Engineering and Ph.D degrees in Telecommunication Engineering, both from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 1998 and 2003, respectively. In 1997-1999 he joined the Electromagnetic and Photonic Engineering Group of the Signal Theory and Communications Department of the UPC as a researcher in microstrip fractal-shaped antennas. In 1999, he was a researcher at Sistemas Radiantes, Madrid, Spain, where he was involved in the design of a dual-frequency dual-polarized fractal-inspired microstrip patch array for mobile communications. In the same year, he became an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications, Universitat Ramon Llull-Barcelona, where he is currently teaching antenna theory. Since 1999, he has been with Fractus, Barcelona, Spain, where he holds the position of R&D manager. At Fractus he leaded projects on antennas for base station systems, antennas for automotion, and currently managing handset and wireless antenna projects. His current research interests are multiband and small antennas, fractal-shaped antennas, broadband matching networks, diversity antenna systems, electromagnetic dosimetry, genetic optimized antennas, and handset antennas. He also supports patent prosecution, licensing and litigation activities as well as products and services business. From September 2003 to May 2004, he was with Fractus-Korea (Republic South of Korea) were he was managing and winning projects of miniature and multiband antennas for handset and wireless applications for companies such as Samsung and LG. Since 2005, he has been leading research projects in the antenna field for handset and wireless applications in a frame of Industry-University collaboration: Fractus and the Department of Electronics and Telecommunications of Universitat Ramon Llull-Barcelona, Spain. Many of his students have been awarded by the best bachelor and master thesis by Spanish Institutions (Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros de Telecomunicación, Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Técnicos de Telecomunicación, Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation). He holds more than 53 granted invention patents (most of them licensed to big companies) and 83 more pending patents in the antenna field. He is author of more than 140 journal, international, and national conference papers and he has directed more than 60 bachelor and master thesis. He is also advisor of several Ph.D students.
August Climent, Ph.D (Research professor)
Dr. August Climent is a Full Time Professor of Computer Engineering at La Salle Engineering School (Ramon Llull University) from 1986. He is Technical Engineer of Electronic Equipment Systems, Electronics Engineer and Computer Engineer PhD from Ramon Llull University. His studies also include an MBA at Ramon Llull University and Manhattan College (New York) and his Ph.D. focused on the simulation and implementation of concurrency control algorithms for distributed database systems. His main research interests are Distributed Systems, Database System Design, Concurrency Control, Business Intelligence and Technology in education. He has participated in ten research projects, has written five technical books, has more than thirty congress presentations, nine journal publications, more than forty publications or scientific technical documents and from 2003 is the head of the distributed systems research group. Recently he has participated in the projects “Design and Implementation a tool based on cloud computing and the virtualization paradigm able to manage ICT resources (TSI-020110-2009-353)”, “INTelligent Electrical Grid Sensor communications (FP7 – 247938)” and “Guidelines for the assessment of skills in the engineering and architecture areas (AQU- DL: B-9.131-2009)”. His teaching concerns Programming Languages, Digital Systems, Computer Architecture, Database Systems and has supervised more than 180 final year projects. He also has participated in the preparation of on-line contents and currently is teaching in online format in the Computer Engineering Master (MIG) and in the Technology an E-Business Master (MTB). He has participated in the organization of events and congress applied to research in distributed systems and the application of technologies in education. He was for thirteen years director of the IT department and the editor of the magazines INPUT and INNOVA La Salle. He is the coordinator of the Computer Engineering studies at La Salle Engineering School and has participated in the implantation of the Bolognia Process (EEES) for all the Computer Engineering Studies at La Salle Engineering School.
Oscar García, Ph.D (Research professor)
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, besides a Master and a PhD in Electronic Engineering, respectively, in 1995, 1998 and 2004, from the Engineering School of La Salle Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Spain. His main PhD topic was an automatic simulation of deformable objects applied to Telemedicine. This research was partially granted by the EPSON Ibérica's "Rosina Ribalta prize" for the best pre-doctoral project (1999). He's enjoyed several stages abroad, like at the IMSC (Integrated Media Systems Center, University of Southern California - USC, Los Angeles, California, USA, 1998), at the VIS Lab (The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California at Irvine - UCI, 2005) and at the Entertainment Technology Center (Carnegie Mellon University - CMU, 2008-2009). In these stages he worked on the implementation and design of Serious Games intended to solve several simulator-related challenges and learning opportunities from the “experiential multimedia” and “learning-by-doing” views. His recent presentations, papers and conferences include topics such as “Augmenting knowledge through games and interaction”, “Gaining abilities within technologies for the virtual course”, “Soft Skills within a project – Based Approach: A Multimedia Engineering Degree” and “Edutainment in the multimedia training: Designing Professional Profiles”, among others. He leads the Multimedia Studies Coordination Area within the Media Technologies Department since 2002. He also directs the Multimedia Engineering Undergraduate Program and the Multimedia Creation & Serious Games graduate program (MCDEM).
Josep Martí, Ph.D (Research professor)
Cathedratic at the Ramon Llull University, he has a Bachelor degree in Physics Sciences from the University of Barcelona. In 1986 he obtained a PhD from the University of Valencia. His thesis was about an acoustic study of the Catalonian language and the automatic synthesis of the speech beginning from the text. He was president of the Acoustic and Electroacoustic Control Committee of the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. He has been Chief of the Acoustic Department in La Salle – Ramon Llull University and Vice-president of the Technology Research and Transference in the same university during 8 years. He has been the principal research professor in the projects: DGICYT PB87-0774-C02-02 y DGICYT PB94-0699-C04-04 and the responsible of the subproject: DGICYT PB90-0704. From the University he has guided several projects of technology transference. He has been the organizer of Congresses such as the International Colloquium about new technologies in the teaching area hosted by the Engineering La Salle on June 12th, 13th and 14th, 1997. He was also the organizer of the VII International Association of Lasalian Universities reunion in January, 2004 in Barcelona. He has more than 30 specialized publications and has participated in over 20 national and international congresses. Nowadays, he works as consultant and senior professor of Acoustic in the Audiovisual Technology Department at La Salle – Ramon Llull University. His current research lines are focused on the Acoustic and Technological Innovation for University Teaching.
Miquel Àngel Barrabeig, Ph.D (Research professor)
His interests are centered in the application of the researches’ results to better the teacher’s quality and results. In the different administrative responsibilities he has carried out, he has participated in the academic commission and in the University’s Board of directors. As a member of the URL Council and of the FUNITEC direction, he has encouraged the adaptation experiences to the EHEA, the faculty accreditation, the conversion of the Engineering and Architecture studies into the new Bachelor’s degrees and the promotion of the ICT support to the different syllabus. His actual research in focused in the analysis and modeling of the facts gathered during the use of the virtual campus. He has a Bachelor in Biology Sciences and in Informatics, a Ph.D degrees by Ramon Llull University, and he has a certificate of research aptitude on the ETSEEI’s doctorate programme.
David Fonseca, Ph.D (Research professor)
He is Technical Telecommunication Engineer from La Salle, Ramon LLull University (URL, 1998), Master of GIS (Geographical Information Systems by Girona University, 2003), Degree of Audiovisual Communication (Open University of Catalonia –UOC-, 2006), Masters of Science (URL, 2007), Official Master in the Knowledge and Information Society (UOC, 2009), and finally he presented their PhD Thesis title: “User’s Emotional Evaluation of the Architectural Imagery Experience according to the Visual Environment” (URL, 2011). He has focused his research as a member of the research group Media Technologies Department (DTM) of La Salle (2005-2011) in HCI projects. His research activity has been centered in generate dynamic links between education in the architecture framework and the emotional visualization of images, videos and architectural data in different devices. Related with his scientific production he has organized some events as workshops, special sessions and issues in conjunction with the main multimedia and engineering organizations: Workshop MSIADU in ACM MM 2009, UBICC Journal Special Issue 2010, VIUE in DICTAP 2011, Workshop HFM in IEEE ICME 2011, etc. Also he has served on various national and international projects, for example: SiMCUD (Methodological System Created with Disabled Users, 1st Award in the disabilities research 2008 by Mutual Association Foundation), or as administrative manager in European projects as intUBE (224.286), and OIKODOMOS-II (177090-LLP-1-2010-1-ES-ERASMUS-EAM). Nowadays, he is Main Educational Tutor of Architecture Degree La Salle, with Autodesk Certifications in AutoCAD, Autodesk MAP and Autodesk Revit, and clearly focused his research in the educational improvement using advanced technologies as mobile phones or tablet devices.
Xavier Senmartí, Ph.D (Research professor)
He has focused his research in a monitoring methodology for students to improve their learning process. He started 25 years ago to teach math classes in college and he has been teaching electronics for 23 years. All his research works have helped him to improve his teaching skills in this area. Since 1987 until 1996 his activity was carried out from the Electronics’ direction which permitted him to apply his researches in all the department’s subjects. But most of all, he could have a bearing on all the University when he took charge, since 1996, of the student’s department direction where one of his most important tasks was to improve the students monitoring and to apply new learning methodologies. Finally, since 2006 he was assigned with the direction of the Technical Telecommunication Engineering School that allowed him to continue applying this research in the student’s training.
Jordi Margalef, Ph.D (Research professor)
His research activity has been centered in the electronic area and in the application of the new technologies in their own training. Since two decades ago, he teaches electronics and he has transferred the results of all his research works in order to improve the teaching practices in this area. His experience has permitted him obtain important information that he had used to better the teaching. Since 1996, from La Salle’s electronics department direction, he transferred all the results and knowledge not only to the subjects he taught, but to all the subjects of that department. Likewise, since 2006, as academic secretary of La Salle Engineering, he has promoted the incorporation of the new methodologies based on his studies on all the university subjects. He has participated in diverse projects of public and private calls, and he has published his results in international magazines and congresses. He has also specialized in events organization.
Xavier Canaleta (Research professor)
His beginnings in the research field date from 1995 to 2000 when he participated actively in the technological area of the projects developed with the Health Municipal Institute of Barcelona related with the information systems for injured people in traffic accidents. It is worth mentioning a publication of an international public Health congress in Chicago. During the same period of time, he was a teacher in secondary institutes and high schools. He contributed, as the chief of the mathematics and technology departments, with the necessary changes to adapt the curriculum to the new legislation. In 2003, in the university field, he began his investigation on teaching themes writing several articles in the “Informatics University Teaching Day” (JENUI) since 2003 to 2010, introducing different resources and proposals for the EHEA. During 2004 to 2008, he participates as research professor in two research groups inside La Salle: The Intelligent System Group and the Group of Distributed Systems in which several publications in national and international congresses are carried out. Since 2009, he assumed the charge of Coordinator of Secondary School Teacher Education MA Programme with the specialty in Technology and helped with the design of its syllabus. As a teacher of this master, he continues studying and contributing with the competence evaluation and ICT application in the classrooms. He also organized several practical workshops about the ICT introduction as useful tools in the learning process. (International Seminar: ICT and university programmes for adults: update, challenges and proposals for the future, and in the Teachers Innovation Day at Ramon Llull University).
Marc Pifarré (Research professor)
Marc Pifarré holds a degree in Psychology by the Ramon Llull University and a Master in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy by Blanquerna Foundation (URL). He worked during 2 years in a private consultation dedicated to clinical psychology. Currently is working in La Salle Campus Barcelona (Ramon Llull University) as a scientific advisor in UX (User Experience), he is member of the GTM (Research Group on Media Technologies) and professor of several Masters (MCDEM, BCM, MCNI, MEB). His research consists in the application of constructivist psychological methods on User Experience field. He has developed and published methods as SMG (Sensory Metaphor Generation) developed in UPC (Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and BLA (Bipolar Laddering), developed in URL (University Ramon Llull). Nowadays he is combining research activities with R+I projects which allows applying experimental methods on User Experience projects.
Anna Badia (Research professor)
She is Multimedia Higher Engineer since 2007 and Technical Engineer in Informatics Management since 2006 form La Salle – Ramon Llull University. She has also studied an Official Master in Multimedia Creation and Design: New Interactive Products and Services at La Salle – Ramon Llull University in 2009. Nowadays she’s studying Psychology in the UNED and a doctorate in teaching themes at the same time. She is a specialist in web programming and works in the Technology Media Department at La Salle as teacher of several subjects of the Bachelor in Multimedia Engineering and participating in research projects. During the course 2008-2009, she directed the Bachelor in Multimedia Engineering. Her recent articles presented in congresses are centered in teaching themes as Interactive Learning, Project – Based and Edutaintment methodologies, among others. Recently she has attended the congress Frontiers in Education in 2010 in Washington (USA) where she presented “Work in Progress: Soft Skills within a Project – Based Approach: A Multimedia Engineering Degree”; and Encouragement and Innovation with New Technologies in Engineering Teaching in 2009 in Vigo (Spain) presenting “University Studies in Multimedia Engineering: new paradigms and official syllabus adapted to EAHE”. Besides, she participated in the article: “A project-based approach for a Multimedia Engineering Degree” for the 4th International Multi-Conference on Society Cybernetics and Informatics: IMSCI 2010 in Orlando Florida (USA). She has directed, since 2007, several Final Projects with special mention of the project “Design and Implementation of a distribute system for academic contents (PM SHOWCASE)”, that was presented in 2009 and marked with the highest grade: cum laud. In this project, a teacher application was developed as a support for a subject of the Bachelor in Multimedia Engineering. Her teaching activities include starting and evaluating the new training methodologies. Among these, we should emphasize the “Teaching Progress Meeting” carried out in 2010 and that consisted in a session among professors and students from different courses to debate about the teaching methods, learning processes and team groups.
Marc Segarra (Project’s Technical Manager)
Marc Segarra was the Responsible of the Investigation Group and Technology Development (GIDTEL) at La Salle Barcelona in 2005. He led the technical part of the different projects; for example the CAMPUS Project which was for the development of a virtual campus based in free software that permit doing online courses with technological solution centered in interoperability and learning standards; or the edit@ Project which objective is to create a getaway based in standards and an open-source code that enables interoperability with currently available content management programs to increase their functions permitting the contents’ edition and publication in different devices. In 2008, the Group’s international projection moved on to the creation of La Salle’s e-Learning Institute (ELILS). Nowadays he is the Technical Manager of the Development Projects and Researcher Assistant in the e-Learning Institute. At La Salle, he has been responsible of teleformation technological platforms, especially in its applications to blended courses. He has also published articles in magazines and congresses related with learning standards and interoperability. He published the chapter: “Learning Management System” in the book titled: “Multimedia in Education: Adaptative Learning and Testing” (World Scientific Press) in 2020. Lately he reviews research works as associate reviser.
Patricia Masana (Blended Courses Coordinator)
Patricia Masana is the Blended Courses Coordinator at La Salle Campus Barcelona since 2009. This education model consists in combining on campus classes and e-Learning activities. Traditional classes have been substituted by “digital sessions”, pedagogical and technologically designed, accessible from La Salle’s virtual campus. Besides, it permits the interaction between teachers and students by means of videoconferences, web, forums, e-mails, slides presentations, etc. Her research character has motivated her to study new learning methodologies and its application in blended courses, and services and tools for the 2.0 Web to organize information in the education field. In the lasts years, La Salle has not remain disconnected from the university changes that the Bologna Process entail and Patricia has helped adapting the blended programs to the new regulation, which has made easier the expansion of the studies that are offered with this modality. In the past we had two Engineering studies and today we offer three masters and two complementary courses to reach the Engineering’s degree. During this process, she has contributed in the research and development of an instrument to analyze the results of learning competences and facilitate the abilities evaluation by the advance extraction of statistical facts of the course’s activities (2009MQD-00163). She has also been co-responsible of the master user’s support management in La Salle Business Engineering School from 2007 to 2009.
Javier Flaqué (Training technician)
He is a higher technician in Informatics Applications Development. His firsts steps in the Institute where in 2010. He participated in the edit@ Project (2008-2011) as analyst and technical programmer. This project consisted in creating a getaway based in standards and an open-source code that enables interoperability with currently available content management programs to increase their functions permitting the contents’ edition, modification, validation and publication through one unique workflow. He developed an application for the statistic analysis and facts mining of the edit@ project’s services. This application was used to collect the facts generated by the product’s service, analyze and show them according to the client’s necessities. At present, he participates in the development of several projects as technical programmer, and in the Secondary School Teacher Education MA Programme as teacher in the online learning platform, Moodle, and as administrator of the technical support of the videoconference platform at La Salle Campus Barcelona.