Marc Antonijuan Tresens was born in Lleida, Catalonia (Spain), in 1977. In 2002, he obtained his degree in Multimedia Engineering from La Salle School of Engineering, Barcelona. While he was a student at La Salle, he worked for several companies. At Interactive Bureau he worked for a subway television channel, creating contents, and he also worked for a web portal, developing a contents manager. At Cap Gemini, he developed an online store. He also worked for TVC Multimèdia, which is part of the Catalan public television group, developing applications for interactive television. He conducted his undergraduate thesis work in the Computer Graphics Laboratory of the ICS department of the University of California, Irvine (UCI). In July 2002, he was awarded a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering at UCI. He joined the Visualization and Interactive Systems Group in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department to conduct research in volume visualization techniques applied to biomedical data.
Xavier Atero Vázquez was born in Barcelona in 1976. In 2002, he graduated from the Barcelona School of Informatics (FIB) obtaining the degree in Computer Science Engineering. From 1998 to 1999, the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC) granted him a part-time job in its department of Computer Services As a part of his undergraduate degree, he spent an entire year at the University of Manchester (UK) and he also developed an IA-related search engine as a graduation project while at the University of South Bank (London, UK) achieving the highest honors. In 2000, he was awarded a scholarship from the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI) for a stay of four months in Puntarenas (Costa Rica) working for the University of Costa Rica at its Campus of the Pacific. From 2001 to 2002, he worked full time developing software for a company. In July 2002, he was awarded a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a Master of Science Degree in Computer Networks and Distributed Computing at the University of California, Irvine. His likes computers, playing soccer and roller-skating.
Sílvia Estévez Castellà was born in Badalona, Catalonia (Spain), in 1976. In June of 2000, she graduated from the Facultat de Matemàtiques i Estadística of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), obtaining a degree in Mathematics. In 1998, she spent 6 months at the University of Sheffield (England) as an Erasmus student. During the summer of 1999, she worked as a trainee in the marketing department of Nissan Vehículos Industriales SA (Barcelona) doing statistical and database work. Starting in May of 2000, she worked for 16 months at the European Center for Parallelism of Barcelona (CEPBA, UPC) as a research assistant doing software development for simulation-based engineering. In September 2001, she joined EASi Engineering SL (Barcelona) as a research engineer where she worked for one year developing ST-ORM (Stochastic Optimization and Robustness Management, a meta-computing tool for stochastic simulation of physical systems) and doing research work on Artificial Intelligence. In July 2002, she was awarded a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. Her research is in the Control area, with a special interest in Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems. She likes dancing and traveling.
Alfred Grau Besolí was born in Barcelona, in 1977. In 2001, he graduated from the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria de Telecomunicació de Barcelona (ETSETB) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), in Barcelona, Catalonia, obtaining the degree of Telecommunications Engineer. From 2001 to 2002 we worked at GTD Ingeniería de Sistemas y Software Industrial, in Barcelona, as a project engineer, designing and developing satellite communication protocol software for the EUMETSAT Polar System. Also, in 2001 he worked for 4 months as a radio frequency associated engineer at LCC Int. Inc, in London, UK. From 2000 to 2001 he conducted his graduation project in Telecommunication Engineering at the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), in Toulouse, France, with a Leonardo Da Vinci Fellowship, working in the development of a high performance application of radar and optical image classification. In July 2002, he was awarded a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). His research interests are focused on antennas and RF (Radio Frequency) systems integration for wireless applications, and in particular, antenna miniaturization, MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems), system integration, low cost packaging, wireless, Bluetooth, diversity applications, etc. He is a member of the RF Design and Characterisation Group of the ECE (Electrical an Computer Engineering) department of the UCI. He likes many sports like: tennis, judo, soccer, skiing, running, swimming, mountain biking and triathlon. He is also interested in music, reading, traveling and more.
Albert Mercadé Blasco was born in Barcelona in 1975. In January 2000, he graduated from the Facultat de Matemàtiques i Estadística of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), obtaining a degree in Mathematics. From 1998 to 1999, he attended the Universidade de Lisboa (UL, Portugal) as an Erasmus student. In September of 1999, he started a six-month internship developing a finance application at the International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering (CIMNE-UPC, www.cimne.upc.es), in Barcelona. From March 2000, he worked for 18 months at the Computer Graphics Section of the UPC (www.lsi.upc.es) developing 3D simulation software. From February 2002, he worked at the graphic department of ABSIS SA (www.absis.es) developing several applications based on GIS and Internet technologies. In July 2002, he was awarded a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research interests are computer graphics and GIS. He likes computers, sports and traveling. He would like to practice famous Californian sports like surfing, windsurfing and the kind.
Raimon Pousa Hijos was born in St.Cugat del Vallès (Barcelona) in 1978. In 2002 he obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Girona (Spain). Prior to this, he worked four months at UQUIFA S.A. (Sant Celoni, Spain), one summer at Francisco Oller SA (Cassà de la Selva, Spain), and another summer at INTERCHEM Corp. (Paramus, New Jersey, U.S.A) as a practical trainee. In 1999, he received a scholarship from the University of Girona (UdG) to join the Department of Mechanical Engineering to study Renewable Energy Sources. In 2001, he received a scholarship from the Spanish government to join the Department of Electrical Engineering at UdG to study and work with a simulation software called Ecosimpro. In July 2001, he was awarded a Balsells Fellowship to pursue a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. His research is in Computer Networks and Control Systems. He enjoys music, reading and cinema.