Researchers

Alberto Fernández Villán  

Alberto Fernández received his M.S. degree in Computer Science from University of Oviedo in 2009. He completed his PhD in Computer Vision, Big Data and Machine Learning techniques last year (2017). Since 2007 he has been developing his professional career as Head of Research Unit at the CTIC Foundation (Centre for the Development of Information and Communication Technologies in Asturias). Currently he is working as R&D project manager at TSK related to energy, industry and environment management. His research interests include artificial vision systems for both industrial and medical processes. He is author of several high ranked publications in international journals as IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications or Machine Vision and Applications.

Juan Luis Carús Candás 

PhD in Industrial Engineering (2015) from the Spanish University for Distance Education (UNED) and MSc in Telecommunication’s Engineering (2009) and Computer Sciences (2010) from the University of Oviedo. In 2007, he received the Thesis Award “Telefónica España” for the best record in engineering. From July 2008 to October 2015, he was researcher with the R&D&i  Area of CTIC – Technology Centre. Since November 2015 he is R&D&i project manager at TSK Group with the Technologies Information Division. His interests include ambient intelligence research projects focusing on signal processing, wearable computing and energy management.

Elena Antuña Yudego 

Elena Antuña Yudego graduated in Civil Engineering (2015) and Energy Resources, Fuels and Explosives Engineering (2017), both from University of Oviedo. Currently she is a student on a MSc program in Renewable Energies at Universidad Europea de Canarias. In 2016, she participated in DETER Project (“Detección temprana de erosión hídrica mediante generación automática de indicadores”), as a researcher from University of Oviedo. Since January 2017, she is part of the R&D&i group at TSK with the Technologies Information Division.

 


Vincent Wolfs 

Dr. ir. Wolfs is a post-doctoral researcher at the KU Leuven and the incubation manager of Sumaqua. His research focuses on decision support for water management through analysis, modelling and optimization of hydrology, rivers, floodplains and urban drainage systems. He developed new conceptual modelling approaches and software tools merging processes-based and data-driven (machine learning) model structures. He published his findings in over 30 international peer-reviewed journal and conference articles, and supervised over 15 Master theses. Dr. ir. Wolfs is particularly interested in bridging the gap between academia and practice, and valorizing innovative technologies. In this context, he is business developer and manager of the Sumaqua incubation project, with the aim of starting a spin-off company of the KU Leuven.

Patrick Willems 

is a professor at KU Leuven, specialized in time series analysis, climate change scenario development, statistical downscaling of global and regional climate model outputs, statistical analysis of hydrometeorological extremes, including detection of anomalies in time series and (multi-)decadal climate oscillations and catchment responses. He has coordinated more than 50 research projects, has more than 180 peer-reviewed publications in international journals or books (h-index = 22 following Scopus & Web of Science), more than 200 presentations at international conferences and workshops, and more than 200 full publications in proceedings of international conferences. He has delivered more than 15 keynote or invited presentations at international conferences or events, and more than 25 invited presentations at national workshops. Prof. Willems is Editor-in-Chief for the ISI Elsevier Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies, is chairman of the review board for the EUMETSAT H-SAF (Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management) and was reviewer for the recent IPCC Assessment Reports and the Special Reports on Extreme events and disasters (SREX). He is also member of several international working groups and consortia, such as the WMO (World Meteorological Organization) – Commission for Hydrology (CHy) : member Open Panels of CHy Experts (OPACHE), the European Water Association – Technical and Scientific Committee, the NOSCCA « North Sea Region Climate Change Assessment », and core partner in the EU-H2020 project BRIGAID on “Bridging the gap for innovations in disaster resilience”.

 


Mónica García 

Dr. Garcia’s is an Assistant professor in Hydrology at DTU and Adjunct research scientist at IRI (Columbia University). Her research focuses on analysis of ecosystem resilience and informing land surface models with satellite and UAV data. She developed novel ecohydrological indicators using remote sensing models. She is also involved in climate-resilient agricultural activities with the World Food Program (United Nations). She has participated in more than 18 scientific projects. Some of her research publications have been featured in Nature Geosciences, the New Scientist, and Reuters, among others.

 


Alicia Palacios-Orueta 

Dr. Palacios-Orueta obtained her Ph.D. from the Department of Land, Air Water Resources at the University of California, Davis and has international experience from working at different institutions such as the Joint Research Center and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is an expert in remote sensing models and techniques at different spatial and spectral resolutions, trying always innovative approaches. In the last few years she has focused mainly in two research lines: (1) the development of new vegetation indexes and (2) the integration of remote sensing time series in spatially explicit dynamic models. General indicators of the scientific production quality: Number of dissertations in the last 10 years: 4/Total citations: 508 (Web of Science) 974 (Google Scholar) 996 (ResearchGate)/h – Index = 10 (Web of Science); 13 (google scholar); i10 Index = 14 (google scholar).

 


Eduardo Álvarez Álvarez 

Dr. Eduardo Álvarez Álvarez received the Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Oviedo, Spain, in 2012. After 18 years of experience in different companies’ research and development departments, he is currently Associate Professor in the Hydraulic engineering area of University of Oviedo. In the last ten years, he has been conducting 21 research projects at national and European levels. As researcher he has published 25 scientific articles in journals of the JCR and international congresses as well as chairman of an international congress Smartmile 2013 (www.smartmile.org).During the last five years, his research has been focused on studies of water and air processes using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques.

María José Suárez López 

Dr. María José Suárez López obtained her degree in Chemical Engineer in 2002 at Oviedo University. Then, she started her professional career in the private sector. Concretely, she worked as an engineer, designing and supervising the implementation of solar systems (photovoltaic and thermal). In 2005, she started her research career in the field of numerical analysis of fires in road tunnels. With one of her researching works she achieved the Fourth Edition of Eduardo Barreiros Foundation Awards in 2006. Subsequently, she has devoted herself to numerical analysis in the field of bioclimatic architecture and solar cooling using CFD techniques. she submitted her doctoral thesis entitled “Numerical Analysis of Passive Solar Systems in Buildings” in March 2012. She has been working in CTIC Technological Centre as Manager for Smart Energy in the R&D Department and reconciling this job with teaching as Associate Lecturer at Oviedo University. Nowadays, she is working as Lecturer at Oviedo University in the Energy Department. She has participated in several regional, national and European research projects related to different fields, such as fire in tunnels, energy efficiency in buildings, renewable energy, modelling and numerical simulations. She has published several articles in international journals related to modelling and numerical simulation in energy processes. Also, she has participated both as a speaker and co-author of several communications in national and international congresses.

 


Acknowledgements

“The authors would like to thank the EU and (Centre for the development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD) and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO)) for funding, in the frame of the collaborative international consortium FORWARD financed under the ERA-NET Cofund WaterWorks2015 Call. This ERA-NET is an integral part of the 2016 Joint Activities developed by the Water Challenges for a Changing World Joint Programme Initiative (Water JPI).