Research Groups

Group name: eHealth Lab

Principal investigator: Carme Carrion Ribas

Research lines: eHealth Lab is an interdisciplinary research group that focuses its activity on the design, implementation and evaluation of different digital solutions that seek to improve the effectiveness, efficiency and security of different interventions, targeting health professionals, patients and healthy citizens. One of the group’s key objectives is to promote health and prevent illness through the use of digital solutions.



Group name: K-riptography and Information Security for Open Networks

Principal investigator: David Megías Jiménez

Research lines: Many new services have emerged in the current information society, from movement locator technologies to electronic financial transactions. This has led to the creation of new technologies to enhance security for users, although they very often result more in the protection of corporations than the security of consumers. The KISON group’s research lines focus on the compatibility of the security of decentralised networks (ad-hoc and P2P networks) and the protection of the intellectual property of digital content on the Internet with users’ rights to privacy. :

  1. Security and privacy of open networks: deployment of better mechanisms for enhancing security and privacy in several areas such as peer-to-peer networks, ad-hoc networks, RFID and sensor networks and online social networks, among others.
  2. Security and privacy of multimedia content: designing suitable techniques to protect the multimedia information that is transmitted over open networks, along with the privacy of the users of these contents. 



Group name: Psychology, Health & the Net (PSINET)

Principal investigator: Eulàlia Hernàndez Encuentra

Research linesThe primary objective of the PSiNET is to study the psychological aspects related with the use of the ICTs for health and quality of life, and also the different approaches to the use of the Internet to improve knowledge and support care processes in health and illness. The group works with different populations (for example, rare diseases, chronic pain, children, adolescents, elderly), from the professional and citizen viewpoints ( ePatient, patients’ associations, ICT interventions), in different contexts (sport, education) and addressing organizational and personal aspects (such as how use of the ICTs affects cognitive processes).

With a clear vocation to serve the community, PSiNET offers a psychological approach to professionals, researchers and society in general with respect to the use of ICTs in the health domain.



Group name: SMARTLEARN

Principal investigator: Santi Caballé

Research linesThe SMARTLEARN research group is devoted to enhance the Learning Engineering (eLearning) field from an interdisciplinary perspective by combining pedagogical conceptualization of online education systems, technological and engineering models and methodologies, prototyping and integration in real LMS and dissemination and exploitation in academia and industry

The ultimate goal is to meet the demanding and changing requirements of the next generation of online education systems and services.



Group name: Foodlab

Principal investigator: Frances Xavier Medina

Research lines: The Interdisciplinary research group on Food, nutrition, society and health (FoodLab) focuses its interdisciplinary research on the evolution of dietary patterns and their relationship with society and health, thus linking with nutrition, disease prevention and food culture.

The aspects to which particular attention are paid are the following:

  • Programmes promoting healthy eating and physical activity, particularly the use of eHealth and the ICTs to empower people to change habits to prevent and address chronic diseases, especially overweight. In addition, to provide tools to health professionals for incorporating nutrition and eHealth applications, and to study nutrition applied to sport for both performance and health.
  • Analysis of dietary transformations from a sociocultural perspective and application of qualitative methodologies.
  • Scientific communication on diet-nutrition, health and society.

Furthermore, particular attention is paid to the Mediterranean diet: biodiversity, sustainability, food culture and healthy food supply.



Group name: Systems, Software and Models (SOM Research Lab)

Principal investigator: Jordi Cabot Sagrera

Research lines: SOM (which in Catalan means “we are”) is a joint ICREA-UOC research team based at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3). SOM’S interest is in the broad area of systems and software engineering, in particular the promotion of the rigorous use of software models and engineering principles in all software engineering tasks, while keeping an eye on the most unpredictable element in any project: the people involved in it.

Man research lines of SOM Research Lab are:

  1. Formal methods
  2. Software analytics
  3. Open projects

Spin-offs: Xatkit


Group name: Scene Understanding and Artificial Intelligence (SUNAI)

Principal investigator: David Masip Rodó

Research linesThe SUNAI research group focuses on the applications of artificial intelligence, and more specifically computer vision, improving the interaction between machines and people. The group’s main scientific contributions are in the field of modeling human actions and emotions.

The four most relevant active lines in the group are: 

  • The analysis of the facial image to determine the perceived emotion from images of people. 
  • Medical image: Development of image segmentation algorithms in different modalities.
  • Emotions and context: In this line the group is aiming to bring robotics affecting people closer together. 
  • Recognition of actions, where the group develops models of human activity that allow us to recognise situations.



This project has been co-funded by the European Union through the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and has the support of the Secretariat of Universities and Research, Ministry of Enterprise and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.