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    Luis Torres

        Luis Torres received a degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the Telecommunication School,  Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, in 1977, and the Ph.D degree from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY in 1986.


        He is currently a Professor at UPC-BARCELONATECH, where he teaches Telecommunication Systems and Advanced Video Coding courses. His main interests are image and video coding, image and video analysis, and face recognition. He has been responsible of more than 45 national and international founded projects in very low bit-rate video coding applications, face recognition and MPEG-4 and MPEG-7 standardization activities.  Luis Torres has also served on more than 25 international technical conference committees and as a reviewer for many international journals. He has published more than 120 papers in journals and conferences. He has edited along with Murat Kunt the book entitled, Video Coding: The Second Generation Approach (January 1996). He also served as coding expert for the European Commission, evaluating technical proposals and designing research european programs. Luis Torres has served for the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA) and some other international acreditation agencies to evaluate university degrees and as a committee member for the National Associate Professors acreditation process. He was a Visiting Professor at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, during the first semester of 2002 and at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, during the first semester of 2011.


        Luis Torres is a Senior Member of the IEEE.  He has been Vice-Chair, SPS Image and Multidimensional Signal Processing Technical Committee (2004-2007) and Special Session Co-Chair, International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2005).  He served as Associate Editor, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1999-03); Member, SPS Conference Board (2000-2004), and General Chair, International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP 2003). He was Associated Editor for the Electronic Journal of Imaging of the SPIE and an IEEE 2006 Distinguished Lecturer. Luis Torres has been vice-president for International Policy of UPC – BARCELONATECH, 2006-2010.




          Conference papers:



                        A. Raventós, R. Quijada, L. Torres, F. Tarrés, “Automatic summarization of soccer highlights using audio-visual descriptors”, SpringerPlus Computer Science, Volume 4, Issue 1, Page 301, June 2015, ISSN 2193-1801, DOI 10.1186/s40064-015-1065-9.

                        S. Malinowski, X. Artigas, C. Guillemot, L. Torres, “Distributed coding using punctured quasi-arithmetic codes for memory and memoryless sources”, IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing, Volume 57, Issue 10, October 2009, Pages: 4154-4158.

                        F. Pereira, C. Guillemot, L. Torres, T. Ebrahimi, R. Leonnardi, S. Klomp, “Distributed video coding: Selecting the most promising application scenarios”, Signal Processing: Image Communication, special issue on distributed video coding Volume 23, Issue 5, June 2008, Pages 339-352.

                        C. Guillemot, F. Pereira, L. Torres, T. Ebrahimi, R. Leonardi, J. Ostermann, “Distributed monoview and multiview video coding”, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine, Vol. 24, No. 5, pp. 67 – 76, September 2007

                        A. Albiol, L. Torres, E. Delp, "Fully automatic face recognition system using a combined audio-visual approach", IEE Proceedings Vision Image and Signal Processing. Vol. 152, No. 3, pp. 318-326, June 2005

                        C. Taskiran, J. Chen, A. Albiol,  L. Torres, C. Bouman, E. Delp, "ViBE: A compressed video database structured for active browsing and search", IEEE Transactions on Multimedia. Vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 103-118, February 2004.

                        A. Albiol, L. Torres, E. J. Delp. “Audio to the rescue”, Optical Engineering Magazine, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 17-21, January 2004. Invited paper

                        L. Torres, J. Vilà. "Automatic Face Recognition for Video Indexing Applications". Pattern Recognition (Invited paper), Vol 35/3, pp. 615-625, December 2001.

                        D. Gimeno, L. Torres. Efficient Coding of Homogeneous Textures Using Stochastic Vector Quantization and Linear Prediction. IEE Proceedings, Vision, Image and Signal Processing, Vol. 146, No. 3, pages 151 - 158, June 1999.

                        L. Torres, J.R. Casas and E. Arias. Stochastic Vector Quantization of Images. Signal Processing, Eurasip, Vol. 62, No. 3, pages 291 - 301, November 1997.

                        J.R. Casas, L. Torres. A Region-Based Subband Coding Scheme. Image Communication, Eurasip. Special Issue on MPEG-4, Vol. 10, Nos. 1-2, pages 173 - 200, July 1997.

                        M. Domínguez, L. Torres. Analysis and Synthesis of Textures Through the Inference of Boolean Functions. Signal Processing, Eurasip, Vol. 59, pages 1 - 16, May 1997.

                        P. Salembier, L. Torres, F. Meyer and C. Gu. Region-based video coding using mathematical morphology. Proceedings of IEEE (Invited paper), 83(6):843-857, June 1995.

                        J.R. Casas, L. Torres. Coding of Details in Very Low Bit-rate Video Systems. IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems in Video Technology. Special Issue on Very Low Bit Rate Video Coding, Volume 4, pp. 317 - 327, Number 3, June 1994.

                        L. Torres, J. Huguet. An Improvement on Codebook Search for Vector Quantization. IEEE Transactions on Communications, Vol. 42, pp. 208 - 210, Number 2/3/4, February 1994.

                        L. Torres, E. Arias. Stochastic Generation of the Codebook in Vector Quantization of Images. Information Services & Use, IOS, Vol. 13, pp. 55 - 70, Number 1, 1993.

                        L. Torres, L.Kirlin. Adaptive Image Compression Using Karhunen-Loeve Transform. Signal Processing, North-Holland. Vol. 21, pp. 303 - 313, No 4. December 1990.



                            Latest Books & Chapters:

                              L. Torres, Ed Delp, "Video compression: state of the art and new trends". Chapter of the book “The handbook of video data bases, design and applications”, CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-7006-X. January 2004.

                              X. Bonet, F. Tarrés. Sistemas de Vídeo y Tratamiento de la Imagen II. EdiUOC. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. ISBN: 884-95629-72-0, February 2002.

                              J. Cid, F. Díaz, A. Moreno, L. Torres. Procesado de Información en Comunicaciones (in Spanish). In A. Figueiras, editor, Una Panorámica de las Telecomunicaciones. Prentice Hall. ISBN: 84-205-3100-6, January 2002.

                              X. Bonet, F. Tarrés. Sistemas de Vídeo y Tratamiento de la Imagen I. Eurecamedia. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. ISBN: 84-95629-37-2, September 2001.

                              F. Tarrés. Sistemas Audiovisuales I. Televisión Analógica y Digital. Edicions UPC. ISBN: 84-8301-393-2, June 2000.
                              L. Torres, M. Kunt. Editors. Video Coding: The Second Generation Approach. Kluwer Academic Publishers, ISBN: 0 7923 9680 4, January 1996.

                              L. Torres, M. Kunt. Second Generation Video Coding Techniques. In L. Torres and M. Kunt, editors, Video Coding: The Second Generation Approach. Kluwer. ISBN: 0 7923 9680 4, January 1996.

                              F. Tarrés. Introducció al Tractament Digital del Senyal (in Spanish). Editorial Bruño. ISBN: 84-216-2029-0, April 1995.
                              L. Torres, E. Lleida and J.R. Casas. Sistemas Analógicos y Digitales de Televisión (In Spanish). Edicions UPC, ISBN: 84-7653-288-1, September 1993.
                              P. Montolio, A. Gasull, E. Monte, L. Torres, and F. Marqués. Analysis and Optimization of the K-Means Algorithm for Remote Sensing Applications. Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis", Series in Machine Perception and Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 1, World Scientific, ISBN 9810208812, 1992.
                              J. Zamora, S. Sallent, L. Torres and P. Muñoz. A New Hybrid Coding Method for Videoconferencing Applications and ISDN Applications. Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis, Series in Machine Perception and Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 1, World Scientific, ISBN 9810208812, 1992.




                              1. Storage and description of audio-visual contents


                              2. Coding of audio-visual contents


                              3. Basic project in Engineering


                              4. Advance project in Engineering


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