Author Archives: Cristina Díaz

New interactive air pollution dashboard for the United Nations Environment Programme

The Visualization for Transparency Foundation (ViT) has developed an interactive application for the United Nations Environment Programme that has just been published. Check it here.

pollution_gilabThis interactive application allows visualising the causes and impacts of air pollution around the world and the different policies that countries are adopting to reduce it.

The project has been led by Xaquín Veira, professor of the Master in Data Science and the Master in Visual Tools to Empower Citizens and member of the research group GILab, and has involved the participation of students Aleix Alvarez, student of the degree in Computer Engineering, and Miguel Villalobos, of the degree in Design and Development of Video Games, have participated through a Workplace Internship, under the technical direction of Matt Osborn, also a professor of the master’s degree in Visual Tools to Empower Citizens.

Awarded project to develop VR website for the rehabilitation of stroke patients

Endowed with 12,000 euros, the COMG e-health grant, delivered by the COMG and the Health Campus of the University of Girona, has awarded a project to develop a virtual reality website forehealth comg the rehabilitation of stroke patients. The project is led by researcher Yolanda Silva from the Hospital Dr. Josep Trueta, with the collaboration of Imma Boada, of the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory (GILAB) and Eva Barris, of MUTUAM Girona.

Under the title “Development of a virtual reality project for the motor and functional rehabilitation of stroke patients”, the project proposes to develop a rehabilitation environment based on immersive virtual reality.

This digital environment integrates users through the use of 3D glasses, gloves with electrodes and wireless controllers. The application aims to enable patients to work from the rehabilitation center but also home so that the patient can continue the process. o incorporate additional motivation to recovery, the project aims to create virtual environments from images provided by patients’ relatives that allow to simulate, for example, the movement of objects on the patient’s kitchen or make movements of a ball on their garden.

The COMG e-health grant was born in 2018 to promote transversal and multidisciplinary work in the field of health and that brings together professionals from different sectors such as doctors and nurses but also educators, computer scientists, biologists and biochemists, among others. It was promoted by the COMG and the Health Campus of the University of Girona.

Job offer: image processing position

doc2be job offerThis position is available at the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory (GIlab) of the University of Girona under the framework of INNOTEC 2020 project DOC2BE (Analysis and improvement of the image to optimize the generation of quality electronic documents) funded by ACCIO (ref. ACE014/20/000058).

DOC2BE project, led by Prof. Mateu Sbert, aims to develop new low-quality documentation management methods that combine the use of image enhancement algorithms and a tool for selecting the most appropriate algorithm in each case, based on artificial intelligence.

We are looking for a candidate with studies in the field of computer science or mathematics and Knowledge of image processing to support in research and development for the programming and testing of algorithms for improving lighting in images, their conversion to grayscale, and their classification, within the framework of the DOC2BE project.



  • Computer science: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • Mathematics: Bachelor Degree or equivalent
  • Or any related areas


  • Experience and knowledge of image processing with OpenCV.
  • Previous experience with programming (like Matlab, C ++, etc.) and either machine-learning will be valued.
  • A good level of English will be an asset (minimum B2).



  • The contract will have a maximum duration of 1 year, beginning in September.
  • Annual gross salary: € 30,500.


Applications are evaluated based on the information provided by the applicant:

  • CV including information on their education background and work experience.
  • Transcript of records from Bachelor or any other courses.


Send your CV, academic record and a motivation letter to by the 15th June 2021.

For further information, contact Cristina Díaz at the e-mail address given and visit our website.


Job offer: PhD in computer science

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A pre-doctoral contract is offered for the training of a doctor under the coming FPI 2020 call from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. This position is available at the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory (GIlab) of the University of Girona to develop a doctoral thesis within the framework of the “Interactive technologies for improving serious games for education, health and industry” project, led by Prof. Mateu Sbert and Prof. Imma Boada.

The objective of the project is the improvement of interactive technologies, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), for serious games and its applications to education, health and industry, where specific sectors of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education, rehabilitation, labour risk prevention, product presentation and others will be targeted.

The doctoral thesis will probably focus on the modelling and interactive visualization of eye-tracking trajectories for VR environments, but other subjects would be possible within the context of the project. The thesis will be carried out at GIlab under the supervision of a senior doctor of the group.

GILab is the Graphics and Imaging Laboratory of the University of Girona with many years of experience in image processing and visualization techniques, computer graphics, serious games, multimedia platforms and online training environments with a high capacity for technology transfer.


Candidates need a master’s degree in computer science or related subjects, and have to register at the School of Doctoral Studies of the University of Girona by the start of the contract. They may not apply or agree to recruitment in case of having started their pre-doctoral training with funding from other national grants or to be in possession of a Doctor’s degree, by any Spanish or foreign university.

In addition to the requirements of the call, it will be assessed a good level of English (minimum B2).


The conditions are those set by the FPI 2020 Call Subprogram for the training of research personnel of the State R+D+I Plan, Ministry of Science and Innovation:

  • The contract will have a maximum duration of 4 years, beginning the next course 2021/2022.
  • If you obtain your PhD before the 43rd month, you have a postdoctoral contract for the remaining months.
  • Annual gross salary: € 16,250 for the first two years, € 17,410 for the third year and € 21,760 for the fourth year (or € 28,800 if you already have the postdoctoral contract).
  • Additional aid: € 6,860 for tuition fees and for stays of at least one month in another centre.
  • Teaching tasks: maximum of 180 hours, not exceeding 60 hours per year.


Call deadline: October 27th, 2020 (14:00 Barcelona time).

The website you must request the grant is for project PID2019-106426RB-C31.

Send your CV, academic record and a motivation letter to by the 22nd October 2020. We will support selected candidates to apply for the FPI fellowship at the MICINN site.

The final resolution is expected to be published next spring.

For further information, contact Cristina Díaz at the e-mail address given.


Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting

Pulitzer prizesWe are proud to announce that Xaquín González Veira, PhD Student at Gilab, was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting with the ‘Disaster in the Pacific’. This is an investigation on the staggering leadership failures that led to deadly accidents in the Navy and Marines by T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faurtechi of ProPublica.

National reporting category can be in any format that most clearly and powerfully tells the story and Xaquín is an expert in data visualization, visual explanations, and interactive storytelling.

The Pulitzers are generally regarded as the highest honour that U.S.-based journalists and organizations can receive. Congratulations!

Take a look at the report here.