Seminars take place at UPF, Campus Poblenou, Roc Boronat, 138, Barcelona and will only be streamed/recorded if the speaker has granted permission.  Rooms 55.309 / 55.410 streaming / Auditorium streaming 

EiTIC members: If you are interested in giving a Research Seminar or you would like to invite a speaker, please  fill in the following form RSDetails Form


  Past Research Seminars

October, 16





Invited  Research Seminar
By Damijan Miklavčič
Electrochemotherapy – a simple concept turned into a complex story
In this lecture a personal view on the past, present and future of electrochemotherapy will be given by Damijan Miklavčič who has been involved in the development of electrochemotherapy from 1992 and has been also responsible for bringing it to the market. A combination of high voltage electric pulses to increase cell membrane permeability and chemotherapeutic drug was termed electrochemotherapy. A chemotherapeutic drug with intracellular target like bleomycin and cisplatin, which also have hindered transport across the membrane, is ideal as electroporation greatly potentiates its cytotoxicity. Membrane electroporation however also results in leakage of intracellular components (DAMP molecules) which unavoidably elicit immune response. Application of electric pulses reduces blood flow and tissue perfusion, modifies vascular permeability in tumors and disrupts blood-brain barrier. Is this all?
Damijan Miklavčič was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 1963. He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana in 1993. He is currently a Professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he is also the Head of the Laboratory of Biocybernetics ( His current research interests include electroporation-based treatments and therapies, including cancer treatment by means of electrochemotherapy, cardiac tissue ablation by irreversible electroporation and gene transfer for DNA vaccination. His research involves biological experimentation, numerical modeling of biological processes and hardware development.
Host: Antoni Ivorra

October, 24






PhD Research Seminar
By Aurelio Ruiz, PhD Seminars Coordinator
Introduction to PhD Seminars
The PhD seminars aim at creating reflection on PhD students about non-technical skills and management processes required to conduct research projects and work in international teams (such as the capability to present objectives and results to specialised and layman audiences; anticipate the ethical implications of own research; basic project and self-management skills, especially those linked to networking, team working and collaboration or understand the critical aspects linked to Intellectual Property Rights and related legal aspects), facilitate the the optimal use of all tools available at UPF and the PhD program to conduct the PhD Project (such as library services or the computational cluster) and increase the knowledge of the research conducted in the broad range of ICT areas covered by the research groups involved in the program and their collaborators

Aurelio Ruiz has a Telecommunications Engineering Degree (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) and a Master in Science Management and Leadership (IDEC, UPF). After research and educational traineeships at Technical University Munich, EPFL and CERN, he was responsible for project management in the banking and aeronautical sectors with projects in Europe, Asia and Africa. Since 2006 he is with UPF, currently working in the management of the Maria de Maeztu strategic research program ( )


November, 7



room 54.004

PhD Research Seminar
By Gemma Álvarez Cruellas
UPF Library services for PhD students

Library & IT Services - LRC (Learning and Research Center) is a set of professionals who share the mission of providing library, computing and audiovisual quality services to the university community, so as to contribute to innovation and excellence in teaching, learning, research and management of Pompeu Fabra University. In this seminar, we will introduce the different services (IT services, Information resources, services for scientific publishing and PhD thesis publication), with a special focus on Mendeley, a manager for bibliography.

November, 13




room 55.309

Invited Research Seminar
By Oriol Nieto, Pandora
Spectral Analysis and Detection of Extreme Vocal Effects
Extreme Vocal Effects are aggressive singing techniques that have increased in popularity in the past two decades mostly due to the evolution of heavy metal music. In this talk we introduce and classify such effects, discuss some of their spectral qualities, and show how they might be able to be automatically detected using deep convolutional architectures.

I am Oriol Nieto (Uri), a Senior Data Scientist at Pandora who previously pursued a Ph.D in Music Data Science at the Music and Audio Research Lab (MARL) in NYUMy current research focuses on topics such as music information retrieval, large scale recommendation systems, and machine learning with especial emphasis on deep architectures. My Ph.D thesis is about trying to better teach computers at "understanding" the structure of music. You can find it here. I develop open source Python packages (such as msaf), play guitar, violin, and sing (and scream) in my spare time.

November, 14




room TBA

PhD Research Seminar

By UPF IT Services
An approach to HPC: the computational cluster at DTIC-UPF
This seminar will be an introduction to  DTIC's HPC cluster. This cluster is intended to provide high performance calculation support to all DTIC members.

December, 12





PhD Research Seminar

By  Irene Torres and Adrián Ponce 

Gender and Science: the importance of intersectional feminism in academia

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields remain severely underrepresented. For instance, in Spain, women represent about 15% of full (catedras) professorships. Moreover, women are judged to be less competent, receive less payment and research facilities, and are less likely to be awarded research grants compared with male scientists. The different mechanisms leading to this disparity have been investigated and more is brought to light by ongoing research. In this talk we will explain the different challenges faced by women in STEM careers, the reasons and the mechanisms through which they emerge, and changes (big and small) that we can all do to improve the current dire scenario. We will also show how gender, race, class, and sexual identity discriminations are entangled and contribute to leaving out minorities from academia.

Supplementary information on gender issues in research:

- Gendered Innovation Checklist. Set of key questions for incorporating sex and gender analyses into engineering
- DTIC-UPF María de Maeztu Gender and ICT program