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 

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Upcoming Invited and PhD seminars 2020



January, 23





PhD Research Seminar

By Ryan Amstrong and Carla Conejo

Science Dating Forum

The Scientists Dating Forum (SciDF) will present to the community in DTIC their approach to promote that researchers are more actively involved in society. We first got to know SciDF during the Falling Walls Lab qualifying round we co-organised in 2017, and their interests to impact on a broad number of topics, ranging from general outreach to science diplomacy, are quite well aligned with several of the priorities of the María de Maeztu transversal actions, that include opening up scientific work and setting the means that guarantee that excellent science also results in positive impacts in society.
Ryan Armstrong is a researcher in the field of management and organizations. His research interests lie in exploring how to promote learning and well-being at work. He has published and presented on the topics of organizational learning, systems thinking, applied philosophy, and interdisciplinarity. His latest research project is on using skills training for emotional regulation as a means of promoting adaptation, lowering defensiveness, and increasing well-being in the workplace. Ryan is currently working as an advisor and facilitator for organizations struggling with complex issues, and he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Barcelona in the topics of Operations Management and Organizational Behavior. Since July 2018 he has served as Treasurer for Scientists Dating Forum.
Carla Conejo González is the Vice-president of Scientist Dating Forum. She works at Fundació Catalunya La Pedrera, where she is the Science Projects Leader of the Area of Knowledge, Education & Research. BS in Human Biology and MS in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnological Industry at Universitat Pompeu Fabra with a degree specialization in neurobiology and research internships in the Center for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona and in the Dipartamento di Scienze Biomediche e Neuromotorie at the Università di Bologna in Italy. Scientific advisor, content researcher and creator of the TV program Quèquicom of the Canal33 (TV3). In the field of science advocacy, she is also a board member of WhatIf – Passionately Courious and has volunteered at MAGMA – Association for Promoting Youth Research, both initiatives aimed at promoting science education and dissemination by connecting science to society and facilitating access to research. Carla is also one of the founders of Associació Babu, a non-governmental humanitarian organization aimed at developing programs of health and psychological assistance worldwide

January, 16





PhD Research Seminar

Experiences after PhD. Some career paths in academia, industry and social organisations

In this seminar five senior researchers will share their experiences and learnings since PhD, showing different successful career paths.
- Alberto Betella. DTIC-UPF PhD alumni. Chief Technology Officer, Health Moonshot, Telefonica Alpha
- Judith Chamorro Servent. MSCA-IF Fellow at BCN MedTech, DTIC-UPF.
- Giovanni Geraci. Assistant Professor and Junior Leader Fellow in the Wireless Communications Research Group, DTIC-UPF
- Goretti Mallorquí Fernández. Head of Core Facilities. IRB Barcelona.
- Alp Öktem. DTIC-UPF PhD alumni. Co-founder of Col·lectivaT SCCL and Computational linguist at Translators without Borders


  Past Research Seminars

December, 17





Invited Research Seminar

By Franz Zotter

Beamforming with compact spherical loudspeaker arrays

The lecture addresses beamforming with compact spherical loudspeaker arrays such as louspeaker cubes and the icosahedral loudspeaker (20 transducers, 3rd order), and what we perceive when shooting beams of sound into the surrounding room. There are several other prototypes built in Graz (loudspeaker cubes), whose measurements are available online for own experimentation. Some of the basics are already in the 2019 book on Ambisonics, and newer developments cover the actually quite simple electroacoustic model, as well as how new mixed-order prototypes work. Their spherical enclosure is cost-efficiently 3D printed, providing affordable rehearsal instruments for electroacoustic music.
Franz Zotter's background is acoustics and signal processing. He received his diploma in audio engineering in 2004 (speech enhancement, TU Graz) and was awarded a doctoral degree in 2009 by the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, and the Lothar-Cremer medal by the German acoustical society (DEGA) in 2012, with works on spherical arrays for sound radiation analysis and synthesis, and Ambisonics. He works at the Institute of Electronic Music and Acoustics in Graz and chairs the German Acoustical Society (DEGA) TC on virtual acoustics. Franz Zotter is one of the world leading researchers in spatial audio in general and Ambisonics in particular, having written more than 100 papers in the subject, many of them highly cited. 
Host: Frederic Font, Music Technology Group