BLAT GIMENO, JOSE ANGEL
Josep Blat is a Full Professor at UPF, where he has been chair of our Department and director of the Polytechnic School, both of which he founded around 2000. He was previously at Universitat de les Illes Balears where he was chair of the Department of Maths & CS (1988-94). He received his Ph.D. from Heriot-Watt University (1985) and developed post-doctoral work at Université Paris-Dauphine.
He heads the Interactive Technologies research group (GTI http://gti.upf.edu/), with activity in graphics, HCI and learning. He has coordinated a number of European projects, with a focus on media technology research, mainly the Digital Cinema projects IMP·PART, iMP, IP-RACINE and Speed-FX (IST prize), currently working on Web 3D (especially human animation), also expressed in successful simulation games, such as the Barcelona World Race game. Ethnography on ICT – including games - with older people, collaborative creation of content, free-play, visualization and geo-located information, are some of the current topics of research.