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Masters thesis project in Zaragoza, Spain

Published 2000-01-12

The Department of Signals Sensors and System (Professor Bo Wahlberg) and Centre for Autonomous Systems at Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH, in Stockholm have a STINT sponsored project with the Robotics, Perception and Real Time Group (Juan Tardόs) at the University of Zaragoza, Spain since 2003 with an annual grant of SEK 350 000.

Within this collaboration, we were sent to Zaragoza to do our masters thesis projects in the field of robotics and autonomous systems.

The Robotics, Perception and Real Time group at Zaragoza has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of automation, industrial and mobile robotics, computer vision and real time embedded systems. Currently 11 faculty members and 9 doctoral students work in the group.

Some key points of current research are: Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) techniques using partial information gathered from sensors such as vision, and multi-vehicle map building techniques for large-scale environments. Also, dynamic environment modelling and object tracking techniques are being developed.

Zaragoza is a city in the north of Spain with around 700 000 habitants. The city is big enough to accommodate most things one needs, but if there is something that one cannot find, Barcelona, Madrid and the ski resorts in the Pyrenees are only a few hours away. Not many tourists visit Zaragoza and therefore it is a city where you can experience genuine Spanish culture. The biggest difference is the daily routines with late mornings, long siestas and late nights. As a Swede you are considered an exotic person with strange daily routines, e.g. having a very early dinner at eight in the evening and even for some people - having breakfast!

To do the Master Project here is a very nice experience. Except from everything you learn doing your project, you have the chance to truly learn a new language and experience another culture.

Thomas Lirén and Daniel Vikenmark
Exchange masters thesis students from KTH in Zaragoza
November 2004



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