The Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC) and the Royal Automobile Club of Spain (RACE) organize in February 2010 the first edition of a High School Course on Traffic and Road Safety, a 200-hour online course. The directors are Professor Enrique Cabello Pardos, principal investigator of FRAV research group of the Rey Juan Carlos University, and Mr Juan Antonio Sánchez-Trillo Gómez (RACE).
This course is aimed mainly to professionals working in road safety, both in the public administration or in private firms, and who have a demonstrable experience of at least 3 years in this sector. It can also be interesting for graduates and engineers who wish to develop their work in the context of traffic and road safety.
The goals of this course are:
The contents are organized in twelve thematic modules:
More details and contact information can be found in the course brochure (108 KB)
Professor Enrique Cabello, principal investigator of FRAV research group of the Rey Juan Carlos University, has made a short but beneficial stay at the University of Colima (Mexico), Mexican public institution with which we intend to strengthen our ties and establishing new collaborations. There he met several professors of the staff of the University of Colima, as well as the persons in charge of the firm SBC Tecnologías , specialized in technological products of electronics, microprocessors and microcontrollers for Computer Vision. During this period, he could also contact Dr Raúl Pinto and Dr Gerardo Reyes from the National Centre of Research and Technological Development (CENIDET, Cuernavaca).
As a proof of his visit, Professor Cabello was interviewed by members of the University of Colima newspaper, as well as in the radio program Technological Avant-garde. In his talk with Professor Ricardo Fuentes Covarrubias, he presented CABINTEC Project, in which FRAV takes part, about a smart cabin for road transport, endowed with the state-of-the-art computer-vision technologies devoted to road safety.
Three new researchers from CENIDET (Cuernavaca, Mexico) will serve a 3-month stint at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos with FRAV group. They are:
The three of them will collaborate in FRAV computer vision-related research projects about road safety and face recognition topics. We wish them a friendly and beneficial stay with us.
The Mexican researcher Gerardo Reyes Salgado will be visiting FRAV for a third time after his stays in April 2007 and September 2008. Reyes is the academical subdirector of the National Centre of Research and Technological Development (CENIDET) of Cuernavaca, in the state of Morelos (Mexico). He obtained his Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences in the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (France) in 2001. His main topics of interest are artificial intelligence, cognitive sciences, artificial neural networks, neuro-symbolic hybrid systems, automatic learning and intelligent agents. He is back to Spain to collaborate with FRAV in the CABINTEC Project, as well as to continue strengthening bonds between both institutions. He will stay with us until the end of September.
The Sunday "Magazine" of Spanish "El Mundo" newspaper publishes an article about the "Pedestrian Quality Needs" project, in which FRAV participates. It is an international project for the search of pedestrians' needs, in urban environments more and more invaded by vehicles. In Spain, one every three killed people in city traffic accidents is a pedestrian.
As the FRAV main researcher states, Prof. Enrique Cabello, "the average Spanish pedestrian is a person who goes on walking on Saturdays or Sundays, but moves by car on weekdays. The reason for this is that cities are not adapted for such a simple think like walking".
On the other hand, Prof. Héctor Monterde from the Valencia University and FRAV collaborator, "in many European cities a new movement has appeared to try to make the problem of motorisation in public spaces disappear. Society has generated a negative vision towards motorised transport and politicians have realised that they have to promote pedestrians' rights".