Last week IUMA signed an agreement of collaboration with the School of Aerospace Science and Technology from the Xidian University, China. Prof. Li and Prof. José F. López, both representing their respective institutions, signed this agreement which will involve exchange of researchers and students focused on investigations in the field of ICTs in general and space technology in particular.
IUMA started doing research in this domain in 2010, led by the Integrated Systems Design Division (ISD), developing different electronic systems for the private space industry in order to be included onboard Earth observation satellites. Presently IUMA has gained a new 18 months contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) in order to develop a reconfigurable architecture for image compression following the international standard CCSDS-123. This system will permit smoothing the restrictions imposed by limited channel bandwidth between satellites and ground stations, especially when dealing with multi or hyperspectral images, in which the enormous amount of data involved could represent a serious drawback in the transmissions. IUMA researchers are presently developing an ambitious program to transfer space technology and know-how to diverse fields of applications such as health, autonomous vehicles or intelligent farming, just to name some. Very shortly some of these initiatives will give as result some novel and commercial products.
With the new signed agreement, IUMA reinforces its links with top Asian centers, where the participation in different exchange programs, visits, joint journal and conference papers and other type of agreements with centers in China, Taiwan and Korea, has been pursued during the last years.