José Antonio Navarro

José Antonio Navarro


Division: Geomatics
Category: Research
Phone: +34 93 645 29 00     Ext: 2253
Fax: +34 93 645 29 01

BSc and MSc (Licentiate) in Computer Science, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC).
PhD in Computer Science, University of the Balearic Islands (UIB)
Member of the senior corps of cartographers of the autonomous government of Catalonia.
Member of the CTTC’s (Centre Tecnològic de Tecnologies de les Comunicacions) department Geodesy and Navigation (Geomatics Division).

José Navarro was born in Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain) in 1963. He holds a degree in Computer Science by the Technical University of Catalonia (1986) and a PhD in Computer Science by the University of the Balearic Islands (1999). He is a member of the senior corps of cartographers of the autonomous government of Catalonia. He is an expert on software engineering and mass production systems.

Since 1982 until 2000 he occupied several positions in the Institut Cartogràfic de Catalunya (now Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya, ICGC), always as a member of the Geodesy unit. In this period he was involved in the design and implementation of several software systems targeted at the generation of digital terrain models, ortophotos or general bundle adjustment. He was the leader of the project Visual Factory Suite, a complete software suite for the mass production of ortophotos, featuring the possibility to design visually production workflows. This project was the starting point for his PhD work.

From January 2001 to December 2013 he worked at the now extinct Institut de Geomàtica as deputy director for information technologies. He actively participated in several research projects covering areas like general bundle adjustment, GPS differential corrections in web environments, mobile GNSS applications, sensor calibration, radiometric (image) correction, digital image processing, assessment of the navigation algorithms for satellites using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), GNSS / INS / EGNOS algorithms for UAVs, thermal cameras for search & rescue operations, simultaneous calibration of photogrammetric blocks plus LiDAR data, geometric terrain modelling, kinematic systems for the control of railway infrastructures, generation of basic information for the management of urban environments or management of natural resources.

Since the Institut de Geomàtica was merged with the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC) in January 2014, he has been working as a researcher in the Geodesy and Navigation Department (GEON) of the newly created Geomatics Division. Since then he has been working on the inception, design and implementation of an integrated system targeted at facilitating the research in the field of kinematic geodesy, positioning and navigation (GEMMA). Such task involved the design (together with other members of the GEON department and a private company) and implementation of an abstraction to model observation data in the realm of GEMMA. He is responsible of the version of GEMMA that has been deployed as a CTTC’s testbed. He has also participated in the integration of a real-time navigation system for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) relying on the hybridization of GNSS and INS sensors and multiple GNSS antennas to determine the heading without having to resort to magnetometer sensors. He is also involved in the MOMIT project, where the latest RS technologies are applied to better monitor railway infrastructures.