On December 12 -13

Time-measurement laboratory engineer Armands Mezerinsh has participated in “Nordic-Baltic Mobility and Network Programme for Business and Industry” program’s “Mobility for Space technologies” project and visited Norwegian Space Centre, where the institute representative has been introduced to the Norwegian Space R&D activities, strategy and industrial enterprises. IECS and time-measurement laboratory research activities were presented. Also Kongsberg Norspace was attended, where it has hospitably introduced the company’s main R&D activities and space electronic equipment design and test laboratories.

On December 1

Signal processing laboratory senior researcher Modris Greitans participates in the OSMOSE program joint meeting of  Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France and presents the results the project “ASDP-NoA: Advances in Signal-Dependent Processing and Novel Architectures for implementation” within the framework of the OSMOSE program.

On November 22- 24

Researcher Uldis Grunde  participates in 19th Telecommunication Forum (TELFOR 2011) in Belgrade, Serbia.  A paper „„Advanced Level-Crossing Sampling Method ” is presented, that was joint work together with leading researcher Modris Greitans.

7th TESLA Simposium is attended.

On November 23

EDI researcher Girts Strazdins is participating in the conference “The Final BONITA Conference – Driving ICT Innovation − from Science to Practice”, Riga, Latvia. The conference provides an overview of BONITA project outcomes: established show rooms in 7 countries, including one in Riga Technical University, in Latvia; and a new model, called innoSPICE, for organisation technology transfer quality assessment. Partners from Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and other European countries are discussing communication issues between academia and industry.

On November 17-18

Director of institute Modris Greitans and researcher Rihards Fuksis from digital signal processing laboratory participate in International Hand based Biometric conference (ICHB 2011) in Hong Kong, China. They present a paper „Biohashing and Fusion of Palmprint and Palm Vein Biometric Data”, that was written together with Arturs Kadikis.

They also visited biometrics laboratory of Hong Kong Polytechincal univerity.

On October 23-28

From October 23 to 28 the researchers from IECS Modris Greitans, Uldis Grunde and Rinalds Ruskuls have visited the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. They have met the collaboration partners Laurent Fesquet and Taha Beyrouthy from TIMA Laboratory to discuss the direction of the research within the framework of the OSMOSE project “ASDP-NoA: Advances in Signal-Dependent Processing and Novel Architectures for implementation” .

During the visit, guests have been introduced to the MINATEC micro and nanotechnologies campus, several workshops and discussions on processing of non-uniformly sampled signals and their applications have been held, and research topics for further investigation concerning signal-dependent data acquisition and implementation in asynchronous integrated circuits has been discussed and specified. A cooperation agreement between TIMA laboratory and IECS has been prepared and signed.

On October 23-25

From October 23 to 25, assistant of time-measurement laboratory J. Savarovsky visited Danish National Space Institute (DTU Space), Danish Technological Institute and Aalborg University, within “Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Business and Industry” program’s “Mobility for space technologies” project. Danish space strategy and space related research and development activities of scientific institutions were introduced during the visit.

Also IECS R&D activities associated with high precision event timing technology for Satellite Laser Ranging and possibilities of the technology implementation as on-board satellite equipment were presented.

On October 12

National Science Program’s Project Nr.2 (IMIS) is organizing a workshop, where project teams from EDI and Riga Technical University, Faculty of Electronics and Telecommunications (RTU ETF) are presenting results obtained in the year 2011. Workshop is open for everyone, we will be glad to see you there! When: Wednesday, October 12, 15:00 – 17:30 (local time). Where: Institute of Electronics and Computer Science, Dzerbenes Street 14, Riga. Further information and electronic registration: http://imis2011.eventbrite.com/

On October 6-8

Signal processing laboratory researcher Artis Mednis participated in the “10th International Conference on Perspectives in Business Informatics Research (BIR 2011)” workshop “1st International Workshop on User Oriented Information Integration (UOII 2011)” held in Riga (Latvia) where presented the paper “Vehicle Position Determination Using Several SBAS Receivers and Data from Local Reference Stations”. This research was carried out during preparation for Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge (GCDC 2011). Latvia was represented in this competition by the “Team Latvia” consisting of researchers and engineers from the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI) and Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia (LU DF).

On September 22-23

Senior researcher Ints Mednieks participated in partners’ meeting and review of the 7th Framework project ChipCheck (www.chipcheck.eu) at the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, where he informed about the X-ray image processing method for real-time detection of counterfeit electronic components developed by IECS within the project. Project progress was evaluated positively by the independent expert designated by the Commission.

On August 26

Proceedings and session summaries of the “17th International Workshop on Laser Ranging” where IECS scientists E.Boole and V.Vedin participated, currently have become widely available on http://cddis.gsfc.nasa.gov/lw17/index.html. Considering the workshop reports containing news about applications of the Riga Event Timers, the following reports seems the most interesting:

  • Hiroo Kunimori et al. „Software and operational status of Koganei kHz Ranging Engine (KRE)” – the first mention about application of the latest model of Riga Event Timers at Koganei SLR station (NICT, Japan) for KHz laser ranging
  • Georg Kirchner et al. „Graz 10 kHz SLR” – the first presentation of the satellite laser ranging at the world’s highest-rate (10 KHz) where Riga Event Timer is used.

On August 28- September 3

Director of institute Modris Greitans and researcher from digital signal processing laboratory participate in 19th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO 2011) in Barcelona, Spain. They present a paper „Generalized Complex 2D Matched Filtering for Local Regular Line-Like Feature Detection”, that was written together with researcher Mihails Pudzs.

Tutorials on „Variational Methods for Computer Vision” and „Applications of Large Random Matrices to Digital Communications and Statistical Signal Processing” will be attended.

On August 20-27

Signal processing laboratory assistant researcher Girts Strazdins is attending the international conference SENSORCOMM 2011 in Nice, France. A scientific paper “Virtual Ground Truth in Vehicular Sensing Experiments: How to Mark it Accurately” is presented. It is a result of cooperative research together with Artis Mednis, Reinholds Zviedris, Georgijs Kanonirs, and Leo Selavo. Assistant also attends tutorials associated with the conference: “Taking Care of Security in Hardware Design” provided Dr. Régis Leveugle, TIMA Laboratories, Grenoble, France, and “The BSN Hardware and Software Platform: Enabling Easy Development of Body Sensor Network Applications” provided by Dr. Joshua Ellul, Imperial College London, London, UK.

On August 22-27

From August 22 to 27 within the framework of the OSMOSE project IECS is visited by scientists Laurent Fesquet and Taha Beyrouthy from Tima Laboratory (France). The project aims to combine the efforts of Latvian and French scientists to create miniature and efficient data acquisition and processing systems, which are based on event-driven, signal-dependent approach, and are built in specialized asynchronous integrated circuits

On August 8-10

On August 8-10 the 1st LU and LMT Computer Science Days were held in Ratnieki, Ligatne district (http://www.datorzinatnudienas.lu.lv/). During three-day conference about 60 participants had a possibility listen to more then 20 presentations about quantum computing, wireless sensor networks, satellite observations, bioinformatics, procedural generated computer graphics, data security and other topics.

Institute of Electronics and Computer Science was represented with three presentations:
O Leo Selavo, “Virtual in Computer Science”;
o Arturs Kadikis, “Encryption of biometric data and application in smart card personalization systems”;
o Artis Mednis, “Data acquisition using vehicles as mobile wireless sensor network nodes”.
Leo Selavo participated also in the organization of the conference as member of program comittee.

On June 28-30

Signal processing laboratory assistant researcher Artis Mednis participated in the “7th IEEE International Conference on Distributed Computing in Sensor Systems (IEEE DCOSS 2011)” workshop “2nd International Workshop on Mobility in Wireless Sensor Networks (MobiSensor 2011)” held in Barcelona (Spain) where presented the paper “Real Time Pothole Detection using Android Smartphones with Accelerometers” – joint work with Girts Strazdins, Reinholds Zviedris, Georgijs Kanonirs, and Leo Selavo.

On June 16-18

Signal processing laboratory senior researcher Modris Greitans is participating in the “18th International Conference on Systems, Signals and Image Processing 2011” held in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During the conference the paper “Complex 2D Matched Filtering Without Halo Artifacts” (joint work with researchers Rihards Fuksis and Michael Pudzs) will be presented.

On June 7

The seminar on the new PS9000 range, PS6000 and PS3000 series products of the company Pico Technology is held in IECS with the participation of presenters Jakovas Rososkis from Vilnius and Paul Allen from UK.

On May 31- June 2

On May 31 – June 2, 2011 the Investment and Development Agency of Lavia and Virtual CEO Ltd. in cooperation with Riga Council started up in Riga, Latvia the International Project for commercialization of innovative technologies “4th  Commercialization Reactor”. Goal of the project is the creating in Latvia of competitive enterprises through commercialization of the best innovative technologies from Latvia and countries of CIS. At this action 12 technologies were presented, including “Technology for creating of high-precision event timer” developed in IECS (Yu.Artyukh). In the framework of such action the organizers carefully evaluated and selected technologies with high potential of commercialization. After finishing the action, activity related with commercialization of the best technologies will be continued.

On May 27

On May 27, 2011 in Institute of Electronics and Computer Science was held Smart sensors and quantum computing workshop. There were multiple presentations from Institute of Electronics and Computer Science and ESF co-funded project “Smart sensors and networked embedded systems research and development center” (No. 2009/0219/1DP/ and from University of Latvia and ESF co-funded project “Computer science usage and its link with quantum physics” (No. 2009/0216/1DP/
Programme of workshop available here: http://selavo.lv/viesentis/seminars_2011-05-27.pdf

On May 17-19

The 15th International Conference of ELECTRONICS  2011 (http://www.ee.ktu.lt/electronics/) is taking place in Kaunas and Vilnius on May  17, 18, 19. Researchers of IECS A.Baums, R.Dinuls, U.Grunde, V.Plociņš, J.Savarovskis, K.Sudars are participating with their presentations in the sections of signal technologies, automation, robotics and telecommunication engineering.

On May 8-16

Dutch innovation company TNO organizes international cooperative driving challenge (GCDC 2011) in Helmond, Netherlands, with a goal to show, that practical traffic optimization is possible, using cooperative adaptive cruise control (CACC), where vehicles collectively choose driving speed on the road. Participating teams modify their vehicles by adding computer-driven acceleration and brake control and wireless communication using state-of-art standard 802.11p. Latvia is represented by the “Team Latvia” consisting of researchers and engineers from the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science (EDI) and Faculty of Computing, University of Latvia (LU DF): Leo Selavo, Andris Gordjusins, Georgijs Kanonirs, Vadims Kurmis, Artis Mednis, Girts Strazdins, Reinholds Zviedris. Further information: www.gcdc.net

On May 2-6

Signal processing laboratory senior researcher Modris Greitans and researcher Rolands Shavelis from 2nd to 6th May is participating in “The 9th International Conference on Sampling Theory and Applications” (SampTA 2011) held in Singapore. During the special session “Signal Dependent Sampling and Processing” the presentation corresponding to the publication “Combined Peak and Level-Crossing Sampling Scheme” will be presented.

On April 29

As it has become a tradition, starting from 13:00 the Institute is organizing Big Spring Joint Work 2011!
All interested parties with questions or suggestions should contact the head of their departments or personally the office.

On April 19

The General Meeting of scientists of IECS will be held at 15:00 in auditorium A.
The General Meeting agenda:
1. Director’s Report on the Institute’s performance results in 2010 and perspectives for year 2011.
2. The report of the President of IECS Scientific Council on the work of the Scientific Council in 2010.
3. Miscellaneous.

On April 11-14

Assistant Girts Strazdins from the Digital Signal Processing Laboratory is participating in multi-conference Cyber Physical Systems Week (CPSWeek’11), Chicago, IL, USA. It is a joint event of multiple world’s top conferences and workshops in wireless sensor networks and cyber physical systems, including “Information Processing in Sensor Networks” (IPSN), “Real-Time and Embedded Technology and Applications Symposium” (RTAS), workshops “International Workshop on Networks of Cooperating Objects” (CONET), “Workshop on Architectures for Cyber-Physical Systems”, and others. A scientific paper is presented at the CONET workshop: G.Strazdins, A.Mednis, R.Zviedris, G.Kanonirs, L.Selavo, “Towards Vehicular Sensor Networks with Android Smartphones for Road Surface Monitoring”. One of the main goals of the conference – to promote discussion and contact foundation for collaboration in international projects.

On March 31

Information, Communication and Signal Processing Technology Center with National Importance (ICSPT CNI) strategy of the collaborating parties (VRAC, EDI, LUMII, RTU, LU) for period 2011-2021. is submitted to the Ministry of Education and Science (MES), Republic of Latvia. The strategy documents future activities of the ICSPT CNI, and is a result of a close collaboration between the corresponding partners, with a goal to ensure long-term growth of Latvian ICSPT science and research, reach international competitiveness and integrate into European and world-wide science space. Also included in the strategy document is the territorial space development strategy of the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science.

On March 23

Six month progress meeting of the EU FP7 project ChipCheck („Development of Novel X-ray Inspection Systems for Fast Automated Detection of Counterfeit PCB Components”) is scheduled for 23rd March, 2011 in IECS, open to consortium partners only.

On March 18

The Annual General Meeting of the Members of the Latvian Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry Association (LEtERA) in Riga. LEtERA is an independent, voluntary and non-governmental public organization founded in 1995. LEtERA unites companies, research and educational institutions registered and operating in Latvia, whose activities are related to Industry of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, Information and Communications Technology. At the meeting, the director of IECS Dr. Modris Greitans presents brief overview about activities and achievements of the Institute in the previous year, as well as ideas of possible joint actions in future.

On March 7-11

The researchers from the Signal processing laboratory Modris Greitans, Rihards Fuksis and Michael Pudzs are participating in the Third International Workshop „BioID 2011” organised by COST Action 2101 in the city of Brandenburg, Germany. The researchers will give a talk on „Processing of Palm Print and Blood Vessel Images for Multimodal Biometrics” and M.Greitans will also participate in the COST program management meeting.

On February 14

Students from Rigas Teikas high school are visiting the institute, getting introduced with our history and actual research directions, and are participating in discussions about the topics of their interest.

On February 9

The workgroup for the field of Signal processing,  communications and electronics engineering technologies have a meeting  in the premises of the Institute of Electronics and Computer science .  The meeting is attended by representatives from the Latvian University,  the LU Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Riga Technical  University, the Ventspils University College and the Institute of  Electronics and Computer science). The aim of the meeting is to define the roles of the partners, identify options for collaboration and  possible threats to the project.

On February 7

In the partner meeting, held in the premises of the LU  Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, the Institute of  Electronics and Computer science and the partners (Latvian University,  LU Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, Riga Technical  University, Ventspils University College) sign the agreement to sign a  contract on the cooperation in the establishment of the National Level  Research Center on Information, Communication and Signal Processing  Technologies. This Project is a part of the European Regional  Development Fund programme’s „Entrepreneurship and Innovation” activity  „Support for the modernisation of Infrastructure of Science and  Research”. In this project the Institute of Electronics and Computer  science will lead the workgroup for the field of Signal processing,  communications and electronics engineering technologies.

On January 26

The senior researcher Evalds Hermanis will lead the lecture and discussion on the topic “Extrapolation of number lines, using self-approximation” at 14:00 in auditorium A.

On January 19

The invitation from the Ministry of Education and Science has been received to participate in the foundation of the Information, communications and signal processing technology state research centre together with the University of Latvia, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science, Riga Technical University and Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre.