Introduction

The Sensory Systems Research Group (GISS) was born from the union of several disciplines with a common link: the sensors and their environment. This way, the different research lines of the group associated with sensors of various technologies (acoustics, optics and ionizing radiation) appear, where the development of advanced signal processing algorithms is combined with their implementation on embedded electronic systems and portable devices. The ultimate goal of these sensory systems is their application on various sectors of society such as tourism or health, either accessing them directly, or through collaboration agreements of technology transfer with companies.

GISS was created with the intention of maintaining and encouraging collaboration with other national and international groups, in addition to establishing new ones. To proof this, we have worked together with research groups dedicated to positioning and localization, such as the Spanish LOPSI of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and GEINTRA of the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH), context of the coordinated projects of the national plan “Development of propagation models, coding schemes and biomimetic processing algorithms for the ultrasonic signals of a positioning system in large spaces” (TIN2009-14114-C04-04 ), “Exploration of new environments and technologies in the design of cooperative systems for locating people and objects” (TIN2012-38080-C04-02) and “Improvement and strengthening of localization systems in interiors for applications based on portable intelligent devices” (TIN2015-71564-C4-4-R). Within the national scope, it is worth mentioning the belonging of the GISS group to the networks of Excellence REPNIN (TEC2015-71426-REDT) and REPNIN + (TEC2017-90808-REDT), on positioning and navigation in delimited interiors and exteriors, together with nine other groups of investigation of all the national geography.

On the other hand, collaborations have been established with the Instituto de Engenharia Electrónica e Informática de Aveiro, the Laboratory of Active Perception of the University of Antwerp and the Smart Sensors Laboratory of Yale University. In this area, it is worth highlighting the participation of the group in the action COST “Fostering knowledge about the relationship between Information and Communication Technologies and Public Spaces supported by strategies to improve their use and attractiveness” (TU1306), as well as the technological leadership of the Interreg-POCTEP project “Technology transfer for free access to museums and archaeological sites in Extremadura and Alentejo based on mobile devices” (0246_LIMUS_4_E).

As a result of the research work carried out in the aforementioned projects, a considerable dissemination activity is continuously generated, as well as results in journals with a high impact index, presentations at national and international conferences, development of doctoral theses and generation of patents.