Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

UJA Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions - Individual Fellowships Hosting Offer 2019 (ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND GEOLOGY)

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    14/06/2019 12:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Jaén
    Universidad de Jaén
    TEP-164 Cartographic Engineering

Description of Hosting Institution (UJA – Spain)

Jaén University (UJA) was created in 1993 and is in the Top 50 of the world’s best young universities according to THE (Times Higher Education). This ranking analyzes aspects such as teaching, research work, the university’s international outreach, or integration into industry. Besides, the UJA has received the distinction of Campus of International Excellence in the fields of Agrifood (CEIA3) and Climate Change (CamBio), plus it also leads the Andalusian CEI project on historical heritage PatrimoniUN10.

Jaén University has five faculties (Social and Legal Sciences; Humanities and Education Sciences; Health Sciences; Experimental Sciences and Social Work) and two higher polytechnic schools for engineering (Linares and Jaén). In turn, these centers are organized into 35 departmentsIt also has three Postgraduate educational centers (Doctorate School, Advanced Study Center in Modern Languages and Postgraduate Study Center).

In regards to its research, there are five specialized centers at Jaén University. Besides, the full picture of the over 100 UJA groups covers the following research fields of expertise (https://www.ujaen.es/servicios/ofipi/uja-ri-expertise): Agrifood (AGR); Biology (BIO); Health (CTS); Social Sciences, Business, Law (SEJ); Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (FQM); Humanities (HUM); Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences (RNM); Information and Communications Technology (TIC); and Engineering Production Technology (TEP).

As far the UJA hosting offer is concerned, Prof. FRANCISCO JAVIER ARIZA LÓPEZ (fjariza@ujaen.es) would be willing to host post-doctoral researchers that are eventually funded through the H2020 MSCA-IF 2019 call for applications to be part of the following research team:


UJA hosting research group (https://bit.ly/2U1CGqG)

The GIIC (Grupo de Investigación en Ingeniería Cartográfica) is a young research group focusing mostly on research in spatial data (design, data generalization, data fusion, quality control and geoservices). We applied statistics, design of experiments and simulation of data and processes. We are equipped with a new lab with many software licenses (e.g ArcGIS, FME, etc.), with access to topographic and geodetic survey devices (e.g. GNSS, TLS, UAV, etc.). These facilities are located at the "Escuela Politécnica Superior de Jaén" of the UJA.

Our research group has a great expertise in the data quality domain and is very recognized in all Latin America (Ecuador, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, etc.). Since 2008 we also had been organizing a very successful master on Quality Control and Management of Geographic Information.

There is a senior and a junior staff, and also we have ph-students from abroad (Brazil, Portugal, etc.) and postdoc visitants.

We have participated in several competitive research projects from the Spanish Government and from the Regional Government. Now we want to reinforce our international position and our links with other European institutions.

Nowadays, our group’s main effort of research is devoted to producing new methods and tools for spatial data quality assessment and control.


Project description

Geographic Information (GI), or spatial data, supports decision making in several fields as: Climate change, crop forecasting, forest fires, national defense, civil protection or spatial planning.

The quality of the GI is essential to ensure that decisions based on it are technically the best. For that reason, it is included within the data policies of European Environmental Agency and of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (USA). A Digital Elevation Model (DEM) is a specific kind of spatial data with a lot of possible direct uses (e.g. slope and aspect calculations, viewshed/watershed determination) and other derived uses (e.g. soil erosion, surface hydrology, etc.).

Traditional quality assessment and control of DEMs is very simple and does not differ from other kind of spatial data. Even the newest proposals go in this direction (e.g. last standard from the ASPRS).

We believe that quality should be understandable for the users, and this means that quality must be conceptualized and developed in a fashion more close to users, and to specific use cases. To that end we consider a project consisting in: first the determination of a set of several quality aspects of DEM data in relation to specific use cases, second perform the selection of aspects and metrics, third the tuning of measures for the new quality indexes. All these phases must be resolved taking into account the “voice of the users”, and performing simulations with data and models.

In order to develop this project in some specific use cases, we are seeking candidates with one of the following profile/expertise:

  • Civil Engineering.
  • Hydrology (drainage networks, floods, etc.)
  • Glaciology
  • Any kind of expertise in research fields where DEM can be applied. The researcher will be coached by our staff.


Application procedure

CV, Motivation letter and Summary of project proposal (250 words) by 14th June 2019 to ofipi@ujaen.es. Further information regarding the application requirements can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/research/mariecurieactions/actions/individual-fellowships_en & https://ec.europa.eu/info/funding-tenders/opportunities/portal/screen/opportunities/topic-details/msca-if-2019.


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