The Telefónica Chair awards prizes for several IUMA projects

23 APR 2024
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Two works of the IUMA have been awarded in the last Call in the categories of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Projects. The prizes were awarded on April 2nd in a ceremony held at the Institutional headquarters with the attendance of the Rector of the ULPGC and the Delegate of Telefónica in the Canary Islands.

In the category of Degree Project the first prize has been awarded to the work carried out by Javier Santana Núñez, for the project “Design and evaluation of hypersespectral images registration techniques applied to breast cancer diagnosis". The work has been carried out under the direction of Gustavo Marrero, Samuel Ortega and Laura Quintana, professor and researchers of the DSI division of the IUMA.

The main motivation for the work is the early detection of breast cancer using more effective techniques than those currently available. Breast cancer affects thousands of people every year. One of the most innovative strategies for cancer detection is the analysis of biopsy samples using hyperspectral imaging (HSI) techniques. HS images can highlight tumour cells because each substance has a different spectral signature. Due to the complexity of these methods, a categorisation algorithm such as Deep Learning (DL) Neural Networks (NN) is required.

On the other hand, in the category of Postgraduate Projects a prize was awarded to Mario San Miguel Montesdeoca, for his doctoral thesis (PhD) "Design of Microwave Integrated Circuits based on III-V technologies for cost reduction and efficiency improvement in satellite communications". The thesis was supervised by Francisco Javier del Pino Suárez, Professor in the TME Division of IUMA.

The main objective of this thesis is to analyse the feasibility of implementing passive mixers in Gallium Nitride (GaN) and Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) processes as a means to reduce the power consumption of the systems and to facilitate the integration of complete monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) in a more direct way, which could lead to a significant reduction in the final area.

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