MLLP member Joan Albert Silvestre-Cerdà earns his PhD at Universitat Politècnica de València


The examining committee awarded Mr Silvestre’s dissertation the qualification of Excellent after his PhD defence.

MLLP member Joan Albert Silvestre-Cerdà defended successfully today his PhD thesis “Different Contributions to Cost-Effective Transcription and Translation of Video Lectures” at the Universitat Politècnica de València’s Dept. of Computer Systems and Computation (DSIC).

The examining committee for the PhD defence was made up of Prof. Dr Marco Kalz (Open Univ. of the Netherlands), Prof. Dr Vicent J. Botti Navarro (Univ. Politècnica de València) and Dr Ismael García Varea (Univ. de Castilla-La Mancha). They awarded Mr Silvestre’s dissertation the qualification of Excellent summa cum laude (the summa cum laude mention having been awarded after a secret vote by the examining committee members, as required by the applicable academic regulations).

After his successful PhD defence, Mr Silvestre has earned the title “Doctor en Informàtica” (PhD in Computer Science) according to the Valencian and Spanish university systems.

Dr Silvestre’s advisors for his PhD thesis were the MLLP’s Dr Alfons Juan Ciscar and Dr Jorge Civera Saiz. You can read here the dissertation’s abstract (in English, Catalan and Spanish), and here you will find the full text of the dissertation at the Universitat Politècnica de València’s institutional repository, Riunet.

Some of the most significant results covered in Dr Silvestre’s PhD thesis have been featured in publications including articles for Elsevier’s Pattern Recognition (vol. 45(9), 2012) and Speech Communication (vol. 74, 2015) journals, for the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics SMC 2013, and competitions such as IberSPEECH Albayzin 2012, in which Dr Silvestre’s system ranked 2nd with very competitive results (ranking 1st in speed). More publications by Dr Silvestre can be found on Riunet.

This marks a total of 7 PhD theses successfully defended or directed by MLLP members in the last 6 years (2010-2016).

Congratulations to Dr Silvestre on his new title!

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