Antonio M. López
Head of R&D Group, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (CVC)
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science (UAB)


Dr. Antonio M. López is the head of the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Group of the Computer Vision Center (CVC), and Associate Professor of the Computer Science Department, both from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). During 2009 the ADAS group achieved the qualification of “Consolidated Research Group” (2009-SGR-71) given by the autonomic government of Catalonia. Recently, the group has renewed this qualification (2014-SGR-1506).

He received the B.Sc. degree in computer science from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in 1992, the M.Sc. degree in image processing and artificial intelligence from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 1994, and the Ph.D. degree in 2000 from the UAB as well. Since 1992, he has been teaching in the Computer Science Department of the UAB, where he currently is an Associate Professor. In 1996, he participated in the foundation of the Computer Vision Center at the UAB, where he has held different institutional responsibilities.

He has been responsible for public and private projects with companies such as Volkswagen AG, SEAT CT, Applus+IDIADA, Samsung (Europe), Xerox (XRCE),  and BBraun, and is a co-author of a large number of journal and conference papers, all in the field of computer vision (see Google scholar).

His research interests are vision-based object detection, semantic segmentation, domain adaptation, computer graphics for training computer vision models. These topics are seen as key technologies to be applied in the fields that are of high interest for Antonio, namely, ADAS and autonomous driving. Currently, Antonio is specially active in domain adaptation for objected detection, in particular, adapting models learned with computer graphics ground trouth to be applied in real-world scenarios. He has been also very active in pedestrian detection for ADAS, even publishing a book about it.

It is worth to visit the current coordinated project in which Antonio is the principal investigator, ACDC.

Currently, he is responsible of the course “software engineering lab”, where the students develop a project from "zero" working in teams of around 8 members and applying software engineering best practices.


The 20 Papers that Best Summarize my Research (in reversed chronological order)

01. German Ros, Laura Sellart, Joanna Materzynska, David Vázquez, Antonio M. López, “The SYNTHIA Dataset: a large collection of synthetic images for segmentation of urban scennes”, Int. Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016.
02. German Ros, Sebastian Ramos, Manuel Granados, Amir H. Bakhtiary, David Vázquez, Antonio M. López, “Vision-based Offline-Online Paradigm for Autonomous Driving”, Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2015.
03. Jiaolong  Xu, Sebastian Ramos, David Vázquez, Antonio M. López, “Domain Adaptation of Deformable Part-based Models”,  IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (IEEE T-PAMI),  In Press, 2014.
04. David Vázquez, Antonio M. López, Javier Marín, Daniel Ponsa, David Gerónimo, “Virtual and Real World Adaptation for Pedestrian Detection”,  IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (IEEE T-PAMI),  Vol. 36, pp:797-809, 2014.
05. Jiaolong Xu, David Vázquez, Antonio M. López, Javier Marín, Daniel Ponsa, Learning a Part-based Pedestrian Detector in a Virtual World”, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems (IEEE T-ITS), Vol. 15, pp: 2121-2131, 2014.
06. José M. Álvarez, Antonio M. López, Theo Gevers, Felipe Lumbreras, Combining Priors, Appearance and Context for Road Detection”, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems (IEEE T-ITS), Vol. 15, pp:1168-1178, 2014.
07. Javier Marín, David Vázquez, Antonio M. López, Jaume Amores, Bastian Leibe, “Random Forest of Local Experts for Pedestrian Detection”, International Conference on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2013.
08. David Gerónimo, Joan Serrat, Antonio M. López, Ramon Baldrich, Traffic Sign Recognition for Computer Vision Project-Based Learning”, IEEE Trans. on Education (IEEE T-E), Vol. 56, pp: 364-371, 2013.
09. José C. Rubio, Joan Serrat, Antonio M. López, D. Ponsa, “Multiple Target Tracking for Intelligent Headlights Control”,  IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems (IEEE T-ITS),  Vol. 13, pp:594-605, 2012.
10. Daniel Ponsa, Joan Serrat, Antonio M. López, "On-Board Image-Based Vehicle Detection and Tracking", Trans. of the Institute of Measurement and Control (T-IM&C), Vol. 33, pp:783-805, 2011.
11. José M. Álvarez, Antonio M. López, “Road Detection Based on Illuminant Invariance”, IEEE Trans. on Intelligent Transportation Systems (IEEE T-ITS), Vol. 12, pp:184-193, 2011.
12. Ferran Diego, Daniel Ponsa, Joan Serrat, Antonio M. López, "Video Alignment for Change Detection", IEEE Trans. on Image Processing (IEEE T-IP), Vol. 20, pp:1858-1869,  2011.
13. David Gerónimo, Antonio M. López, Angel Sappa, Thorsten Graf, Survey on Pedestrian Detection for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems”,  IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (IEEE T-PAMI),  Vol. 32, pp:1239-1258, 2010.
14. David Gerónimo, Angel Sappa, Daniel Ponsa, Antonio M. López, “2D/3D based On-Board Pedestrian Detection System”, Computer Vision and Image Understanding (CVIU), Vol. 114, pp:583-595, 2010.
15. Javier Marín, David Vázquez, David Gerónimo, Antonio M. López, “Learning Appearance in Virtual Scenarios for Pedestrian Detection”, Int. Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2010.
16. Antonio M. López, Joan Serrat, Cristina Cañero, Felipe Lumbreras, Thorsten Graf, Robust Lane Markings Detection and Road Geometry Computation”, International Journal of Automotive Technology (IJAT), Vol. 11, pp:395-407, 2010.
17. Antonio M. López, Jörg Hilgenstock, Andreas Busse, Ramon Baldrich, Felipe Lumbreras, Joan Serrat, "Nighttime Vehicle Detection for Intelligent Headlight Control", Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Springer-Verlag), Vol. 5259, pp:113-124, 2008.
18. Daniel Ponsa, Antonio M. López, Joan Serrat, Felipe Lumbreras, Thorsten Graf, “3D Vehicle Sensor based on Monocular Vision”, International Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), 2005.
19. Antonio M. López, David Lloret, Joan Serrat, Juan J. Villanueva, “Multilocal Creaseness Based on the Level-Set Extrinsic Curvature”,  Computer Vision and Image Understanding (CVIU), Vol. 77, pp:111-144, 2000.
20. Antonio M. López, Joan Serrat, Felipe Lumbreras, Juan J. Villanueva, “Evaluation of Methods for Ridge and Valley Detection”, IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (IEEE T-PAMI), Vol. 21, pp:327-335, 1999.

PhD Students

Cesar de Souza
Fang Zhijie
Gabriel Villalonga
Akhil Gurram
Fiete Botschen
Felipe Codevilla

Germán Ros
Alejandro González
Jiaolong Xu
David Vázquez
Muhammad Rao Anwer 
Diego Cheda
Javier Marín
José M. Álvarez
David Gerónimo
Daniel Ponsa