In 2007, I joined the Applied Mathematics and Analysis Department at the University of Barcelona (UB) as Full Professor, where I teach an introductory course on Algorithms and advanced courses on Collective Intelligence and Computer Vision for Human and Object Recognition. From April 2011 I am serving as Head of the Applied Mathematics and Analysis Department, UB.

From 1991 to 2006, I have taught Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence in the Computer Science Department at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). I have also been responsible of doctoral and master studies (until September 2007) at the Computer Science Department, UAB.

My research, when personal computers had 128KB of memory, was originally oriented towards digital image analysis and how to extract quantitative information from them, but soon evolved towards computer vision problems. After a postdoctoral year at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993, I focused on Bayesian methods for computer vision methods. Now, I am the head of a research group working in face processing, object detection and recognition and social perception.
I have been always interested in connecting my academic work to its social environment, and since 1993 I have been involved in several projects to transfer academic knowledge to industrial production, medical diagnose or telecommunication applications. The main result of this interest was born in 2004, when I co-founded (with P.Radeva and A.Tovar) Inspecta S.L., a technology start-up company. Inspecta’s vision is based on the belief that artificial vision and cognitive systems can be a key factor for competitiveness, even for traditional sectors like cork industry.


My main research areas are:

- People detection; pose estimation; facial expressions analysis.

- Interactive learning.

- Social Signal Processing.

  1. -Object and Event Recognition for Wireless Camera Endoscopy.

  2. -Person and object recognition using RGB-D cameras.

You can find more information in

Jordi Vitrià’s Google Scholar Citations

Jordi Vitrià’s Microsoft Academic Record


- Algorithms: This course is a first-year bachelor course in algorithms.

- Collective Intelligence: This is an advanced course about Collective Intelligence and Mobile Computing.


Present Students

Katia Zaytseva

Past Students

Àgata Lapedriza. Associate Profesor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. 

Xavier Baró,  Computer Vision Center. 

David Masip, Associate Profesor, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.

David Guillamet, Machine Vision Department, PYSSA, Barcelona.

Marco Bressan, Xerox Research Center, Grenoble, France.

Aleix Martinez, Associate Professor, Ohio State University, USA.

Xavier Roca, Associate Professor, Computer Science Dept. UAB.
Santi Seguí, Research Engineer, Computer Vision Center.

Maria Vanrell, Associate Professor, Computer Science Dept. UAB.

Xavier Sànchez, Associate Professor, Computer Science Dept. UAB.

Xavier Binefa, Associate Professor, Computer Science Dept. UPF.

Research Supervision


Department de Matemàtica Aplicada i Anàlisi

Facultat de Matemàtiques

Universitat de Barcelona

Gran Via 585, 08007 Barcelona