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The PENTALAB

PENTALAB is the generic name used for the group of technology transfer and research laboratories working within the UPC's Image Processing and Multimedia Technology Centre (CITM). These laboratories lead the most innovative and cutting-edge projects in the areas of digital content, multimedia and video games, in order to incorporate the knowledge generated in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and transfer them to the business sphere.

The five PENTALAB laboratories at The Centre de la Imatge i la Tecnologia Multimèdia (Image Processing and Multimedia Technology Center) are:

Image Quality Lab (LQI)

The Image Quality Lab (LQI) undertakes research and transfer projects in the field of digital imaging quality. One of its primary objectives is to analyse and develop measurement standards and methods for the classification and evaluation of digital imaging equipment and processing tools. The knowledge created is integrated into both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, and is also implemented in the definition of work protocols and transfer projects to companies and institutions, in the field of digitalization of image files and technical/scientific photography.

Since 2003, the Lab has signed cooperation agreements with various companies and institutions, including the Amatller Institute Hispanic Art Foundation, the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, GenomVisió at the UPC, and Girona City Council, among others. It has also presented several research projects and papers at Spanish and international congresses.

Human-Computer Interaction Lab (LIHC)

Laboratory for Human – Computer Interaction (LIHC) undertakes research projects on the interaction between people and computers and other devices, such as smartphones, tablets and videogame consoles. This research aims to improve our understanding of the cognitive, emotional and behavioural processes that take place during this interaction and which create the user's experience. This knowledge can be used to make the right decisions about the design of the graphic interface and to compare and test specifications, user guides and guidelines aimed at providing a positive user experience. The LIHC also carries out knowledge transfer projects, involving the evaluation and testing of websites and other multimedia applications, such as educational material, in order to redesign and improve them, and video games, to improve their playability, among other areas. The laboratory works with businesses and organisations requiring advice for evaluation and testing, and for developing apps, websites, video games and other applications, using User-Centred Design methodology and on the development of other interactive multimedia applications such as video games. The user is at the centre of the creative process at all times. It has specially-adapted rooms and modern high-end technology. This includes a latest generation "eye-tracking" device for usability testing, and all the components needed to use it with various devices (computers, smartphones, tablets and consoles).

Interactive Multimedia Content and Applications Lab (LCAIM)

The Interactive Multimedia Content and Applications Lab (LCAIM) is a resource at the Image Processing and Multimedia Technology Centre that was established to undertake advanced web projects and other latest-generation interactive applications. The LCAIM has produced cutting-edge products including videogames, teaching materials and web applications while using the most ground-breaking technologies. The Laboratory has regularly worked with other departments, institutes and research centres at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Audiovisual Lab (LAV)

The Audiovisual Lab (LAV) is a production and research centre working on the most recent techniques for recording, production and post-production of audiovisual content. It undertakes audiovisual communication projects, such as reports, documentaries and advertising, for broadcasting on various platforms including video streaming and Internet TV. It has a fully equipped 225-m2 studio for professional recording, with the most cutting-edge features for recording video and capturing high-quality sound. The Audiovisual Lab also works with the software necessary for video montage, composition and image retouching, post-production and special effects.

Computer Generated Imaging Lab (CGI)

The Computer Generated Imaging Lab is a CITM resource specialising in research, development and innovation in the relationships real captured images and computer-generated images. The research activities undertaken at the Lab are used to update and innovate teaching materials, and to create new ways to use them for commercial applications in businesses and organisations. It aims to meet the training needs of professionals working with computer-generated images, with an in-depth study of the software tools and work processes involved in integrating objects and environments, combining real and virtual elements.

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