Francesc Torres Torres

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Francesc Torres Torres
Francesc Torres Torres
Francesc Torres Torres
Born1962 (age 55–56)
Sant Joan de Labritja (Ibiza, Spain)
Educationtelecommunications engineer
Alma materUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversitat Politècnica de Catalunya

Francesc Torres Torres, also known as Xicu Torres, (born 1962, Sant Joan de Labritja, Ibiza (Spain)) is a telecommunications engineer. He was elected rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in December 2017.[1][2]


Francesc Torres graduated in 1988 with a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Barcelona School of Telecommunications Engineering. He joined the European Space Agency (ESA) in the same year. A year later, he returned to the UPC, where he began to teach and carry out research, earning a doctoral degree in 1992. He is a specialist in radiocommunications, high frequency circuits and Earth observation. Within the UPC, he has held several positions of responsibility. From 2005 to 2006, he worked at NASA while on sabbatical leave, as an advisor for the GeoSTAR project. He later worked as a scientific advisor in the remote sensing group RSLab, where he specialised in the development and subsequent monitoring of the ESA's SMOS sensor, launched in 2009, on the subject of which he has published more than 200 scientific publications. In 2010, he was appointed full professor at the UPC. He is currently a member of the UPC's CommSensLab, a 2017-2020 María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence. [3]

In 2017, he was appointed rector of the UPC, having won 50.23% (1,854) of the weighted votes in the elections held in November of that year.[4]

Awards and distinctions[edit]

  • 1997 - Teaching Improvement Award from the UPC's Board of Trustees for the Radiation and Guided Waves Laboratory (ETSETB)[1]
  • As a member of the UPC's remote sensing research team RSLab:
    • 2000 - Duran Farell Award from the UPC’s Board of Trustees
    • 2001 - Ciutat de Barcelona Award from the Barcelona City Council
    • 2004 - Salva i Campillo Award from the Association of Telecommunications Engineers
    • 2011 - Cristòfol Juandó Award in Aeronautics from the Barcelona City Council


  1. ^ "Francesc Torres, nou rector de la UPC". (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  2. ^ "Francesc Torres wins the elections for rector of the UPC". UPC Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. ^ "La Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya escull nou rector aquest dimecres". (in Catalan). Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. ^ Ibiza, Diario de. "El ingeniero ibicenco Francesc Torres, candidato a nuevo rector de la Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya". Retrieved 2018-02-12.