Currently, I am a Postdoc Researcher in the Service Robotics Lab at the Pablo de Olavide University of Seville. My research is focused on Social Navigation of Mobile Robots. I am studying the different robot navigation algorithms and trying to extend them by adding social skills. To do that I employ machine learning techniques in order to learn navigation behaviors from data of real people as well as their movement patterns.
After receiving the Computing Engineering Degree I was working and collaborating with the Automatics, Robotics and Mecatronics research group of the University of Almeria (my hometown) for almost 3 years.
Apart from the Robotics field, I am interested in Rock music (live music is a plus), doing sport enjoying the nature (trial running), drawing in my spare time, and I am always willing to grab a beer with friends.
FROG is a collaborative project funded by the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-2011.2.1), under grant agreement n° 288235. FROG aspires to turn autonomous outdoor robots into viable location-based service providers. It develops an outdoor guide robot, part of an emerging class of intelligent robot platforms. It has a winning personality and behaviors that engage tourists in a fun exploration of outdoor attractions.
TERESA has received funding from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-ICT-2013-10) under grant agreement n° 611153. The TERESA project aims to develop a telepresence robot of unprecedented social intelligence, thereby helping to pave the way for the deployment of robots in settings such as homes, schools, and hospitals that require substantial human interaction. In telepresence systems, a human controller remotely interacts with people by guiding a remotely located robot, allowing the controller to be more physically present than with standard teleconferencing.
The FP7 project ECHORD++ (European Clearing House for Open Robotics Development, Grant Agreement Number 601116) aims at strengthening the cooperation between scientific research and industry in robotic. It comprises two different challenges. One of them is the challenge in Urban Robotics: Robots for the inspection and the clearance of the sewer network in cities. Sewer inspections require many humans to work in risky and unhealthy conditions. Introducing a robotic solution in this process aims at reducing the labour risks, improving the precision of sewer inspections and optimizing sewer cleaning resources of the city.
INDIRES is a 3-year collaborative research project which has received funding from the European Research Fund for Coal and Steel (RFCS). The project addresses the crucial issue of rapidly acquiring and providing information, which is a key necessity in the effective response to a serious mining incident. Before the human rescue team reaches the incident area, a team of small autonomous vehicles must be rapidly deployed with the aim of gathering valious information of the situation that can help the human rescuers.
To fill this section with something... I have uploaded some pictures taken during the projects and some of my drawings! I hope you like them.