CV

RESEARCH SUMMARY

I am interested in the development of machine learning methods for perception and control of intelligent and autonomous robots, that interact and assist humans in tasks of daily living. Also, I am interested in bio-inspired and cognitive methods that, based on the integration of multisensory stimuli such as touch, vision and hearing, allow to build autonomous robots capable to sense, perceive, learn and make decisions to safely interact with humans and their environment.


RESEARCH SKILLS

  • Machine learning, perception and control algorithms for autonomous robots
  • Tactile and vision sensing for robot control and human-robot interaction
  • Design and development of electronics and embedded systems
  • Teleoperation and telepresence in robotics
  • Programming (C/C++, MATLAB, Python, Java)
  • Middleware for communication and control of robotics systems (YARP and ROS)

EDUCATION
2014 - PhD in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

  • Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Thesis: “Autonomous active exploration for tactile sensing in robotics”.

2008 - MSc (1st Hons) in Computer Sciences

  • Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico
  • Thesis: “A tool for errors detection in printed circuit board production”.

2005 - BEng (2nd Hons) in Communications and Electronics

  • National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico
  • Thesis: “Automatic control system for wood drying”.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2016 – present Research Fellow

  • Research undertaken in the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation, University of Leeds, UK.
  • Research on intelligent control methods for wearable soft robots
  • Development of intelligent, safe and reliable methods for human-robot interaction.
  • Development of machine learning methods for intent recognition and prediction to assist humans in their activities of daily living through wearable robotic devices.
  • EPSRC project ‘Wearable soft robots for independent living’ with the following partner institutions: University of Leeds, University of Bristol, University of Nottingham, University of Loughborough, University of the West of England and University of Strathclyde. Large multidisciplinary project combining researchers from robotics, electronics, biomechanics, materials science and physiotherapy.

2015 – 2015 Research Associate

  • Research undertaken in the Sheffield Robotics Laboratory and the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Development of bio-inspired methods for multimodal perception and learning in human-robot interaction using verbal and non-verbal communication channels, e.g., vision, touch and audio.
  • Development of bio-inspired memory models for integration of information, learning and mimic functionalities of the human memory, e.g., data compression, chunking and consolidation.
  • Development of cognitive architectures for human-robot interaction.
  • FP7 EU project 'What You See Is What You Did' (WYSIWYD) with the following partner institutions: University of Sheffield, Imperial College London, University of Lund, Italian Institute of Technology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale. Large multidisciplinary project combining researchers from robotics, computer science, neuroscience, bioinformatics and biology.

2014 – 2015 Research Associate

  • Research undertaken in the Sheffield Robotics Laboratory and the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Development of a multisensory wearable interface and control architecture for immersion, telepresence and teleoperation with multiple robotics platforms, e.g., iCub humanoid robot, Pioneer mobile robot and KUKA arm.
  • Integration of verbal and non-verbal sensing modalities for telepresence and human-robot interaction, e.g., vision, touch and audio.
  • AHRC project ‘Cyberselves and immersive technologies’ with the following partner institutions: University of Sheffield and University of Oxford. Multidisciplinary project combining researchers from robotics, neuroscience and philosophy.

2011 – 2014 Doctoral research

  • Research undertaken in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Development of bio-inspired methods for active sensing and perception for robot control using the sense of touch.
  • Development of machine learning methods for object exploration, recognition and decision making with biomimetic fingertip sensors.
  • Development of object recognition methods during human-robot interaction tasks.
  • Development of cognitive architectures for performance of tactile exploratory procedures as humans do.
  • FP7 EU project ‘Experimental Functional Android Assistant (EFAA)’ with the following partner institutions: University of Sheffield, Imperial College London, Italian Institute of Technology, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale. Multidisciplinary project combining researchers from robotics, neuroscience, computer science, bioinformatics and electronics.

2006 – 2008 MSc research

  • Research undertaken in the Department of Computer Science, CINVESTAV, Mexico.
  • Development of computational methods for visual inspection and quality control of the production of printed circuit boards.
  • Semi-autonomous visual inspection system developed for SONY, Mexico.

2004 – 2005 BEng research

  • Research undertaken in the Department of Communications and Electronics, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Development and implementation of an expert system for automatic control of wood drying.
  • Expert system based on Fuzzy Logic embedded in a microcontroller from Freescale semiconductors.

PROJECTS
Throughout my education and research positions, I have participated in the following projects:

  • 2016 – present EPSRC “Wearable soft robotics for independent living”
  • 2015 – 2016 EU “What you say is what you did” (WYSIWYD)
  • 2014 – 2015 AHRC “Cyberselves and immersive technologies”
  • 2011 – 2014 EU “Experimental functional android assistant” (EFAA)

INDUSTRIAL EXPERIENCE
2010 – 2011 Access Transport Network Design Engineer, Ericsson

  • ATND (Access Transport Network Design) department.
  • Development of scripts for mobile communications.

2009 – 2010 Consulting, Telectronics

  • Design and implementation of local area networks.
  • Configuration of communication devices (switches and routers).

2008 – 2009 Software Engineer, Alianzatex

  • Freelance software engineer.
  • Database administration (MySQL).

2005 – 2006 IP Communications Engineer, Alcatel

  • IPD (Internet Protocol Department).
  • Supervision of installation and configuration of communication nodes for Telcel and Telmex.

RESEARCH FUNDING

  • Mechanical Engineering Internships, University of Leeds, 2017. (£2,500).
  • Learned Society Fund, University of Sheffield, 2013. (£500).
  • EU FP7. Funding for RobotDoc conference at Lausanne, Switzerland, 2012. (£500).
  • Mexican Council for Science and Technology. Funding for PhD research in the UK. 2010. (£63,000).
  • Mexican Council for Science and Technology. Funding for MSc research. 2006. (£7,680).

PATENTS

  • Una herramienta para el control de calidad de circuitos impresos – QCTool. Mexican Institute of the Industrial Property, 2008. Patent No.: 200803-2007-1217104203 00-1.

PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT

  • Leeds Robotics day – Leeds, UK
  • BBC Breakfast TV – Manchester, UK
  • The Star newspaper – Sheffield, UK
  • Doc festival – Sheffield, UK
  • Discovery Night – Sheffield, UK

TEACHING/SUPERVISION
Teaching

  • MECH3460 module: robotics and machine intelligence. University of Leeds (2017 – present)
  • MECH5605 module: machine learning for biomechatronics. University of Leeds (2016 – present)
  • ACS126 module: computing and system design. University of Sheffield (2012 – 2014)
  • ACS223 module: computer systems and applications. University of Sheffield (2012 – 2014)
  • PSY105 module: synthetic psychology with robotics. University of Sheffield (2011 – 2012)
  • Real-time systems module: digital signal processors and programming languages. National Polytechnic Institute of Mexico (2004 – 2004)

Supervision

  • Currently supervising 2 PhD students from the University of Leeds, UK.
  • Currently co-supervising 1 MEng project from the University of Leeds, UK.
  • Supervision of 2 MSc students from the University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Supervision of 2 BSc projects from the University of Ain Shams, Egypt.

SCHOLARSHIPS

  • Mexican research council (CONACyT) scholarship for PhD at the University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Mexican research council (CONACyT) scholarship for MPhil at the University of Sheffield, UK.
  • Mexican research council (CONACyT) scholarship for MSc at CINVESTAV, Mexico.

AWARDS

  • CONACyT scholarship for PhD studies at the University of Sheffield, UK (January 2012 – March 2014)
  • RobotDoc scholarship for conference presentation at Switzerland (September 2012)
  • CONACyT scholarship for MPhil studies at the University of Sheffield, UK (January 2011 – December 2011)
  • CONACyT scholarship for MSc studies at CINVESTAV, Mexico (August 2006 – August 2008)
  • IPN scholarship for BEng studies at IPN, Mexico (August 2000 – August 2005 )
  • IPN scholarship for vocational studies in Mexico (August 1998 – August 2000 )
  • 3rd place in the National Quality and Management competition in Mexico (March 1998)

REVIEWER IN JOURNALS/CONFERENCES
I have been reviewer of the following international journals and conferences:

  • IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems
  • IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development
  • Elsevier Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • MDPI Applied Sciences
  • IEEE Wold Haptics Conference
  • IEEE Intelligent Robots and Systems
  • IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • Living Machines

VIDEOS/CODE


ROBOTIC PLATFORMS
Throughout my education and research positions I have worked with the following robotic platforms:

  • iCub humanoid robot
  • Pioneer mobile robot
  • Nao humanoid robot
  • KUKA iiwa robot arm
  • Dexterous Barrett hand
  • Dexterous Schunk hand
  • Mindstorm NXT robot
  • Positioning XY-robot tables
  • Tangible ReacTable

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • Sheffield Teaching Assistant – University of Sheffield, UK. 2012
  • Writing skills – University of Sheffield, UK. 2012

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Living Machines conference. Program Committee member since 2016
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Member since 2013
  • European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems (EUCog). Member since 2013
  • Robotics for Development of Cognition (RobotDoc). Associate Fellow since 2012
  • Convergent Science Network (CSN). Member since 2012

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • French (basic).
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