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Hello!, ¡Hola!, Bonjour! and welcome to my web page.

I am Research Fellow in the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation (iDRO) at the School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, UK. Also, I am a visitor researcher at the Sheffield Robotics Lab, University of Sheffield, UK.

Currently, I work in the EPSRC 'Wearable soft robotics for independent living' project, where I do research on Machine Learning methods for intent recognition and Intelligent Control methods for assistive robotics and Human-Robot Interaction. I obtained the BEng degree (2nd Hons.) in Communications and Electronics in 2005 by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico City, Mexico. In 2008, I received the MSc degree (1st Hons.) in Computer Science by the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico City, Mexico. I was awarded with the PhD degree in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering by the University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK in 2014.

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.

My research interests also include the following:

  • Vision and tactile perception in robots
  • Tactile sensing and haptics
  • Bayesian inference
  • Learning methods in autonomous robots
  • Sensorimotor control
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Wearable soft robotics
  • Telepresence and teleoperation


2018 - Welcome to Karen Reyes Flores from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who will be working during 1 month in a project about human activity recognition using multiple machine learning algorithms.
2018 - Article 'Simultaneous Bayesian recognition of locomotion and gait phases with wearable sensors' is available at IEEE Sensors Journal.
2017 - Article 'Feeling the Shape: Active Exploration Behaviors for Object Recognition With a Robotic Hand' is available at IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics: Systems.
2017 - I have been nominated by CONACyT as Candidate for the National System for Researchers of Mexico (SNI - C).
2017 - Research Council UK awarded me with the funding to participate in the GCRF Global Engagement Meetings in New Delhi, India next November.
2017 - Congratulations! to Rodrigo Solis-Ortega for obtaining the Best Poster Award in the XV Symposium of Mexican Students and Studies held at Durham, UK. The title of his work is The assessment of soft materials as suitable human tendon replacement in soft artificial muscle.
2017 - Welcome to the internship students from the Ain Shams University, Egypt, who will be working in six exciting projects related to Machine Learning, Biomechatronics, Robotics and more!.
2017 - I will attend and present my work on 'Probabilistic intent recognition with wearable sensors' at the Innovation Match MX event at Mexico City, Mexico - May 31st to June 2nd.
2017 - Available student internship to develop a wearable sensors network for intent recognition (8 weeks project).
2017 - Article 'Multisensory wearable interface for immersion and telepresence in robotics' is available at IEEE Sensors Journal.
2016 - Article 'Active sensorimotor control for tactile exploration' is available at Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal.
2016 - New book chapter on 'Tactile Sensors' is available at Springer.

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