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I am Lecturer in Robotics at the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK. Currently, I do teach various modules in the programme of Robotics Engineering MEng. Also, I am a visitor researcher at the Sheffield Robotics Lab, University of Sheffield, UK.

Before becoming a Lecturer, I held the various research positions. First, I was a Research Associate in the Sheffield Robotics Lab at the University of Sheffield, where I worked in the 'What You Say Is What You Did' (WYSIWYD) and 'Cyberselved and immersive technologies' interdisciplinary projects funded by the EU and AHRC, respectively. Second, I was a Research Fellow in the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimisation (iDRO), the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds, where I worked in the interdisciplinary project 'Wearable soft robotics for independent living' funded by the EPSRC.

In 2014, I was awarded with the PhD degree in Automatic Control and Systems Engineering by the Sheffield Robotics Lab and the University of Sheffield. My PhD research was part of the large EU project 'Experimental Functional Android Assistant' (EFFA). I received the MSc degree (1st Hons.) in Computer Science by the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV), Mexico City, Mexico, in 2008. I was awarded with the BEng degree (Hons.) in Communications and Electronics by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN), Mexico City, Mexico, in 2005.

I am interested in the development of machine learning methods for perception and control of intelligent and autonomous robots, that interact, assist and collaborate with 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 adapting the robot autonomy to safely and efficiently interact with humans and their environment.

My research interests also include the following:

  • Tactile and visual perception in robots
  • Tactile sensing and haptics
  • Human-Robot Interaction and Collaboration
  • Bayesian inference for robot control
  • Wearable robotics
  • Learning methods in autonomous robots
  • Sensorimotor control
  • Telepresence and teleoperation


2018 - Article 'General Type-2 Radial Basis Function Neural Network: A Data-Driven Fuzzy Model' Early Access is available at IEEE Transactions on Fuzzy Systems (Early Access).
2018 - Article 'Probabilistic identification of sit-to-stand and stand-to-sit with a wearable sensor' is available at Elsevier Pattern Recognition Letters Journal (open access until 30th May, 2018).
2018 - Article 'Adaptive Bayesian inference system for recognition of walking activities and prediction of gait events using wearable sensors' is available at Elsevier Neural Networks (open access until 30th April, 2018).
2018 - Congratulations! to Mohd Md Alias for obtaining the Best Paper Award in the 2nd International Conference on Intelligent Systems Engineering held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The title of his work is Walking activity recognition with sEMG sensor array on thigh circumference using convolutional neural network.
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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