I am Associate Professor at the University of Seville, Spain. Master degree in Telecommunications and PhD from the University of Seville.
I have been working in perception and autonomy of aerial robots since 2003 in the Robotics, Vision and Control Group. I am author of more than 60 publications on aerial robot perception, multi-robot systems and sensor data fusion.
I own more than 10 years of practical experience with UAVs in realistic settings; he has participated in more than 20 research and development projects (7 funded by European Commission) in this period. I have been work-package leader in a good number of European projects dealing with unmanned aerial vehicles as ARCAS project for research and development of sensor data fusion and estimation for indoor localization of UAVs based on computer vision and radio beacons, EC-SAFEMOBIL Project for precise and reliable estimation in autonomous UAV landing, AWARE Project for decentralized sensor data fusion for UAV cooperation in search and rescue missions or COMETS Projects for UAV odometry and localization based on computer vision with application to forest-fire detection and mitigation.
Currently I am the principal investigator of two prestigious European competitions dealing with field robotics: the ARCOW project (Aerial Robot Co-Worker in Plant Servicing) funded by the EUROC initiative and focused on the implementation and validation of enabling technologies to safely introduce aerial robots collaborating with humans in aircraft manufacturing plants, and the SIAR project funded by the ECHORD++ initiative, which focuses on the development of a fully autonomous robot able navigate up to 3 Km in sewers for inspection and monitoring tasks.