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Rafael Falcon

  • PhD Computer Science
  • Research Scientist
  • Larus Technologies Corporation
  • 41PublicationsNumber of items in Rafael's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 12Followers

Recent publications

  • A Response-Aware Risk Management Framework for Search-and-Rescue Operations

    • Falcon R
    • Abielmona R
  • Controlled Straight Mobility and Energy-Aware Routing in Robotic Wireless Sensor Networks

    • Falcon R
    • Liu H
    • Nayak A
    • et al.

Professional experience

Research Scientist

Larus Technologies Corporation

April 2012 - Present

Part-time instructor

University of Ottawa

September 2010 - Present

Teaching Assistant

University of Ottawa

September 2008 - Present

PhD candidate and Research Assistant

University of Ottawa

September 2008 - March 2012(4 years)


Larus Technologies Inc.

December 2010 - March 2011(3 months)

Associate Instructor

Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba

September 2003 - August 2008(5 years)


Doctorate in Computer Science

University of Ottawa

September 2008 - April 2012(4 years)

Master in Computer Science

Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba

January 2004 - April 2006(2 years)

Bachelor in Computer Science

Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba

September 1998 - August 2003(5 years)


I received my Bachelor and Master degrees in Computer Science from Universidad Central de Las Villas (UCLV, Cuba) in 2003 and 2006, respectively before joining the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE, University of Ottawa, Canada) in 2008 to pursue my doctoral studies. My current research topics are concerned with the design of fault-tolerant protocols for sensor placement and coverage repair in Wireless Sensor and Robot Networks (WSRNs), an emergent research area stemming from the integration between wireless sensor networks and multi-robot systems. The ability of mobile robots nowadays to carry a limited number of sensors as payload can be actively exploited for providing reliable network coverage around a point of interest (Focused Coverage) by making use of low-cost inter-robot and robot-sensor coordination schemes. A large part of my research is devoted to address the real-world problem of Carrier-based Coverage Repair, in which one or more robots are responsible for replacing damaged sensors previously deployed in the field with spare, passive ones, in an attempt to preserve the monitoring strength of the sensor network. The main problem and its particular variations all fall under the umbrella of combinatorial optimization, which ignites the application of Computational Intelligence (CI) techniques, particularly hybrid nature-inspired optimization algorithms and cooperative search strategies. I am always eager to engage in a fruitful collaboration with industry partners which feel the type of research being conducted is relevant to their needs. Other Computational Intelligence areas that I have also worked on: knowledge-based clustering, neural networks, rough sets, fuzzy systems and case-based reasoning.

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