Research



Research interests in general are:


  • Field robotics.
  • Mini/Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
  • Multi Robot Systems (MRS).
  • Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GNC).
  • Remote sensing (RS).

I have already worked with the following programmable aerial platforms (mostly quad-rotors):


ASCTEC X-3D-BL Scientific (ASCTEC, Germany) Dragonflyer (Draganfly Innovations, Canada) AirRobot AR100B (AirRobot, Germany) AscTec Hummingbird (ASCTEC, Germany)
AscTec Pelican (ACTEC, Germany) AirRobot AR200 (AirRobot, Germany) Parrot Ar.Drone 1-2.0 (Parrot, France) DJI Phantom 3 PRO (DJI, China) DJI Matrice 100 (DJI, China)

Some of the research areas I have been working on:


Agro-food robotics
How to estimate the fruit orchards blossoms using UAV technology?
How to infer fruit maturity in sito using UAVs and electrochemical sensors?
How to detect weed patches in grasslands fields at low altitudes?
How to design a UAV-based high throughput plant phenotyping?
How to setup a UAV swarm for aerial surveying a large crop field?
How to programming and customise an aerial surveying mission?
Robotics for ecology management
How to build an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) to support remote sensing practices with UAVs in fluvial ecosystems?
How Small UAV and electrochemical gas sensor technology can be used for air pollutants control?
How to build a low-cost airborne thermography system via small UAV and low-cost IR sensors?
Education
Has UAV education demand in universities been met?

Talks


  • Precision farming using UAV’s. TValley Jaarcongres 2019, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede (Netherlands) ; Jun/2019.
  • Environmental Robotics: Towards a sustanaible planet. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (EPS), Madrid (Spain); Feb/2017.
  • Precision agriculture management with quad-rotors. Beijing Institute of Technology, School of Automation, Beijing (China); Jul/2013.
  • Research experiences and lessons learned with Quad-rotors. City College of New York-City University of New York, Robotics and Intelligent Systems Lab, NYC (USA); Nov/2012.

Workshop and conference organization


  • 1st Workshop on High Emerging Robotics Operations for Remote Sensing the Environment (HERO 2018), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Special Session: Environmental Robotics. Second Iberian Robotics Conference (ROBOT'2015 ), Lisbon, Portugal, 2015.

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