viernes, 5 de octubre de 2018

Welcome / Bienvenid@


Welcome to my blog.

My name is Juan Jesús Roldán Gómez. I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Automation and Robotics (UPM-CSIC). I got a PhD in Automation and Robotics from the Technical University of Madrid (2014-2018). Previously, I studied Bsc+MSc in Industrial Engineering with specialization in Automation and Electronics (2006-2012) and MSc in Automation and Robotics (2013-2014) at the same university. I have taken part in robotics projects with SENER and Airbus Defence and Space, as well as I have performed a research stay at the University of Luxembourg. During the last five years, I have researched about security systems for aerial robots, surveillance with teams of ground robots and application of robots to agriculture. Currently, I am interested in multi-robot adaptive and immersive interfaces and robot swarms for monitoring cities, as well as in data mining and machine learning techniques.

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Until next time!

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Bienvenid@ a mi blog.

Mi nombre es Juan Jesús Roldán Gómez. Soy un investigador postdoctoral en el Centro de Automática y Robótica (UPM-CSIC). Hice el doctorado en Automática y Robótica en la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (2014-2018). Anteriormente, estudié Ingeniería Industrial con especialidad en Automática y Electrónica (2006-2012) y Máster en Automática y Robótica (2013-2014) en la misma universidad. He participado en proyectos de robótica con SENER y Airbus Defence & Space y también he realizado una estancia de investigación en la Universidad de Luxemburgo. Durante los últimos cinco años, he investigado sobre sistemas de seguridad para robots aéreos, vigilancia con equipos de robots terrestres y aplicación de robots en agricultura. Actualmente, estoy interesado en las interfaces adaptativas e inmersivas para flotas de robots y el uso de enjambres de robots para monitorizar ciudades, así como en aprender más sobre técnicas de minería de datos y aprendizaje automático.

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¡Hasta la próxima!

IROS 2018: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

This week I have been at the IROS 2018 (IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) that has been held in Madrid. There have been five days of workshops, presentations, exhibitions and competitions with the robots as protagonists. The figures of this conference have set a new record in this kind of events: more than 4,000 attendees from 62 countries around the world, presenting 1,200 papers and participating in 124 sessions.


I have the opportunity to present our work "Should we Compete or Should we Cooperate? Applying Game Theory to Task Allocation in Drone Swarms" in the "Swarm and Multi-Robots" session of the conference. The format was very dynamic: a 3 minutes presentation, which you can see below, and a  30 minutes poster discussion.


J.J. Roldán, J. del Cerro and A. Barrientos. "Should we Compete or Should we Cooperate? Applying Game Theory to Task Allocation in Drone Swarms". 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). Madrid, October 1-5th 2018.

viernes, 14 de septiembre de 2018

Special Issue on Multi-Robot Systems in Applied Sciences

We are editing a Special Issue on "Multi-Robot Systems: Challenges, Trends and Applications" in the journal Applied Sciences. This journal published by MDPI is open access, publishes works of applied natural sciences and has an impact factor of 1.689 (ranked as Q3 in Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science).


We are waiting to receive your relevant papers on the following topics:
  • Multi-robot systems: heterogeneous and homogeneous fleets
  • Multi-robot mission planning, modeling and optimization
  • From multi-robot systems to robot swarms
  • Human factor issues: workload, situational awareness, stress...
  • Human-robot interaction: collaboration and teaming
  • Operator Interfaces: adaptation and immersion
  • Applications: search and rescue, environmental monitoring…
Please visit the Special Issue website to get more information and submit your contribution.

martes, 24 de julio de 2018

And finally I have defended my PhD thesis...


As you can read, I have defended my PhD thesis.

My PhD thesis was entitled "Adaptive and Immersive Interfaces to Improve Situational Awareness in Multi-Robot Missions" and aimed at developing a new generation of operator interfaces to allow single operators to control multiple robot. The thesis have made multiple contributions to the areas of mission modeling, operator modeling, adaptive interfaces and immersive interfaces. You can find more information at this link.

I did my PhD thesis under the direction of Antonio Barrientos Cruz and Jaime del Cerro Giner at the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) and in the context of SAVIER (Situational Awareness VIrtual EnviRonment) project of Airbus Defence & Space

The defense took place the 24 July 2018 at the School of Industrial Engineers of the Technical University of Madrid. The committee decided unanimously to qualify my PhD thesis with summa cum laude. 

sábado, 2 de junio de 2018

Summer School on Artificial Intelligence and Games 2018


I have assisted to the first international summer school on Artificial Intelligence and Games, which has taken place in Chania (Crete, Greece) between May 28 and June 1. During this week, I have learnt a lot of things about artificial intelligence applied to games for creating artificial agents, generating scenarios and studying human players. Additionally, we took part in the game jam of the summer school by developing "A Game of Drones", a drone race game where the human players has to do their best to get the goals before the artificial intelligence, which learned to play by using reinforcement learning. 



viernes, 16 de marzo de 2018

Mi tesis en 4 minutos


I have participated in the contest "Tu tesis en 4 minutos" (your PhD thesis in 4 minutes) organized by the Technical University of Madrid (UPM) in the context of "Symposium Cuéntanos tu tesis" (Tell us your PhD thesis symposium). This time I did not win one of the prizes, but I could know the works of my colleagues from other disciplines at the university and explain them my own work. And I think my presentation was not as bad as you would expect... :P


martes, 16 de enero de 2018

Cátedra UPM-CESEDEN Award to the best scientific paper



The commitee has decided to award our paper because it presents a novel technology that will have an impact on the future of defense and security. This paper was the result of months of teamwork, starting from the multi-robot missions performed in Luxembourg in 2016 and finishing at the experiments with operators developed in Spain in 2017. Therefore, I would like to say "thanks" to my colleagues who participated in this work and "congratulations" to Elena because she contributed as much as me to this success.

Here you can see the paper:

J.J. Roldán, E. Peña-Tapia, A. Martín-Barrio, M.A. Olivares-Méndez, J. del Cerro and A. Barrientos. “Multi-Robot Interfaces and Operator Situational Awareness: Study of the Impact of Immersion and Prediction”. Sensors, 17(8), 1720. 2017. Impact Factor (2016): 2.677. Article