Sunday, November 28, 2021

Somos Científicos y Científicas


This month I have taken part in the Somos Científicos y Científicas initiative of the Fundación Española para la Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT). During this time, I have had the opportunity to answer the questions of high-school students from all over Spain. They have asked me amazing questions about robotics and artificial intelligence, researchers' life, and how to become a robotics researcher. "Will robots take away our jobs?", "What will robots do in 20 years?", "How does AI work with robots?" or "What is the relationship between Maths and AI?" were some of these questions. 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

A new office partner!

The works of my Leonardo Fellowship are progressing. I have acquired an autonomous ground robot to perform the experiments. However, this robot will be important beyond this project. It will support my research on multi-robot systems, machine learning in robotics, adaptive and immersive interfaces, and robotics applied to agriculture.

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Videogames developed in class in 2020-2021

This academic year I had the opportunity to teach Introduction to Videogame Programming (Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Engineering, Autonomous University of Madrid). My students learned the main concepts of videogame programming and developed dozens of awesome videogames. In this video you can see some of them:

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Swarm vs Fire Project

Swarm vs Fire Project proposes the use of drone swarm to support the tasks of prevention, surveillance, and extinguishing of forest fires. Currently, a business model and a minimum viable product are being developed under the UAM Emprende initiative of the Autonomous University of Madrid.

We performed a first survey to analyze the problems of professionals in the tasks of fire prevention, surveillance, and extinguishing. The preliminary results of this survey are shown in the following infographics:

Then, we performed a second survey to collect their opinions about different technologies that can help to solve these problems. The preliminary results of this survey are shown in the following infographics:

We used this information to propose a concept of operation for applying drone swarms in firefighting activities. The proposed system is a fleet of quadcopters that individually are only able to visit waypoints and use payloads, but collectively can perform tasks of surveillance, mapping, monitoring, etc. We define three operator roles with different access to information and functions in the mission: mission commander, team leaders, and team members. These operators take advantage of virtual and augmented reality interfaces to get the information of the scenario and, in the case of the mission commander, control the drone swarm. The system is described in more detail in this article