José Baca, Ph.D.
He is a research associate in the Computer Science Department at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and assistant director of the CMANTIC Robotics Lab. His research interests include the development and integration of modular robots and modular mechatronic systems into different research fields and cross-cutting applications such as in space, industry, medicine, sports, and education.
Dr. Baca has been working in the modular robotics field for over 9 years and his work has led to multiple publications in leading conferences and journals, and has organized and co-chaired workshops on his field. In 2012, he joined the CMANTIC Robotics Lab as a postdoctoral fellow to continue his research field on a NASA-funded modular robotic project for planetary exploration. In 2015, he received external grants from the NASA Nebraska Space Grant consortium to work on the development of robotic technologies that support crew health and performance in long duration space exploration missions and on the development of an educational robotic suite to engage middle and high school students in robotics. Recently, he has been awarded a new grant from the Peter Kiewit Institute to continue his work on modular robots and improve the mobility and agility of post-stroke patients via assessment and exercise of human movement.
He is currently collaborating in four main research fields: