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Josep M. Mirats Tur studied the career of Telecommunication Engineer from 1989 to 1994 at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). He took the specialization subjects of electronics and control. His research activities began with the final project proposal, which was developed at the Departament d'Enginyeria de Sistemes i Automàtica Industrial (ESAII), entitled "Design of a control interface for two tele-operated robot arms", receiving the Enginyer Superior en Telecomunicacions degree in 1995.

During his University stage he was actively involved in different student organizations. He was in the board of directors of the Fòrum de Telecomunicacions association during 1993 and 1994, which  intended to bring together the industry and the University communities. He was a student member of the IEEE. He was a founding partner of the IEEE student chapter, Aerospace and Electronics System Society (AESS), in Catalonia. In 1994, from the recently created AESS, he was one of the founders of the Annual Robot Competition held at the UPC, initiative which has been celebrated up to date. He participated during two consecutive years in the robot competition in the modalities of Sumo and Floor Surface Cleaning. On 1994 and 1995 he gave a summer course on how to design and implement a robot for those modalities in the competition.

In 1996 he joined the I+D Department of the Seat company located near Barcelona in Martorell. In 1997 he gained a research grant form the Spanish Government to make the Doctoral thesis at the Institut of Robotics and Industrial Informatics in Barcelona. On 2001, he obtained the PhD degree with the thesis entitled "Qualitative Modeling of Complex Systems by means of Fuzzy Inductive Reasoning. Variable Selection and Search Space Reduction". In 2002 he was awarded with the mention of European Doctor while working for the Consell Insular d'Eivissa i Formentera (Government of Eivissa in the Balearic Islands) in the implementation of a new telecommunication systems for voice, fixed and mobile, and data between their different buildings.

He has been as research visitor at the University of Texas (UT) in Austin (EEUU), in 1998, the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (UNINA), in Italy, in 1999, and as invited professor at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, México,  mainly during 2004.  He has been visiting the University of Cambridge, UK, as a visiting scholar at the Department of Engineering,  during summer 2008 and the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) at the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, during Nov-Dec 2008, and Dec 2009 to further study tensegrity structures.


He held a Post Doctoral position (CSIC
Ramón y Cajal contract) at the Institute of Robotics in Barcelona (IRI) from March 2006 to October 2009.

He joined Cetaqua, a non-profit Research Institution co-founded by AGBAR, the UPC and the CSIC, on October 2009. Primary research here is the use of automatic control and robotics for the efficient infrastructure management. Current projects include the Real Time Monitoring of Networks and Intrusive Multi-Sensor robot for In-pipe Inspection


Areas of interest

    Systems problem solving
            - Model Simplification
            - Fuzzy Inductive Reasoning
            - Reconstruction analysis

      
             How can a system be modelled from sensor data?
             How can we decompose a system into subsystems?
             Can the behaviour of a system be inferred from the behaviour of its subsystems?

   
    Robotics
            - Outdoor robotics
            - Cooperating robots
            - Knowledge extraction, representation and integration
            - Sensor data fusion
            - Tensegrity structures
            
             How we should represent environment knowledge for a robot to solve a generic outdoor task?

             Can information from different sensors be integrated and used efficiently to maximize knowledge?
             Can robots efficiently cooperate to solve complex tasks in outdoor environments?
             Will tensegrity structures provide us with robot-systems mimeting real life muscle-tendon systems?
                 see some curious videos on current tensegrity work in the projects page


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Campus Nord, UPC
Passeig dels Til·lers, 3
08034 Barcelona
Tel. +34 933124800
Fax. +34 933124801
jmirats@cetaqua.com