Ramon y Cajal Professor at Universitat Jaume I, Spain
Currently, I am a Ramon-y-Cajal professor/researcher at Universitat Jaume I, Spain.
My research expertise lies in Qualitative Spatio-Temporal Reasoning (QSTR) applied to robotics and to ambient intelligent systems. Recently I lead a new research line on defining qualitative models for solving spatial reasoning challenges to help people to improve their spatial cognition skills. Through all my research experience, I developed a multidisciplinary background which, apart from Qualitative Reasoning, Knowledge Representation techniques and Human-Machine Interaction, also includes Machine Learning, Colour Cognition, Bioinformatics, Geographic Information Systems and Creative and Spatial Problem Solving.
I am a member of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) and secretary at the main board of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (ACIA). I am also a member of the Cognitive Science Society and the Spatial Learning Network at the Spatial Intelligence Learning Center (SILC) by the National Science Foundation (NCS) in USA.
Researcher at Bremen Spatial Cognition Center
From 2012 until 2019, I carried out research at Bremen Spatial Cognition Center, at the University of Bremen.
In 2012 I started as a postdoc researcher at the University of Bremen after receiving a 03 Brückenstelle in die Post-Doc-Phase by the Exzellent Initiative.
In 2013 I was awarded a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowships for Career Development, European Commission under the FP7 call reference FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF to carry on a project on Cognitive Scene Descriptions (Cognitive-AmI) as the principal investigator (PI).
For 2015-2019, I directed a project on Cognitive Qualitative Descriptions and Applications (CogQDA) funded by the Exzellent Initiative at Universität Bremen.
I was also a member of the association Científicos Españoles en la República Federal de Alemania (CERFA) and the director of my area delegation for 2 years.
Junior Fellow at HWK, Delmenhorst, Germany
During this time, I was also Junior Fellow at the Hanse Wissenschaft Kolleg (HWK) of Advanced Studies in Delmenhorst, where I carried out the project "ProSocrates: Problem Solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems".
About my PhD and industrial transference
In 2004, I graduated in Computer Science Engineering at Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain. In 2006, I was awarded a scholarship by Generalitat Valenciana (Spain) to carry out my PhD thesis in Qualitative Representations applied to Robotics.
From 2010 to 2011, I was a research engineer in Cognitive Robots SL where I applied some methods of my thesis to the automation of scrubber machines.
In 2011, I got my joint Dr./Dr-Ing. title by Universitat Jaume I and Universität Bremen (Germany).