About me...

WASP Associate Professor at Umeå University, Sweden

Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and SW Program

Prof. Zoe Falomir is a WASP associate professor at Computing Science Department, Umeå University, Sweden, where she carries out a research project under the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program.

She earned her double PhD title at the University of Bremen, Germany, and at University Jaume I, Spain. She got an Extraordinary PhD Award in Experimental Sciences and Technology at UJI. At the last stage of her PhD, she carried out industry technology transfer at the company C-Robots. She got the City of Castellón Experimental Science award for her contribution to the automation of scrubber machines and automatic mosaic assembling.

As a postdoc, she worked for 7 years at Bremen Spatial Cognition Centre (Germany), where she was Marie Curie Fellow, Junior Fellow at Hansewissenschaftkolleg, and principal investigator of several research projects funded by the Excellent Initiative, and for 2 years at Universitat Jaume I with a prestigious Ramon-y-Cajal tenure professorship awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science.

Over the past two decades, she has authored approximately more than 40 AI-related journal articles, collaborating with more than 50 different co-authors and her Erdös number is 4. She also contributed 2 books, 5 proceedings books, 19 book chapters and 50+ papers in conferences.

Her research interest are multidisciplinar and include Spatial Reasoning, Knowledge Representation, Human-Machine Interaction, Machine Learning, Cognitive Systems, and Creative Problem Solving.

She is a member of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI) and secretary at the main board of the Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (ACIA); and 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.

Ramon y Cajal Researcher at Universitat Jaume I, Spain

I was a Ramon-y-Cajal professor/researcher at Universitat Jaume I (UJI), Spain (2021-2023).

I coordinated the project XAI4SOC: Explainable Artificial Intelligence for Healthy Aging and Social Wellbeing at UJI-chapter. XAI4SOC is a joint research project with CITIUS "Centro Singular de Investigación en Tecnoloxías Intelixentes" at University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, which was awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Science. Prof. Jose Maria Alonso coordinated the US-chapter.

I was also involved in the "Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence: Technical, Ethical, Legal, Cultural and Socio-economic Challenges (TELSEC4TAI)" representing the research group at UJI.

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).