Organizers

Pham Huy Nguyen

Dr. Pham Huy Nguyen is currently a postdoctoral researcher with the Aerial Robotics Lab at Imperial College London, UK. His research is focused on the development of various novel physically intelligent, bio-inspired aerial robotic platforms that utilize soft sensing and actuation schemes. Previously, he received the B.S.E in Mechatronics from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok, Thailand in 2013 and the M.Sc. degree in Robotics from the EMARO (European Masters in Advanced Robotics) program in 2015. The EMARO program is a two year program, with the first year at École Centrale de Nantes, France, and the second year at Università Degli Studi di Genova, Italy. He received the Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the Arizona State University, USA, in Fall 2020.


Begoña Arrue

Begoña Arrue Arrue is Professor at the University of Seville, Spain, and a faculty member of GRVC Robotics Laboratory. She obtained her MSc and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 1991 and 1993, respectively, both at the University of Virginia (USA). In 1994, she joined the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation of the University of Seville. She has participated in more than 30 research projects, including projects funded by the EU in various Framework Programs, including the EUFIRELAB project (Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development. EVG1- 2001-00024. 2002-2006). Currently, she is working on several projects such as GRIFFIN, AERIAL-CORE, PILOTING, RESIST and is co-responsible for the European projects TERRINET and RIMA. Her research work is included in numerous publications: articles in prestigious journals, book chapters, and conference proceedings. Her research interest includes the areas of robotics and intelligent systems, principally: perception, artificial intelligence, aerial and multi- robots, manipulation and planning, soft robotics, bioinspired robots, embodied intelligence.

Aníbal Ollero Baturone

Prof. Anibal Ollero is full Professor Head of GRVC at University Seville, and Scientific Advisor of the Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) also in Seville. He has been full professor at the Universities of Santiago in the Vigo Campus and Malaga (Spain). In all these institutions he has funded research groups and laboratories. He has been also researcher at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) and LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France). He authored more than 800 publications, including 9 books and 235 papers in journals of the citation index and has been editor of 13 books. He has been supervisor or co-supervisor of 47 PhD Thesis. He leads more than 170 research projects and contracts with industries, participating in more than 35 projects of the European Research Programmes being coordinator of 7 and associated or deputy coordinator of 3. He is the principal investigator of the Advanced ERC Grant GRIFFIN on bioinspired aerial robots. In these projects he developed several world-wide innovations, particularly in aerial robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the aerial robotic manipulation, the fully autonomous landing on mobile platforms, the transportation of a load by means of several autonomous helicopters, and the cooperation of multiple unmanned aerial systems for detection and monitoring applications. He received 28 Research awards including Spanish National Award in Research (Engineering), Rei Jaume I in New Technologies (2019), Global Winner of the Innovation Radar Prize of the European Commission in the Information and Communication Technologies 2017, elected between the three European Innovators of the Year 2017 and included between the European personalities of the Year 2017, between others.

Mirko Kovač

Prof. Mirko Kovac is Head of the Materials and Technology Center of Robotics at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. He is also Director of the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London and Royal Society Wolfson Fellow. His research is focused on the development of flying and biohybrid soft robotic solutions for digital infrastructure systems. Prof. Kovac's particular specialization is in robot design, hardware development, and multi-modal robot mobility. Previously, he was a post-doctoral researcher at the Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory as part of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University in Cambridge, USA. He obtained his Ph.D. with the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) in 2005. During his studies, he was a research associate with the University of California in Berkeley USA, RIETER Automotive Switzerland, the WARTSILA Diesel Technology Division in Switzerland, and CISERV in Singapore. Since 2006, he has presented his work in more than 70 international proceedings and journals and has won several best paper awards. He has also delivered more than 30 keynote lectures and he regularly acts as an advisor to government, investment funds, and industry on robotics opportunities.