Angel P. del Pobil
James I University, Spain
Biography:

Angel Pasqual del Pobil is Professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Jaume I University (Spain), founder director of the UJI Robotic Intelligence Laboratory, and a Visiting Professor at Sungkyungkwan University (Korea). He holds a B.S. in Physics (Electronics, 1986) and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Robotics, 1991), both from the University of Navarra. He has been Co-Chair of two Technical Committees of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and is a member of the Governing Board of the Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) Society (2012-present) and EURON (European Robotics Research Network of Excellence, 2001-present). He has over 230 publications, including 11 books the last two published recently by Springer: Robot Physical Interaction through the combination of Vision, Tactile and Force Feedback (2013) and Robust motion detection in real-life scenarios (2012). Prof. del Pobil was co-organizer of some 40 workshops and tutorials including: five at ICRA (1996, 2000, 2010-2012), ten at IROS (2000, 2004-2013), three at RSS (2008-2010, 2012), ECAI'04, ICAR'05 and ACM/IEEE HRI 2010. He was Program Co-Chair of the 11th International Conference on Industrial and Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence, General Chair of five editions of the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing (2004-2008) and Program Chair of Adaptive Behaviour 2014. He is Associate Editor for ICRA (2009-2013) and IROS (2007-2013) and has served on the program committees of over 115 international conferences, such as IJCAI, ICPR, ICRA, IROS, EUROS, IAS, ICAR, CIRA, etc. The UJI Robotic Intelligence Lab has organized 12 consecutive editions of IURS, the International UJI Robotics School. He has been General Chair for IURS 2005 on Robotics and Neuroscience, IURS 2006 on Humanoid Robots, IURS 2009 on Visuomotor Coordination and IURS 2012 on Perceptual Robotics. He has been involved in robotics research for the last 27 years, his past and present research interests include: humanoid robots, service robotics, internet robots, motion planning, mobile manipulation, visually-guided grasping, robot perception, multimodal sensorimotor transformations, robot physical and human interaction, visual servoing, robot learning, developmental robotics, and the interplay between neurobiology and robotics. Professor del Pobil has been invited speaker of 56 tutorials, plenary talks, and seminars in 14 countries. He serves as associate or guest editor for eight journals, and as expert for research evaluation at the European Commission and the US National Science Foundation. He has supervised 15 Ph.D. Thesis, including winner and finalist of the Georges Giralt EURON PhD Award and the Robotdalen Scientific Award Honorary Mention. He has been Principal Investigator of 28 research projects. Recent projects at the Robotic Intelligence Lab funded by the European Commission include: FP6 GUARDIANS (Group of Unmanned Assistant Robots Deployed In Aggregative Navigation supported by Scent detection), FP7 EYESHOTS (Heterogeneous 3-D Perception Across Visual Fragments), and FP7 GRASP (Emergence of Cognitive Grasping through Emulation, Introspection, and Surprise). Del Pobil is an active member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and a lifetime member of the Association of the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).


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