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J.R. Ruiz-Sarmiento, Post-doc researcher
Address: Dpto. Ingenieria de Sistemas y Automatica, E.T.S.I. Informatica - Telecomunicacion, Universidad de Malaga, Campus Universitario de Teatinos, 29071 Malaga, Spain
Phone: +34 952 13 28 94
E-mail: jotaraul [at] uma.es
Research interests: Computer vision, Object/place recognition, Semantic Maps, Probabilistic Graphical Models, Data science, Deep learning

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José Raúl Ruiz Sarmiento
Post-doc researcher

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Brief CV

I was born in Málaga, Spain, in 1984. I received the B.Sc in "Computer Science Engineering" from the University of Málaga in July 2009, and one year later the M.Sc in "Mechatronics". Before that, in September 2008 I joined the MAPIR group. Since then, I have been involved in different projects as the TCS national project or the european one ExCITE. In January 2012 I obtained a FPU grant from the Spanish government, a great oportunity to take advantage of 4 years as PhD. student. In November 2016 I completed my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Málaga. Nowadays I'm a post-doc researcher at MAPIR.

Academic background

  • PhD in Computer Science Engineering with honors. University of Málaga, November 2016.
  • M.Sc in Mechatronics. University of Málaga, July 2010.
  • B.Sc in Computer Science Engineering. University of Málaga, July 2009.

Scientific production (publications)

  • Journal papers: 10
  • Conference papers: 19
  • Book chapters: 4
  • Technical reports: 1


  • ROBOTNIK award to the best PhD thesis in Robotics, presented in the Jornadas de Automática 2017, for the thesis entitled Probabilistic Techniques in Semantic Mapping for Mobile Robots.
  • Finalist of the IBIMA awards to the best 2017 paper for the work Robot@Home, a Robotic Dataset for Semantic Mapping of Home Environments.
  • PAAMS'11 award for scientific excellence for the work Improving Human Face Detection through ToF Cameras for Ambient Intelligence Applications
  • INFAIMON 2011 award to the best work on Applications of Computer Vision to Automatic for Cámaras basadas en tiempo de vuelo. Uso en la mejora de métodos de detección de caras.

Participation in Projects

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During this time, I have trained my skills in different areas (with a *, areas where my knowledge is somehow basic):

  • Programming stuff: C++, Visual Studio, QT Creator, CMake, Java, Eclipse.
  • Libraries: MRPT, OpenMora, WxWidgets, OpenCV, PCL, ROS*, Eigen, Boost.
  • Robotics Applications: Navigation, localization, planning (classic planning and HTN*), sensor characterization and calibration, object search.
  • Knowledge Representation: Ontologies, Fuzzy logics.
  • Machine Learning: Probabilistic graphical models (Conditional Random Fields, Markov Random Fields), Neuronal Networks, Probabilistic inference.
  • Computer Vision: Face detection and recognition, image processing, pattern search, object and room categorization.