The edition of this year of the International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC 2017) has been held in the nice city of Coimbra, in Portugal, on April 26-28. MAPIR was there with the work:

J.R. Ruiz-Sarmiento, M. Guenther, C. Galindo, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, J. Hertzberg, Online Context-based Object Recognition for Mobile Robots.

More information about it here.

In the image, from left to right, José Raúl Ruiz Sarmiento, and his colleages Maradona Rodrigues from WMG, University of Warwick, and Elie Zemmour, from the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

The second meeting of the MoveCare project has been held in the Parador Nacional of Jarandilla de la Vega (Extremadura, Spain) in the beginning of April, hosted by the Consejería de Sanidad y Políticas Sociales - Junta de Extremadura. During an intense day of work, the partners presented the on-going work that is being carried out in the different workpackages, providing this way, an updated view of the project evolution, and could share questions and knowledge to overcome the issues so far.

MoveCare 2nd Meeting

MoveCare group photo.

MoveCare 2nd Meeting

Some moments of the Meeting.

The MoveCare project has started! Javier Gonzalez, Cipriano Galindo and Francisco-Angel Moreno attended the project Kick-off Meeting in Milan in mid-January. Two intense days of presentations, talks and brainstorming to start the ambitious tasks included in MoveCare. The partners found a great opportunity to gather in the University of Milan and exchange ideas, concerns and collaboration plans for the next months. Thanks to Alberto Borghese for his hospitality.

MoveCare KoM

MoveCare group photo.

MoveCare KoM

Some moments of the Kick-off Meeting.

Jose Raul Ruiz Sarmiento defended his doctoral dissertation entitled "Probabilistic Techniques in Semantic Mapping for Mobile Robotics" on November 25th, 2016. The hard work and perseverance shown during his PhD, rewarded him with the Cum Laude calification. Congratulations!


Everithing is ready for the show.


Raul during his presentation, the committee menbers: Antonio Jesús Bandera, Luís Filipe de Seabra, and José Luis Blanco, paid great attention to his words.


Raul with the whole MAPIR group after his defense. Time to smile and celebrate.

To strengthen the colaborations between the different reserch groups and medical facilities that compose the Institute of Biomedical Research in Malaga (IBIMA), the last 23th November 2016 the institute held a co-working day. Our group participated in such event with a short presentation of our work and objectives, as well as stablishing interesting relationships for biomedical related projects.

Achim Liliethal Visit

Javier Gonzalez during his presentation of the MAPIR research lines.

To share the knowledge and technical advances of our lab, the MAPIR group (represented on this occasion by Javier G. Monroy) attended the SMART RURAL "FIMART" innovation fair. In its third edition, this innovation fair brought together companies and research facilities with the aim to promote technology transfer and innovation in rural areas.

Javier G Monroy and Sofia Trapero (UMA Office for Transfer of Research Results) during a meeting with companies in the sector.

Jesus Briales attended IROS 2016 in Daejeon, Korea, with the works titled:

  • J. Briales, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "Fast Global Optimality Verification in 3D SLAM", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016.
  • R. Gomez-Ojeda, J. Briales, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "PL-SVO: Semi-Direct Monocular Visual Odometry by Combining Points and Line Segments", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2016.

Jesus Briales during his presentation

Farewell dinner

Once again, the MAPIR group has contributed to the summer school held at the University of Malaga during July 2016 (official page in Spanish). The courses were intended to teach the basics of robotics to the most qualified high school students from all around Spain. After an intense week of lectures, practices, and two final projects in which all the students had to design and implement reactive behaviors in C-style programming language in the Lego Mindstrorms robots, the students visited our laboratory to see real mobile robots, how they work, and what sensors, actuators, and algorithms do they use to solve some real tasks.

We enjoyed the visit and hope that, in a few years, some of these enthusiastic students join the lab to help us bringing robots to a new level.

Paco showing Sancho's abilities to two student groups.

The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society’s biggest conference and one of the leading international forums for robotics researchers to present their work. In the 2016 conference held in Stockhold, Sweden, the MAPIR group was represented by Mariano Jaimez and Ruben Gómez who presented their works:

  • R. Gomez-Ojeda, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "Robust Stereo Visual Odometry through a Probabilistic Combination of Points and Line Segments", 2016 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Stockholm, Sweden, IEEE, pp. 2521 - 2526, 2016.
  • M. Jaimez, J. G. Monroy, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "Planar Odometry from a Radial Laser Scanner. A Range Flow-based Approach", IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Stockholm, Sweden, pp. 4479-4485, 2016.

Ruben and Mariano at the conference venue.

Ruben Gomez during his presentation.

Mariano, Ruben and their new friend Tiago!.

Javier G. Monroy and Francisco Moreno Dueñas represented the MAPIR research group at the Technology Transfer TTAndalucía workshop in the field of Smart Cities.
The main objective of this workshop is to create a forum between University and enterprises intended for professionals, companies, research groups and centers in this sector. It holds bilateral meetings in order to establish technology transfer agreements related to the latest innovations in the sector, as well as to promove the colaboration by means of research projects.
We look forward to sucessfull collaborations!

The Mapir team attended to IROS 2015 in Hamburg, contributing with two works (check them in our publication list):

J.R. Ruiz-Sarmiento, C. Galindo, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "Joint Categorization of Objects and Rooms for Mobile Robots", IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015.

J. Briales, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "A minimal solution for the Calibration of a 2D Laser-Rangefinder and a Camera based on Scene Corners",IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015.

(from left to right) Edu, Raul, and Jesús, mapir members, in the IROS15 conference site. Right)

The Mapir team attended to ICRA 2015 in Seattle, contributing with three works (check them in our publication list):

- R. Gomez-Ojeda, J. Briales, E. Fernandez-Moral, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "Extrinsic Calibration of a 2D Laser-Rangefinder and a Camera based on Scene Corners", and

- M. Jaimez, M. Souiai, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, D. Cremers, "A Primal-Dual Framework for Real-Time Dense RGB-D Scene Flow"

- E. Fernandez-Moral, V. Arevalo, J. Gonzalez-Jimenez, "Extrinsic Calibration of a Set of 2D Laser Rangefinders"


From left to right: Jesús Briales, Eduardo Fernandez, Ruben Gomez, and Mariano Jaimez



 Ruben and Mariano met some good friends there...


Francisco Moreno Dueñas presented his PhD. thesis entitled "Stereo Visual SLAM for Mobile Robots Navigation" on April, 22nd, 2015. He got the cum laude calification for his work.


Francisco Moreno (a.k.a. Paco) during his presentation



Left, the PhD. committee + Paco (from left to right): Alfonso Garcia, Jose J. Guerrero, Patrick Rives, Paco, Cipriano Galindo and Carlos Balaguer. Right, The proud PhD. advisors, Jose Luis Blanco and Javier Gonzalez

The final review of the European project GiraffPlus took place in Rome on February, 26th, 2015. During the meeting, different components of the system were shown in-situ and the overall project got an excellent score by the reviewers.


The GiraffPlus consortium waiting the reviewers' deliberation

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Javier G. Monroy and Angel Martinez-Tenor attended to the IEEE Sensors Conference held in Valencia, November 2014.

Javier G. Monroy in his talk.


Conference dinner. From right to left: Angel Martinez-Tenor (MAPIR), Haruka Matsukura (Japan), Hiroshi Ishida (Japan), Javier G. Monroy (MAPIR), and Victor Hernandez (Sweden)


Eduardo Fernandez presented his PhD. entitled "Contributions to metric-topological localization and mapping in mobile robotics", supervised by Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez and Vicente Arevalo on October, 27th 2014

From left to right: Edu, Juan-Antonio Fernández, José M. Martínez-Montiel, Alfonso García, Henrik Andreasson, and Óscar Reinoso

From left to right: Vicente Arévalo, Óscar Reinoso, José M. Martínez-Montiel, Edu, Javier González, Henrik Andreasson, Juan Antonio Fernandez, and Alfonso García.

Andres Gongora presented his M.Sc. entitled "Modificación hardware y software de un multirotor para su utilización como vehículo autónomo", supervised by Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez on October, 23rd. 2014.


Jesus Briales presented his M.Sc. entitled "Procedimiento para Calibración de Cámara-Escáner Láser con Estructuras Ortogonales", supervised by Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez on November, 3rd. 2014.

Dr. Hiroshi Ishida y Dr. Haruka Matsukura from the Graduate School of Bio-Applications & Systems Engineering at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology visited out laboratoy [31st Oct. 2014]



 From left to right: Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez, Haruka Matsukura, Hiroshi Ishida, Cipriano Galindo, Javier Gonzalez-Monroy, and Carlos Sanchez

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