About Francisco

Francisco is associate professor at Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, Spain) and member of Robotics Lab. He is member of the Signal Theory, Communications, Telematic Systems and Computation Department, and of the Communications ans Systems Group.

His research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Robotics, Computer Vision, Behavior Architectures, Assititive Robotics, Robot Localization and Navigation and related technologies. He has developed applications for real robotic systems such as Aibo, Nao Humanoid, Kobuki (turtlebot 2), RB-1, Lego NXT, AR-Drone in C, C++, Java, Python, Ada... He is expert in ROS, using technologies such as OpenCV, Point Cloud Library (PCL), among others.

He has teached in courses such as Operating Systems, Advanced Programming, Real Time Systems, Communications and Robotics. He supervises Final Grade Projects (TFG) in Mobile Robotics. He currently organizes the Official ROS Course at URJC.

Publications

Paper in Journals

"Social robots in advanced dementia", Meritxell Valentí Soler, Luis Agüera-Ortiz, Javier Olazarán Rodríguez, Carolina Mendoza Rebolledo, Almudena Pérez Muñoz, Irene Rodríguez Pérez, Emma Osa Ruiz, Ana Barrios Sánchez, Vanesa Herrero Cano, Laura Carrasco Chillón, Silvia Felipe Ruiz, Jorge López Alvarez, Beatriz León Salas, José María Cañas Plaza, Francisco Martín Rico, Pablo Martínez Martín. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, Sept. 2015.

"Active Visual Perception for Humanoid Robots", Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero y José María Cañas. International Journal of Humanoid Robotics. Vol. 912, nº 1, pp 1-22. 2015.

"Multi-modal Active Visual Perception System for SPL Player Robot", Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, José María Cañas y Eduardo Perdices. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. Springer. Volume 252, pp 541-556. 2014.

"Robotherapy in dementia: Pilot study", Meritxell Valentí Soler, Luis Agüera-Ortiz, Javier Olazarán Rodríguez, Carolina Mendoza Rebolledo, Almudena Pérez Muñoz, Irene Rodríguez Pérez, Emma Osa Ruiz, Ana Barrios Sánchez, Vanesa Herrero Cano, Laura Carrasco Chillón, Silvia Felipe Ruiz, Jorge López Alvarez, Beatriz León Salas, José María Cañas Plaza, Francisco Martín Rico, Pablo Martínez Martín. Alzheimers & Dementia. Vol 9-4. pp 296. 2013.

"RoboTherapy with Alzheimer Patients", Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, José María Cañas, Pablo Martínez and Meritxell Valenti. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems: Humanoid. Vol. 9, pp 1-7. 2012.

"Effective real-time visual object detection", Francisco Martín and Manuela Veloso. Progress in Artificial Intelligence. Springer. Volume 1, Issue 4. pp 259-265. 2012.

"Comparison of Smart Visual Attention Mechanisms for Humanoid Robots", Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, Luis Rubio and José María Cañas. Progress in Artificial Intelligence. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems: Smart Sensors for Smart Robots, Vol. 9, pp 1-10. 2012.

"Portable autonomous walk calibration for 4-legged robots", Boyan Bonev, Miguel Cazorla, Francisco Martín y Vicente Matellán. Applied Intelligence. Vol. 36, Issue 1, pp 136-147. 2012.

"An hybrid approach to fast and accurate localisation for legged robots", Renato Samperio, Housheng Hu, Francisco Martín y Vicente Matellán. Robotica. Cambridge University Press. Vol.26(No.6). United Kingdom. 2008.

"Localization of legged robots combining a fuzzy-Markov method and a population of extended Kalman filters", Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, Pablo Barrera, José María Cañas. Robotica. Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 55, pp 870-880, 2007.

"Jde-neoc: Component oriented software architecture for robotics", José María Cañas, Ruiz-Ayucar, J., Carlos Agüero y Francisco Martín. Journal of Physical Agents. Vol 1. pp. 1-6. 2007.

"Visual Based Localization for a Legged Robot", Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, Pablo Barrera, José María Cañas. RoboCup International Symposium 2005. Osaka (Japón), 18-19 julio, 2005.

"Multicamera 3D tracking using particle filter", Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, Pablo Barrera, José María Cañas. IADAT Journal of Advanced Technology on Imaging and Graphics. Vol 1. pp 13-15. 2005.


Book chapters

"Humanoid Soccer Player Design", Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, José María Cañas y Eduardo Perdices. Robot Soccer. Ed: Vladan Papic, pp 67-100. IN-TECH, ISBN, 978-953-307-036-0. 2010.

"Visual Based Localication for a Legged Robot with a topological representation", Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, José María Cañas y Carlos Agüero. Robot Soccer. Robot Localization and Map Building. Ed: Hanafiah Yussof. IN-TECH, ISBN: 978-953-7619-83-1. 2010.

"Visual Based Localization for a Legged Robot", Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, José María Cañas y pablo Barrera. Robot Localization and Map Building. Lecture Notes on Computer Science. Vol. LNAI-4020. pp 708-715. 2006.

"Face Verification using SVM, Influence of Illumination", Cristina Conde, Enrique Cabello, Antonio Ruiz, Francisco Martín, Sara Mata, Luis Pastor y José Manuel Moguerza.Recent Advances in Soft Computing. University of Nottingam. 2002.

Contributions to Congresses

2017

"Deep Learning and Bayesian Networks for Labelling User Activity Context Through Acoustic Signals", Francisco Rodriguez Lera, Francisco Martin Rico and Vicente Matellan Olivera. IWINAC. International Work-conference on the Interplay between Natural and Artificial Computation. A Coruña (Spain). June 2017 (Accepted)

"Dynamics maps for long-term autonomy", Jonathan Ginés Clavero, Francisco Martin Rico, Vicente Matellan Olivera, Francisco J. Lera and Jesus Balsa. 17th International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC 2017). Coimbra (Portugal). May 2017.

"Open Source Robotics Course at Engineering: Infrastructure and Methodology", Francisco Martin Rico. 8th International Conference on Robotics in Education, RiE 2017, Sofia, April 27-29, 2017.

2016

"Cybersecurity in Autonomous Systems: Evaluating the performance of hardening ROS",Francisco Javier Rodríguez Lera, Jesús Balsa, Fernando Casado, Camino Fernández, Francisco Martín Rico, and Vicente Matellán. Workshop en Agentes Físicos, pp. 47-54. 16-17 June 2016. Málaga (Spain).

"Multi-thread impact on the performance of Monte Carlo based algorithms for self-localization of robots using RGB-D sensors.",Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellan and Francisco J. Rodríguez Lera. Workshop en Agentes Físicos. 16-17 June 2016. Málaga (Spain).

"A motivational architecture to create more human-acceptable assistive robots for robotics competitions",Francisco Rodríguez Lera, Vicente Matellán, Miguel Ángel Conde, and Francisco Martín Rico. IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (ICARSC'2016), 4-6 May 2016. Bragança (Portugal).

"Design and Evaluation of a Low-Cost Robotic Arm for @Home Competitions", Francisco Rodríguez Lera, Fernando Casado, Vicente Matellán, and Francisco Martín Rico. Volume 418 of the series Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing pp 623-634. Actas del Robot 2015: Second Iberian Robotics Conference DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-27149-1_48

2015

"SIRVAMED: Development of a comprehensive robotic system for monitoring and interaction for people with acquired brain damage and dependent people",Miguel Cazorla, Jose Garcia-Rodriguez, Jose Maria Cañas Plaza, Ismael Garcia-Varea, Vicente Matellan, Francisco Martin-Rico, Jesus Martinez-Gomez, Francisco Javier Rodriguez Lera, Cristina Suarez Mejias and Maria Encarnacion Martinez Sahuquillo. CAEPIA'2015 Conferencia de la Asociación Española para la Inteligencia Artificial (CAEPIA).

"Analysis and Evaluation of a Low-Cost Robotic Arm for @Home Competitions", Francisco J. Lera, Fernando Casado, Vicente Matellán y Francisco Martín Rico. ROBOT'2015 Second Iberian Robotics Conference.

"Visual Localization based on Quadtrees", Francisco Martín Rico, ROBOT'2015 Second Iberian Robotics Conference.

"A Simple, Efficient, and Scalable Behavior-based Architecture for Robotic Applications", Francisco Martín Rico, Carlos E. Agüero Durán. ROBOT'2015 Second Iberian Robotics Conference.

2014

"A robotic platform for domestic applications". Francisco Martín Rico, José Mateos, Francisco J. Lera, Pablo Bustos y Vicente Matellán. XV Workshop en Agentes Físicos (WAF 2014).

"MYRABot+: A Feasible robotic system for interaction challenges". Francisco Martín Rico, Francisco J. Rodríguez Lera y Vicente Matellán. IEEE International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions (IEEE ICARSC) 2014.

2013

"Multi-modal Active Visual Perception System for SPL Player Robot". Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, José María Cañas y Eduardo Perdices Robot 2013. First Iberian Robotics Conference. Madrid (Sapin) Nov 2013.

"Effective visual attention for behavior-based robotic applications". Francisco Martín, Luis Rubio, Carlos E. Agüero y José M. Cañas Workshop of Physical Agents 2012. Madrid (Spain), Sept 2013.

"Robots applied to dementia: a practical experience". Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, José María Cañas, Pablo Martínez and Meritxell Valenti. RoboCity2030 11th Workshop, Robots sociales, Getafe (Spain), Mar 2013.

"Programming a Humanoid Social Robot Using the JdeRobot Framework". Borja Menéndez, José M. Cañas, Julio Vega, Raul Salamanqués, Francisco Rivas, Francisco Martín RoboCity2030 11th Workshop, Robots sociales, Getafe (Spain), Mar 2013.

2012

"RoboTherapy with Alzheimer Patients". Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero, José María Cañas, Pablo Martínez and Meritxell Valenti XIII Physical Agents Workshop. Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Sept 2012.

"Extended Kalman Filter Populations for a reliable Real Time Robot Self-localization". Francisco Martín, Carlos Agüero y José María Cañas 2012 IEEE Intelligent Vehicles Symposium Workshop. Alcalá de Henares (Spain), Jul 2012.

2010

"Effective Real-Time Visual Object Detection". Martín, F., Veloso, Manuela. 5Th Workshop on Humanoids Soccer Robots. Nashville, TN, USA. Dic.

"Using visual attention in a Nao humanoid to face the RoboCup any-ball challenge". Juan F. García, Francisco J. Rodrígue, Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán. 5Th Workshop on Humanoids Soccer Robots. Nashville, TN, USA. Dic.

"Behavior-based Iterative Component Architecture for soccer applications with the Nao humanoid". Carlos E. Agüero, Jose M. Canas, Francisco Martin and Eduardo Perdices 5Th Workshop on Humanoids Soccer Robots. Nashville, TN, USA. Dic.

"Behavior-Based Iterative Component Architecture for Robotics Aplications With the Nao Humanoid". Francisco Martín, José María Cañas, Carlos Agüero, Eduardo Perdices. XI Workshop de Agentes Físicos. Valencia (Spain).

2009

"Follow Ball Behavior for an humanoid soccer player". Martín, F., Agüero, C.E., Cañas J.M. X Workshop de Agentes Físicos. Cáceres (Spain).

"Estimación de objetos con fusión bayesiana en equipos de robots móviles". Carlos E. Agüero, José M. Cañas, Vicente Matellán and Francisco Martín Aceptado en V Workshop Robocity 2030: Cooperación en Robótica. Madrid (Spain), Feb.

2008

"Aplicación de técnicas robóticas al adelantamiento entre vehículos pesados". Carlos E. Agüero, Víctor Gómez, José M. Cañas, Vicente Matellán, Francisco Martín y Pablo Barrera Aceptado en II Workshop Robocity 2030: Robots de Exteriores. Ávila (Spain), Jul.

"Jde-neoc: component oriented software architecture for robotics". J.M.Cañas, J. Ruíz-Ayúcar, C. Agüero, F. Martín Aceptado en VIII Workshop de Agentes Físicos. Congreso Nacional de Informática CEDI-2007, Zaragoza (Spain), Sep 11-14.

2007

"MOSAIC: MOdular System AIbo Control". Carlos E.Agüero, Francisco Martín, José M. Cañas, Vicente Matellán Proceedings of RoboCity2030 1st Workshop on Arquitecturas de Control para Robots, Madrid Feb.

2006

"Communications for cooperation: the RoboCup 4-legged passing challenge". Carlos E.Agüero, Vicente Matellán, José M. Cañas, Francisco Martín y Miguel Ortuño 3rd IEEE Latin American Robotics Sysmposium. ISBN: 1-4244-0537-8. Santiago (Chile), Oct.

"Localización topológica basada en visión para robots móviles". Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, Pablo Barrera y José M. Cañas XXVII Jornadas de Automática de Almería. Almería Sep.

"Localización basada en lógica difusa y filtros de Kalman para robots con patas". Francisco Martín, Vicente Matellán, Pablo Barrera y JosÈ María Cañas Campus Multidisciplinar en Percepción e Inteligencia. Albacete Jul.

"Communications and basic coordination of robots in TeamChaos". Carlos E. Agüero, Francisco Martín, Humberto Martínez, Vicente Matellán VII Workshop de Agentes Físicos. ISBN: 84-689-8115-X. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (España), Apr.

"RoboCampeones: Aplicación de la Robótica a la Educación". Vicente Matellán, José María Cañas, Carlos Enrique Agüero, Víctor Manuel Gómez, Francisco Martín, Pablo Barrera II Jornadas de Innovación en Educación Tecnológica, Fundación Epson.

2005

"Modelos y herramientas de software libre en el campo de la robótica". P.Barrera, F.Martín, G.Robles, J.M.Cañas, V.Matellán I Congreso de Tecnologías del Software Libre. Universidade de Coruña (España), 7-8 Jul. .

"Impact of libre-software tools and methods in the robotics field". P.Barrera, G.Robles, J.M.Cañas, F.Martín, V.Matellán V Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, 17 mayo 2005, dentro de Int. Conf. on Software Engineering ICSE-2005. Actas del V Workshop on Open Source Software Engineering, St. Louis (MO, USA).

"Multicamera 3D tracking using particle filter". P.Barrera, J.M.Cañas, V.Matellán, F.Martín Actas de Int. Conf. on Multimedia, Image processing and Computer Vision, 30 marzo-1 abril 2005, Madrid, Spain. ISBN: 84-933971-5-6, pags 193-197.

2004

"Programming model based on concurrent objects for the AIBO robot". Francisco Martín Rico, Rafaela González-Careaga, José M. Cañas, Vicente Matellán Actas de las XII Jornadas de Concurrencia y Sistemas Distribuídos, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos y Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Jun.

Research projects

RoCKIn Competition

RoCKIn is an EU-funded project aiming to foster scientific progress and innovation in cognitive systems and robotics through the design and implementation of competitions.

I have been paticipating since 2013 in this competition, in the @home league.

RoboCup 4-legged

RoboCup is an international initiative that fosters research in robotics and artificial intelligence, on multi-robot systems in particular, through competitions of RoboCup Robot Soccer, RoboCup Rescue, RoboCup@Home, and RoboCupJunior. RoboCup currently includes a number of different robot soccer leagues that focus on different research challenges. The RoboCup 4-legged league is the former standard platform league, in which two teams of Aibo Robots played.

I participated in this league since 2004 to 2007, in the Teamchaos team.

RoboCup Standard Platform League

This league was the continuation of the 4-legged league. In this competition, two teams of Nao Humanoids played robot soccer.

I participated in this league since 2007 to 2013, in the SpiTeam.

Robotherapy for dementia

From 2009 to 2013 I applied the Nao Humanoids to therapies for dementia.

Currently, I am working with Clece to deploy this system in a center in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands).

ROS

The Robot Operating System (ROS) is a set of software libraries and tools that help you build robot applications. From drivers to state-of-the-art algorithms, and with powerful developer tools, ROS has what you need for your next robotics project. And it's all open source. The last years I have been using intensivelly this software for research and teaching.

Teaching

Official URJC Under Graduate

Trabajos de Fín de Grado

Official URJC Post graduate

Advanced Course of Mobile Robot Programming in ROS

Personal

Playing guitar

This video is when I started :) . Now I am proud member of the Black Fridays Rock band.

Motorclying

Proud driver of a Harley davidson 883

Basket Referee at FEB

Currently officiating EBA and LF2 (Grupo-II). In 2006-2009 en LEB.

Diving

Official PADI Rescue Diver.

Photography

To capture the World.