Pedro J Sanz


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Office: TI-2103-DD
Tel.: +34 964 728 285
Fax: +34 964 728 486
Universitat Jaume I
Avda. Vicente Sos Baynat s/n
E-12071, Castellón, Spain
 

 

Short biography: 

Pedro J. Sanz is Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at Jaume I University (Spain), and head of the Interaction and Robotic Systems Lab. He holds a B.Sc. in Physics by the University of Valencia (1985, Spain), M.Sc in Engineering (CAD/CAM) from the Technical University of Valencia (1989, Spain) and a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering by the Jaume I University of Castellon (1996, Spain). His current research interests are Multisensory based Grasping and Dexterous Manipulation, Telerobotics and Human-Robot Interaction, all of them applied to any kind of real service robotics scenarios, including assistive and underwater robotics. Dr. Sanz was a 1996 recipient of the “Best Thesis in Electronics and Computer Science Domains”, National Research Prize, from the “Artigas Spanish Foundation” (Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain). Dr. Sanz has been active since 1990 in R&D within several projects on Advanced Robotics and Multimedia Interfaces. He is author or co-author of a broad range of research publications and is an active member of different scientific societies such as IEEE Robotics and Automation, IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IAPR, AERFAI (Spanish Association of Pattern Recognition and Image Analysis), ECCAI and AEPIA (Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence).
He has been appointed as Visiting Scientist at the Institute for Real-Time Computer Systems (Technische Universität München, GERMANY), periods in 2000 and 2001, at LASMEA (“Le LAboratoire des Sciences et Matériaux pour l'Electronique et d'Automatique, Univ. Blaise Pascal, FRANCE), in 2002, and at LAR-DEIS (Laboratory of Automation and Robotics of D.E.I.S., Department of Electronics, Computer Science and Systems of the University of Bologna, ITALY) during eight months (Sabbatical Period in 2008).
He was a member of the organizing committee of the 11th International Conference on Industrial & Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence & Expert Systems (IEA-AIE'98). Chair of several Tutorials and Workshops within outstanding International Conferences on Robotics. Co-chair of the Interest Group on “Manipulation and grasping” within the European Robotics Research Network (EURON). Finally, he has served as program committee member of several international conferences and as editor of some well-known international journals (IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics (C), since 2005 and IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, since 2008).

 
Reseach area: 

My research interests center on the grasping and manipulation skills for any kind of artificial systems (e.g. mobile manipulators). In order to succeed with uncertainty in unstructured domains, different perceptual capabilities are explored and some Artificial Intelligence approaches are investigating, including learning from experience and following a knowledge-based methodology. In particular, the main topics related with this research are: Multisensory based Grasping and Dexterous Manipulation, Telerobotics and Human-Robot Interaction, all of them applied to any kind of real service robotics scenarios, including assistive and underwater robotics.