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

Quinta edición del Congreso Nacional CENTAC de Tecnologías de la Accesibilidad. Tendrá lugar los días 15 y 16 de octubre 2014 en la Real Fábrica de Tabacos de Málaga 

Javier González-Jiménez presenta el proyecto GiraffPlus y los trabajos del Grupo MAPIR sobre “Robots personales para promover la vida independiente de personas mayores”




Jose Raul Ruiz Sarmiento presented his work Mobile Robot Object Recognition through the Synergy of Probabilistic Graphical Models and Semantic Knowledge", at the European Conf. on Artificial Intelligence. Workshop on Cognitive Robotics, held in Prague this summer.


Researchers from the MAchine Perception and Intelligent Robotics (MAPIR) group of the System Engineering and Automation Dpt. of the  University of Málaga have implemented a web-based graphical interface to control remote robots that guarantees the continuity and reability of such control when some of the components of the system, like the network communications or the application software, produce non-deterministic time delays in the transmission of sensory data from the robot to the human operator. This interface has been developed in the context of the research project Remote Optimal, Adaptative Control of Mobile Robots

Full media publication (in Spanish)

Mapir attends to the second review meeting of the GiraffPlus European project in Brussels. (March 7th, 2014)


From left to right: Carlos Gutierrez, Filippo Palumbo, Andrea Orlandini, Amedeo Cesta, Antonio Damasceno, Marcello Turno, Britt Östlund, Gabriella Cortellesa, Annica Kristoffersson, Amy Loutfi, Cipriano Galindo, Javier Gonzalez, Stephen von Rump, and Ales Stimec


Javier G. Monroy presented his PhD. dissertation, entitled: Advances in Gas Sensing and Mapping for Mobile Robotics", on 20th November, 2013. The advisors were Prof. Javier Gonzalez Jiménez and Jose Luis Blanco-Claraco.


 PhD Javier G. Monroy during his exposition.


Members of the committee were Professors Achim Lilienthal (Örebro university, Sweden), Lino Marquez (Coimbra university, Portugal), Santiago Marco (IBEC Barcelona, Spain), Juan Antonio Fernandez-Madrigal (Malaga university, Spain), and Alfonso Garcia-Cerezo (Malaga university, Spain)


Members of the committee attending to the exposition. 

All committee members and supervisors: (From left to right) 
Jose Luis Blanco, Alfonso Garcia-Cerezo, Achim Lilienthal, Javier G. Monroy, 
Lino Marques, Santiago Marco, Juan Antonio Fernandez-Madrigal and Javier Gonzalez-Jimenez



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Announcement of the


 IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI)


Dr. Oscar Martinez Mozos, University of Lincoln, UK 

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Prof. Cipriano Galindo, University of Malaga, Spain 

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Prof. Adriana Tapus, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Techniques Avancees, France 

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According to the United Nations, the population ageing during the twenty first century is "unprecedented." By 2050, 2 billion persons over the age of 60 are projected to be alive, implying that their number will once again triple over a span of 50 years. This projection suggests a rapid increment in the number of people with dementia and other disabilities related to ageing. At the same time, the world ratio of disabilities and impairment cases not directly related to elderly people will also augment. For example, the World Health Organization indicates a twofold increase in the magnitude of visual impairment in the world by 2020 in comparison to 1996. These cases are due mainly the rapid growing of the population in less developed regions. Finally, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development warns about future shortages of available health workers and doctors. If we join the previous three factors, we get a new situation in which the world needs "extra" help for facing health and medical related problems.

Quality of Life (QoL) technologies have emerged as the concept of applying findings from different technological areas to assist people in their daily life activities, and to help health workers, caregivers, and doctors in their tasks. It is of particular interests the QoL technologies based on artificial intelligence. Therefore, we invite researchers from the fields of computer science, robotics and autonomous systems, bioengineering, and medicine, among others to submit their original works.


The ultimate goal of this special issue is to become a reference for researches in different domains that are interested in computer-based intelligent technologies for improving the quality if life.




Examples of topics of interest include, but are not limited to:


- Medical technologies: health/cognitive information/monitoring systems, brain computer interfaces, intelligent prosthesis, bio-signal/image analysis and interpretation, diagnosis, etc.


- Ambient intelligence: intelligent/smart rooms and houses, people activity monitoring and recognition, detection of accidents, wearable intelligent sensors, etc.


- Robotics: personal and service robotics, rehabilitation robotics, cognitive robotics, tele-presence, etc.


- Performance metrics and evaluation of intelligent systems for Quality of Life.




Submission of Manuscripts: 15 December 2013

First reviews due: 15 February 2014

Final Decision: 1 April 2014

Publication: 1 June 2014




For up-to-date information about the submission process please check:


The regional tv program "Tesis" broadcasted one of our testsites where Giraff has been deployed under the ExCITE European project. Here is the full video (in Spanish, contact for further information). Please forward till 27:50


( 5/11/12)

Los barman del mundo ya pueden temblar, porque les ha salido un duro competidor. Se trata deRhodon, un robot que ha sido diseñado por un grupo de universitarios malagueños y que ha sido programado para preparar gintonics.


Noticia completa aquí.

The mid-term review meeting of the Excite project was held on 6th and 7th February 2011 at the University of Malaga. A great opportunity to meet altogether!


The Excite team

Testing the connectivity of the Giraff robot at Sweden



La Universidad de Málaga a través del grupode investigación MAPIR, perteneciente al departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática, ha desarrollado el robot Rhodon, un dispositivo que cuenta con una ‘nariz electrónica’ capaz de detectar, reconocer y localizar concentraciones de gases para elaborar mapas de olores en 2D y 3D a través de los cuales minimizar los posibles riesgos para operadores humanos.


Mapa de concentraciones de gases obtenido por Rhodon


[Noticia completa aquí]

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