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About the author
Jorge Villagra graduated in Industrial Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid in 2002. He received his PhD in Real-Time Computer Science, Robotics and Automatic Control at the École des Mines de Paris (France) in 2006. He was first granted with a 3 years CIFRE Program in PSA-Peugeot-Citroën and then with a post-doctoral fellowship at a Joint Research Unit INRIA-Mines ParisTech (France). The results of the PhD were granted with the Prize for the Best dissertation in Automatic Control in France in 2006. From 2007 to 2009 he held a position of Visiting Professor at the University Carlos III (Spain). He then received a 3 year JAEDoc fellowship at the AUTOPÍA Program in the Center for Automation and Robotics UPM-CSIC (Spain), where he spent one additional year funded by a research contract. From 2013 until August 2016 he led the Department of ADAS and Highly Automated Driving Systems at Ixion Industry & Aerospace SL, where he also coordinated all the activities in the EU R&D Funding Programmes. He is leading AUTOPÍA Program at CSIC since October 2016.
He has developed his research activity in 6 different entities with a very intense activity in project setup and management, through 25 projects – 1 EU FP6, 2 EU FP7, 5 EU H2020, 4 private contracts in France with Large Enterprises (PSA and VALEO), 12 national projects and 1 regional project. He is or has been IP of 9 of these projects (6 european, 3 national). He has published over 70 papers in international journals and conferences on advanced mechatronic design, data-driven or model-free control and new probabilistic approaches for embedded components in autonomous vehicles.