Hi! I’m Juanma Gandarias,

I am an Assistant Professor in the Systems Engineering and Automation Department and a researcher at the Robotics and Mechatronics group at the University of Malaga.

My research interests include physical Human-Robot Interaction, human modeling, haptics, and soft robotics.

Here you can find preprints of my publications, overviews of past and ongoing research projects, teaching material, and my contact information.

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Juan M. Gandarias

Juan M. Gandarias

Assistant Professor

University of Malaga

Biography

Juan M. Gandarias is an Assistant Professor at the Systems Engineering and Automation Department at the University of Malaga, Spain, where he conducts his research in the Robotics and Mechatronics Lab. Previously, he received his B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Malaga, Spain, in 2015 with a spezialization in Robotics, Automation and Control. He received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of Malaga in 2017 and 2020, respectively. During his PhD he was a Ph.D. visitor at the Soft Haptics & Robotics Lab at the University College London. Lately, from 2020 to 2023, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Human-Robot Interfaces and Interaction group at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), where he was a researcher in the Horizon-2020 project SOPHIA, ERC project Ergo-Lean, and the Real-Move project awarded with an ERC-POC grant. During his time in IIT he also participated in other projects, and academic and technology transfer initiatives. He has also contributed to several Spanish, Italian and European research projects related to search-and-rescue, physical robotic assistance, and Human-Robot Collaboration in Industrial environments. He is the author of several publications in flagship international journals and conferences in the fields of robotics and automation. He is also the inventor of one international patent. He has contributed as academic editor of special issues in scientific journals, conferences and international workshops. He has served as a reviewer for high-relevance journals and conferences such as IEEE RAM, RA-L, ICRA, IROS, ToH, or RCIM among others.

Awards and honors

  • IROS 2022 Best Paper Award Finalist on Mobile Manipulation sponsored by OMRON Sinic X Corp.
  • Best PhD in Mechatronics Engineering Award from the University of Malaga.
  • Ph.D. Thesis with honors (Cum Laude). Intelligent Haptic Perception for Physical Robot Interaction.
  • Travel award IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2022).
  • Grant from the European Commission for the completion of the Ph.D. Thesis. BES-2016-078237.
  • M.S. Thesis with honors. Applications of tactile perception to rescue robotics, 2017.
  • B.S. Thesis with honors. Enhanced control of an admittance-type haptic device for education, 2015.

Workshops Organization

Committees

  • IEEE International Congerence on Autonomous Robots (ICAR), Associate Editor, 2023.
  • Teh Sixth Iberian Robotics Conference (ROBOT), International Program Committee, 2023.
  • IEEE RAS Young Reviewers Program, Senior Reviewer, 2023.
  • IEEE International Conference on Advanced Robotics and its Social Impacts (ARSO), Session Chair, 2023.
  • Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Robot Design, Review Editor, 2022.
  • MDPI Sensors, Guest Editor of the Special Issue on Robotic Contact with the Human Body in Physical Human-Robot Interaction, 2021.
Interests
  • Physical Human-Robot Interaction
  • Human Modeling
  • Haptics
  • Soft Robotics
Education
  • Ph.D. in Mechatronics Engineering, 2020

    University of Malaga

  • M.S. in Mechatronics Engineering, 2017

    University of Malaga

  • B.S. in Indsutrial Engineering. Robotics, Automation and Control., 2015

    University of Malaga

Academic Career

 
 
 
 
 
University of Malaga
Assistant Professor
July 2023 – Present Malaga, Spain
  • Teaching
  • Academic research
  • Mentoring PhD, MS, and BS students
  • Project management
 
 
 
 
 
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Postdoctoral Researcher
October 2020 – July 2023 Genova, Italy
  • Academic research
  • Mentoring PhD, MS, and BS students
  • Project management
 
 
 
 
 
University of Malaga
Postdoctoral Researcher
March 2020 – October 2020 Malaga, Spain
  • Academic research
  • Mentoring PhD, MS, and BS students
  • Teaching assistant in laboratory sessions
 
 
 
 
 
University College London
PhD Research Visitor
March 2019 – July 2019 London, UK
  • Academic research
  • Mentoring MS students
 
 
 
 
 
University of Malaga
PhD Student
April 2017 – March 2020 Malaga, Spain
  • Academic research
  • Mentoring MS and BS students
  • Teaching assistant in laboratory sessions

Publications

Featured Publications

(2019). Grasping Angle Estimation of Human Forearm with Underactuated Grippers Using Proprioceptive Feedback. ROBOT 2019.

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(2019). Underactuated Gripper with Forearm Roll Estimation for Human Limbs Manipulation in Rescue Robotics. IROS 2019.

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(2019). Diseño de una pinza subactuada híbrida soft-rigid con sensores hápticos para interacción física segura robot-humano. Jornadas de Automática 2019.

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(2018). Methods for Autonomous Wristband Placement with a Search-and-Rescue Aerial Manipulator. IROS 2018.

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(2018). Uso de Google Classroom como repositorio de robótica práctica: PieroAcademy. Jornadas de Automática 2018.

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