Research

The overall goal of my research is the construction of fully autonomous systems and its application to continuous process systems.

The research has been focused on modeling and control of complex and large systems.

Additionally my research includes developing a model-centric cognitive architecture to be used with different formalisms and applications.

Lately I've been working on the use of functional models for risk detection and fault tolerant control in chemical plants, so I am quite involved and interested in Process Safety, tackling it from a Systems Theory and Model Based perspective. I am applying the STAMP - STPA approach to the Process Industry and working on using it integrated with functional models.

 Another part of my research is related to bioenergy, I have been collaborating in several industrial projects in the last years.

This is a list of the research projects I've been involved:

 

2016. "Simulation of multi product integrated biorrefineries: evaluation of different routes using ionic liquids". UPM-LatinAmerica Cooperation Project. 

2015. "Lignocellulosic based biorefinery using ionic liquids". UPM-LatinAmerica Cooperation Project.

2015. " Analysis of new opportunities for revamping fertilizer plants in East Europe". Inypsa.

2014-2018. "Use of Ionic Liquids as substitutes of organic solvents in processes and products." Comunidad Autónoma de Madrid funded project.

2013. "Feasibility study on the production of ethanol from pataca". Funded by 3i Ingeniería

2012-2014. "Municipal Solid Waste to Fuel process". Funded by BEFESA

2009-2012. "HUMANOBS: Humanoids that learn Socio-communicative Skills by Observation". UE funded project. IST program.

2011. "Clean energy generation using sustainable resources". UPM-LatinAmerica Cooperation Project.

2010-2011. "Glycerol Catalytic Reforming to produce Synthesis Gas". Funded by BEFESA.

2007-2009. "C3: Conscious Cognitive Control". Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.

2004-2006. "COMPARE: A Component Approach to Real-Time and Embedded". UE funded project. IST program.

2004. "MERCED: Market Enabler for Retargetable COTS Components in Embedded Domain". ITEA Project (Information Technology for European Advancement)

2002-2004. "SAM: Modular Autonomous Systems". Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology.

2002-2003. "HRTC: Hard Real-Time CORBA". UE funded project. IST program

2000-2001. "New process design using a Reactive Distillation Column". Funded by Repsol.

1998-1999. "Model.la Phenomena Based language". Funded by NSF (National Science Foundation) developed at MIT

1996-1997. "Physical Properties Inference using Neural Networks". Funded by Repsol

1994-1997. "MITA: Integration Methodologies and Advanced Technologies for Intelligent Process Control". Funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Technology (TAP94-0086).