About me

I feel very comfortable working with multidisciplinary research groups. For example, I have worked with biologists during a research about ants behavior and their exploration techniques (I have two conference articles in this area, entitled: Following an Ant’s path by a Mobile Robot and Harvest activity and Termal threshold of Acromyrmex Lobicornis ant), and with bioengineers and psychologists during my work with Human Machine Interfaces. I have been working with psychologists because we were studying how the biofeedback is related with the cognitive process of individuals that present some kind of physical disability.

I’m currently gathering (and leading) a group of academic and young researchers from Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, with whom I started the research group called GRAI (in spanish: Grupo de Robótica Autónoma e Industrial; in English: Autonomous and Industrial Robotics Research Group). We currently have one common research project with the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, Brazil, two master students and around ten graduation strudents.

Additionally, I’m starting collaboration research with the following Professors and Researchers: Giulio Reina (Università de Salento, Italy), Karl Iagnemma (MIT, USA), José Guivant (University of New South Wales, Australia) and Miguel Torres-Torriti (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile). I also maintain active collaboration with Argentina, Brazil and Portugal.

Biography

Dr. Fernando A. Auat Cheein is an Assistant Professor at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, in Valparaíso, Chile, since 2013. He received his degree in Electronics Engineering -with honors- from the Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, Argentina, in 2002, becoming one of the youngest engineers in Argentina, the Master and the Doctorate degree in Control Systems from the Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina, in 2005 and 2009 respectively, obtaining in both, the excellence grade. His Master’s thesis concerned the development of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) for controlling robotic devices (robot manipulators, mobile robots and robotic wheelchairs). His doctorate’s thesis focused on SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) algorithms applied to mobile vehicles, including robotic wheelchairs. He has several publications in both the robotics field and the rehabilitation field.

He started his researcher carreer during his post phd on agricultural robotics, in Argentina, where he published his first ISI journal paper in 2009. Since then, Prof. Auat Cheein has published near 20 ISI journal papers in top ranked journals and several chapter books. He has lead his research in the 95% of the publications (as corresponding author). Several of his publications have been awarded as selected or best papers. He is currently a reviewer of numerous indexed journals, member of conference scientific committees and acted as an Editor from an ISI journal. His main research interests are:

  • Autonomous Navigation in Mobile Robotics
  • Mapping and Localization (SLAM techniques)
  • Bio-robotics and Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Agricultural Robotics
  • Trajectory Tracking Control (both one robot and multi-robots system)
  • Estimation Theory
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces connected to Robots

In the topics mencioned above, Dr. Auat Cheein has ISI journal papers in the top ranked journals. His students are currently working on the following topics:

  • Human-robot interaction
  • BCI-assisted navigation
  • EEG signal processing
  • Mobile robot teleoperation with restrictions in the communication channels

Degrees

  • 20021997

    Graduation: Electronics Engineer Degree. Member of the Honor Roll and the Flag Bearer

    National University of Tucumán, Argentina

  • 20052002

    Post Graduation: Master on Control System Engineering. CONEAU’s category: Maximum. Title of the Thesis: A Brain-Computer Interface Design for Mobile Robot Navigation.

    National University of San Juan, Argentina

  • 20092004

    Post Graduation: PhD on Control System Engineering. CONEAU’s category: Maximum. Title of the Thesis: Mobile Robot Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Oriented to Maximum Uncertainty Zones

    National University of San Juan, Argentina

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2008
    Best paper award: Probabilistic workspace scan modes of a robot manipulator commanded by EEG signals
    In International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies - BIODEVICES/BIOSTEC
  • ICINCO
    Best paper award: Human-Machine Interfaces Based on EMG and EEG Applied to Robotic Systems
    In the Second International Workshop on Biosignal Processing and Classification – Biosignals and Sensing for Human Computer Interface
  • 2004-2009
    CONICET (National Commission of Research, Science and Technology of Argentina)
    PhD Grant
  • 2006
    PhD grant by the European Commission ALFA Program in Process and Systems Engineering
    Developed at the Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
  • 03/2009 n 03/2010
    CONICET (National Foundation of Research, Science and Technology of Argentina)
    Post PhD grant
  • 2011
    Position to be part of the CONICET as a full time Researcher
    I rejected that position
  • 2014
    Outstanding Teaching Award
    Given by the UTFSM to the ten Academics, from the University, with the highest teaching score along 2012
  • 2015
    Outstanding Teaching Award
    Given by the UTFSM to the ten Academics, from the University, with the highest teaching score along 2013
  • 2015
    Outstanding Teaching Award
    Given by the UTFSM to the ten Academics, from the University, with the highest teaching score along 2014
  • 2015
    Best National Innovation/Technology Development
    Awarded by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in Chile

Miscellaneous

The local TV show: University and Society, made a documentary about my work developed within the cooperation project between the National University of San Juan, Argentina, and the University of Porto, Portugal. The documentary can be seen at the following link: http://www.creacom.unsj.edu.ar/reproductor.php?Id=103&capitulo=1 (I appear from the minute 15 aprox.).

The Political National Magazine “Veintitres” (number 336, year 7) published in 2004 an article entitled: “Your Thoughts are Orders” based on my work: A Brain-Computer Interface Design for Mobile Robot Navigation (my master degree thesis).

Several columns (written by me) or news about my work have appeared in several National and International Newspapers and Magazines, such as in Segre Daily News (Lleida, Spain), La Tercera (Chile), RevistaElectronIndustria (Chile), El Mercurio (Chile), La Cuarta (Chile); and several webpages. For a more detailed enumeration of the news about my work, please visit: http://profesores.elo.utfsm.cl/~fauat/?page_id=29.