He is full Professor Head of GRVC at University Seville, and Scientific Advisor of the Center for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) also in Seville. He has been full professor at the Universities of Santiago in the Vigo Campus and Malaga (Spain). In all these institutions he has funded research groups and laboratories. He has been also researcher at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA) and LAAS-CNRS (Toulouse, France).
He authored more than 670 publications, including 9 books and 180 papers in journals of the citation index and has been editor of 13 books. He has been supervisor or co-supervisor of 38 PhD Thesis that have received many awards. He lead more than 150 research projects, participating in more than 22 projects of the European Research Programmes being coordinator of 7 and associated or deputy coordinator of three. In these projects he developed several world-wide innovations, particularly in aerial robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles, such as the aerial robotic manipulation, the fully autonomous landing on mobile platforms, the transportation of a load by means of several autonomous helicopters, and the cooperation of multiple unmanned aerial systems for detection and monitoring applications.
He is currently the coordinator of the H2020-AEROARMS project with the participation of 10 universities, research centers and companies. In this project he has developed the first aerial robotic manipulators with multiple arms for applications involving physical interactions with the environment and particularly for contact inspection and maintenance in inaccessible sites. He is launching the GRIFFIN ERC-Advanced Grant with the objective of developing a new generation of aerial robots that will be able to glide, flapping the wings, perch and manipulate by maintaining the equilibrium.
He has transferred technologies to 20 companies and has been awarded with 18 international research and innovation awards, including the recent Overall Information and Communication Technologies Innovation Radar Prize 2017 of the European Commission, and has been also elected between the three European innovators of the year being candidate to the European personalities of the year.
He is currently co-chair of the “IEEE Technical Committee on Aerial Robotics and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”, coordinator of the “Aerial Robotics Topic Group” de euRobotics and member of the “Board of Directors” of euRobotics. He has been also founder and president of the Spanish Society for the Research and Development in Robotics (SEIDROB) until November 2017.