Areas of interest:
Smart grids. Smart cities. Security systems. Mobile robotics.
Alvaro Sánchez Miralles holds a Doctor’s degree in Engineering Sciences from Comillas Pontifical University. He is an experienced researcher at the IIT from Comillas University, where he has been working for over 17 years. He is currently the coordinator of the Intelligent Systems research group at IIT. The goal of his research activity is to improve the value of companies, institutions and society applying artificial intelligence, optimizing systems and processes at all the layers : physical (electronics, sensors, power converters), communication (FIWARE, CIM, SEP), intelligence and business models. The main fields of interest are smart grids and smart cities: integration of renewable generation and storage in distribution networks (smart storage, microgrids), electric vehicles (V2G and VPP), planning power grids (reference network models, system planning with central and distributed energy resources evolution and tariff design) and energy management in buildings and districts (aggregation of prosumers with market price maker and taker participation, microgrids, building and home energy management systems, electric and thermal synergies optimization). Furthermore, he has a lot of experience in security systems and autonomous land and aerial vehicles: computer vision, simultaneous location and mapping, indoor localization of people and active and robust security systems. He is an Associate Professor at the Electronics and Automation Engineering Department. He has participated in more than 60 consultancy and research projects for several Spanish and foreign firms and regulatory commissions, related with the energy industry (more than 30 as Principal Investigator). He has published more than 50 scientific publications (17 major international peer-reviewed multi-disciplinary scientific journals). In 2012, he received the “2012 IBM Enterprising Award”. Updated (Nov-2015)