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Dr. Jaime Boal Martín-Larrauri

Current position:
Associate Professor
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Association date:
AA25. D-217
Phone extension number:
+34 91 542-2800 ext. 2742
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Jaime Boal obtained the degrees of Industrial Engineer (major in Electronics), M.Sc. in Research in Engineering Systems Modeling, and PhD from Comillas Pontifical University in 2010, 2012, and 2014, respectively. After finishing his PhD, he joined the Electronics, Control and Communications Department as Assistant Professor, where he currently teaches master's courses on Electronic Systems, Industrial Automation, Autonomous Mobile Robots, and Deep Learning. Since June 2019 he is also the Coordinator of the M.Eng. in Intelligent Industry.
He combines his teaching duties with research projects at the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), mainly on topics related to energy efficiency and artificial intelligence applications. As a result of his work on energy efficiency at the IIT, in May 2018 he co-founded a spin-off called Stemy Energy, where he currently serves as CTO.

Areas of interest:

Computer vision · Reinforcement learning · Autonomous mobile robots · Internet of Things (IoT) · Industry 4.0 · Energy efficiency and flexibility


Throughout his career he has focused on the tight integration of hardware and software. He has designed and developed electronic control boards and real-time software for embedded systems, connected these devices to cloud servers using IoT protocols with end-to-end encryption and mutual authentication, and implemented applications capable of managing multiple concurrent connections with low latency. He has also worked on the design of platforms based on microservices interconnected through REST APIs.


- Languages: Spanish (native), English (C2), French (B1)
- Programming languages: Python, C, C++, SQL, MATLAB, LaTeX
- Operating systems: Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeRTOS
- Cloud computing: Google Cloud
- Frameworks and libraries: TensorFlow, OpenCV, ROS, ORY
- DevOps tools: Git, Docker
- Software: CoppeliaSim, TIA Portal
- Hardware: Raspberry Pi, Google Coral, dsPIC, Arduino, Particle, ESP32, Intel RealSense cameras

Current research interests:

Computer vision and reinforcement learning applied to industrial manipulators and mobile robots, Graph neural networks (GNN) generation, Explainable artificial intelligence (XAI), IoT energy efficiency platforms

Journal Publications

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Ph.D. Thesis


  • In progress:

  • L. Güitta López, Efficiently transferring deep reinforcement learning experience to industrial assets. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (España).
  • D. Cubillo Llanes, Sim-to-real hybrid reinforcement learning and optimal control strategies for automous mobile robot coordination. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (España).
  • I. Rodrigo Tobías, Generating Synthetic Datasets: Towards Bridging the Gap Between Deep Learning and Applications with Limited Data. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (España).
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International Exchanges

  • Jun - Sep 2013, Autonomous Systems Laboratory, ETH Zürich. Zurich (Switzerland).
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Invited Conferences and Seminars

  • Seminar "Gitting to grips with version control (2nd part)". Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Apr 2017.
  • Seminar "Gitting to grips with version control (1st part)". Instituto de Investigación Tecnológica. Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Apr 2017.
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Fellowships and Awards

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Other Activities

  • Doctoral Defense Committee of "Alonso Rivas, E. « Improvements in intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring towards a wireless technology»". Universidad Pontificia Comillas. Madrid (Spain). Jul 2023.
  • Reviewer in "Robotics and Autonomous Systems". Elsevier Science BV. Amsterdam (Netherlands). Jan 2019 - Today.
  • Reviewer in "Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems". Springer. Dordrecht (Netherlands). May 2013 - Today.
  • Reviewer in "Robotica". Cambridge Univ. Press. New York (United States of America). Feb 2013 - Today.
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