Jose Martinez-Carranza, PhD

I am a Full-Time Researcher A (equivalent to Associate Professor) in the Computer Science Department at the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica (INAOE) based in Puebla City, in Mexico.

In addtion, I am an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Computer Science Department at the University of Bristol, in the UK.

I am one of the first recipients of the prestigious Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship, granted to me in 2015 by the Royal Society in the UK. This distinction included funding to carry out research on autonomous drones in GPS-deniend environments. It also enabled us to organise the International Workshop on Vision and Control for Drones in 2017, held at INAOE with 350+ attendees and top-notch keynote speakers from Mexico and UK.

Currently, I lead the group of Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Systems (iUAS) at INAOE, working on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), in particular on autonomous flight in GPS-denied environments, for which I combine vision and robotics advanced techniques such as visual Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (visual SLAM) in real time.

I also lead a Mexican team that has achieved an outstanding performance in International Drone Competitions. My team is the first Mexican team to win an International Drone Championship by winning 1st Place in the IROS 2017 Autonomous Drone Racing competition. My team also won 2nd Place in the International Micro Air Vehicle competition (IMAV) 2016, and the Special Award: Best Flight Performance Award in the IMAV 2019. More recently, my team ranked 3rd Place in the Game of Drones competition Tier 1 of NeurIPS 2019.

This year 2020, I am honoured to act as General Chair of the 12th International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition (IMAV) 2020.

Note: There is a PhD position available in my group with the possibility of getting a full scholarship. If you are interested then send an email with the subject: "PhD Candidate", attach a full CV and a motivation letter; make sure you include a research topic of interest.

My CV in full detail (in English) can be downloaded here.

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  • Participation in the IMAV 2019

    IMAV 2019 Special Award: Best Flight Performance.
  • Vision based Autonomous Navigation for Wind Turbine Inspection using an UAV. November, 2019

    MICAI 2019 Third Place in the Master Thesis Award.
  • Detection of Nearby UAVs using CNN and Spectrograms. October, 2019

    IMAV 2019 Finalist Best Paper Award.
  • Combining Deep Learning and RGBD SLAM for Monocular Indoor Autonomous Flight. November, 2018

    MICAI 2018 3rd Place Best Paper Award.
  • Participation in IMAV 2017 and IROS2017 ADR

    We won 1st Place in the IROS 2017 Autonomous Drone Racing and we ranked 4th in the International Micro Air Vehicle competition (IMAV) 2017.


Jose Martinez-Carranza, PhD
Full-Time Researcher A
SNI-I 2020-2022
Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship 2015-2018

Honorary Senior Research Fellow
Computer Science Department
University of Bristol, UK

Computer Science Department, Office 8219
Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica Optica y Electronica
Luis Enrique Erro No. 1,
Sta. Ma. Tonantzintla, Puebla
CP 72840 Mexico
Tel: +52 222 2663100 (internal 8219 or 8302)
Fax: +52 222 2663152
carranza at inaoep dot mx