Awards & Achievements

  1. Best Paper Award at the Ibero-American Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IBERAMIA) 2022. November, 2022.

  2. Invited to serve as Associate Editor for the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robotic Systems IROS 2022. January 2022.

  3. Invited to join the Editorial Board as Editor for the Unmanned Systems Journal. January 2022.

  4. General Chair of the International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition (IMAV) 2021. Puebla, México. November 2021.

  5. 1st Place, Best Thesis Award "José Negrete Martínez'' Master Thesis Category. Thesis: “Geo-localisation of aerial images captured with drones” Awarded to Aldrich A. Cabrera-Ponce, MSc student supervised by Dr. Jose Martinez-Carranza. Granted by the Mexican Society in Artificial Intelligence during the Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI) 2021. Mexico City, Mexico. October, 2021.

  6. 1st Place Regional Prize Winner of the OpenCV AI Competition 2021. Region South America + Central America + Caribbeans. Monetary Prize: 5,000 USD. Organised by OpenCV.org, Sponsored by Microsoft Azure and Intel. September, 2021.

  7. Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Computer Science Department, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bristol, in the UK. July, 2021 – July, 2024.

  8. 1st Vocal Member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Robotics Federation. Mexico City, Mexico. May, 2019.

  9. Phase 1 Winner in the OpenCV AI Competition 2021; Prize: 4 OAK-D Units. Organised by OpenCV.org, Sponsored by Microsoft Azure and Intel. March, 2021.

  10. Level 5 (the Highest Score) in the Annual Academic Performance Evaluation of the Computer Science Department at INAOE for the year 2020. Puebla, Mexico. January 2021.

  11. 1st Place, Best Thesis Award "José Negrete Martínez'' Master Thesis Category. Thesis: “A CNN Pilot for Autonomous Drone Racing.” Awarded to Leticia Oyuki Rojas-Perez, MSc student supervised by Dr. Jose Martinez-Carranza. Granted by the Mexican Society in Artificial Intelligence during the Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI) 2020. Ciudad de México, México. October, 2020.

  12. Regular Member of the Mexican Computing Academy. Mexico City, Mexico. October, 2020.

  13. 42,258 mxn Studies Stipend granted by the Artificial Intelligence Consortium of the CONACYT Public Research Centres. Granted to Aldrich Alfredo Cabrera Ponce, to conclude his Master Thesis during the period of September-December 2020, under the supervision of Dr. Jose Martinez-Carranza.

  14. 1,000 CHF Financial Support granted by the Artificial Intelligence Consortium of the CONACYT Public Research Centers, used to cover the article processing charge of the open-access article “DeepPilot: A CNN for Autonomous Drone Racing”, published in the Journal Sensors, Q1. Funding is given under the project FORDECYT 296737. August, 2020.

  15. Full waiver of the APC (1,200 USD) for the Paper “Detection of nearby UAVs using a multi-microphone array on board a UAV published in the International Journal of Micro Air Vehicles. Special Issue on the IMAV19 event. May, 2020.

  16. 3rd Place in the Game of Drones Competition, Tier 1. Organised by Microsoft and Stanford University at the Thirty-third Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems NeurIPS. Vancouver, Canada. December, 2019.

  17. Best Poster Award. Paper: “Depth Estimation using Óptical Flow and CNN for the NAO Robot”. In the Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI) 2019. Veracruz, México. October, 2019.

  18. 3rd Place, Best Thesis Award "José Negrete Martínez'' Master Thesis Category. Thesis: “Vision-based Autonomous Navigation for Wind Turbine Inspection using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle.” Awarded to Rene Parlange, MSc student supervised by Dr. Jose Martinez-Carranza. Granted by the Mexican Society in Artificial Intelligence during the Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (MICAI) 2019. Veracruz, México. October, 2019.

  19. Special Award: Best Flight Performance in the International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition (IMAV) 2019, Indoors Competition. Madrid, Spain. October, 2019.

  20. Finalist to the Best Paper Award IMAV 2019. Paper: “Detection of nearby uavs using cnn and spectrograms”. Only 6 papers were selected. International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition (IMAV) 2019. Madrid, Spain. October, 2019.

  21. Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico, Level I. Area VII – Engineering. Period 2020-2022. September, 2019.

  22. 67,191 mxn Travel Support funded by the Artificial Intelligence Consortium of the CONACYT Public Research Centres. Call: Financial Support to Attend Academic Events 2019. Funding is given under the project FORDECYT 296737. June 2019.

  23. 2nd Vocal Member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Robotics Federation. Mexico City, Mexico. May, 2019.

  24. 1st Place in the Autonomous Drone Category of the Mexican Tournament in Robotics 2019. Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. March, 2019.

  25. I was featured on the cover of the Komputer Sapiens Magazine and invited as Guest Editor. Year X, Volume III. ISSN 2007-0691. A science dissemination magazine issued by the Mexican Society in Artificial Intelligence. Sept-Dec, 2018.

  26. 3rd Place, Best Paper Award. Paper: “Combining Deep Learning and RGBD SLAM for Monocular Indoor Autonomous Flight”. Mexican International Conference in Artificial Intelligence (MICAI) 2018. Guadalajara, Jalisco. Mexico. October, 2018.

  27. Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Computer Science Department, Faculty of Engineering of the University of Bristol, in the UK. July, 2018 – July, 2021.

  28. 5th Vocal Member of the Board of Directors of the Mexican Robotics Federation. Mexico City, Mexico. April, 2018.

  29. 1st Place in the Autonomous Drone Category of the Mexican Tournament in Robotics 2018. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. March, 2018.

  30. 1st Place in the IEEE IROS 2017 Autonomous Drone Racing competition in Mos Eisley Vancouver Arena. IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robotic Systems IROS 2017. Vancouver, Canada. September, 2017.

  31. 1st Place in the Autonomous Drone Category - Advanced Level of the Mexican Tournament in Robotics 2017. Mexico City, Mexico. March, 2017.

  32. Member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico, Level C. Area VII – Engineering. Period 2017-2019. September, 2016.

  33. 2nd Place in the International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition (IMAV) 2016, Indoors Competition. Beijing, China. October, 2016.

  34. 2-Year Grant from Fondo Sectorial CONACYT-INEGI, Project 268528. First project of its type for technological development and research on drones for the recording of video and aerial photography. Period: 2017-2019, Funding: 1´570,197.12 mxn. Mexico. June, 2016.

  35. Junior Member of the Mexican Computing Academy. Mexico City, Mexico. November, 2016.

  36. 3000 EUR Travel Support funded by Beijing ZHZ Technologies, a world-leading company specialising in heavy-lift coaxial unmanned helicopters, to participate in the International Micro Air Vehicle Conference and Competition IMAV 2016 in Beijing, China. May, 2016.

  37. 1st Place in the Service Robots Category @home of the Mexican Tournament in Robotics. Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas. Mexico. March, 2016.

  38. Numerary Member of the Mexican Robotics Federation. Ciudad Victoria, Mexico. March, 2016.

  39. 1st Place in the Service Robots Category @home of the Mexican Tournament in Robotics. Mexico City, Mexico. April, 2015.

  40. Royal Society-Newton Advanced Fellowship. Project RAFAGA. Project to carry out research on autonomous drones in GPS-denied environments. 2 Year Grant with 1 Year Extension, period 2015-2018. Funded by the Newton Fund with £74,000. United Kingdom. March, 2015.

  41. £1000 Software Royalties. Licensed to SAMSUNG Electronics Ltd. Software developed in the project Real-Time Visual Mapping for the Humanoid Robot RoboRay. Bristol, UK. May, 2013.

  42. Recognition Letter from the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. For having successfully concluded the PhD Studies. Scholarship number 301992. Register 189903. July, 2012.

  43. £16,000 Studies Stipend. University of Bristol. Funded by SAMSUNG Electronics Ltd. Project COS.RY9257.6525. May, 2011 – June, 2012.

  44. £750 Travel Support funded by the British Machine Vision Association (BMVA) to attend the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), May, 2012.

  45. Funding to attend the EPSRC-BMVA Summer School in Computer Vision. Roberts Fund for Training Skills. Computer Science Department. University of Bristol. University of Essex, UK. July, 2008.

  46. PhD Scholarship. Funded by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. Granted on the basis of Academic Merit. September, 2007.

  47. 1st Place in the Aquatic Category of the 3rd Mexican Tournament in Cleaning Robots. Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico. July, 2006.

  48. Best Student of the Generation. Master in Research Computer Science Program. Computer Science Department. Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica Óptica y Electrónica. Puebla, México. November, 2005.

  49. Master in Research Scholarship. Funded by the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico. Granted on the basis of Academic Merit. September, 2004.

  50. Highest Honours – Cum Laude in Bachelor Studies. Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Puebla, México. July, 2004.

  51. Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship. Funded by the Sistema Integral de Becas of the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla for the period 2000 – 2003. Granted on the basis of Academic Merit.

  52. Honour Mention in the 2003 ACM Central America Programming Contest. Universidad de las Américas de Puebla. Puebla, México. November, 2003.

  53. Participation in the 9th International Youth Scientific Exhibition/Expo-Science International (ESI) 2003. Moscow, Russia. July, 2003.

  54. 2nd Place in the National Scientific Fair 9th Great Meeting of Young Science. Puebla, Mexico. November, 2002.

  55. Outstanding Academic Performance Certificate. Faculty of Computer Science, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. Puebla, México. July, 2001.

  56. Honour Mention as Best Delegation Team in the V Mexican Olympiad in Informatics (Team Leader). Coahuila, Mexico. June, 2000.

  57. 2nd Place in the IV Mexican Olympiad in Informatics. Mexico City, Mexico. May, 1999.