Marco Morales: Short Biography
Marco Morales is an Associate Professor in the Department of Digital Systems at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University in 2014-2015. He has also been a lecturer at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and at the System of Technological Universities in Mexico. His main research interests are in motion planning and control for autonomous robots, artificial intelligence, machine learning, computational geometry, computational neuroscience, and computer architecture.
He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University, a M.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He was awarded a Fulbright/García Robles scholarship to pursue his PhD, a CONACYT scholarship to pursue his Masters, and was a SuperComputing Scholar at UNAM. He has been member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico.
He has served as Guest Editor for the International Journal of Robotics Research (IJRR) and for Autonomous Robots (AURO), as Associate Editor for the Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), IEEE ICRA, and IEEE/RSJ IROS. He has also served as organizer of international and local robotics research and competition meetings including being one of the chairs of the International Workshop on the Algorithmic Foundations of Robotics (WAFR) in 2008 and 2018, chair of the Mexican Robotics Tournament in 2011, and member of the organizing committee of the RoboCup 2012 and several editions of the Mexican Robotics Tournament and Mexican School of Robotics. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Computing. He is the current President and founder member of the Mexican Federation of Robotics (FMR) where he has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2010. Also, in the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) he participates in its Membership Activities Board (committee member of the Access to Talent Program and advisor of the Young Reviewers Program) and he is chair of its Mexican Council.