Assistant Professor

Cesar Lopez Martinez

Department / Institute
Mechanical Engineering
Group Van de Molengraft


César López’s research focuses on designing navigation and control algorithms for robots operating in a semi-open world. The concept of semi-openness there are a limited set of potential events and artifacts in the world that may or may not occur, given the current task at hand. To account for this, César’s methods focus on ways of exploiting the semantic information of the environment, and the task at hand, to determine the robot’s actions, whose decision process should be explicit and traceable to the world model of the environment. In turn, these methods also allow for more interpretable (and therefore explainable) navigation and control algorithms, which he thinks is necessary to increase robot’s acceptance in environments shared with humans.  López is especially interested in applying his research in real-life scenarios, his involvement in industry helps him to better understand the actual challenges encountered by robots operating in the field.



César López obtained his Master’s degree with honours in Systems and Control from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2010. He earned his PhD in 2015 within the Control Systems Technology (CST) group at TU/e with his work on control design for bilateral teleoperation systems. From 2015 to 2017 López worked as mechatronics designer consultant for Nobleo Technology in Eindhoven. During 2017-2020 he did a postdoc in the Research Robotics Lab (CST group) in navigation and control of mobile robots for logistics operations within hospitals. In 2019 he rejoined Nobleo designing and developing robotics systems with various applications like logistics, cleaning, healthcare and agriculture. In 2020 López was appointed (Part-time) Assistant Professor at TU/e (Research Robotics Lab). He is interested in robot navigation and control, and landing academic knowledge in society and its industry.

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