Alicia Relinque, a lover of the Chinese literature and culture

Travelling to China meant a change for one of her professors, and that caught her attention. When Alicia Relinque begun to study Chinese, she realized she loved it. Currently, she is the manager of the Confucius Institute, at the University of Granada, Andalusia. She was awarded by the Spanish forum Cátedra China gathering 160 specialists, thanks to her dissemination and research work regarding Chinese Literature. This award also recognizes her work as a specialist in the translation of the Classical Chinese Literature.

Joaquín Salas, a referent in the field of Tropical Medicine

He was never really inclined towards Medicine, but he has always been interested in Health Sciences. For this reason, he decided to give it a try and study at the University of Granada. Joaquín Salas was born in Antequera, Malaga, and he runs the Tropical Medicine Unit at the Almeria’s Hospital de Poniente, the only unit of its kind in Andalusia due to the large number of immigrant population residing in this area. Salas arrived to at this hospital complex in 1997 and since then, his work has been linked to imported diseases, that is, diseases that come from other countries. What really makes him happy is the contact with his patients. He knows the harsh conditions affecting the immigrants who arrive in Spain, so he calls on the different governments to invest more heavily in the study of these diseases which are affecting the poorest populations on the planet.

Aníbal Ollero, at the top of air robotics

Can robots realistically imitate birds? Aníbal Ollero, a Robotics professor from the University of Seville, believes that it is possible and has focused his research on turning this idea into a reality. His research group currently develops drones, equipped with two arms, able to manipulate objects. This is called air robotic manipulation. Ollero has turned the ‘Robotics, Vision and Control’ Group of the University of Seville into a world leader in this type of developments, by integrating it, along with the Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC), into several European consortiums. He currently coordinates Aeroarms, a project in which both public and private institutions have joined forces to put this type of drones at the service of industrial safety, focusing on the inspection of elements that are hard to reach.

Ramón González, an international referent of robotics who has worked for NASA and NATO

When he was a boy, he loved to build things with his own hands and was fascinated by astronomy. Now his dreams have come true through robotics. Ramón González was born in the village of Viator, Almería, and in 2017 he received the Medal of Andalusia as recognition to the work he has developed in the fields of automatic systems for mobile robots and autonomous vehicles.

He has a degree in Computing from the University of Almería and a PhD in Robotics. After working as a professor in the University of Zaragoza, in 2014 he began to work for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There he has developed R&D projects for NASA, regarding possible missions to Mars, as well as simulation software for NATO’s military vehicles.