Rafael Fierro

Associate Professor

Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Tel. (505) 277-4125         Fax  (505) 277-1439


e-mail:     rfierro at ece.unm.edu
Web site: http://www.ece.unm.edu/~rfierro

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[Aug 2008]

2007 ISA Transactions Best Paper Award


J. Clark and R. Fierro, "Mobile robotic sensors for perimeter detection and tracking," ISA Transactions, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 3-13, 2007.


Post-doctoral Fellow, GRASP Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Texas-Arlington
MSc. in Control Engineering, University of Bradford, England, UK
B.S. in Electrical Engineering, National Polytechnic School, Quito, Ecuador

Research Interests

  • Hybrid and Embedded Systems
  • Coordination of Multi-Vehicle Systems
  • Optimization-based Cooperative Control
  • Mobile Sensor Networks and Robotics


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Multi-Agent, Robotics, Hybrid and Embedded Systems MARHES Laboratory

Click here for a description of our testbed.



Current students
  • Nicola Bezzo, Andres Cortez, Brian Griffin, Jose Marcio Luna, Paul Ng, Ivana Palunko, Francisco Rodriguez, Domagoj Tolic, and Song Yang
  • Tony Liu, Julie Welch

Former students

  • Omar Orqueda (Ph.D., Dec. 2006, The MathWorks), Feng Xie (Ph.D., Dec 2007)
  • MS: James McClintock, Brent Perteet, Carlo Branca, Yuan Cao, Justin Clark, Daniel Cruz, Ezzalden Edwan, Jose Sanchez, Kirk Wesselowski (PhD., Boston University, Dec. 2006)
  • Lillian Acosta, Soumik Banerjee


  • Damjan Miklic (Fulbright Scholar from University of Zagreb, Croatia)

Current Research Projects (PI)

  • Robotic Games Increasing the interest of children in Engineering!!
    The Robotic Games project is focused on encouraging children's interest in science and engineering by developing a set of interactive games that introduce them to the basics of robotics in a fun-filled afternoon demonstration.

    See our ICRA 2007 Video and Multi-target Pursuit demo.


  • NSF CAREER: Coordination of Dynamic Networks - A Hybrid System Approach


  • NSF CRI: IAD A Research and Education Infrastructure for Enabling Autonomic Sensor Grid Systems and Multidisciplinary Applications, 2007-2010, (through Oklahoma State University).

Current Projects I participate (co-PI)

  • NSF IIS: Communication-aware motion planning, 2008-2011
  • DOE NNSA (through the UNM Manufacturing Engineering Program) University Research Program in Robotics
  • REU Site OU/UNM
  • NSF ES21C Engineering Students 21st Century
  • Scientific Adviser Task Planning and Scheduling in Robotic and Autonomous Systems, University of Zagreb, Croatia (PI: Prof. Stjepan Bogdan)

Past Research Projects

  • NSF Hierarchical Hybrid Control of Multi-Vehicle Systems
  • DoD ARO Adaptation and Learning at All Levels in Intelligent Robot Teams for Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Battlefield Assessment



Prospective Students and Research Assistants

  • Graduate Research Fellowship in Hybrid Systems and Multi-Vehicle Coordination

Professional Service

Associate Editor for:

Conference Organization Committee

International Program Committed (IPC) Member

Associate Editor

  • CDC 2008, CDC-ECC 2005

Travel (Meetings and Conferences)


  • Virginia Tech, April 12-14.
  • SPIE, Orlando FL, April 14-18.
  • GAFOE, Germany, April 21-26.
  • MED, June 22-26.
  • NetRob, October 6-8.
  • IROS, St. Louis, MO, October 11-15.


  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, March 20-22.
  • ICRA, Pasadena, California, May 19-23.
  • ACC, Seattle, WA, June 9-13.
  • MED, Ajaccio, Corsica, France on June 25-27.
  • Army Robotics CTA Conference, August 26-27, Durham, NC
  • USAF Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, Sep 18-19.
  • CDC, Cancun, Mexico, December 7-12.
  • NSF CPS Workshop, Arlington VA, Dec 15.


Last updated March 10, 2009