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¡Hola! Wellcome to my Tech Resort.

I’m a passionate for technology. I’m interested in developing new devices and applications for Robotics , IoT and SmartCities. If you want to collaborate with me, please contact me!


Short Bio

  • PhD in Robotics and Automation, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
  • M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering, UPM

Currently

  • Assistant Professor in the “Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería y Diseño Industrial”, ETSIDI, UPM
  • Researcher in the CAR UPM-CSIC (Centre for Automation and Robotics)
  • Collaborator with the Alzheimer Spain Foundation (FAE), on home automation for Alzheimer patients.
  • Evaluator of: Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Transactions on Educations, ICRA and IROS.

Previously

  • Senior Researcher and Technical Manager at the Research Center for Smart Buildings and Energy Efficiency (CeDInt-UPM)
  • Visiting Professor in the Department of System Engineering and Automation at the Carlos III University (UC3M).
  • Research stages in Norway (NTNU, 2000), USA (University of Hawai’i, 2002), Switzerland (EPFL, 2005) and United Arab Emirates (New York University Abu Dhabi, 2012).
  • Worked for companies: Comverse (now Mavenir) (Systems Engineer, 2002-2003), Spanish SMEs Atelmedia (Home Automation Manager, 2007-2009) and AMETIC (RD Consultant, 2009-2011).
  • Worked on several national and European RD projects as Researcher and Project Manager.

Research Interests

Projects

RoboHealth

Development of assistance and rehabilitation robots for patient quality of life improvement. WP4: Intellignent Environments for people living with robots.

Analysis and conceptual design of intelligent environments in hospitals. Development of multimodal symbiotic interfaces. Intelligent systems and cognitive control. Development of a functional prototype.

Concept

Fall detector


http://robohealth.es

Clic & Fish

Real-time monitoring of river conditions

Development of an autonomous embedded monitoring system for rivers to monitor weather conditions, underwater conditions and send real time underwater and outdoor images. Android and iOS Apps.

Prize winner: I PREMIOS DIGITALES EL ESPAÑOL 2017, IoT category.

Underwater

Outdoor


https://clicandfish.com/

Fallert

Fall alert system for independently-living older adults.

Fall detection for elder people living alone is one of the needs most demanded by relatives and caregivers. Falls are the leading cause of injury and death of elder people. Most commercial devices that are on the market today are based on devices that the person must wear. Unfortunately, older people often forget to wear them and in that case, these devices lose all their effectiveness. The proposed system is based on cameras placed in the rooms. It is not necessary to wear anything. In case of a fall, the system sends a message instantly to the caregiver or relative, so that the caregiver can judge the importance of the fall. Tested in controlled environments. Awarded with the “2016 ABC Solidario” prize.

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Hephestos: Hard Material Small-Batch Industrial Machining Robot (FP7)

The project Hephestos, with its focus on developing sophisticated methods in robotic manufacturing, shall give rise to a cost-efficient solution in hard materials machining for this small-batch production of highly customized products through the application of industrial robots.

Hephestos will develop a paradigm that shall provide standard industrial robots with break-through techniques in production planning, programming and real-time control system. Based on established computer-aided-manufacturing frameworks, Hephestos will optimize production planning through the automatic generation of robotic program, taking into account specific robot signature i.e. robot system kinematic and dynamic characteristics, as well as models of processes (milling, grinding, polishing etc.), that are essential for the robotic application in hard material machining.

Our main role in the project is in developing new GUI and programming environments. We are developing a new Android interface and we are testing the use of augmented reality glasses.

Robot cell

EasyRob integration

Hammer: GUI - IDE

Hammer: augmented reality


http://www.hephestosproject.eu/

DOMALZ: Domotics for Alzheimer

Final report

I am the coordinator of the Spanish working group for the research on home automation (domotics) and smart home applications for Alzheimer disease patients and caregivers. The main idea is to develop intelligent systems and applications that can be easily installed in Alzheimer patient’s homes to help them doing their daily activities and to allow their caregivers to monitor their activity and tele-control the house in case that any intervention is needed. The working group is a multidisciplinar environment in which the following agents are taking part: Caregivers, IT and smart home researchers, Alzheimer experts.

There are currently four topics: Security, Leisure and spare time, Daily life tasks fulfillment, Tranquility and healthy atmospheres

SGPS: Sunlight based Global Positioning System

The SGPS Project tries to come up with a global positioning system based on the characteristics of the Earth’s rotation. Mainly, we focus on Sun’s properties, such as sunlight intensity which is the easiest (and cheapest) magnitude to measure. This site contains all the information needed in order to understand, implement, test and contribute to the system.

http://sgpsproject.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php

THOFU: Technologies for the HOtel of the FUture (National - CENIT)

The main objective of the THOFU project is to advance the state-of-the-art of several emerging technologies related to construction, sensing, information and communications and interaction, which have a great potential impact in the tourist sector, and, in particular, in the advance of new accommodation concepts for the tourist. Its final goal is to lay the technological foundations for the development of a new concept of hotel, which allows dealing with tourist seasonality and loyalty programs by making attractive and different offers. The technologies considered by THOFU present important research and engineering challenges and, in many cases, require an active collaboration between researchers of different fields.

The central element of THOFU is the hotel infrastructure; the technology assets that will result from the project, after the necessary industrialization phases (which are not the object of this project), will enable to build a new concept of hotel. The hotel of the future will be augmented, sensible and sustainable. It will put at the disposal of its guests a space able to adapt to the singularities and specific needs of each client (for example, physical status, cultural characteristics or needs related to the health status or mood). And it will combine new ideas and technologies to design spaces which are able to continuously increase the knowledge about the visitor in order to create advanced services offers and improve interaction.

My work was in the field of energy efficiency, in energy consumption control and water management, and in WSN, in new intelligent and accesible connected devices.

http://www.thofu.es

LABXXI: New flexible, ecotechnological and industrial buiding development for the XXI century labs (INNPACTO)

Its goal is to develop a modular building system for research laboratories. The system design focuses on the optimization of resources and the environment, integrating flexibility (relocation and reuse of spaces), industrialization (modular system), environmental technologies (energy efficiency, use of renewable energy and low environmental impact) and safety.

I have been working on the wireless network of sensors (electricity and water consumption, presence, noise, temperature, relative humidity, lighting, doors and windows opening, smoke and flood) and actuators (lighting control, underfloor heating, air conditioning and blinds) controlled by a management platform.

http://www.cedint.upm.es/es/proyecto/lab-xxi

SIGLAS: Intelligent building energy management system based on radiaglass technology (National - Avanza)

This project seeks new strategies for the optimization and reduction of energy consumption in buildings, and aims to gather data from the energy flows in them. For this purpose, a monitoring network will be developed for measuring consumptions and analyzes the behaviour and efficiency of these systems. A fundamental part of this project consists of the real implementantion of the proposed technologies in three pilot demonstrators: the new Andalucian Energy Agency headquarters, the ETSIA-UPM workshop and a portable SIGLAS prototype.

My work was focused in the development of the monitoring network, design and implementation of a sensors network and a monitoring software.

http://www.cedint.upm.es/en/project/siglas

MICROTUB: Development of an autonomous microrobot for pipe exploration (National)

This is the project where I developed my PhD thesis. Its goal is the design and construction of a multi-configurable heterogeneous modular micro-robotic system able to move in narrow environments (pipes or small cavities). We have developed three different drive modules: inchworm, snake and helicoidal. And camera and battery modules as well. All modules have been developed from scratch and include actuators (servomotors) and electronics (microcontroller plus sensors). We have proposed a behavior-based control architcture for these types of robots. There is a simulation environment developed for this project available here.

http://www.robcib.etsii.upm.es/index.php/es/proyectos/micromult

SPOT: Autommatic Surface Pollution Detection (CRAFT)

The main objective is to design a new, low cost, automatic water borne pollution detector of a general-purpose nature. Whilst it is primarily aimed at oil-on-water detection, it will be applicable to a wide range of water pollution problems.

The primary technical objective of the project is to apply image-processing technology to the detection, recognition and quantification of separated pollution-on-water (or just below surface).

Our main role was to develops the vessel, the onboard control system and communicatios.

I-SWARM: Intelligent Small World Autonomous Robots for Micro-manipulation (FP6)

The aim of the I-SWARM project is the realisation of a "real" micro-robot swarm. More than one hundred micro-manufactured autonomous robots will be able for the collective execution of different tasks in the small world. The outcome is the realisation of an observable self-organisation effect in the robot swarm similar to that seen within other ecological systems such as ant and bee colonies as well as other social insects

I was working on this project at the EPFL unviverity in Lausanne only 4 months as part of a PhD stage. I worked mainly with the Alice robot, developing and testing localization algorithms based on the projection of coded images (composed of black and white images) over two photodiodes placed in the robots.

SAUVIM: Semi-Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Intervention Missions (USA)

The primary research objective is to develop a Semi-Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Intervention Missions (SAUVIM). Unlike the fly-by autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), SAUVIM will have a manipulator work package. It will require an advanced control system and a precise sensory system to maintain high accuracy in station keeping and navigation.

My main role in the project was to work in the development of a GUI for telecontrol and monitorization of the underwater vehicle.Link

Journals

"Home Camera-Based Fall Detection System for the Elderly
de Miguel, K.; Brunete, A.; Hernando, M.; Gambao, E.
Sensors 2017, 17, 2864.
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“Hard Material Small-Batch Industrial Machining Robot”
A. Brunete, E. Gambao, J. Koskinen, T. Heikkilä, K. Berg Kaldestad, I. Tyapin, G. Hovland, D. Surdilovic, M. Hernando, A. Bottero, S. Anton
Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Accepted for publication

“Emotional Storytelling using Virtual and Robotic Agents”
S. Costa, A. Brunete, B.C Bae, N. Mavridis
International Journal of Humanoid Robots
Accepted for publication

“Current trends in reconfigurable modular robots design”
Alberto Brunete, Avinash Ranganath, Sergio Segovia, Javier Perez de Frutos, Miguel Hernando, Ernesto Gambao
International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 12-06-2017, Vol. 14 Issue 3, doi:10.1177/1729881417710457
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“Can smart homes extend people with Alzheimer's stay at home?”
A. Brunete, M. Selmes, J. Selmes
Journal of Enabling Technologies, 2017, Vol. 11 Number 1, doi:10.1108/JET-12-2015-0039
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“User-friendly task level programming based on an online walk-through teaching approach”
A. Brunete, C. Mateo, E. Gambao, M. Hernando, J. Koskinen, J. M Ahola, T. Seppälä, T. Heikkila.
Industrial Robot: An International Journal, 2016, Vol. 43 Iss 2 pp. 153 - 163.
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“Evolutionary Optimization Algorithms for Sunlight-Based Positioning Sensor Networks”
J. Pardeiro, J. V. Gómez, A. Brunete, and F. E. Sandnes.
International Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks, vol. 2014, Article ID 564072, 9 pages, 2014. DOI:10.1155/2014/564072
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“La domótica al servicio de los enfermos de Alzheimer y sus cuidadores”
A. Brunete, R. Martínez, A. Martín y J. Selmes.
Revista BIT, ISSN 0210-3923, Junio 2014, nº197, pp 75-77

“A Simulation Environment for Bio-Inspired Heterogeneous Chained Modular Robots”
A. Brunete, M. Hernando, E. Gambao.
International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 2014, 11:17. DOI: 10.5772/57324
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“Offline GA-based optimisation for heterogeneous modular multi-configurable chained micro-robots”
A. Brunete, M. Hernando, E. Gambao.
Transactions on Mechatronics, 2013, Volume: 18, Issue: 2, page(s): 578 - 585. DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2012.2220560

“A behaviour-based control architecture for heterogeneous modular, multi-configurable, chained micro-robots”
A. Brunete, M. Hernando, E. Gambao, J.E. Torres.
Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol. 60. No. 12. pp.1607-1624. December 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2012.09.019.
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“Heterogenous Multi-configurable Chained Micro-robot for Exploration of Small Cavities”
A. Brunete, M. Hernando, J.E. Torres, E. Gambao.
Automation in Construction, Volume 21, January 2012, Pages 184-198, ISSN 0926-5805. DOI: 10.1016/j.autcon.2011.06.003.
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“A Proposal for a Multi-Drive Heterogeneous Modular Pipe-Inspection Micro-Robot”
A. Brunete, J.E. Torres, M. Hernando, E. Gambao (2008).
International Journal of Information Acquisition (IJIA), Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 111-126. World Scientific Publishing Company. DOI: 10.1142/S0219878908001533
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Conferences

EUROGEN 2017: International Conference on Evolutionary and Deterministic Methods for Design Optimization and Control with Applications to Industrial and Societal Problems Conference, 13-15 September 2017, Madrid, Spain.
Mini-symposium organiser : "Miscellaneus of applications of Evolutionary Algorithms in Energy and Fall prediction" Organisers: A. Brunete and Diego Oliva (Tecnológico de Monterrey)
Talk : "Fall prediction environment for elderly people based on gait analysis".

RO-MAN2017: Robot and Human Interactive Communication Conference, 28 August - 1 September 2017, Lisbon, Portugal.
Workshop organiser: "User experience evaluation and communication in interactive robotic systems: ideas, experiences and case studies." Organisers: Paloma de la Puente, Alberto Brunete, Markus Vincze
Talk: "Improving HRI in Industrial Robots".

“Robohealth: Entornos Inteligentes para Pacientes Conviviendo con Robots”
E. Gambao, A. Brunete, M. Hernando.
Jornadas Nacionales de Robótica, 8 June 2017, Valencia, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-697-3742-2

“Micro-robot para inspección de tuberías”
Tamara Canelo, Ernesto Gambao, Alberto Brunete y Miguel Hernando.
XXXVII Jornadas de Automática, pp 575-580, September 2016, Madrid, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-617-4298-1

“Interfaces móviles adaptados para personas mayores”. 6º Congreso Nacional CENTAC de Tecnologías de la Accesibilidad, 5 de noviembre de 2015, Bilbao, España.

“Remote lab for KNX building automation systems”. Pedro Marín, Alberto Brunete, Raquel Cedazo, Luis Dávila. 8th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. 16th - 18th of November, 2015, Sevilla (Spain).

“Electrónica de Consumo inteligente en el hogar y domotica”. 5º Congreso Nacional CENTAC de Tecnologías de la Accesibilidad, 15 de octubre de 2014, Málaga, España.<

“Hammer: An Android Based Application for End-User Industrial Robot Programming” Mateo, C.; Brunete, A.; Hernando, M.; Gambao, E. International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Senigaglia, Italy, September 2014. DOI: 2014 10.1109/MESA.2014.6935597

“Integration of Low-Cost Supervisory Mobile Robots In Domestic Wireless Sensor Networks”. O. Pascual, A. Brunete, M. Abderrahim. International Conference on Robotics And Emerging Allied Technologies In Engineering (iCREATE2014), pp. 259 - 264. ISBN: 978-1-4799-5131-4, Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2014. DOI: 10.1109/iCREATE.2014.6828376

“Towards an Empathizing and Adaptive Storyteller System”. Byung-Chull Bae, Alberto Brunete, Usman Malik, Evanthia Dimara, Jermsak Jermsurawong, Nikolaos Mavridis. Intelligent Narrative Technologies. 2012 AIIDE Workshop AAAI Technical Report WS-12-14

“MDL: A Module Description Language for Chained Heterogeneous Modular Robots”. Brunete, A.; Hernando, M.; Gambao, E and Torres, J. Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2011)

“Multi-Drive Control for In-Pipe Snakelike Heterogeneous Modular Micro-Robots”. Brunete, A.; Torres, J.; Hernando, M. and Gambao, E. (2007). Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2007)

“A 2 DoF Servomotor-based Module for Pipe Inspection Modular Micro-robots”. Brunete, A.; Torres, J.; Hernando, M. and Gambao, E. (2006). Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

“Solar Powering with Integrated Global Positioning System for mm3 Size Robots”. Boletis, A.; Brunete, A.; Driesen, W. and Breguet, J. M. (2006). Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

“Drive Modules for Low Diameter Pipe Inspection Multiconfigurable Micro-robots”. Brunete, A.; Hernando, M. and Gambao, E. (2006). Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)(Video+Poster)

“Multiconfigurable Inspection Robots for Low Diameter Canalizations”. Gambao, E.; Brunete, A. and Hernando, M. (2005). International Symposium on Automation and Robotics in Construction (ISARC).

“Modular Multiconfigurable Architecture for Low Diameter Pipe Inspection Microrobots”. Brunete, A.; Hernando, M. and Gambao, E. (2005). Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

“Drive Modules for Pipe Inspection Microrobots”. Brunete, A.; Hernando, M. & Gambao, E. (2004). Proceedings of the 2004 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Robotics (MECHROB), pp. 925 - 930.

Workshops

Hybrid Connector design for modular robots”. S. Segovia, A. Brunete, E. Gambao . RoboCity16 Open Conference on Future Trends in Robotics, 2016, pp 341-348, ISBN: 978-84-608-8452-1

“Hephestos: Hard Material Small-Batch Industrial Machining Robot”. E. Gambao, A. Brunete, M. Hernando and C. Mateo. 13th Robocity2030 Workshop on EU projects results in the frame of the Madrid’s regional robotic hub Robocity2030, Dic 2015, ISBN: 978-84-608-4160-9

“Pisa: Flexible Assembly Systems through Workplace-Sharing and Time-Sharing Human Machine Cooperation”. E. Gambao, M. Hernando, A. Brunete. 13th Robocity2030 Workshop on EU projects results in the frame of the Madrid’s regional robotic hub Robocity2030, Dic 2015, ISBN: 978-84-608-4160-9

“Towards a Smart Digital Home Operating System in the Internet of Things. Beyond Sensor and Actuator Networks”. Brunete, A.; Martinez, R. (2013). 11th Workshop on social robots, pp 265-277. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), ISBN: 978-84-695-7212-2.

“Arquitectura para robots modulares multiconfigurables heterogéneos de tipo cadena”. Brunete, A.; Torres, J.; Hernando, M. & Gambao, E. Workshop: Arquitecturas de control para robots. Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales (ETSII), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), 2007

Invited Talks

"Mesa redonda sobre Industria 4.0", Economía Digital, Industria 4.0 y Smart Cities, AENOR+IEEE+UPM-ETSIDI, Madrid, 26 October 2011

“Nuevas interfaces de programación de robots para las Smart Cities.”
III Simposio Internacional de Ingeniería 2016, 22-23 September 2016, Asunción, Paraguay

“Robots in Smart Cities: New HRI Paradigms.”
The 1st “Smart Cities: Challenges and Opportunities” (SCCaOs) 2016 workshop, 8-9 September 2016, Shanghai, China

"Impacto del Internet de las Cosas en el hogar". Ciclo: Las 10 tecnologías que cambiarán nuestras vidas. Internet de las Cosas: La interconexión de la sociedad del siglo XXI. Instituto de la Ingeniería de España. 21 May 2015.

"Smart Environments and The Internet of Things: From Technology to User Experience", International Conference on Robotics And Emerging Allied Technologies In Engineering (iCREATE2014), Invited Keynote Speaker. Islamabad, Pakistan, April 2014

"Redes de Sensores Inalámbricas", II Congreso Hogar Digital, Madrid, June 2011

PhD Thesis

"Design and Control of Intelligent Heterogeneous Multi-configurable Micro-Robotic Modular Systems" (2010) Link

Master and Bachelor projects

"Guiado de un robot móvil basado en ROS y kinect" (2016)
"Diseño e implementación de una red de sensores y actuadores inalámbricos bajo protocolos 6LoWPAN y CoAP" (2016)
"Diseño electrónico de módulos domóticos WiFi de bajo coste" (2016)
"Automatización de una planta de destilación de alcohol" (2016)
"Integración de una pinza de accionamiento eléctrico SCHUNK en el robot COMAU SMART SiX" (2016)
"Posicionamiento automático de cámaras de seguridad mediante algoritmos genáticos" (2016)
"Laboratorio remoto para sistemas de automatización de edificios basados en KNX" (2015)
"Diseño y construcción de un helicóptero coaxial controlado sobre Android" (2015)
"Monitorización de colmena de abeja" (2015)
"Diseño e implementación de una aplicación domótica para enfermos de Alzheimer" (2015)
"Diseño e implementación de un sistema de detección de caídas para hogares de personas mayores" (2015)
"Diseño de cluster Raspberry Pi para el control sincronizado de vídeo" (2015)
"Diseño electromecánico de la mano robótica humanoide ManoPLA" (2015)
"Interfaz REST para control de sistemas domóticos Z-Wave" (2015)
"Diseño e implementación de un sistema domótico aplicado a enfermos de alzhéimer" (2015)
"Sistema de captura tridimensional de piezas para un robot de fresado inteligente" (2014)
"Sistema de guiado de un robot industrial basado en sensor F/T" (2014)
"Diseño y construcción de dispositivos domóticos basados en el estándar IEEE 802.15.4" (2014)
"Brazo robótico masajeador de cabeza con impresora 3D" (2014)
"Estudio de soluciones domoticas y gestor web para cuidadores de enfermos de Alzheimer" (2013)
"Integracion de un robot en una red de supervision de hogares" (2013)
"Sistema de control y visualización para una vivienda basado en KNX" (2013)
"Tratamiento de imágenes, extracción de características y matching en plataformas android"(2013)
"Sistema colaborartivo para la divulgación de incidencias ciudadanas basado en Android" (2012)
"Sistema multimodal de gestión de almacenes basado en ODBC" (2012)
"Diseño mecatrónico de un micro-robot serpiente modular" (2006)
"Sistema de control para robot de inspección de tuberías" (2004)

Latest news

On the media

Prize ABCSolidario 2016, “Detector de caídas para personas mayores”, June 2016.
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Jornada sobre IoT en el Instituto de la Ingeniería de España, May 2015.
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“Acercando la domótica al enfermo de Alzheimer y su cuidador”, Talk in the V Congreso Centac, Europapress, October 2014.
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“Las tecnologías, más accesibles para las familias de dependientes”, Expansion, January 2012.
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“La instalación de dispositivos inteligentes permite a los pacientes de Alzheimer mantener su autonomía”, Telecinco (Informativos), January 2012.
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“Domótica para dependientes”, El Mundo (La Trinchera), February 2012.
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Reportaje del IX Encuentro Temático FAE: “Nuevas herramientas de apoyo al cuidador, alta tecnología para envejecer en casa, y como puede ayudar la domótica”, Casadomo, February 2012
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“La instalación de dispositivos inteligentes permite a los pacientes de Alzheimer mantener su autonomía”, El Economista, January 2012.
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“Trapo rojo y mucho arte”, El Mundo, April 2005.
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“Robots castizos”, Madridiario, May 2006.
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Desiderata

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."

by Max Ehrmann

1741. Uno de tantos

Ebanista. Sudores fríos de un sueño aún no hecho realidad, miedos pasados escondido en el rellano de la escalera, sentimientos culpables de un niño inmaduro, madurez conseguida en la infelicidad de un trabajo superfluo, o superfluamente agotador, cansinas caras cerradas en torno a un fuego. ¿Ira? Destino. Ese dinero le mutaría la suerte, ese prestigio le abriría la claraboya de la fama, esa satisfacción le haría dejar de abofetearse cada amanecer al levantarse. Cual sorpresa la suya cuando al terminar el relato y ya una vez acabado el plazo de entrega, se dio cuenta de que la había pifiado: "¡Coño! Ebanista no, ¡zapatero!".