José Neira Parra


Full Professor 
Area de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos

Grupo de Robótica y Tiempo Real (GRTR)
Dept. Informática e Ingeniería de Sistemas (DIIS)
Escuela de Ingeniería y Arquitectura (EINA)
Universidad de Zaragoza (UZ)
c/ María de Luna , 3
50018 Zaragoza, España

E-mail:       jneira at unizar dot es
Phone:       (+34) 976 76 19 47
Fax:           (+34) 976 76 19 14
Room:        1.19



Short bio:

Full professor (Catedrático de Universidad) at the Computer Science and Systems Engineering dept, Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.  José holds a degree in Computer Science Engineering from the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia (1986), and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Zaragoza (1993).  He was Assistant Lecturer until 1999, Associate Professor until 2010, when he became Full Professor in Computer Science.  José teaches courses in Computer Programming, Computer Vision, Compiler Theory, Robotics and Machine Learning, in several degrees at the University of Zaragoza and also frequently as invited lecturer in many universities, research centers and conferences throughout the world.  He has been invited researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford, Imperial College London, the Technical University of Munich, and the Instituto Superior Tecnico of Lisbon.  José has been researcher in 13 national and 6 international research projects, as well as participant in 7 international research networks in the subject of Robotics.


José has published more than 50 books, journal papers and conference papers on the subject of perception for intelligent robots. He is one of the top 5% most cited researchers in robotics worldwide according to Google Scholar, his work has received more than 8,000 citations.  He has co-authored papers with researchers from the University of Zaragoza, the University of Girona, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, the University of Washington, the University of Sydney, KTH Stockholm, TU Munich, the University of Bremen, and the University of Frieburg.


José has served as associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics, and has been invited editor for Robotics and Autonomous Systems, the Journal of Field Robotics, Autonomous Robots, and the IEEE Transactions on Robotics. José has been involved in the organization of many other scientific events, including Robotics: Science and System (RSS, the 2010 edition was organized at the University of Zaragoza), the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI), and the Conference on Artificial Intelligence of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI).   José also is also involved as expert in the evaluation of FP7 and H2020 Research and Innovation programs of the European Commission, as well as the European Research Council grants programs.


José has been member of the Research Commission (Comisión de Investigación), the Doctoral Programs Commission (Comisión de Doctorado), and the University Senate (Claustro Universiario) at the University of Zaragoza.  He has also been Academic Coordinator for the area of Languages and Informatic Systems (Área de Lenguajes y Sistemas Informáticos), Academic Coordinator for Exchange Programs for Computer Science, member of the Commission for Academic Control and Evaluation of the School of Engineering and Architecture, and since May 2011, from 2010 to 2018 José served as Vice Dean for International Affairs also at the School of Engineering and Architecture (EINA), where annually around 400 incoming and outgoing students participate in exchange programs with around 300 universities in Europe, North and South America, Asia and Oceania.









·      Publications by category

·      Publications in inverse chronological order

·      Publications according to google scholar


PhD students:


Some Research Projects

·      Life-long Active Spatial Cooperative Mapping and Understanding. Sponsored by the MInisterio de Ciencia e Innovación of Spain. (DPI2012-36070)

·      Active SLAM by Cooperative Sensors in Large Scale Environments. Sponsored by the MInisterio de Ciencia e Innovación of Spain. (DPI2009-13710)

·      Robust 3D Real Time Vision. Application to Augmented Reality in Endoscopic Surgery. Sponsored by the MInisterio de Ciencia e Innovación of Spain. (DPI2009-07130)

·      RAWSEEDS: Robotics Advancement through Web-publishing of Sensorial and Elaborated Extensive Data Sets (SSA- 045144) (financed by the European Union 6th Framework Program, 2006-2009).

·      SLAM6DOF: Portable Simultaneous Localization and Mapping Systems for Large and Complex Environments (funded by MEC, DPI2006-13578, 2007-2009)

·      Real-Time Camera Localisation in Real Environments (Con Univ. Oxford e Imperial College, financiado por EPSRC UK, GR/T24685/01, 2005-2007)

·      Pushing the theoretical and practical limits of advanced SLAM systems (Con Univ. Oxford e Imperial College, financiado por The Royal Society, UK IJP2005/R2, 2005-2007)

·      Multi-Vehicle Exploration of Outdoor Unstructured Environments (Con KTH, Suecia, financiado por STINT IG 2003-2060) (2003-2007)


Some Past Editorial services:

·      Guest editor, Robotics and Autonomous Systems for the special issue: Inside Data Association, together with Udo Frese, University of Bremen (appeared December 2009)


Some Past Conference Organizing Committee services:


Some Past Program Committee Member services:

·      Member of the PC of SSRR 2012, the IEEE International Symposium on Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics, Nov. 5-8, 2012, College Station, Texas, USA



Some past courses, workshops, tutorials and invited talks:








·      July: I gave an invited talk titled “Visual SLAM: from O(n^2) to O(Log n)” for the Robotics Research Group, University of Technology, Sydney, July 5, 2012.



















·      November: I gave a talk at the Oxford Robotics Research Group Seminars, Oxford, UK



·      April: I gave a talk at the ICRA Workshop on Concurrent Mapping and Localization for Mobile Robots, Washington, USA



·      April: I gave a talk at the IEEE ICRA Workshop on Mobile Robot Navigation and Mapping, San Francisco, USA


Othe stuff:

·      Cycling in Zaragoza   Comments and suggestions: jneira at unizar dot es