Ivan Maza is Associate Professor at the University of Seville (Engineering School) in Spain. He received the Telecommunication Engineering Degree from the University of Seville in 2000 and joined the Robotics, Vision and Control Research Group.
His main research interests include: aerial robotics, decentralized architectures for multirobot systems, conflict detection and resolution for aerial robots, distributed task allocation in multirobot systems and human machine interfaces for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
He has been working in these topics in the framework of different research projects funded by the European Commission, the Spanish Government, private companies and the Andalusian Government. His PhD Thesis received three awards and was mainly developed in the context of the following european projects:
- The COMETS Project (2002-2005): first EU project about the application of multiple UAVs in civil scenarios.
- The AWARE Project (2006-2009): worldwide first successful autonomous load transportation experiment using three coupled small-size helicopters in a civil research project. This project received the EUROP / EURON Robotics Technology Transfer Award in 2010.
He has been working in the Automation Technology Laboratory at the Helsinki University of Technology (Finland) and also in the Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systèmes (LAAS - CNRS) at Toulouse (France).
He is currently involved in the ARCAS Project devoted to the development and experimental validation of the first cooperative free-flying robot system for assembly and structure construction. He has participated in several R&D contracts related to different UAV technologies with Boeing Research and Technology Europe since 2006 until now.