Juan is a research fellow at the QUT Centre for Robotics (QCR), Australia, and member of Securing Antarctica’s Environmental Future (SAEF), an Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative. He holds a BEng (Mechatronics) and a PhD in robotics and autonomous systems at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia.
Juan has a passion for developing drone-based remote sensing solutions to address some of the biggest Australia’s environmental and surveillance needs, especially in precision agriculture, biosecurity, Australia’s and Antarctica’s environmental monitoring, and automated systems for search and rescue.
His primary interests comprise autonomous small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) decision-making, machine learning, and real-time onboard computer vision for UAV remote sensing, with a focus on hyperspectral, multispectral, and high-resolution image processing. Juan has worked for research projects in biosecurity, environmental monitoring, and time-critical applications such as land search and rescue to find lost people in collapsed buildings and bushlands.