Carlos A. Cifuentes
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Carlos Andrés Cifuentes García is a Professor with the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Head of Center for Biomechatronics at Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito (ECIJG-Colombia). He has been Visiting Professor at Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, University of Cauca and Plymouth University. Prior to that, he was a postdoc at Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo (UFES-Brazil). He is broadly interested in human-robot interaction and rehabilitation robotics in the context of developing countries.
He was born in Bogota, Colombia. In 2004, he received the BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from ECIJG, where he received the grade of honor, awarded to the highest GPA of his class. He received his Specialization in Project Management in 2006 at ECIJG. From 2006 to 2011 he worked as an entrepreneur and teaching assistant in the field of embedded systems.
In 2011, he obtained his M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, Argentina. His master’s dissertation was lauded as one of “10 finalist at the Make It Challenge: Kinetis MCUs Americas" by Freescale semiconductors.
In 2012, he joined the Robotics and Industrial Automation Group at UFES to pursue the Ph.D. degree. He developed a part of his thesis at Automation Institute, (UNSJ-Argentina) and at Neural and Cognitive Engineering group, CAR, (UPM-CSIC-Spain). His Ph.D. thesis (2015), for which he received the Honorable Mention Award CAPES as one of the best theses in 2016 in Brazil, focused on development a multimodal human-robot interface that provides a means of testing and validating control strategies for robotic walkers for assisting human mobility and gait rehabilitation. In 2017 his work was lauded as one of “five history-changing ideas in Latin America" by History Channel.