Alberto Sanfeliu received the BSEE and PhD degrees from the Universitat PolitŔcnica de Catalunya (UPC), Spain, in 1978 and 1982 respectively. He joined the faculty of UPC in 1981 and is full professor of Computational Sciences and Artificial Intelligence.

He is the Scientific Director of the “Unity of Excellence Maria Maeztu” of IRI, Institut de Rob˛tica i InformÓtica Industrial (UPC-CSIC). He is coordinator of the research Artificial Vision and Intelligent System Group (VIS) and head of the research line Mobile Robotics of IRI.  He is former director of IRI, former director of the UPC’s Automatic Control Department, and past president of AERFAI, (Spanish Association for Pattern Recognition).

He has worked on various theoretical aspects on pattern recognition, computer vision and robotics and on applications on vision defect detection, tracking, object recognition, robot vision and SLAM.

He has several patents on quality control based on computer vision.

He has authored books in pattern recognition and SLAM, and published more than 260 papers in international journals and conferences.

He has lead and participated in 45 R&D projects, 16 of them funded by the European Commission, and he was the coordinator of the European project URUS (Ubiquitous Networking Robotics in Urban Areas). He has worked in autonomous driving in the European projects (CargoAnts and Logimatic) and with Volkswagen Research in a CARNET project.

He is member of editorial boards of top scientific journals in computer vision and pattern recognition and has been the General Co-Chairmen of the top international congresses of Computer Vision (ICCV’2011) and Pattern Recognition (ICPR’2000).

He received the prize to the Technology given by the Generalitat de Catalonia and is Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition.

He is member of IEEE.