About me

Carol Martinez

I am an application-oriented researcher with PhD and an M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation. My research focuses on making robots Perceive the world. I am motivated by the powerful ability of the human perception system to understand the world and the difficulty for machines to acquire at least part of this incredible capacity.

In the last 16 years, I have led interdisciplinary research in Computer Vision (CV), classical Machine Learning (ML), and Deep Learning (DL) for process automation (industry and health) and robotics (aerial, industrial, space). My long-term goal is to push the frontiers of robotics technology for terrestrial and space applications by building scalable, generalizable, and trustworthy perception algorithms to empower robots to deal with unknown and uncertain environments.

Currently, I am a Research Scientist at the SnT – Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability, and Trust of the University of Luxembourg, in the Space Robotics Research Group SpaceR. I am leading research in the area of orbital robotics (space debris removal, vision-based navigation), robotic manipulation (control and perception), and on-ground testing environments for space technology. I am also teaching the course “Robotic Manipulation in Space” of the Interdisciplinary Space Master (ISM) at UniLu and supervise PhD and Master students (as Co and Main supervisor). My current research focuses on perception approaches for multi-purpose space robotic manipulation.

I am from Bucaramanga, Colombia, Mother of three lovely kids, and a fan of Cycling.


You can download a PDF copy of my CV here.