After completion of my BSc in Chemical Engineering at University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) in 2001, I began my PhD with an FPI grant of the MICINN in the BioProcess Engineering Group (GEPRO) of the IIM – CSIC (Vigo). My research during these years was focused on developing a set of conceptual and methodological tools based on thermodynamics that contributes to carrying out a systematic design of the control structure for a given process or processing plant. In April 2008, I defended my PhD thesis, obtaining the maximum qualification and the Doctorate Award given by University of Vigo. During the second mid of 2008, I got a 3-years postdoctoral contract of the Program “Ánxeles Alvariño” of Xunta de Galicia. This allowed me to continue my work as a postdoctoral researcher in the GEPRO Group (IIM-CSIC). During this period, my primary and basic research line was focused on the definition of optimal control profiles/policies to new scenarios/cases through the definition of a hierarchy multi-layer approach for optimal control of processes. Finally, after being a "Ramón y Cajal" researcher at IIM-CSIC (2016 and 2017) I got a permanent position as Tenure Scientist in the GEPRO Group of the IIM-CSIC, starting on February 2017. My research lines are the design and optimal control of new bio-processes and plants or the optimal selection of existing processing routes under the novel concept we defined of Marine Biorefinery, eco-design and circular economy as well. Moreover, in the last years I lead a research line that applies deep learning and convolutional neural networks to different fields in marine research, including the design of automatic, real-time remote electronic monitoring systems to quantify the whole fishing catch on board vessels.

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