Gildardo Sanchez Gildardo Sánchez-Ante
Visiting Researcher

Robotics Laboratory
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University
Stanford CA, 94305-9010

In general, I would say that my research interests are related with finding efficient algorithms for solving interesting problems. Many years ago, when I finished my B.Sc.,  I was attracted to the field of control of chemical processes by using artificial intelligence techniques. Other area that interested me a lot at that time was the optimization of chemical processes. However, in my Master's, I did research on the application of Temporal Logic for multi-agent planning (what a change, ha?). Later on, during my Ph.D. I had the opportunity to met Prof. Jean-Claude Latombe and everything changed again. I spent a couple of years at the Robotics Lab., in Stanford working under his direction in Probabilistic Roadmaps.

During that time, we developed an efficient single-query PRM planner that we called SBL (which stands for Single-Query Bi-Directional Lazy Collision Checking). This planner was actually a continuation of the work of Prof. Lydia Kavraki and Prof. David Hsu. Recently, the group of Professor Latombe has made public a motion planning library, called Motion Planning Kit (MPK), which includes a version of SBL among other things. As a matter of fact, I should say that if you are interested in doing research in motion planning, MPK offers tools that allows you to easily prove your own algorithms. You better check the MPK's home page.

After finishing my Ph.D., I moved back to Mexico, where I got an appointment as Professor in the Computer Science Department of the Tecnologico de Monterrey-Campus Guadalajara. The Tec de Monterrey (as we usually call it) is a multi-campus system that as for today (march, 2004) has 32 campuses all over Mexico, and fourteen liaison offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, China and Latin America. Both Tec de Monterrey and the city are nice places to stay and work, so I feel great being here. This is my homepage in the Tec de Monterrey.

During 2004-2005 worked with Prof. David Hsu at the National University of Singapore, as a Research Associate in a project related with Protein Motion Analysis using Randomized Motion Planning.

Since 2006 I have been a Professor in Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara, where I teach and do some research in Machine Learning.

Last modification: May 8, 2015