María del Mar Castilla Nieto

Lecturer & Researcher Automatic Control & Systems Engineering

María del Mar Castilla studied Computer Science Technical Engineering (2003-2006), Computer Science Engineering (2006-2008) and Master in Industrial Computer Science (2008-2009) at the University of Almería, Spain. Afterwards, she worked within the framework of the ARFRISOL research project from October 2008 to February 2009 on the development of user’s comfort control approaches. Subsequently, she obtained a Ph.D. grant to finish her doctoral thesis (international mention and extraordinary doctorate award) in 2013. Then, she enjoyed a postdoctoral grant in the area of Automatic Control and System Engineering at the University of Almería. Then, she obtained a “Juan de la Cierva – Formación” grant at the Department of Automatic Control and System Engineering of the University of Seville in 2016. Afterwards, she held the position of Lecturer and Researcher at the Department of Automatic Control and System Engineering of the University of Seville from July 2017 to September 2018. Finally, at present, she holds a position of Lecturer and Researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Almeria.

Her research interests include climate modelling, control education, model predictive control, feedforward and hierarchical control, with applications to users’ comfort, energy efficient buildings and microgrids. She is co-author of the book “Comfort Control in Buildings” (Springer, 2014) and the book chapter “Un ejemplo práctico de arquitectura bioclimática: el edificio C-DdI-CIESOL-ARFRISOL” published within the book “Domótica para Ingenieros” (Paraninfo, 2014). She has been director and co-director of 5 diploma theses in these lines.  She is co-author of 17 international journal papers, 20 papers in international conferences and 19 papers in national conferences. H-index: 11 (Google Scholar), 9 (Scopus), 6 (Web of Science).  She has participated in 9 R&D projects, 5 educational innovation projects and 3 contracts with companies. She is reviewer of more than 10 renowned international journals (more than 40 reviews). She has received one national award for the best work in the area of Control Engineering within the works presented at the XXXII Jornadas de Automática and one international award for the best work presented within the special session Control Techniques for Renewable Energy microgrids held within the framework of the 39th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society. She has carried out three international research stays at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil – 6 months), at the Automatic Control Laboratory of ETH (Switzerland – 3 months) and at the University of Brescia (Italy – 2.43 months). She belongs to the Automatic Control, Robotics and Mechatronics research group (TEP-197) and the Comité Español de Automática (main Spanish Association in Automatic Control) since 2009.

She has taught Automatic Control & Robotics related subjects both in the University of Seville and the University of Almería in different University degrees: Industrial Technology Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Electronics, Robotic and Mechatronics Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Industrial Electronics Engineering, Máster in Industrial Engineering, Master in Computer Science: Technology and Applications and Master in Industrial Computer Science. She has participated in research networks related to control education.

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