Andres Torres Garcia

+1 (470) 344-5156


  • I am a computer scientist focusing in Robotics algorithms.
  • During my masters I worked in Map Merging, Path planning and Motion Planning.
  • My research interests lie in Mobile Robots, Localization and Robot Motion Planning.
  • I have been involved in Robotics since 2011 with The Freescale Cup contest, now The NXP Cup.

Technical Skills

Robotics: 3+ years of experience in ROS, ROS Navigation stack, MoveIt! Motion Planning Framework, Gazebo simulator, Coppelia Robotics V-REP, OpenRAVE IKFast solver, Mobile Robot Programming Toolkit(MRPT) EKF SLAM.

Mobile Robotics platforms: 3+ years in Clearpath Robotics Husky, Pioneer 3-AT.

Computing: 3+ years of experience in C/C++11, Matlab, Java, Linux and Embedded Systems.

Scientific Software: MATLAB, LaTeX.

Languages: Proficient at Spanish and English.

Version Control: GitHub, SVN, GIT and Project Management

 Coding standards: (ROS or Google C++ style guide), version control(Git), and unit testing(gtest and rostest), 1+ years of experience.


M.Sc., Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of California, Merced, CA, USA

Advisor: Stefano Carpin

2015 - 2018

B.Sc., Computer Systems Engineering

ITESO - Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Mexico

2008 - 2013

Technical report topic: Path Planning in Vineyards

Summary: My project was about creating GPS waypoints from Satellite Imagery for a robot to follow through vineyards.

Research and Industry Experience

Graduate Student Researcher, University of California, Merced 2015 – 2018

UC Merced Robotics Lab, Robotics Algorithms, Path Planning and Map Merging.

Robotics Engineer, Inbright. May 2015 - August 2015

Path planning algorithms for drones to take pictures of crop fields to create a mosaic.

Software Engineering Intern, Intel Corporation Mexico, March 2013 - May 2013

Test INTEL graphic drivers.

Research Assistant, CINVESTAV, August 2011 - December 2011

Dynamic 2D map using a Kinect sensor(Smart Guide) in the Vision Laboratory.

Journal and Conference Publications

Multimedia Inorganic Waste Separator. IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME) 2013

Intelligent Waste Separator, Computación y Sistemas. 2015.

Teaching Experience

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Merced, January 2018 - May 2018

Introductory class of Robotics, CSE 180

Netica Education, Instructor, February 2014 - July 2014

Teach robotic to five high schools located in poor neighborhoods of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Honors and Awards

UC Merced Miguel Velez(MV) Scholarship 2017 - 2018

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships for Mexican Students 2015 - 2020

Finalist Imagine Cup Mexico 2014

Third Place The Freescale Cup Mexico 2013

Second Place Universitronica Mexico 2013

First Place Freescale Cup Advanced Mexico 2012

Third place Expo-Sciences MILSET Mexico Local Finals 2012

Second Place Intel Cup Undergraduate Electronic Design Contest 2012

Second Place Infomatrix 2011

Honorable Mention ACM ICPC Mexico and Central America Contest 2010


IEEE and RAS, and ACM Member 2011 – present

Other Activities

 Science, Technology and Art for Youth(STAY) instructor -- Summer 2018

Migrant Education Enrichment in Science and Technology(MESAT) instructor -- May 2017

ITESO Student Chapter IEEE RAS, Founder and Chair, 2012 - 2015

Microsoft Mexico, Microsoft Student Partner, 2008 - 2010