Dr. Rafael Garcia is the founder and director of the Underwater Vision Lab (UVL), which belongs to the Computer Vision and Robotics Group in the Department of Computer Architecture at the University of Girona (Spain).

His main research interests are underwater robotics and computer vision. Dr. Garcia is particularly interested in how to make unmanned underwater vehicles sense their environment to carry out autonomous surveys of the ocean floor.

From March 2010 to June 2015 he served as the director of the Computer Vision and Robotics Group of UdG. He serves as consultant to industry in the field of artificial vision and manufacturing, and he founded the spin-off company Coronis Computing SL, a company that commercializes Computer Vision and Machine Learning solutions.

Dr. Garcia is also interested in education, outreach and the public perception of science. To this end, he devotes part of his research group's efforts to education research. From July 2011 to October 2016 he was the director of the Institute of Education Sciences (ICE) of the University of Girona. Moreover, his interests include educational innovation projects, especially those that try to increase student motivation and engagement.

You can find one of his talks about science outreach here.

email: rafael dot garcia at udg dot edu (remove spaces)
linkedIn: es.linkedin.com/in/rafaelgarcia100