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Marco Antonio Chacín Torres, Ph.D.

Marco Antonio Chacín Torres, Ph.D.

Personal Data
Place of Birth:
 
Maracaibo, Venezuela.
 
Address:
 
Yohokama, Kanagawa, Japan.
 
Birthday: 08 / 19 / 1978
e-mail: mchacin[at]ieee.org
Languages: Fluent in Spanish, English and Japanese (日本語)
Phone: +81-90-9634-3840
Objective

To secure a full time position in research or development of autonomous robots and/or computer systems.

Education

  • 1994 - 1999: Bachelor's Degree in Electronics Engineering (GPA: 16.15/20, Overall Rank: 3/50). Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University. Maracaibo - Venezuela.
    Internship: COMUNIMA Telecommunications
    Graduation Thesis: : "Robotic Navigation System for Obstacle Avoidance on Unstructured Environments"

  • 1999 - 2001: Completed courses towards a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Systems Engineering (GPA: 18.33/20). Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University. Master of Engineering in Control Engineering and Processes Automation (GPA: 18.67/20). Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University. Maracaibo - Venezuela.
    Graduation Thesis: "Legged Robot Control for Adaptive Locomotion on Uneven Terrain"

  • 2000 - 2001: Participated in Master of Science in Applied Computer Systems Program. La Universidad Del Zulia. Maracaibo - Venezuela.

  • 2001 - 2002: : Intensive Course on Research Topic Development (GPA: 18.33/20). Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University. Participated in Master of Science in Applied Mathematics Program. La Universidad Del Zulia. Maracaibo - Venezuela.

  • 2003/04 - 2004/03: International Student Center Japanese Intensive Course (Completed Advanced Level). Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering - Department of Aerospace Engineering Research Student at the Space Robotics Laboratory (Yoshida - Nagatani Laboratory). Sendai - Japan.

  • 2004/04 - 2007/03: Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering (Space Robotics) from Tohoku University under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).Authored several publications in international conferences on different scientific societies.
    Graduation Thesis: "Landing Stability and Motion Control of Multi-Limbed Robots for Asteroid Exploration Missions".

  • 2005/09: IEEE-RAS/IFRR International School of Robotics Science 2005: Robot Design. University of Tokyo.

  • 2006/07 - 2006/09: International Space University (ISU) Summer Session Program (SSP06). Strasbourg - France. Space Systems Analysis and Design Department.

  • 2010/06 - 2010/10: Singularity University (SU) Graduate Studies Program (GSP-10). NASA Ames Research Park, California - USA. Space Team Project.

Skill Summary

Research and Technology Development. Strong analytical skills and expertise in the areas of autonomous systems, mobile robotics, electronic circuit design, and several microprocessor and microcontroller architectures. Made significant contributions to the Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University in Electronics, Programming, Robotics and Control Systems.

Computer Programming. Fluent in the languages C/C++, Java (including J2ME), JavaScript, Assembly (Microchip and Atmel), Pascal and PHP (4 and 5), in particular as applied to scientific computing and web applications, using a variety of tools such as Eclipse (includes CDT and PDT) and JBuilder. Experience with the scientific computing language Mathematica, MATLAB and Simulink. Proficient with the markup languages XML (including SAX and DOM parsers), XSLT, HTML/DHTML (including DOM), CSS, TeX, and LaTeX. Computer skills also include office and graphic design packages, Apache and Tomcat web severs.

Research Areas and Professional Interest

To understand, produce, and control systems that exhibit interesting dynamical interactions, including various electro-mechanical devices, legged robots, and biological systems.Specific areas of research interests include:
  • Robotics oriented Technologies: sensors, microcontrollers, microprocessors, and mechanical design.
  • Space exploration, rovers, comets, asteroids and planetary science.
  • Advanced Control Systems: Discrete Event Systems and Adaptive Control.
  • Multi legged Walking: Modeling, Simulation, and Control.
  • Robot Control: Subsumption Architecture.
  • Electronics: digital and analog circuit design.
  • Real Time Applications and Supervisory Systems.
  • Industrial Control, PLC, SCADA, and communication protocols (FieldBus, Profibus PA, HART)

Selected Professional Experience
From 2010 - 2011
Chief HW/SW System Architect at TOPS Systems Corporation (Tsukuba - Japan).
Microprocessor Development Division

Corporate website: http://www.topscom.co.jp/


2010 - 2011
Teaching Fellow at Singularity University. NASA Ames Research Park (California - USA).
Space Team Project

Website: http://singularityu.org/


2007 - 2010
Senior Researcher (Robotics R&D) at Cyberdyne Corporation (Tsukuba - Japan).
Research and Development Group.
Cyberdyne Inc. is a venture firm aiming to utilize accomplishments by Prof. Sankai and his laboratory at University of Tsukuba.

We strongly believe that technologies should be designed for the benefits of humankind. We focus on strong R&D and will introduce very new products and services to the society.

The Robot Suit HAL is a cyborg-type robot that can expand and improve physical capabilities. HAL is expected to be applied in various fields such as rehabilitation support and physical training support in the medical field, ADL support for disabled people, heavy labour support at factories, and rescue support at disaster sites, as well as in the entertainment field.

Corporate website: http://www.cyberdyne.jp/
Website: University of Tsukuba - Cybernics Laboratory

2007
Post-Doc Researcher (Robotics R&D) at Toyota Motor Corporation (Shizuoka - Japan).
East Fuji Technical Center, Future Projects (FP) Division.
Toyota's i-unit system design and mobility research.

Electronic design and control systems.

Corporate website: http://www.toyota.co.jp/

2006 - 2007
Technical Specialist for the Robotics / Automation / Instruments / Controls / Sensor discipline at 4Frontiers Corporation (USA).
Generation 2 Mars Settlement Programming Study.
4Frontiers Corporation (4FC) is an emerging space commerce company with unique expertise in space facility design and related technologies. The company has access to a broad array of technical and social science specialists that strive for unparalleled realism in modeling the new space frontier.

The company’s core technology development focuses on enabling technologies for space exploration, long-term habitation, and insitu resource utilization. Its activities in three business segments (informative entertainment/education, research & development, and consultancy) give it both the capability to develop innovative space systems and technologies, as well as the ability to translate these concepts into a public format which is engaging, entertaining, and informative.

Corporate website: http://www.4FrontiersCorp.com

2004 - 2007
Tohoku University, as Teaching Assistant (Sendai - Japan).

Website: http://www.tohoku.ac.jp

2004 - 2007
Abroad Language Center as Language Instructor (Sendai - Japan).

Website: http://www.ablc.jp

2001 - 2003
Appointed as Faculty Professor at Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacin University (Maracaibo - Venezuela).
Conducted and directed research, developed new courses, fostered and led multidisciplinary research initiatives. Courses Taught: At the School of Electronics Engineering
  • Analog Electronics II
  • Control Systems Engineering
  • At the School of Computer Systems Engineering
  • Introduction to Robotics
  • Digital Systems Engineering
At the School of Information Systems Engineering
  • Advanced Programming
At the Graduate School of Control Systems Engineering
  • Digital Systems and Microprocessors
Directed the Robotics Research Laboratory.

Website: http://www.urbe.edu

1999
COMUNIMA C.A. Intern (Venezuela).
Professional Internship. Telecommunications.

Scholarships

  • 2003 - 2007: Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Scholarship to pursue a Ph.D. Degree in Aerospace Engineering at Tohoku University - Japan. Determined by the Embassy of Japan in Venezuela in consultation with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology scientific board, based on academic merit.

  • 2005: IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE-RAS) Scholarship to attend the IEEE-RAS/IFRR International School of Robotics Science 2005: Robot Design (ISRS2005). Determined by the International School of Robotics Science 2005 organizers in consultation with the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society scientific board, based on academic merit and congruence with the topics and goals of the Robot Design focus.

  • 2006: International Space University (ISU) Scholarship to attend the Summer Session Program 2006 (SSP06). Determined by the International Space University Funding Committee Members, based on academic merit and motivation towards the Summer Session Program.

  • 2006: Japanese Alumni Society for the ISU (JASI) Scholarship to attend the Summer Session Program 2006 (SSP06). Determined by the Japan Alumni Society for the ISU review board (JAXA), based on academic merit and motivation towards the Summer Session Program.

Selected International Publications

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida; Robotic Motion Dynamics and Control for Asteroid Surface Exploration, Submitted to the International Journal on Advanced Robotics, Robotics Society of Japan. [Under Review].

  • A. Mora, K. Nagatani, K. Yoshida and M. Chacin; A Novel Navigation System based on Occlusion Detection for Planetary Exploration Rovers, In Proceedings of the 27th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Tsukuba, Japan, July 2009.

  • K. Sasahara, A. Mora and M. Chacin; Analysis of the Interaction between Uneven Surfaces and a Crawler-type Rover, In Proceedings of the 27th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Tsukuba, Japan, July 2009.

  • A. Mora and M. Chacin; Multi-Limbed Robot Control on Asteroid Exploration Missions, In Proceedings of the 27th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Tsukuba, Japan, July 2009.

  • A. Mora, M. Chacin, K. Nagatani and K. Yoshida; Teleoperated Navigation System based on 3D Occlusion Detection for Lunar Exploration Rovers, In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology 2009 (SMC-IT), Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and organized by NASA/JPL, Pasadena/California, USA, July 2009.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida; Motion Control of Multi-Limbed Robots for Asteroid Exploration Missions, In Proceedings of the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2009), Kobe, May 2009.

  • M. Chacin, A. Kruselburger (ISU SSP06 TP Micro/Nano members); Micro Probe for Titan Atmospheric Survey, In Proceedings of the European Planetary Science Congress 2008, Germany, September 2008.

  • M. Chacin, A. Kroier, A. Kruselburger, A. Hansen, N. Kurahara et al. (ISU SSP06 TP Micro/Nano members); Micro- and Nanotechnology for Space Development: Current involvements and promising possibilities, In Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Hamamatsu, Japan, June 2008.

  • M. Chacin, A. Kruselburger, A. Hansen, N. Kurahara et al. (ISU SSP06 TP Micro/Nano members); Atmospheric Survey Micro Instrument Probe for Titan Exploration Missions, In Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Hamamatsu, Japan, June 2008.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida; On Robotic Motion for Planetary Exploration under Microgravity Environments, In Proceedings of the 26th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), Hamamatsu, Japan, June 2008.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida; A Microgravity Emulation Testbed for Asteroid Exploration Robots, In Proceedings of 9th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS08), Sponsored and organized by NASA/JPL, Los Angeles, USA, February 2008.

  • A. Mora, D. G. Axelson, M. Chacin, K. Nagatani and K. Yoshida; Remote Navigation System for Rough Terrain Rovers based on 3D Mapping, In Proceedings of the 1st Annual IEEE Systems Conference (2007), Hawaii, USA, April 2007.

  • M. Chacin, F. Mendoza, E. Rohmer and K. Yoshida; Return to the Moon: A Telerobotic Platform for Prospecting Lunar H2O, In Proceedings of the 11th ISU Annual International Symposium: Why the Moon? International Space University, Strasbourg, France, February 2007.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida, Stability and Adaptability Analysis for Legged Robots Intended for Asteroid Exploration, In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS2006), Beijing, China. October 2006.

  • M. Chacin, F. Mendoza, H. Lund, E. Rohmer and K. Yoshida; On Locomotion and Grasping Control of a Limbed Rover Intended for Asteroid Surface Exploration, In Proceedings of the 16th Workshop on Astrodynamics and Flight Mechanics, Sponsored and organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Kanagawa, Japan, July 2006.

  • M. Chacin, E. Rohmer, A. Mora and K. Yoshida, A High Level Teleoperation Platform for Space Robotic Missions, In Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Space Mission Challenges for Information Technology 2006 (SMC-IT), Sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society and organized by NASA/JPL, Pasadena/California, USA, pp. 133-139, July 2006.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida, Next-Generation Rover Development for Asteroid Surface Exploration: System Description, In Proceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science and 19th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics (ISTS & ISSFD), Kanazawa, Japan, June 2006. Best Poster Paper Award.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida, Evolving Legged Rovers for Minor Body Exploration Missions, In Proceedings of the 1st IEEE / RAS - EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob2006), Pisa, Italy, February 2006.

  • M. Chacin and K. Yoshida, Multi-Limbed Rover for Asteroid Surface Exploration Using Static Locomotion, In Proceedings of 8th International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS05), Sponsored and organized by the European Space Agency (ESA), Munich, Germany, September 2005.

  • M. Chacin, J. Merino, K. Yoshida and H. Yano; Bio-mimetic Mechanism for Rovers Under Microgravity Surface Environment, In Proceedings of 14th Workshop on Astrodynamics and Flight Mechanics, Sponsored and organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Kanagawa, Japan, pages 227-232, July 2004.

Selected Projects

  • M. Chacín, D. Schott and M. Kuze. (First Ever) Legged Robot Test Flight. (2004). A Rocket Launch for International Student Satellites at Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Team Leader and Lead Designer. Tohoku University.

  • Cruz, Eduardo. Coello, Jesús. Chacín, Marco. (04-02-2002). "Sistema de Control Automatizado para la Excitación del Motor Síncrono del Compresor Secundario. Caso: POLINTER". Recomendada su Publicación. Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Rodríguez, Miguel. Chacín, Marco. (07-02-2002). "Sistema de Control para el Manipulador del Equipo Analizador de Química Sanguínea Modelo SD–2000". Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Rodríguez, Julio. Peña, Enrique. Chacín, Marco. (08-02-2002). "Prototipo de Vehículo Autónomo Controlado por Sistema de Navegación". Recomendada su Publicación. Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • García, Gilberto. Chacín, Marco. (22-02-2002). "Sistema Robótico capaz de simular la Biomecánica de un Animal Marino". Recomendada su Publicación. Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Rincón, Néstor. Servigña, Gustavo. Chacín, Marco. (05-03-2002). "Sistema de Control para la detección de Vehículos". Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Fuenmayor, Yonalde. Montesdeoca, Jenny. Chacín, Marco. (07-03-2002). "Diseño de un Sistema de Control para Motores de Corriente Alterna utilizando un Microcontrolador". Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Klein, Eugenio. Chirinos, Pablo. Chacín, Marco. (12-03-2002). "Desarrollo de un Sistema de Instrumentación Electrónico Digital para Monitorear las Variables Físicas de un Vehículo a través de un Microcontrolador". Recomendada su Publicación. Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Mosquera, Fridgar. Chacín, Marco. (27-08-2002)."Sistema de Visión de Máquina para el Reconocimiento Óptico de Caracteres". Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Medina, Juan. Chacín, Marco. "Sistema de Detección Multisensorial para Robots basada en Cambios de Frecuencia". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Valencia, Milagros. Valderrama, Andrés. Chacín, Marco. "Interfaz para el Procesador de Muestras Inmunológicas y Hormonales AXSYM bajo estándar RS–232C". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Vásquez, Andreina. Chacín, Marco. "Sistema de Control para el proceso de lavado automático de casilleros de botellas, Caso: PEPSI COLA". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Bohórquez, Jesús. Chacín, Marco. "Desarrollo del Sistema de Control de Acceso de Personal. Caso: Cervecería Regional". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Espinel, Deissy. Jiménez, Alexander. Chacín, Marco. "Sistema de Control de Calderas para el proceso de secado de pastas. Caso: Molinos Sagra (MOSACA)". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Balzan, Ángel. Chacín, Marco. "Sistema de Control Distribuido para las Unidades de Compresión de Gas Etano de las operaciones PCTJ-3. Caso: PDVSA". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Esis, Norelys. Chacín, Marco. "Tarjeta de Comunicación Serial para Rectificadores / Cargadores de Baterías Marca C & D Technologies (RATELCO). Caso: SUGELCA". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Castejon, Miguel. Méndez, Dixon. Chacín, Marco. "Interfaz de Comunicación para conectar Sistemas Digitales con Buses estándar comerciales ". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Barboza, Jorge. Chacín, Marco. "Modelo de Dispositivos Virtuales Comunes en Robots Móviles utilizando Programación Orientada a Objetos". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Portillo, Eddie. Rincón, Hugo. Chacín, Marco. "Robot Móvil Semi-autónomo para la movilización de objetos a distancia". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Fuentes, Maria. Parra, Enrique. Chacín, Marco. "Sistema de Control de Acceso Electrónico para el resguardo de Automóviles mediante Comunicación Inalámbrica". (14-03-2003). Recomendada su Publicación. Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Morales, Jorge. Villalobos, Marcos. Chacín, Marco. "Sistema Automatizado para la Detección de Errores a través de SCADA en Aplicaciones de Optimización. Caso: Soporte de Automatización, PDVSA". (14-03-2003). Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

  • Bravo, Carlos. Chacín, Marco. "Prototipo de Compilador Java–Assembler para el Microcontrolador PIC16F877". Universidad "Dr. Rafael Belloso Chacín".

CURSOS, JORDANAS, SEMINARIOS Y EVENTOS

  • "Introducción a la Computación y Sistema Operativo MS–DOS, WordStar 4, Storyboard Plus, Lotus 1 2 3 Aplicaciones Básicas" (Epica, Diciembre 1991 – Enero 1992).
  • "I Seminario de Automática e Informática Aplicada Industrial" (LUZ / URBE, Julio 1996).
  • "I Seminario: Cómo Generar Proyectos de Investigación" (URBE, Mayo – Junio 1997).
  • "II Seminario: Cómo Generar Proyectos de Investigación" (URBE, Agosto – Septiembre 1997).
  • "I Seminario de Ingeniería Alternativa (Telecomunicaciones y PLCs)" (URBE, Mayo 1997).
  • "Microsoft Visual BASIC 6.0" (Unidata, Septiembre – Octubre 1999).
  • "Microsoft Visual BASIC 6.0 Avanzado" (Unidata, Octubre 1999).
  • "Microsoft Visual FoxPro 6.0 Básico" (Unidata, Octubre 1999).
  • "Sistema Robótico para Eludir Obstáculos". Ponente. Ieras Jornadas de Investigación y Postgrado. (URBE, Octubre 1999).
  • "Macromedia Flash 4.0" (2Media Training, Agosto 2000).
  • "Adobe GoLive 4.0" (2Media Training, Agosto 2000).
  • "Macromedia Freehand 8.0" (2Media Training, Septiembre 2000).
  • "Adobe Photoshop 5.5" (2Media Training, Septiembre 2000).
  • "Redes y Teleinformática" (URBE, Octubre 2000).
  • "Multimedia y Videoconferencia" (URBE, Octubre 2000).
  • "Inteligencia Artificial" (URBE, Octubre 2000).
  • "XIV Mercadeo Light: Telecomunicaciones en Apertura" (Fundación Mercadeo Light y La Universidad del Zulia, Noviembre 2000).
  • "Macromedia Flash 5.0" (2Media Training, Marzo 2001).
  • "Proceso Metodológico" (URBE, Noviembre 2001).
  • "Macromedia Dreamweaver 4.0" (URBE, Enero 2002).
  • "Macromedia Flash 5.0" (URBE, Enero 2002).
  • "HTML y XML" (URBE, Enero 2002).
  • "Visual Basic" (URBE, Enero 2002).
  • "Electrónica Digital" (URBE, Enero – Febrero 2002).
  • "Estadística Aplicada a la Investigación" (URBE, Septiembre 2001 – Enero 2002).
  • "Dispositivo Robótico con Locomoción Adaptativa basado en el Equilibrio Estático". Ponente. 2das Jornadas de Investigación y Postgrado. (URBE, Febrero 2002).
  • "Propiedad Intelectual" (URBE, Marzo – Julio 2002).
  • "Microcontroladores PIC16F84: Arquitectura y Programación" (JJ Electronics, Junio 2002).
  • "PIC Avanzado" (JJ Electronics, Junio 2002).
  • "PLC" (JJ Electronics, Junio 2002).
  • "Macromedia Authorware 6.0" (URBE, Marzo – Julio 2002).
  • "Diseño y Estudios Técnicos de Instrumentos de Recolección de Datos" (URBE, Junio 2002).
  • "Programación en Java2". Instructor. Curso para la reestructuración de los contenidos programáticos de las cátedras de Algoritmos y Programación en la Facultad de Ingeniería. (URBE, Julio 2002).
  • "IV Maratón de Programación URBE 2002". En Calidad de Entrenador. (URBE, Septiembre 2002).

Affiliations

IEEE Student Member: 80252710
IEEE Control Systems Society
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
IEEE Computer Society.
Reviewer @ IEEE Transactions on Robotics
Reviewer @ IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation

Venezuela Engineer Association C.I.V. 124977

Other Activities

  • Delegate for the Space Generation Congress as part as the Research Team in the Inspire Education Project.
  • Attended various meetings regarding the post MUSES-C "Hayabusa" Asteroid Sample Return Mission at JAXA/ISAS.
  • Designer and administrator of a website for space-related and technology news in Spanish.