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Miguel Alonso Jr

Visiting Assoc. Professor
Biography

Dr. Miguel Alonso Jr is an Associate Professor of Computer Science (Visiting) at Florida International University. His research interests include Deep Computer Vision for Autonomy, Autonomous Robotics and Autonomous Navigation, Visual SLAM, UAV for Agriculture Analysis, ML for Mycotoxin Prediction, Deep Learning towards full end-to-end autonomy. His teaching areas of interest include Image Processing, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science, Data Mining, Modern Control Systems, Robotics.

Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Data Science and the Director of Research and Economic Development at FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Additionally, he was the CEO of Slingshot Labs, a Product Development, and Startup Consulting Company, providing Software/Hardware Engineering, Lean Startup and Product Development, and Venture Capital consulting services. Prior to this position, he was a Senior Software Engineer at Electricity Labs in Miami, FL. Some of his previous appointments have been as the Chief Technology Officer of Inceptures, a startup incubator and venture capital/venture management firm located in Miami, FL, an Associate Professor of Engineering and the Department Chairperson at the Miami Dade College School of Engineering + Technology and has also worked as a researcher at the DSP Lab at Florida International University, a Software Engineer in Algorithm Research and Development for Beckman Coulter, Inc., and as a the lead Computer Engineer at CPS Products, Inc. Dr. Alonso has a Bachelor Science degree in Computer Engineering (Magna Cum Laude), a Master of Science degree in Computer Engineering, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering, specializing in Computer Engineering and Digital Signal and Image Processing. Dr. Alonso received his degrees from Florida International University. Dr. Alonso is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and a Senior Member of IEEE and a member of ACM, Tau Beta Pi, and Eta Kappa Nu.

Honors and Awards
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Miami Dade College, (2011)
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2003-2006)
  • Outstanding Master’s Student – Florida International University, Miami, Fl., (2003)
Research and Educational Interests

Research Areas:

Deep Computer Vision for Autonomy, Autonomous Robotics and Autonomous Navigation, Visual SLAM, UAV for Agriculture Analysis, Machine Learning for Mycotoxin Prediction, Deep Learning towards full end-to-end autonomy

Teaching Areas:

Image Processing, Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Science, Data Mining, Modern Control Systems, Robotics

Background Education

2007 Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, FIU
2003 M.S. Computer Engineering, FIU
2001 B.S. Computer Engineering, FIU

Professional Activities
  • IEEE – Senior Member
  • ACM – Member
  • Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society – Member
  • Eta Kappa Nu – Member
  • Order of the Engineer – Member
Professional Experience
  • Associate Professor (Visiting), School of Computing and Information Sciences, Florida International University. Miami, FL, (2018-present)
  • Associate Professor, Data Science, Florida International University. Miami, FL, (2017- 2018)
  • Director of Research and Economic Development, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University. Miami, FL, (2016-2017)
  • VP/Senior Software Engineer, Electricity Labs LLC. Miami, FL, (2015-2016)
  • Chief Technology Officer, Inceptures LLC., Hollywood, FL, (2014-2015)
  • Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Slingshot Labs LLC. Miami, FL, (2014-2017)
  • Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Doxio.co. Miami, FL, (2012-2014)
  • Chairperson, Department of Engineering, Miami Dade College. Miami, FL, (2011-2014)
  • Associate Professor, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Miami Dade College. Miami, FL, (2010-2014)
  • Assistant Professor, Electronics and Computer Engineering, Miami Dade College. Miami, FL, (2007-2010)
  • Software Engineer, Algorithm Research and Development Group, Beckman Coulter Inc. Miami, FL, (2007)
  • Computer Engineer, CPS Products Inc. Miami, FL, (2001-2002)
Selected Publications
  1. Traynor, M. and Alonso Jr., M., “Work in Progress: Applying Machine Learning Towards Modelling Tourist Visitor Expenditure”, Proceedings of the Conference of the European Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (EuroCHRIE 2018), Dublin, Ireland, November 7 – 9, 2018.
  2. L. Cain, J. Thomas, and M. Alonso Jr., “From sci-fi to sci-fact: The state of robotics and AI in the hospitality industry”, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology – Special Issue: Progress on Information Technology in Hospitality and Tourism, 2018, (Submitted)