Leonardo Bobadilla Portrait

Leonardo Bobadilla

Associate Professor

(305) 348-7565
CASE 238
Tuesday/Thursday 3:45PM - 4:50PM or by appointment
ORCID: 0000-0003-2097-2432


Dr. Leonardo Bobadilla (FIU) is currently an Assistant Professor in the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He is interested in understanding the information requirements for solving fundamental robotics tasks such as navigation, patrolling, tracking, and motion safety and has deployed test-beds that can track and control a large number of mobile units that require minimal sensing, actuation, and computation. He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has received several awards and has published 37 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. His research articles have appeared in prestigious journals such as IEEE Journal of Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, and ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks. His research has been sponsored by the Army Research Office, Department of Homeland Security, NSF, and the Ware Foundation. He has graduated three Ph.D. students and one master's student who are well placed in major companies and universities.

Honors and Awards

Colombian Ministry of Education
  • Top ten student graduate in Computer Engineering in Colombia, ECAES, 2004 National University of Colombia
  • Outstanding Graduate Students Scholarship, College of Sciences, 2006–2007
  • Best admission score in College of Sciences Master Programs (4.96/5), 2005
  • Honorary Enrollment and Scholarship, College of Engineering, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003

Research and Educational Interests

  • Mobile Robotics
  • Planning Algorithms
  • Cyber-Physical Systems

Background Education

2013 Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor: ICRA 2016, 2017
  • NSF Panel: 4 times

Professional Experience

Florida International University, Miami, FL Assistant Professor Fall 2013-Present

Selected Publications

  • Space-efficient filters for mobile robot localization from discrete limit cycles T. Alam, L. Bobadilla, D.A. Shell. In IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Volume: 3, Issue: 1, pages 257-264, Jan. 2018 -An Automated Methodology for Worker Path Generation and Safety Assessment in Construction Projects. M. M. Rahman, T. Carmenate, L. Bobadilla, S. Zanlongo, and A. Mostafavi. In IEEE Journal of Automation Science and Engineering, Volume: PP, Issue: 99, Pages: 1 - 13, Apr. 2018.
  • Modeling Occupant-Building-Appliance Interaction for Energy Waste Analysis. T. Carmenate, P. Inyim, N. Pachekar, G. Chauhan, L. Bobadilla, M. Batouli. In Procedia Engineering Volume: 145, Pages: 42-49, 2016
  • Combinatorial filters: Sensor beams, obstacles, and possible paths. B. Tovar, F. Cohen, L. Bobadilla, J. Czarnowski, and S. M. LaValle. ACM Transactions on Sensor Networks, Volume: 10, Issue: 3, Apr. 2014