Miguel Alonso Jr

Visiting Assoc. Professor

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

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.

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Gregory Murad Reis

Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor

2018 Ph.D. in Computer Science, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
2014 M.S. in Systems Engineering, Federal University of Lavras, Lavras, MG, Brazil
2012 B.S. in Computer Science, Federal University of Lavras, Lavras, MG, Brazil

Dr. Gregory Murad Reis received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science at Florida International University in 2018, and his Master’s degree in Systems Engineering and his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Lavras, Brazil, in 2014 and 2012, respectively. He completed his Ph.D. as a Science without Borders fellow, sponsored by federal agencies NSF, ONR, CAPES, and LASPAU (Harvard University).

With sixteen years of experience in teaching, Dr. Reis has taught Mathematics and Computer Science courses for several undergraduate programs and schools. Moreover, he has experience in early, elderly and special education. In his career, Gregory has mentored over thirty students, including high school teachers and undergraduates and master’s students in several programs, such as Science without Borders’s Summer Research Program, NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) and NSF’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET).

Gregory Reis’s current research interests are centered on the challenges of marine robotics and STEM Education. Key problems he has addressed so far include: localization and navigation of aquatic robots in GPS-denied environments, analysis of the spatio-temporal dynamics of the ocean, persistent monitoring of the ocean and artificial intelligence applied to precision agriculture and welfare of poultry.

Gregory has also served as the Robotics Coach for the Ultimate Software Academy for Computer Science Education for over two years, teaching professional development courses in robotics and coding for K-12 teachers in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS). He is currently working on curriculum development and robots design for K-12 education.

Gregory has published several papers in conferences and journals, having been awarded TOP 20 best papers in several conferences around the world.

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