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Summary

I am committed and passionate about teaching, and experienced in a broad array of subjects in computing, mathematics, hybrid systems, complex networks, collective dynamics and intelligence, distributed bio-inspired intelligence, self-organisation, multi-agent systems, synchronisation, data science, research methods, scientific writing and communication, team work, and creativity. In recognition to the excellence of my teaching activities, in 2012, I was accredited as Fellow of The Higher Education Academy of the UK.

Since 2009, I have been the supervisor of 10 PhD students, 9 MSc students, and 26 last-year undergraduate projects. I have been the mentor of more than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students. In my classes, I use non-traditional teaching methods and encourage critical thinking and ‘neurolearning’ (you cannot learnt it, if you do not feel it). I also practice ‘neuroworking’, because you can only work, if you feel what you are doing.

Teaching experience

  • At the University of Wolverhampton:

  • Developer and course leader of the master course “Data Science” (7CS034) within the new MSc in Data Science and MSc in Artificial Intelligence. School of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Wolverhampton, UK. Since course 2020/2021.

  • Developer and course leader of the master course “Research Methods” (7CS043) within the new MSc in Data Science and MSc in Artificial Intelligence. School of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Wolverhampton, UK. Since course 2020/2021.

  • At The University of Manchester:

  • Co-developer and course leader of the postgraduate course “Creativity in Research” (COMP80992) for the Centre for Doctoral Training in Computer Science. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2011/2012 to 2015/2016. It was the first postgraduate taught course with these features in the UK.

  • Developer and course leader of the undergraduate 3rd-year course “Advanced Algorithms II” (COMP36212). Especially, for the module “Complex Networks and Collective Behaviour”, a cutting-edge topic that challenges and inspires computer science students. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2010/2011 to 2018/2019. This course had content that had never been taught in The University of Manchester, and it was one of the first (probably the first) undergraduate taught modules in the UK dedicated to models, structural properties, algorithms and evolution of complex networks, synchronisation in complex dynamical networks, swarming and flocking algorithms, self-organisation, self-organised criticality and other dynamical processes over complex networks.

  • “First Year Team Project Course” (COMP10120). Lab coordinator, contributor to workshops and evaluator of students’ presentations and work over the whole year (semesters 1 and 2). School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2012/2013 to 2015/2016. This was an inquiry-based learning course and was considered crucial for the School of Computer Science, and required a wide range of interaction with the students. It covered team work, ethics, intellectual property, programming, software engineering, web development/design, databases, and technical writing and communication.

  • “Mathematical Techniques for Computer Science” (COMP11120). Examples classes coordinator. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. Courses 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. This course covered discrete mathematics, probability, calculus, analysis, logics, linear algebra.

  • Tutorial classes to first-year undergraduate students under the inquiry-based learning course “First Year Team Project” (COMP10120). Lecturer to a group, personal tutor/mentor. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2011/2012 to 2018/2019. In these tutorials, we discussed a wide range of topics of computer science and engineering, including: team work, ethics at work, intellectual property, professional issues, programming, use of Latex, web development and design, databases, and scientific writing and communication.

  • Tutorials to second-year undergraduate students. One-to-one meetings, personal tutor/mentor. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2015/2016 to 2018/2019. We covered career development, employability, job seeking, course issues, and students’ well-being and performance.

  • “Research Methods and Professional Skills” (COMP60990). School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2008/2009 to 2018/2019. One-to-one tutorials, personal tutor/mentor plus marking, MSc project supervisor.

  • “Third Year Project Laboratory” (COMP30030, COMP30040). One-to-one weekly tutorials, 3rd-year project supervisor, personal tutor/mentor plus marking. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. From course 2010/2011 to 2018/2019. I have supervised 26 final-year BSc/MEng projects to date. Most of my undergraduate students develop research projects related to neuronal networks in the human brain, collective dynamics/intelligence, synchronisation, Alan Turing’s morphogenesis, complex networks, dynamical systems analysis, automated verification, formal methods of computer science, hybrid dynamical systems, and swarming and flocking algorithms. They were always amongst the best projects in the School of Computer Science, and three of them were awarded the AT&T Prize for the best final-year undergraduate project.

  • Inspirational class “A PhD: much more than a dissertation. Don’t be afraid to make the difference!” for new PhD students within the postgraduate course “Scientific Methods 2 – Fundamental Aspects of Research Methodology” (old COMP70000). School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. October, 2010.

  • Other institutions:

  • Mentor, supervisor and teaching assistant recruitment and organisation committee. The Neuromatch Academy. This is an online School for Computational Neuroscience. Organisers: University of Pennsylvania, UC Irvine, Queen’s University (Canada), PennState University, University of Minnesota, IEEE Brain Initiative. April–July, 2020.

  • Invited lectures within the 3rd-year and 4th-year undergraduate courses: “Measurement and Instrumentation Systems” and “Industrial Automation and Instrumentation”. Tecnun – School of Engineering, Universidad de Navarra. February, 2020.

  • Postgraduate course “Control of discontinuous dynamical systems: from equations to practice”. Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, México. March–April, 2008.

  • Research workshops and seminars of control and dynamical systems, nonlinear systems, dissipativity theory, hybrid dynamical systems, switched and discontinuous systems, and sliding-mode-based control in México and Spain. More details are in the following link.

Leadership, administration and management teaching roles

  • Director of the MSc Programme in Advanced in Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) Management. From 2017 to 2019. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. This was a joint programme between the Department of Computer Science and the Alliance Manchester Business School.

  • Director (within the School of Computer Science in Manchester) of the newly-created MSc in Data Science. From 2018 to 2019. This MSc programme, led by the School of Social Sciences within The University of Manchester, additionally involves the School of Environment, Education and Development, the Alliance Manchester Business School, the School of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science.

  • Manager of the Postgraduate Research Programme in Computer Science. From 2018 to 2019. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK.

  • Contribution to the design of the PhD Programme in Industrial Mathematics within the Mexican Institute of Petroleum in 2005–2006.

  • As a long-standing PhD external examiner in the UK, México and Cuba. Since 2002.

  • PhD internal examiner. From 2016 to 2018. End of 1st-year interview panel for 14 PhD students at the School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester.

  • MSc Examiner. From 2011 to 2019. School of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, UK. I examined 34 MSc students within the MSc Programme in Advanced Computer Science and MSc in Advanced Computer Science and IT Management.

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