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Dr Luis Ponce Cuspinera

Post:Associate Tutor (Engineering and Design)
Location:RICHMOND 3A06
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Dr. Ponce Cuspinera is from Puebla, México. In 2002 he was honoured with a prestigious scholarship for Academic Excellency to study a degree at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, where he completed a Bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering in 2007. During this time, he received awards for academic performance in various semesters, and he finished with the second highest GPA in his class. As part of his UG degree, he completed a certification in Automotive Engineering, and a PG specialization in Industrial Automation. Given his outstanding achievements as an UG student, he was admitted to pursue a PhD at the University of Sussex for which he was awarded a scholarship from CONACYT; his research thesis focused on optimal control of an energy recovery system for cars. After completion of his PhD, he was offered a Teaching Fellow position in Electrical engineering at the University of Sussex, and he was appointed a Lecturer in Mechatronics a year later. His research focuses on mobile robots, control systems, and sensor development and he has various international peer-reviewed publications in these topics, including a best paper award in EWSN and a best demo award in ICEWSN. Current work includes mobile robots for exploration, smart agriculture, and autonomous systems for environmental monitoring; as part of these projects, he collaborates with some Mexican universities and institutions such as Tec de Monterrey, Universidad de Guadalajara, and Agropro. Dr. Ponce Cuspinera is responsible for the robotics degrees at the University of Sussex and since his appointment; he has designed and implemented undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in robotics, for which he has designed various modules in robotics, automation, and control engineering. He has received an Excellence in Teaching Award for 'Outstanding or Innovative Undergraduate Teaching' by the University of Sussex, and a Student Led Teaching Award in the same category. He actively contributed to the development of the New Technologies Lab at the University of Sussex where around £10 million have been invested in computing, robotics, electronics, and mechatronics; facilities include industrial automation cells, space for indoor drone flying and monitoring, mobile robots, and autonomous vehicles. He is an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), and a member of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).


Lecturer in Mechatronics

Course convenor for BEng/MEng Mechanical Engineering with Robotics

Coruse convenor for BEng/MEng Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Robotics

Community and Business

Leader of the Headstart Summer School (2015)

Design of a robotics project for prospective students


PhD in Engineering (University of Sussex, Brighton)

BSc (Hons) Mechatronics Engineering (Automation)  (ITESM, Monterrey)



Student-led Teaching Award for Outstanding or Innovative Undergraduate Teaching (University of Sussex Student's Union)


Excellence in Teaching Award for Outstanding or Innovative Undergraduate Teaching (University of Sussex, 17th July)


IMechE-Viscount Weir Competition-Where I briefly presented my research project objectives and achievements (University of Sussex, 14th May)