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Alex Ramirez-Serrano

Professor / Researcher in Robotics and Unmanned Vehicles, University of Calgary

Dr. A. Ramirez-Serrano is a full-time professor at the University of Calgary, where he has served on diverse roles including a former director of the graduate program and current founder and director of the Autonomous Reconfigurable Robotic Systems Research Laboratory. Dr. Ramirez-Serrano performs R&D activities in the area of unmanned vehicle systems (UVS).
Dr. Ramirez-Serrano is also the founder and CEO of 4Front Robotics, a Calgary based robotic company that develops highly maneuverable drones and custom field unmanned vehicles for deployment in highly confined spaces such as collapsed buildings.

Dr. Ramirez-Serrano has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana - Mexico), two Master of Science degrees, one in Mechanical & Aerospace engineering (from the Illinois Institute of Technology - USA) and a second in Computer Science in the area of Artificial Intelligence (from the Monterrey Tech - Mexico). He also has a Doctorate degree in Mechanical & Industrial Engineering (from the University of Toronto - Canada).

His industrial experience include mechatronic engineer at ABB Corporate Research (Sweden), and research engineer at Argonne National Laboratory - West (USA) where he developed smart field robotic devices.
His areas of expertise are in the design of VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) and transitional aircrafts, control, navigation, and modeling of UVS and robots for deployment in confined spaces. His work also includes the development of humanoid robotics with applications to pediatric care using robots to significantly reduce children stress, increase children’s hospital experience, and reduce the time nurses and doctors take to apply a given procedure in some cases by more than 50%.

Winner of diverse awards such as 2014 ASTech award, 2015 Indra's International Community Award: From Idea to Reality (2nd place), and 2017 (finalist) UAE Drones for Good award competition.


  • –present
    Professor / Researcher in Robotics and Unmanned Vehicles, University of Calgary


  • 2000 
    University of Toronto, Mechanical Engineering