Rafael Murrieta received the B. Sc. degree in Industrial Physics Engineering (1990), and the M.Sc. degree in Manufacturing Systems and Automation (1993), both from "Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey" (ITESM) Campus Monterrey. During his master, he was working at the Artificial Intelligence and Manufacturing Centers of the ITESM campus Monterrey.In 1995 he got a DEA "Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies" (master degree) in signals and images from the "Institut National Polytechnique" (INP) of Toulouse, France. In November 1998 he received the Ph.D. from the INP of Toulouse. His Ph.D research was done in the group of "Robotique et Intelligence Artificielle" (RIA) of the "Laboratoire d'Analyse et d'Architecture des Systemes du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Francaise" (LAAS/CNRS) in Toulouse, under the supervision of Maurice Briot and Michel Devy. His PhD. research was about artificial vision for outdoor autonomous robots. In 1996, he was a visiting student at the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He participated in the Autonomous Observer project . In 1998-1999, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University. He worked on the Tactical Mobile Robotics project with Leo Guibas and Jean-Claude Latombe. From September 2002 to July 2004 he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Beckman Institute and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He worked with Seth Hutchinson. In August and September 2012, he was in a research stay at the Coordinated Science Laboratory of UIUC. From January to December 2016 he was with the Computer Science Department of UIUC as a visiting researcher on a sabbatical leave. From January 2000 to July 2002 he was an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department at ITESM CCM, during his stay there he worked on motion planning, perception and experimental mobile robotics. From August 2004 to January 2006 he was a professor and director of the Mechatronics Research Center in ITESM CEM. Since March 2006 he is a senior research scientist at the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas --CIMAT-- in Guanajuato México.