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ES23_Applied Electronic Research Team (APERT)_José Luis Martín González

José Luis Martín González


Group description

The Applied Electronics Research Team (APERT) is constituted by researchers which their activities are carried out at the Electronics Technology Department of the Faculty of Engineering of Bilbao. Their research lines are:

1. Reconfigurable circuits and Systems-on-a-Chip

This line is based on the use of next-generation high capacity FPGAs to integrate digital systems on a single integrated circuit, as well as make use of the reconfiguration capability of these devices: synthesis oriented design, interconnection architectures and cores, fault tolerance techniques (SEU). Within this research line we specialize in the following branches:

Communication digital circuits: This line includes the research related to the electronics of a communication system. Among others subjects, we research on the safety, security and reliability of digital communications, particularly electronic architectures that implement new encryption and authentication algorithms; redundant architectures for high reliability applications; modules or cores for high speed processing using standard buses; reconfigurable digital systems integrated on a chip that offer solutions to specific applications requiring secure communications and high-level design techniques for network equipment based on new reconfigurable platforms.

Digital circuits for industry 4.0: Leveraging knowledge in digital circuits for communications, this line includes Cyber-phisycal Systems. These devices transfer the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the industrial world. The objective is to interconnect the production plant and be able to extract large amount of data. The research in this area, among other things, includes the secure communications, interconnection of devices from different manufacturers, synchronization between devices, data capture and transmission of added value data.

2. Power and control circuits for Energy Converters

This research line is oriented to the design and study of power converters for electric power generation, conversion, storage and transmission. The group works in advanced power converters. In previous years, we have worked on matrix converters and various aspects of power converters for renewable energy generation such as microwind generators and in the control of microgrids. Actually the group is working in the following specific research lines:

Electronics for the traction and charging infrastructure of the Electric Vehicle: This research line studies and develops improvements on the efficiency, control and cooling systems of power inverters and converters used in both, the traction system and the charging infrastructures of the electric vehicle.

Power electronics converters: This research line studies the power converters and their control applied to particle accelerators used for scientific research and medical applications, as well as those applied to smart grids.


  • Circuit design
  • Power electronics
  • Digital electronics
  • Industrial electronics
  • VHDL
  • FPGA
  • System-on-Chip
  • Electrical Vehicle
  • Smart grids
  • Networking

Team Description

  • Jose Luis Martín (Principal Investigator)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-5738-6376

  • Aitzol Zuloaga (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-8199-3117

  • Jaime Jiménez (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-3804-678X

  • Unai Bidarte (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-8509-8657

  • Armando Astarloa (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-6330-1922

  • Jesús Lázaro Arrotegui (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-7483-3609

  • Jon Andreu (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-2367-5513

  • Carlos Cuadrado (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-4990-5842

  • Iñigo Martínez de Alegría (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-5203-6169

  • Iñigo Kortabarria (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-7338-2052

  • José Ignacio Garate (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-0343-6320

  • Estefanía Planas (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-2429-0404

  • Edorta Ibarra (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-2164-8573

  • Unai Ugalde (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-9395-3622

  • Leire Muguira (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-9493-5872

  • Asier Matallana (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

    ORCID: 0000-0002-3588-4147

  • Iker Aretxabaleta (Research staff)

    ORCID: 0000-0001-5651-3786

  • Endika Robles (Post-Doctoral Researcher)

    ORCID: 0000-0003-4720-496X


  • Distributed and Interoperable Computing for Real-time Artificial Intelligence in Smart Factories (PILAR)

    Pl: Jaime Jimenez

    Funding Agency*: Regional

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: PT10641 (Euskoiker)

  • Collaboration in the Study of Power Converter Topologies for Inner Triplet magnets with Energy Recovery in the framework of the High Luminosity upgrade for the LHC at CERN

    Pl: Iñigo Martinez de Alegría

    Funding Agency*: International

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: 2019.0662

  • Next generation wide bandgap based multiphase drive system for electric vehicle applications

    Pl: Jon Andreu & Iñigo Kortabarria

    Funding Agency*: National

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: MINECOR20/P09

  • High Current, Ultra Low Voltage Thermoelectric Generation for Waste Heat Recovery (HarvestGen)

    Pl: Iñigo Martinez de Alegría

    Funding Agency*: Regional

    Ongoing: yes

    Project reference: ELKARTEK20/38

  • Time-sensitive networks in redundant low latency communications (H + T Net)

    Pl: Jesus Lázaro

    Funding Agency*: Jesus Lázaro

    Ongoing: no

    Project reference: MINECOR17

* INT - International EU - European NAT - National RE - Regional


  • L. Sun, L. Muguira, J. Jiménez, A. Astarloa, J. Lázaro, High-Performance Computing Architecture for Sample Value Processing in the Smart Grid, IEEE Access, 2022

  • I. López, E. Ibarra, A. Matallana, J. Andreu, I. Kortabarria, Next generation electric drives for HEV/EV propulsion systems: Technology, trends and challenges, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2019

  • I. Aretxabaleta, I. Martínez de Alegría, J.I. Garate, A. Matallana, J. Andreu, Wide Bandgap semiconductor HF-oscillation attenuation method with tuned gate RLC filter, IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, 2020

  • E. Robles, M. Fernandez, J. Andreu, E. Ibarra, U. Ugalde, Advanced power inverter topologies and modulation techniques for common-mode voltage elimination in electric motor drive systems, Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2021

  • E. Ibarra, A. Arias, I. Martínez de Alegría, A. Otero, L. de Mallac, Digital Control of multiphase Series Capacitor Buck converter Prototype for the powering of HL-LHC Inner Triplet magnets, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2022

Research Lines


  • Future Digital Factories requires a single networking solution to allow communicating all-to-all devices in plant, enterprise equipment and cloud. A new technology based on deterministic Ethernet, named Time-Sensitive Networking, enables communicating real-time traffic and best-effort one using the same network.
  • While the state-of-the-art approach is evolving, new challenges are emerging. The proposed research faces the challenge of defining, developing, and testing a SoC architecture approach to provide reliable and plug&work sub microsecond synchronization to the different devices connected to the network.


  • This research line studies and develops improvements on the efficiency, control and cooling systems of power inverters and converters used in both, the traction system and the charging infrastructures of the electric vehicle.

Cross-border Collaboration (if any)

We have collaborated with the LIPSI Institute of the Ecole Supérieure des Technologies Industrielles Avancées (ESTIA) of Bidart (France) specialists in the modeling, optimization and integration of renewable energies in weak electrical networks and with whom we are collaborating in the line of converters of energy.