Rafael Sotelo

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Ph.D. in Telematics Engineering, 2010, Universidad de Vigo, España.

MBA, 1999, Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay.

Electrical Engineer, 1994, Universidad de la República, Uruguay, .

Positions at Academia:

  • Director of the Department of Information and Communications Technology at Universidad de Montevideo, Uruguay, since 2002.
  • Professor at Universidad de la República, Uruguay, since 1995.
  • Evaluator for academic quality assessment of Engineering degrees (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Uruguay).

Positions at Industry:

  • Co-Founder at Quantum-South.

  • 1991 – 2010 Technician/Engineer/Technical Manager at TV Channel 10, Montevideo, Uruguay.

  • Adjunct consultant at Ministry of Industry 2011-2020. Responsible for the international collaboration about Digital TV and responsible for the Digital TV Laboratory.

  • Consultant at Laboratorio Tecnológico del Uruguay (LATU) www.latu.org.uy, 2018-2020.

  • Industry consultant at Geocom (Software and Telecommunications) and TCC (Cable TV) since 2000.


  • Areas of interest: Television, Multimedia, Video Quality, Quality of Experience (QoE), Recommender Systems, Quantum Computing, and Industry and Social applications of Artificial Intelligence and Technology.
  • Papers published: Google Scholar.

Prizes and Distinctions:

  • “Uruguayan scientist with extensive experience” recognition by Ministry of Education (Uruguay) Dec 2019.
  • Member of the National Research System (Uruguay).
  • Full member of the National Academy of Engineering of Uruguay.
  • Awarded IEEE President Medal 2016 by Barry Shoop.
  • IEEE Senior Member.
  • Member of the International Program Committee and reviewer of many symposiums and journals.
  • Lecturer at many national and international events and congresses (US, Japan, Korea, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Cuba, Chile, Paraguay, Colombia, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Trinidad and Tobago, Spain, France, and UK).
  • Finalist at Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge, Oct 2020. Team Leader.

Positions at IEEE:

  • 2016-2018 Broadcast Technology Society: AdCom Member at Large,
  • 2019-2021 Broadcast Technology Society: AdCom Member at Large.
  • 2019-2020 Broadcast Technology Society: Chair of Education Committee.
  • 2017 Chair Cono Sur Council (Sections Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay).
  • 2015-2016 Chair Uruguay Section.
  • 2013-2014 ViceChair Uruguay Section.
  • 2012-2020 Chair (founder) of Broadcast Technology Society Uruguay Chapter.
  • ViceChair of Communications Society Uruguay Chapter.
  • 2017-2019 IEEE Broadcast Technology Newsletter Associate Editor.
  • 2018 IEEE Transactions on Broadcasting Guest Editor Special Issue on Quality of Experience for Advanced Broadcast Systems.
  • 2020 and 2021 Organizer of IEEE Workshop in Quantum Computing Entrepreneurship during IEEE Quantum Week (Denver, CO).