Prof. Rodríguez-Vázquez founded and headed the research unit on High-Performance Analog and Mixed-Signal VLSI Circuits of the Institute of Microelectronics of Seville (IMSE-CNM). His team has pioneered activities on bio-inspired microelectronics, including vision chips and neuro-fuzzy interpolators and controllers. His team has also made significant contributions to the application of chaotic dynamics to communications, including the design and production of the first world-wide chaos- based communication MoDem chips. Some 30 high-performance mixed-signal chips has been successfully designed by his team during the last 15 years in the framework of different R&D programs and contracts. These include three generation of vision chips for high-speed applications, analog front- ends for XDSL MoDems, ADCs for wireless communications, ADCs for automotive sensors, chaotic signals generators, complete MoDems for power-line communications, etc. Many of these chips are state-of-the-art in their respective fields. Also, some of them are currently in massive production.
Prof. Rodríguez-Vázquez has authored/edited: 8 books; around 40 chapters in contributed books, including original tutorials on chaotic integrated circuits, design of comparators and design of chips for vision; and more than 400 articles in peer-review specialized publications. He has either served or is serving as Editor, Associate Editor and Guest Editor for different IEEE and non-IEEE journals, as chairman for different international conferences and is the committee of some international journals and conferences. He has received a number of international awards for his research work (including the IEEE Guillemin-Cauer best paper award) and was elected Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to the design of chaos-based communication chips and neuro-fuzzy chips.