Alfonso Ávila Robinson
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
"The greatest innovations come from connecting disparate, previously unconnected knowledge".

Dr. Ávila Robinson’s career has brought him to world-class research institutions in Germany and Japan, such as the Fraunhofer Institute, RWTH Aachen, Tokyo Tech, and Kyoto University. Through these experiences, he has been able to amalgamate research in Innovation and Technology Management with several emerging technologies, including micro-/nanotechnologies, regenerative medicine, stem cells and cancer immunotherapies. 

He has developed a unique expertise in data science, network approaches and the management of technological innovation, including technology intelligence and forecasting, management of emerging technologies, interdisciplinary/convergent R&D, innovation in high-tech industries, and open innovation in life sciences/biotechnology companies. 

Dr. Ávila Robinson is also passionate about the study of the translation of convergent life science discoveries into revolutionary ventures which cure diseases. In this regard, he has accumulated practical experience in the regenerative medicine ecosystem in Japan.

Professor Ávila-Robinson’s research has been published in several top-tier journals in the field of technology and innovation management, such as Technovation, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and Scientometrics. He is also an ad hoc reviewer for some leading journals in this field.

    • Ph.D. in the Management of Technology / Innovation Management
      Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan)
    • M.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering
      RWTH Aachen (Germany)
    • B.Sc. in Industrial and Systems Engineering
      Universidad de Monterrey
  • Research Fellowship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in Japan
  • Research Fellowship from the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) in Mexico
  • Full academic scholarship from the Universidad de Monterrey in Mexico
  1. Avila-Robinson, A; Islam, N.; Sengoku, S. (2019) Co-evolutionary and systemic study on the evolution of emerging stem cell-based therapies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 138: 324-339
  2. Avila-Robinson, A.; Wakabayashi N. (2018) Changes in the structures and directions of destination management and marketing research: A bibliometric mapping study, 2005–2016. Journal of Destination Management and Marketing 10: 101-111 [DOI: 10.1016/j.jdmm.2018.06.005] | SJR: Q1
  3. Avila-Robinson, A.; Sengoku, S. (2017) Tracing the knowledge building dynamics in new stem cell technologies through techno-scientific networks. Scientometrics 112(3): 1691-1720 [DOI: 10.1007/s11192-017-2436-5] | SJR: Q1
  4. Avila-Robinson, A.; Sengoku, S. (2017) Multilevel exploration of the realities of interdisciplinary research centers for the management of knowledge integration. Technovation 62-63: 22-41 [DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2017.01.003] | SJR: Q1
  5. Avila-Robinson, A.; Miyazaki, K. (2013) Dynamics of scientific knowledge bases as proxies for discerning technological emergence ‒ The case of MEMS/NEMS technologies. Technological Forecasting and Social Change 80(6), 1071-1084 [DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2012.07.012] | SJR: Q1 
  6. Avila-Robinson, A.; Miyazaki, K. (2013) Evolutionary paths of change of emerging nanotechnological innovation systems: the case of ZnO nanostructures. Scientometrics 95(3), 829-849 [DOI: 10.1007/s11192-012-0939-7] | SJR: Q1

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