María Piles was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1982. She received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in telecommunication engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), València, in 2005 and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2010, respectively. In 2010, she joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, as a Research Fellow. From 2011 to 2016, she was a Research Scientist at the Department of Signal Theory and Communications, UPC, actively participating in Barcelona Expert Center (BEC) activities. During these years, she was also a Research Affiliate at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston. In 2016, she joined the Institute of Marine Sciences, CSIC, as a Research Scientist. Since 2017, she is with the Image Processing Laboratory, Universitat de València (UV) as a Ramon y Cajal Senior Researcher.
Her research activity is centered in the retrieval of soil moisture and vegetation geophysical parameters from space observations (microwave radiometers, radars and hyperspectral imagers), and the development of multi-sensor downscaling techniques. She has participated in 10 projects (6 national, 4 international), has advised 6 Ms.C. Theses and 2 Ph.D. Thesis (underway). She received the Med-Storm Prize for Young Researchers in the Plinius conference (2011) and the UPC special doctoral award in Information Technology and Communication (2012). She has been awarded with a MIT-Spain/La Cambra de Barcelona Seed Fund (2010-2012), a MIT-MISTI Global Seed Fund (2014-2015) and a BBVA fund to young researchers (2015). Since 2012, she is board member of the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society (GRSS) Spanish Chapter. Since 2015, she is an external reviewer for the Europan Comission in the 7th framework program. She has published 28 papers (307 cites) in international peer-reviewed journals, 2 book chapters and more than 65 international conference presentations (8 invited).