Meet our team

A committed team with a unique vision

  • Rafael Acebrón

    Co-Founder & Electronic Engineer
  • Rafael Acebrón

    Co-Founder & Electronic Engineer

    Rafael Acebrón is one of the founders of AURA and a Master student in Electronic System Engineering at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

    His research interest includes robotics, electronics and the development of medical devices. His past research and experience includes mobile social robots and mechatronics design and control systems.

  • Marie André Destarac

    Senior Robotics Engineer
  • Marie André Destarac

    Senior Robotics Engineer

    Marie Destarac es estudiante de Doctorado en la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (España) y trabaja en AURA como investigadora. Obtuvo el grado de Licenciada en Ingeniería Electrónica por parte de la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Guatemala) y el Máster en Automática y Robótica por parte de la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (España). Su área de interés actual en I+D incluye el modelado músculo-esquelético, robótica de rehabilitación y sistemas de control adaptativos. También le interesa la investigación en el uso de señales cerebrales para el control de dispositivos, el diseño de sistemas de control para prótesis de miembro superior y el desarrollo de instrumentos médicos.

    Tiene más de 10 años de experiencia trabajando en proyectos de I+D relacionados al campo de tecnología médica y ha participado en más de 15 publicaciones científicas presentadas en conferencias y revistas indexadas en el JCR. Marie recibió en 2015 el premio "Innovadores menores de 35-Centro América" otorgado por la publicación MIT Technology Review.

  • Ricardo Espinoza

    Chief Technical Officer
  • Ricardo Espinoza

    Chief Technical Officer

    Ricardo Espinoza is the CTO in AURA and a PhD student in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. His current areas of interest are in healthcare robotics, service robotics, controls systems, mechanical design, mechanism synthesis and industrial automation. Ricardo has ten years of experience on the industry, working in manufacturing and maintenance. He received his mechanical engineering degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2008 and the MSc. degree in automation and robotics from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 2013.

  • Jorge García

    Product Development Engineer
  • Jorge García

    Product Development Engineer

    Jorge García is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid working in AURA as Product Development Engineer. His research interests includes design and manufacture of an exoskeleton and an eye tracking device. He is currently working on his dissertation project targeted at the design of an exoskeleton for the upper limb to be used in shoulder rehabilitation therapies. Jorge holds a certificate in plastic manufacturing and a second certificate in 3D designed with Blender.

  • Cecilia García

    Co-founder & Technological Evangelist
  • Cecilia García

    Co-founder & Technological Evangelist

    Cecilia García is the main founder and the Technological Adviser of Aura Innovative Robotics.

    She is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronics, Automation and Computer Science, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and a member of the Centre of Automation and Robotics, UPM-CSIC. Her research interests include neuroscience, neurological rehabilitation and medical devices for diagnosis and treatment. Also, she works in telerobotics, assistant robots, and control of multiagent systems.

    She holds three patents and four products under industrial secret with high market impact. She is the author of more than 50 articles in JCR journals, national and international conferences. 

  • David Gómez Andrés

    Co-Founder & Medical and Research Advisor
  • David Gómez Andrés

    Co-Founder & Medical and Research Advisor

    David Gómez Andres is a co-founder of AURA. He received his Medicine degree in Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He is a child neurologist in Hospital Universitario Infanta Sofía and a doctorate student in Anatomy, Histology and Neuroscience Department of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He also holds a Master in Applied Statistics. He has worked in Applied Neuroscience research since his early university years. His PhD dissertation deals with the development of new computational techniques in the analysis and interpretation of data from instrumented gait analysis.

  • Erik Hernández

    Senior Software Engineer
  • Erik Hernández

    Senior Software Engineer

    Erik Hernández is a researcher at AURA. His current areas of interests are in healthcare robotics, computer vision, real-time and parallel software development, artificial intelligence, distributed systems. He is also interested in collaborative Multi-Robot Systems, distributed algorithms, robotics security systems and game theory. He received his B.Sc., in computer science from the Autonomous University of Querétaro, Mexico., and his M.Sc. and Ph.D., in Robotics and Automation from the Technical University of Madrid, Spain.

  • Santiago Hernández

    Software Engineer
  • Santiago Hernández

    Software Engineer

    Graduate in Electronics and Automation Engineering by Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and studying a Master´s degree in Automation and Robotics by the same university. Santiago holds previous experience in the robotics arena; programming, control, sensor fusion, neural networks, etc. His interests are focused in developing computer vision applications for problem solving. Santiago is currently part of the Software Development team at AURA.

  • David Molina

    Electronic Engineer
  • David Molina

    Electronic Engineer

    David Molina is an undergraduate student of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid collaborating as an intern in AURA. His research interests includes signal filtering and processing for pattern detection in the eye movement. He is currently working on his dissertation project focused on the design and assembly of a PCB circuit for continuous LED illumination and data acquisition required in artificial vision systems. He successfully graduated for International Baccalaureate in the year 2011.

  • Lisandro Puglisi

    Project Management & Quality Control
  • Lisandro Puglisi

    Project Management & Quality Control

    Lisandro J. Puglisi, está realizando actividades vinculadas al control de calidad y gestión de proyectos en AURA. Ha obtenido el grado de Ingeniero Electrónico en la Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina), y el Master y Doctorado en Automática y Robótica en la Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (España). Tiene más de 10 años de experiencia trabajando en proyectos de I+D y más de 3 años en el sector privado en proyectos europeos. Ha contribuido al desarrollo de tres patentes, ha participado en más de 30 publicaciones científicas presentadas en conferencias y revistas indexadas en el JCR, consolidando su interés principalmente en las áreas de biomecánica, robótica, sistemas dinámicos, algoritmos de control y Smart Grids.

  • Irene Pulido

    Chief Medical Officer
  • Irene Pulido

    Chief Medical Officer

    Irene Pulido is Medical doctor an PhD in Neuroscience by la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and Neurologist. Her research interest includes movement analysis and control. She is currently working in AURA as CMO and is responsible of designing and performing studies and clinical trials of AURA's medtech solutions with both patients and healthy subjects.

  • Sara Ramos

    Co-Founder & CEO
  • Sara Ramos

    Co-Founder & CEO

    Sara graduated in Business Administration from the University Carlos III of Madrid. Highly motivated by the process of creation of innovative companies and by the development and exploitation of their full growth potential. Sara enjoyed an internship at the IDC Elevator, accelerator at the University of Herzliya in Tel Aviv, one of the world's most active entrepreneurial ecosystem. Her contribution is focused on the strategic and operational management of AURA, including its daily administration.

  • Gonzalo Rodríguez

    Business Development
  • Gonzalo Rodríguez

    Business Development

    Gonzalo realiza actividades relacionadas al desarrollo de negocio en AURA. Obtuvo el grado en Biotecnología por la Universidad Francisco de Vitoria (España). Actualmente estudia el Máster de Dirección de Marketing y Ventas en EAE Business School en Madrid, España. Es una persona con espíritu emprendedor comprometido con la industria médica. Gonzalo ha realizado unas prácticas en Boston University como técnico de laboratorio, involucrado en un proyecto de investigación sobre cáncer. Sus intereses actuales se centran en el desarrollo de dispositivos médicos para diagnóstico y rehabilitación de enfermedades que afectan al ser humano.

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