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 Destarac is a PhD student in the Technical University of Madrid (Spain) working with AURA as a researcher. She has obtained the Engineer degree in Electronics from the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Guatemala), and the M.Sc. in Robotics and Automation from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Her current research interest includes human musculoskeletal modeling, rehabilitation robotics and adaptive control systems. She is also interested in the use of brain signals to control devices, the design of control systems for upper limb prosthesis and the development of portable medical measuring instruments.
She has more than 10 years working in R&D medtech projects in Guatemala, Japan and Spain, and has contributed with more than 15 articles reported in conferences and in indexed journals listed in the JCR. Marie received the “Innovators Under 35-Central America” award from the MIT Technology Review in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisandro J. Puglisi is mainly focussed on the quality and control and project management activities in AURA. He has obtained the Engineer degree in Electronics from Universidad Nacional de Tucumán (Argentina), and the M.Sc. and Ph.D in Robotics and Automation from the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). He has more than 10 years working in R&D projects and more than 3 years in the industrial sector in EU projects. He holds three patents, and has contributed with more than 30 articles reported in conferences and in indexed journals listed in the JCR, consolidating his interest in biomechanics, robotics, dynamic systems, control algorithms and Smart Grids.
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.
Gonzalo is mainly focussed on the business development activities in AURA. He has obtained a degree in Biotechnology from the University Francisco de Vitoria (Spain). He is Master student from the Marketing & Sales Management program at EAE Business School in Madrid, Spain. He is an enterprising person genuinely committed to healthcare industry. Gonzalo enjoyed an internship at Boston University working as laboratory technician for cancer research. His actual interests are focused on developing medical devices to improve rehabilitation and diagnosis methods for human disorders.