PhD in New Automobile Technologies, University of Zaragoza (2008). He worked as a researcher in the Area of Transports and in the Area of Mechanics of the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Zaragoza. In 2004 he was guest professor at the “ENSI de Bourges”. From 2006 he is working at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and he is currently the leader of the exoskeletons group at the department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR).
His principal research field is industrial exoskeletons and soft wearable assistive devices. Previous research experience includes motion bases, driving simulators, teleoperation, telepresence, teleexistence, virtual reality, GPGPU computing and medical robotics.
He has participated in 6 European Projects, being the coordinator of the XoSoft EU Project, and in more than 10 international and national projects, including the management of a recent project funded by the Italian Workers Compensation Authority (INAIL). He has over 50 international publications. He has received two awards in 2005 for two different research works about teleoperation and driving simulators, and in 2016 at the CLAWAR2016 conference for his work related with the Robo-Mate EU Project.
International projects, public funds:
Coordinator. XoSoft: Soft modular biomimetic exoskeleton to assist people with mobility impairments. Funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation under grant agreement No 688175. From February 2016.
Robo-Mate: Intelligent exoskeleton based on human-robot interaction for manipulation of heavy goods in Europe’s factories of the future. European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7, Theme FoF.NMP.2013-7, “New hybrid production systems in advanced factory environments based on new human-robot interactive cooperation”, under grant agreement no: 608979. From September 2013 to November 2016.
MICRORALP: Micro-technologies and systems for robot-assisted laser phonomicrosurgery. European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 “Challenge 2: Cognitive Systems, Interaction, Robotics” under grant agreement - no 288233. From January 2012 to January 2015.
TELEDOC: telerehabilitation system using haptic interfaces and virtual reality techniques. European project CRAF - 2002 - 71851. From December 2002 to January 2005.
TELEDRIVE: vehicle tele-operation system for application to entertainment, research and remote interventions. European project IST - 1999 - 57451. From September 2002 to October 2004.
SIMUSYS: innovative high-performance motion simulation system for entertainment, research and drivers training applications. European project IST - 1999 - 56418. From January 2001 to December 2002.
International projects, private funds:
Musclecuda Project. With NURC (NATO Undersea Research Centre). From January 2012 to June 2012.
Stress Analysis of a Refrigerator Door. With BSH Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. From November 2005 to July 2006.
Desarrollo de subsistemas para vehículos teleoperados (Development of subsystems for teleoperated vehicles). Reserach contract with Centre de Robotique Intégrée d'Ile de France (CRIIF). From October 2002 to February 2004.
Cálculo y simulación dinámica de vehículos teleoperados (Calculation and Dynamic Simulation of Teleoperated Vehicles). Research contract with Centre de Robotique Intégrée d'Ile de France (CRIIF). From October 2001 to February 2002.
National projects, public funds:
Sistema de teleoperación de vehículos para la investigación, entretenimiento e intervenciones remotas. Ist-1999-57451. Special Action CICYT TIC2002-12414-E. From December 2004 to November 2005.
Simulador de conducción interactivo para los sectores de la feria y el entretenimiento. Innovaragón Coopera Project, Diputación General de Aragón, Project ITA 1526. From February 2003 to April 2004.
SIMUSYS: innovative high-performance motion simulation system for entertainment, research and drivers training applications. Special Action CICYT TIC2002-10288-E. From March 2003 to February 2004.
National projects, private funds:
Principal Investigator. Sistemi Cibernetici Collaborativi - Exoskeletons. Project funded by INAIL (National Institute for Insurance against Accidents at Work). From September 2017.
FX2 Project. With BSH Electrodomésticos España, S.A. From November 2006 to January 2007.
Grupo oscilante de eje inclinado 13 grados para carga de 9 Kg. With BSH Electrodomésticos España, S.A. From June 2006 to August 2006.
Modelo cinemático de plataforma móvil accionada por 8 actuadores acoplados geométricamente. With ARIES Ingeniería y Sistemas, S.A. From march 2006 to May 2006.
Cálculo por elementos finitos del contenedor ISO de doble cisterna. For Ebrotank, S.L. From May 2006 to July 2006.
Influencia de la Ingesta de Caramelos en las Aptitudes para la Conducción de Automóviles. From June 2005 to July 2005.
Desarrollo de un vehículo instrumentado teleoperado. For Idiada Automotive Technology S.A. From December 2004 to March 2005.
IIT internal projects:
Hydraulically Actuated Quadruped - HyQ. Project funded by the Fondazione Istituto others Italiano di Tecnologia. From November 2011.
Tele Nano Drive: From Macro to Micro Teleoperation Platforms for Nano Worlds Exploration. In "Laval Virtual 2005. Rencontres Internationales de la Réalité Virtuelle". September 2005.
Desarrollo de un simulador de conducción para el estudio del comportamiento de los conductores en un entorno urbano. In the VII 3M Foundation Awards to the Innovation. October 5th 2005.