Josep Maria is Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. He is also the Director of the Biomechanical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC) at CREB and Co-founder of the spin-off ABLE Human Motion. Currently, he is Associate Director of Research and Technology Transfer at the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB), having served as Associate Director of Postgraduate Studies during the period 2013-2017. Josep Maria obtained the Master’s Degrees in Industrial Engineering (minor in Mechanical Engineering) and Biomedical Engineering from UPC, and received his PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Girona. Then, he did his postdoc at the Centre for Intelligent Machines of McGill University (Canada) thanks to a mobility scholarship from UPC. He founded the BIOMEC research lab in 2009 and, since then, has led several competitive projects and industrial contracts in the areas of rehabilitation robotics, biomechanics of human movement, and multibody system dynamics. So far, he has published 32 articles in high-impact journals, more than 100 conference papers, 3 book chapters, and has supervised 3 doctoral theses. He chaired the ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics that took place in Barcelona in 2015, and has actively participated in the program and organizing committees of various scientific conferences in the above-mentioned research areas. Since 2015, he serves as Vice-President of the Spanish Chapter of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB). He is also member of the Technical Committee for Multibody Dynamics of IFToMM (International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science), and between 2014 and 2016 participated in the International Steering Committee of IMSD (International Association for Multibody System Dynamics). Josep Maria has been awarded with the Agustín de Betancourt y Molina Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering (2017), the OpenSim/NCSRR Outstanding Researcher Award (2017), and the Leonardo Grant by the BBVA Foundation (2018).
Faculty and Postdoctoral Staff
Ana is Associate Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona since 1988. She studied Theoretical Physics at the University of Barcelona, and received her PhD Degree in that university in June 1987. So far she has conducted her research in various areas (acoustics, nonlinear vibrations, percussive dynamics, biomechanics) in collaboration with several institutions located in different countries. That has led to numerous peer-reviewed publications and conference papers. She was the coordinator at the UPC for two ALFA projects, funded by the European Commission, which included six high education institutions from six different countries (Spain, France, Germany, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay). Between 2004 and 2012, she also coordinated the Erasmus Mundus Master of Mechanical Engineering, a European master involving the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Lyon (France), Trinity College in Dublin (Ireland) and the UPC. Ana is currently main researcher at UPC for a collaboration agreement between the department “Beam and Instrumentation” in CERN and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UPC.
Rosa is Assistant Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UPC in Barcelona. She received her Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering (2008) from UPC. Then, she worked at Fundació CIM, a technological centre linked to UPC, and joined the Biomechanical Engineering Lab as PhD student and teaching assistant. In 2012, she received her PhD degree, having specialized in biomechanics with a study on application of multibody dynamics techniques to the analysis of human walking. During her PhD, Rosa enjoyed a six‐month stay at the Laboratory of Mechanical Engineering of University of La Coruña (Spain) and, after the PhD, a six‐month postdoctoral stay at the Centre for Intelligent Machines of McGill University (Canada) in 2013. During 2013‐2014, she worked as Visiting Professor at Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain). Currently, her work focuses on dynamic simulation, biomechanics, foot‐ground contact modelling, and control.
Daniel is Lecturer of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. He obtained the Engineer Degree in Industrial Engineering (specialization in Mechanical Engineering) in 1991. Since this year, he has been employed by the UPC and has been active in teaching tasks in the area of mechanical engineering, both at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. He has been involved in many projects related to the dynamics of machines, and has specialized in multibody dynamics simulation and mechanical design. In 2007, Daniel joined the Research Group on Cooperation and Human Development at UPC, where he has participated in research projects for the study and development of low cost and low power wind turbines for the electrification of rural areas in developing countries. In 2013, he joined the Biomechanical Engineering Lab (BIOMEC) of the UPC Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (CREB), where he designs and tests novel actuation systems for robotic exoskeletons.
Míriam is PhD Student and Part-time Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona. She received her Master’s Degrees in Industrial Engineering (2014) and Biomedical Engineering (2016) from UPC. She joined the BIOMEC Lab to work in the HIPART project coordinating a clinical study with patients who underwent total hip arthroplasty. She is currently developing her PhD on the prediction of human movement using optimal control techniques, with the aim of personalising the controller of a knee-ankle-foot orthosis for spinal cord-injured subjects. From January to June 2018, she did a predoctoral research stay at the Rice Computational Neuromechanics Lab, where she learned about prediction using subject-specific models.
Joan Lobo Prat received his BSc. degree in Industrial Design Engineering from ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering, and two MSc. degrees in Biomedical Engineering from the UPC-UB and TU Delft. He carried out his master graduation project in the Hospital of Neurorehabilitation Institut Guttmann in collaboration with the BIOMEC Lab. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Twente working at the Department of Biomechanical Engineering on the Flextension A-Gear project. During his Ph.D. he developed exoskeletons to support the arm function of adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Afterwards he worked at the company Focal Meditech developing the ExoArm, a robotic device for people with severe muscular weakness. During the last two years, with the support of a Balsells Fellowship he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Biorobotics Lab of the University of California Irvine (UCI) developing and evaluating rehabilitation devices. Recently he joined the Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial (CSIC-UPC) with a Juan de la Cierva Formación fellowship to continue his research on rehabilitation/assitive technology and is collaborating part-time with the BIOMEC Lab at CREB-UPC.
Joaquim was Full Professor of Mechanics at the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (ETSEIB) for a period of 44 years (1970-2014). He is currently Emeritus Professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Barcelona since 2014, member of the Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts de Barcelona since 1994, and member of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans since 1990. In 1968, he obtained the Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from UPC. He received his PhD Degree in Mechanical Engineering from that same university in 1975. Throughout his whole scientific career, Joaquim has been promoting research in the fields of Applied Mechanics and Musical Acoustics. Within the first one, the development of vehicles and mobile robots with omnidirectional wheels is particularly outstanding. His work in that domain lead to the design of a motorized wheelchair –Triesfèrica (2003)–, able to move laterally (thus providing higher mobility than conventional wheelchairs). From a more theoretical point of view, his contributions in the study of rough collisions in multibody systems were numerous and original, leading to several articles in international research journals (under the name of Batlle) and the supervision of a doctoral thesis. His research on Musical Acoustics has also been published in different international scientific journals (under the name of Agulló). He was the leader of a team working on that field, whose research resulted in five doctoral theses. Recently, Joaquim has been the coordinator of two research programs of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans (IEC) devoted to the acoustics of shawms and which concluded with the design of a new musical instrument, the barítona. In 1997 he was awarded with the Medalla Narcís Monturiol al mèrit científic i tecnològic.