Currently I am doing the PhD at University of Tsukuba and collaborating with AIST in developing some of my projects, related to mechanical design for inspection and service robots.
I graduated at University of Seville as M.Eng. (Automatic and Electronic Systems Engineering). I also worked full time at the Robotics Research Laboratory (GRVC) to pay for my studies. After graduation, I kept working with them as a R&D engineer for few more years. My work with them resulted in my first patent: an inspection device for exchange chambers of power plants (Projects & Designs).
Later on I moved to Austria to work as a Mechanical Design Engineer for an aeronautical company (FACC). The job was challenging and very interesting: designing mechanisms and furniture for business jets. I was recognised as an outstanding mechanical designer (in less than one year I was a design reference at my department), but after little more than one year I decided to move to Japan, that was my dream since I was a child.
I worked for a wearables start-up in Tokyo (16Lab) as Vice-President of Engineering. The company was developing a Smart Ring and my task was creating methods and algorithms for defining the interactions with the ring. I signed 5 patents during those two years (Projects & Designs). Additionally, we won the Innovation Award at CEATEC Japan 2015 (Home Entertainment category).
In parallel to my job positions in Austria and Japan, I kept developing by myself some designs for inspection robots (that was my research subject at GRVC and my graduation thesis). Once the Smart Ring at 16Lab was fully developed, I resigned from my position to develop an inspection robot by myself. I went back to Spain and tried to patent it, but I failed. Then I decided to join Kim Laboratory at Iwate University, where I was able to continue developing my designs in parallel to my official research project, that was a forestry robot. The forestry robot was a success and I had the opportunity to improve my designs and apply for two new patents (currently under development).
A few years later, Kim sensei started a new company in Korea and his laboratory at Iwate University closed. As I just got married and my wife was pregnant, we decided to stay in Iwate with her family. I kept working on my projects and additionally, with my wife, we had a Robot School for children. Three years later, we moved to Tsukuba where I am doing my PhD and collaborating with AIST to develop my designs and other projects.