About Me

I am currently a Research Engineer at Symbio Robotics. My previous research involved the development of optimal control algorithms for robot systems and numerical integrators for multibody systems. To learn more about my work, you can take a look at the following pages:

Ph.D. Research
Class Projects
Other Projects


Short Bio

I was born in Girona, Catalunya, Spain but I spent my childhood and most of my teen years in the nearby city of Olot. In 2005, I moved to Barcelona and attended Universitat Politècnica de Barcelona (UPC) to pursue a degree in Industrial (mechanical) engineering. Prior to graduating, I was awarded an Erasmus scholarship to attend the University of Aberdeen to complete my senior degree project. I graduated from UPC in summer 2010.

In the of summer 2010, I moved to Irvine, Califonia. There, I became a graduate student at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) pursuing and completing an MS degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering first (2012), and a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering after (2017).

In the summer of 2017, I moved to the Bay Area and started working as a Research Engineer at Symbio Robotics.

My research interests are in robotics in the broadest of senses but I mainly specialized in the simulation and optimization of rigid body systems.

When time permitted, I used to be an avid rock climber but the Ph.D. ended up claiming some of that time. Every now and then, I grab my guitar and play a few tunes.

For more information please see my resume (updated February of 2017).


Contact Information

If you need (or want) to contact me, please use the following email address: joana1@uci.edu.