Nicolás García Aracil

Associate Professor

Departamento de Ingeniería de Sistemas y Automática Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche Avda. Universidad s/n, Edif. Quórum V, 03202 Elche (Alicante), Spain Research Biomedical Neuroengineering Group


  • (2004) PhD on Robotics: Summa Cum Laude (Best Thesis in Roboticsˇ, National Research Prize, from the Spanish Federation of Automatic control-1º Accesit). Miguel Hernández University of Elche, Spain
  • (1997) Master in Design, Robotics and Industrial Automation from University of Murcia, Spain
  • (1996)  M.Sc. in Control Engineering by the University of Murcia, Spain
  • (1992) B.Sc. in Electronics Engineering by the Technical University of Valencia, Spain


Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, PhD is Associate Professor of Control and Systems Engineering at Miguel Hernandez University (Spain). He holds a M.Sc. in Control Engineering by the University of Murcia (1996, Spain), Master in Design, Robotics and Industrial Automation from University of Murcia (Spain) 1996-1997 and a PhD in Control Engineering by the Miguel Hernandez University of Elche (Spain). He has been appointed as Visiting Scientist at INRIA (Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique), Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE), in 2003 and at Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR, Oberpfaffenhofen-Wessling, Germany, in 2006. His current research interests are medical and surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, medical image, computer vision, human-robot Interaction and design and control of new robotic devices. Dr. Nicolas Garcia was a 2004 recipient of the Best Thesis in Roboticsˇ, National Research Prize, from the Spanish Federation of Automatic control. He is author or co-author of a broad range of research publications. He served as Program Chair of the 2012 IEEE RAS\\EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB, Roma, Italy) and the General Chair of EURON Winter School on Rehabilitation Robotics (Elche, Spain).


Feb 2015 – Feb 2018 AIDE-Adaptive Multimodal Interfaces to Assist Disabled People in Daily Activities. Role: Coordinator. Budget: 3.409.432 €. Funding agencyEuropean Union (HORIZON 2020)  Grant Agreement number: 645322

Sep 2013 – Sep 2016 HELPER-Advanced systems of assistance for early delivery of neurorehabilitation therapies. Role: Main Researcher. Funding agency: CDTI (Centre for Industrial Technological Development)- Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Feb 2012 – Sep 2013: Hyper-flexible bimanual robot manipulation and packing of deformable parts in footwear industry. Role: Main Researcher. Funding agency: European Union (Framework Programme 7) project ECHORD (European clearing house for open robotics development)

Jan. 2012 – Dec. 2014: Interpretation of the human intention and performance through biomedical signals and analysis of kinematic and dynamic motion. Role: Principal Researcher.  Funding agency: Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (Spain).

Oct. 2010 – Jun. 2012: Multimodal interfaces to improve therApeutic outcomes in robot-Assisted rehabiliTation (MAAT). Role: Main Researcher. Funding agency: European Union (Framework Programme 7) project ECHORD (European clearing house for open robotics development)


Editorial Board – Springer BIOSYSTEMS & BIOROBOTICS (BioSysRob)

Guest Editor (JCR Journals):

  1. (2011) Guest Editor of Special Issue on “Trends in Rehabilitation Robotics” of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing
  2. (2012) Guest Editor of Special Issue on ” Computer Assisted Tools for Medical Robotics” Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine”
  3. (2013) Guest Editor of Special Issue on “New methods of human-robot interaction in medical practice” Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
  4. (2013) Guest Editor of Special Issue on ” Interacción cooperativa persona-robot en el entorno clínico” Revista Iberoamericana de Automática e Informática Industrial

Reviewer for the following international journals (JCR Journals):

  1. IEEE Transactions on Robotics
  2. Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing
  3. RSJ Int. Journal Advanced Robotics
  4. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering
  5. Robotic and Autonomous Systems
  6. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
  7. Industrial Robot
  8. Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
  9. Sensors
  10. Journal of Systems and Control Engineering
  11. Assembly Automation
  12. Advances in Mechanical Engineering



    1. Jorge A Díez, José M Catalán, Luis D Lledó, Francisco J Badesa, Nicolás Garcia-Aracil “Multimodal robotic system for upper-limb rehabilitation in physical environment” Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Volume 8,  Issue 9, 2016
    2. Carlos G. Juan, Enrique Bronchalo, Germán Torregrosa, Ernesto Ávila, Nicolás García, José M. Sabater-Navarro, Dielectric characterization of water glucose solutions using a transmission/reflection line method, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Volume 31, January 2017
    3. Lledó Luis D., Díez Jorge A., Bertomeu-Motos Arturo, Ezquerro Santiago, Badesa Francisco J., Sabater-Navarro José M., García-Aracil Nicolás “Comparative Analysis of 2D and 3D Tasks for Virtual Reality Therapies Based on Robotic-Assisted Neurorehabilitation for Post-stroke Patients” Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, vol. 8 pp. 1-16 (2106).
    4. Badesa, F.J.; Morales, R.; Garcia-Aracil, N.M.; Sabater, J.M.; Zollo, L.; Papaleo, E.; Guglielmelli, E., “Dynamic Adaptive System for Robot-Assisted Motion Rehabilitation,” Systems Journal, IEEE , 10 (3), 984-991
    5. Luis D. Lledó, Francisco J. Badesa, Miguel Almonacid, José M. Cano-Izquierdo, José M. Sabater-Navarro, Eduardo Fernández, García-Aracil Nicolás “Supervised and Dynamic Neuro-Fuzzy Systems to Classify Physiological Responses in Robot-Assisted Neurorehabilitation” Plos One (2015)
    6. Loredana Zollo, Edoardo Lopez, Luca Spedaliere, Nicolas Garcia Aracil, Eugenio Guglielmelli “Identification of Dynamic Parameters for Robots with Elastic Joints” Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 2015
    7. J.M. Sabater-Navarro, N. Garcia, D. Ramos, E. Camayo, A. Vivas, Hand neuro-rehabilitation system using Nitinol spring actuators, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 63, Part 1, January 2015, Pages 50-56, ISSN 0921-8890
    8. Bertomeu-Motos, A.; Lledó, L.D.; Díez, J.A.; Catalan, J.M.; Ezquerro, S.; Badesa, F.J.; Garcia-Aracil, N. Estimation of Human Arm Joints Using Two Wireless Sensors in Robotic Rehabilitation Tasks. Sensors 2015, 15, 30571-30583.
    9. Upper-limb kinematic reconstruction during stroke robot-aided therapy, E. Papaleo, L. Zollo, N. Garcia-Aracil, F. J. Badesa, R. Morales, S. Mazzoleni, S. Sterzi, E. Guglielmelli, Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 53 (9), 815-828
    10. Patient-Tailored Assistance: A New Concept of Assistive Robotic Device That Adapts to Individual Users, Morales, R.; Badesa, F.J.; Garcia-Aracil, N.; Perez-Vidal, C.; Sabater, J.M.; Papaleo, E.; Salerno, A.; Zollo, L.; Guglielmelli, E., Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE , vol.21, no.3, pp.123,133, Sept. 2014
    11. New methods of human–robot interaction in medical practice“, Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, Loredana Zollo, Alicia Casals, Jose Maria Sabater-Navarro,  Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Volume 116, Issue 2, September 2014, Pages 49-51, ISSN 0169-2607
    12. “Auto-adaptive robot-aided therapy using machine learning techniques”, Francisco J. Badesa, Ricardo Morales, Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, J.M. Sabater, Alicia Casals, Loredana Zollo,  Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Volume 116, Issue 2, September 2014, Pages 123-130, ISSN 0169-2607
    13. “Pneumatic planar rehabilitation robot for post-stroke patients ” Franciso J. Badesa, Ana Llinares, Ricardo Morales, Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, Jose M. Sabater, Carlos Perez-Vidal, Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications, Volume 26, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 1450025-1-8, ISSN 1016-2372
    14. “Soft Robotic Manipulation of Onions and Artichokes in the Food Industry,” R. Morales, F. J. Badesa, N. Garcia-Aracil, J. M. Sabater, and L. Zollo,  Advances in Mechanical Engineering, vol. 2014, Article ID 345291, 9 pages, 2014.
    15. “System for measuring rodents’ visual function: design and implementation” Carlos Perez-Vidal, Alejandro Garcia, Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, Jose M. Sabater, and Eduardo Fernandez, Biomedical Engineering: Applications, Basis and Communications, Volume 26, Issue 2, April 2014, Pages 1450018-1-10, ISSN 1016-2372
    16. “Computer assisted tools for medical robotics”, J.M. Sabater-Navarro, N. Garcia-Aracil, D. Accoto, L. Joskowicz, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Volume 112, Issue 2, November 2013, Pages 237-238, ISSN 0169-2607
    17. Ultrasound based application for intraglandular mapping of breast cáncer, J Rodriguez-Soler, JM Sabater-Navarro, N García, FJ Amoros, Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Volume 112, Issue 2, November 2013, Pages 293-301, ISSN 0169-2607
    18. “Robotic assessment of the influence of age on upper-limb sensorimotor function”, A LLinares, FJ Badesa, R Morales, N Garcia-Aracil, JM Sabater, E Fernandez, Clinical interventions in aging 8, 879-888 (2013)
    19. “Rapid Design and Synthesis of Robots Using Standard Computer Tools”, JM Verdú, JMS Navarro, VJG Penella, N Garcia, ÁML Buendía Industrial Robot: An International Journal 40 (4), 8-8 (2013)
    20. “Multimodal interfaces to improve therapeutic outcomes in robot-assisted rehabilitation” Badesa, Francisco; Morales, Ricardo; Garcia-Aracil, Nicolas; Sabater, Jose M.; Perez-Vidal, Carlos; Fernandez, Eduardo, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics–Part C Volume 42, Issue 6, 1152-1158 (2012)
    21. “Steps in the development of a robotic scrub nurse”C. Perez-Vidal, E. Carpintero, N. Garcia-Aracil, J.M. Sabater-Navarro, J.M. Azorin, A. Candela, E. Fernandez, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Volume 60, Issue 6,  Pages 901-911 (2012)
    22. Distributed Smart Device for Monitoring, Control and Management of Electric Loads in Domotic Environments. Morales R., Badesa F.J., García-Aracil N., Perez-Vidal C., Sabater J.M. Sensors. 12(5):5212-5224. (2012)
    23. “Pneumatic robotic systems for upper limb rehabilitation” Ricardo Morales, Francisco Javier Badesa, Nicolás García-Aracil, José María Sabater, Carlos Pérez-Vidal, Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Vol. 49, Nr. 10 (2011) , p. 1145-1156.
    24. Robust and Cooperative Image-Based Visual Servoing System Using a Redundant Architecture Nicolas Garcia-Aracil, Carlos Perez-Vidal, Jose Maria Sabater, Ricardo Morales and Francisco J. Badesa  Sensors, 11(12), 11885-11900 (2011)
    25. “Trends in rehabilitation robotics”, Nicolas Garcia, Jose M Sabater-Navarro, E Gugliemeli, A Casals, Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, Vol. 49, Nr. 10, p. 1089-1091 (2011)
    26. “The on-line teaching of robot visual servoing” Perez C., García N., Enric Cervera, Luis Gracia, Sabater J.M. International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education, 48, pp. 198-212, (2011)
    27. “iProstate, a mathematical predictive model-based, 3D-rendering tool to visualize the location and extent of prostate cancer”, J Rodriguez, JM Sabater, JL Ruiz, A Soto, N Garcia, Int J Med Robotics Comput Assist Surg; 7: 71–84. (2011)


  1. Parallel-configuration telerobotic arm for use in minimally invasive surgery WO2012013846
  2. Suitable apparatus for the rehabilitation therapy of patients with brain damage EP 2535032
  3. Robotic Arm for Controlling the Movement of Human Arm. WO2009ES70305 20090723
  4. Sistema automatico de control para camara hiperbarica multiplaza P201101335
  5. iProstate. Software para visualización intraglandular  y predicción del cáncer de próstata. V-159-11
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