• Institute of Cientific Pionneering Research of Ecuador

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To look for new ideas and better explications about the laws that govern the universe, obtaining the maximum advantage for the society


Making science and developing new technologies in a responsible way for environment and human being's benefit

A geometry-based algorithm for cloning real grains 2.0

A enhanced algorithm for cloning soil that enables us to generate an arbitrary number of real grains to include them in 3D simulations to predict more accurately geological scale phenomena like earthquakes, landslides and lahar flow.

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A hybrid backanalysis algorithm for calibration of DEM particles against experimental results

An algorithm that calibrates parameters of a triaxial simulation tests using principal component analysis (PCA) and genetic algorithms (GA) to validate real experiments of the triaxial tests.

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Modelation of a real sample of concrete

3D images extracted from 3DXRCT scanning with image processing techniques and then converted to level sets (mathematical functions) in order to include them for first time in single-axial loading.

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My passion and what I actually do for a living is doing scientific research in mathematical modeling and numerical methods. I got my PhD in Applied Mathematics and Mechanics at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) where I also had the opportunity of getting a grant with NASA to design and build a sampling tool for sampling Martian and celestial bodies regolith. I am interested in problems at the interface of physics and mechanics to develop granular materials.
I received my MSc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University (USA). My research interests include signal processing, theoretical/applied machine learning, and pattern recognition/feature reduction in sparse spaces. Currently, my projects within the INSπRE Research Institute include the development of a mathematical model for rolling and sliding physics, and the study of Earth’s climate through Milankovitch Cycles.
I am a former civil engineering student at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador. My research consists in generating the first experimental and computational database of Ecuadorian soil characteristics with the aim of obtaining more accurate computer models with enhanced predictive capabilities and an improved evaluation of microstructure from a real physical sample. I joined the group in August 2017 and in my spare time I enjoy playing the piano and traveling.
My research focuses on developing a mathematical algorithm in Alex X. Jerves' group and validating this model with a simulation that uses the Discrete Element Method and real shapes of soils in granular scale. Before I joined INSπRE, I went to San Francisco de Quito University where I am pursuing a graduate degree mathematics with a minor in psychology. In spare time I enjoy solving problems, watching anime, playing video games and learning about computers.
I'm currently working on a project consisting of implementing and applying optimization algorithms to calibrate parameters of 3D LS-DEM simulations against real experiments. I am fascinated by the elegance and versatility of the OOP paradigm. However, I recently began learning about the hardware/software interface, several layers of abstraction below my customary languages (C++ and Java), and this is becoming my new favorite field of study by far.


By optimizing computational models replace costly ground strength tests fundamental for building bridges and roads

Retro hybrid analysis for the calibration of DEM parameters

Repair and adaptation of a medical X-ray tomography for use in scientific research for the development of better and safer construction materials

Adaptation of a medical tomograph to one of materials.

Help by means of computer simulations in the study of the mechanical behavior of granular materials preventing landslides or faults caused by earthquakes other natural phenomena

3D image processing: segmentation and recognition using neural networks

By studying the grain-to-grain interactions of the soil, we seek to better understand the origin of landslides and thus avoid them

Analytical study of the stability of slopes in two-dimensional granular media, dry and without cohesion

To better understand the behavior of materials such as concrete to optimize its use, as well as to maximize its resistance and durability in the design and construction of bridges, roads, tunnels, dams and buildings

A one-on-one computational avatar with a real concrete sample

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