Research

At Universidad Panamericana we give importance to research. We believe that a university can not exist if knowledge is not generated and the way to achieve it is through research activity. A professor who imparts knowledge and also generates it will sow curiosity in his students and will make them more complete professionals. We also consider that this activity, to be truly enriching, can not be devoted to an isolated area of knowledge, on the contrary, it should increase the integration of knowledge and this is how we approach the research lines within the Engineering Faculty.

 

 

Nuestras líneas de Investigación son las siguientes: 

 

ADVANCED MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION

Microstructural characterization and mechanical, physical and tribological testing of metallic and ceramic materials.Development of low alloy and ultrafine grain steels for automotive applications.Development of hard materials using nanometric powder technologyFinite element simulation of the mechanical behavior of parts and the use of wear models to analyze the performance of steelmaking facilities.

 

Roberto González Ojeda PhD

María José Quintana Hernández PhD

 

MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

Robotic design

Robotic systems are of great interest at present because of their applications in industry, home, entertainment, health, among others; that respond to social needs in the various sectors. One of the robotic design approaches is biomechanical inspiration, with the intention of developing systems with high performance in human-robot interaction; from the implementation of mobile robots to the creation of orthoses. Current projects include:

 

1. Development of a mobile robot inspired by the walking of the chameleons2. Development of intelligent robotic limbs

 

ROBOTIC NAVIGATION

Robotic intelligent navigation in general and specifically in applications of service robots and assistance to the elderly is a complex and challenging dynamic change of the environment of the robot, because at each moment of time it must know its location and the position of the objects around it.

 

REMOTE VITAL SIGNAL MONITORING

The monitoring of vital signs such as heart rate and respiratory rate are of vital importance for diagnosis and medical follow-up. Traditional methods using contact sensors have proven effective and are commonly used in medicalized and non-medicalized environments. However, for cases where long-term monitoring is necessary, adhesive gel sensors can cause irritation and discomfort in the skin and oximetry sensors can cause pain for a long time. Thus, video monitoring and specifically through the magnification of movements is an auxiliary alternative as a complement to traditional techniques. Reliable monitoring of video processing from magnification techniques opens the door to various applications, including:

 

1. Neonatal monitoring2. Use in sleep studies as a complement3. Monitoring of older people

 

Hiram Ponce PhD

Ernesto Moya Albor PhD

Jorge Brieva PhD

 

COMPUTING AND APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Artificial intelligence refers to the analysis, study and design of computer systems capable of solving problems through methods and techniques that simulate the cognitive processes of the human being and the intelligence expressed by nature. In particular, we study:

 

1. Ubiquitous user models Interoperability2. Recognition of human activities and in particular fall detection3. Optimization with metaheuristics for the problem of energy generation and transmission planning.4. Computational vision to support the diagnosis of breast cancer

 

Development of new optimization algorithms inspired by nature. These algorithms are developed on multi-threaded programming and GPU.Implementation of Exoplanet Detection Algorithms using Neural Networks.Theory of Numbers analyzing topics related to the successions of numbers and polynomials: Bernoulli, Euler, Eulerianos, Bell, Fubini, among others. We study generalizations of them and their recurrences, as well as connections between themselves and between them and other new mathematical objects.

 

Lourdes Martínez-Villaseñor PhD

León Palafox PhD

César Jacas PhD

Félix Martínez PhD

Victoria Carreras PhD

Claudio Pita PhD

Antonieta Martínez Velasco MSc

 

OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT

1. Practical operational policies to manage dynamic and stochastic systems

2. Development of discrete-event simulation models and statistical analyses for performance evaluation of manufacturing systems

3. Applicability of production scheduling methodologies

4. Contingency theory in production scheduling

5. Structural dynamics control in the sustainable supply chain

6. Robust optimization for large-scale systems

 

Rodrigo Romero PhD

Margarita Hurtado PhD

Antonio Marmolejo PhD

 

ENERGY

The world moves with energy and its extraction, transformation and use have a great impact on our planet. In the research line of Energy we work in two areas: "Energy efficiency in Separation Processes at low temperature" and "ACV of energy":

 

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)  applied to the "energy value chain", allows proposing improvements that can impact on the  technology or  the business model; always with the vision of reducing the impact  that "energy" has  on  health, the environment and the ecosystem. The ACV allows the evaluation of the impacts and damages associated with a system (understood as environmental and even social and economic burdens). The "inputs" and "outputs" (energy, material and information) of a product or process are valued during its life cycle.We study separation processes at low temperature. Both technologies, freeze drying  (separation by sublimation) and freeze concentration (separation by freezing), are studied as alternatives to traditional processes such as evaporation, hot air, membranes.) We want to see how improve  these processes to increase energy efficiency without affecting the results.

 

Joaquina Niembro PhD