Hello, I'm Roman!

I research in the area of scientific computing. I develop numerical modelling tools for scientific and engineering problems such as high performance finite element solvers and mesh generators.

I graduated with a dual-degree PhD from Swansea University and Technical University of Munich in 2017. During my PhD, I developed a high order finite element solver for multiphysics problems. Earlier, I did dual-degree MSc in Computational Mechnics in Swansea University and Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

I spend countless hours listening to tropical house music. I enjoy photography, playing the piano, cycling and exploring nature.

  1. Apr 2023: We have a new paper just out in IJNME: doi
  2. Mar 2023: Our TOG manuscript "Geometric Optimisation Via Spectral Shifting" will be presented at SIGGRAPH 2023 in Los Angeles this year
  3. Jun 2019: I will be conducting a summer school on Coupled Multiphysics Problems in Pavia Italy in August this year
  4. May 2018: Our work on massively deformable soft dielectrics will be presented at ECCOMAS in Glasgow this year



Variational schemes and mixed finite elements for large strain isotropic elasticity in principal stretches: Closed-form tangent eigensystems, convexity conditions, and stabilised elasticity

Roman Poya, Rogelio Ortigosa, Antonio Gil

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Vol 124, In-Press, 2023

Geometric Optimisation Via Spectral Shifting

Roman Poya, Rogelio Ortigosa, Theodore Kim

ACM Transactions on Graphics, Vol 42, No 3, Article No 29, pp 1-15, 2023

On a family of numerical models for couple stress based flexoelectricity for continua and beams

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Rogelio Ortigosa, Roberto Palma

Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, Vol 125, pp 613-652, 2019

A curvilinear high order finite element framework for electromechanics: From linearised electro-elasticity to massively deformable dielectric elastomers

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Rogelio Ortigosa, Ruben Sevilla, Javier Bonet, Wolfgang A. Wall

Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol 329, No 1, pp 75-117, 2018

A high performance data parallel tensor contraction framework: Application to coupled electro-mechanics

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Rogelio Ortigosa

Computer Physics Communications, Vol 216, pp 35-52, 2017

A unified approach for a posteriori high-order curved mesh generation using solid mechanics

Roman Poya, Ruben Sevilla, Antonio Gil

Computational Mechanics, Vol 58, pp 457-490, 2016

Solution of an industrially relevant coupled magneto–mechanical problem set on an axisymmetric domain

Paul David Ledger, Antonio Gil, Roman Poya, Marcel Kruip, Ian Wilkinson, Scott Bagwell

Applied Mathematical Modelling, Vol 40, pp 1959-1971, 2016

A computational framework for the analysis of linear piezoelectric beams using hp-FEM

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Paul David Ledger

Computers & Structures, Vol 152, pp 155-172, 2016

Conference Proceedings

A new framework for large strain electro-mechanics based on convex multi-variable strain energies

Antonio Gil, Rogelio Ortigosa, Roman Poya

Oberwolfach Institute of Mathematics (MFO) Workshop, Oberwofach Germany, October 21-27, 2018

Development of monolithic and staggered schemes for coupled electromechanics with high order curvilinear finite elements

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Rogelio Ortigosa

European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2017), Rhodes Island Greece, 12-14 June, 2017

A consistently linearised solid mechanics based mesh deformation technique for high order curved elements

Roman Poya, Ruben Sevilla, Antonio Gil

European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering (ECCOMAS 2016), Crete Island Greece, 5-10 June, 2016

Computational strategies for a new class of coupled models in electromechanics based on linear elasticity and non-linear electro-statics

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Javier Bonet

IMA Conference on Numerical Methods for Simulation, Oxford UK, 1-4 September, 2015

A computational framework for linear elasticity coupled with nonlinear electro-magneto-static

Roman Poya, Antonio Gil, Javier Bonet

23rd UKACM (then UK-ACME) Conference on Computational Mechanics, Swansea UK, 6-10 April, 2014


High order curvilinear finite elements for small and large deformation electromechanics: Integrating CAD, mesh generation and finite element design for multiphysics problems

Roman Poya

PhD Thesis, May 2018

A high performance high order curvilinear finite element framework for coupled electromechanics

Roman Poya

Poster Presentation, 2-4 February 2017, Swansea, UK (Best Poster Award)


Open Source Software


A finite element framework for Python's scientific stack


A lightweight high performance tensor algebra framework for modern C++


A curvilinear mesh generator for high order finite element analysis


An intuitive user interface for hp-finite element analysis of three-dimensional piezoelectric beams