Our research in mechatronics span across several major areas that also inform our teaching output.
We actively investigate areas such as:
- Medical and rehabilitation robotics
- Smart materials and microtechnologies
- Industrial solutions
- Information and signal processing for robotics
Our mechatronics research group brings together expertise from a number of different research and consulting disciplines, including
- Automation and control
- Mechanical design
- Motion control systems
- Medical robotics
- Biomimetic structure
- Actuators for artificial muscle
- Real-time embedded systems
Prospective postgraduate students who are interested in contributing to this area is highly encouraged to see what current projects are available on FindAThesis.
Several laboratories are used to support our teaching and research, including the Mechatronics Project Lab, Mechatronics Postgraduate Lab, Mechatronics Teaching Lab, Manufacturing Systems Lab, Dynamics and Control Lab, Microfabrication Lab, Brain Computer Interface Lab and the Acoustic Lab. They are home to a variety of specialist equipment, including:
- Altera DE-2 FPGA Digital Prototyping boards
- Chewing robots
- Drones indoor flying area
- EEG/EMG system
- Impedance analyser
- Inverted pendulum
- KUKA robot
- Microcontroller development kits
- Mobile robots
- Multi-channel FES stimulator
- NDI system
- NI Compact/My RIO
- Parallel robots
- Parylene coater
- Thermal evaporator
- Vicon Motion Capture System
We also have a range of laser cutters, laser sensors, force sensors, a network analyser, arbitrary waveform generator, frequency counter, signal generators, digital storage oscilloscope, multimeters, and computer-based data acquisition equipment.
These laboratories also support modelling, data acquisition, processing, simulation and control, using software such as Creo, ANSYS, Matlab, LabVIEW, SimMechanics, dSpace, and more.
Undergraduate Mechatronics Research Journal
View previous issues of the Department of Mechanical Engineering's Undergraduate Mechatronics Research Journal, which also contains calls for submissions.