Robotics and biomechatronics

Advanced robotics and mechatronics research that integrates analytical and numerical methods, artificial intelligence techniques, new sensors and actuators, and novel mechanisms to deliver innovative robotics and biomechatronics solutions.

Research areas and interests

Professor Peter Xu

  • Digestion robotics (chewing, swallowing, throat, esophagus and stomach)
  • Soft tissue manipulation via a rigid-bodied robot
  • Soft tissue manipulation via a soft-bodied robot
  • Soft surface manipulator for simultaneous sorting of multiple delicate objects
  • Robotic instrumentation for food texture and rheology analysis
  • Soft-robotic sensing, actuating and control
  • Data-driven modeling and control in soft robotics
  • Catheter-tip fiber optic Raman sensor for in vivo cancer diagnosis
  • Needle-tip fiber optic force sensor for in vivo tissue identification
  • Aerial manipulation for forest canopy sampling
  • Autonomous omni-directional mobile robotics
  • Available projects/research opportunities

Associate Professor Andrew McDaid

  • Medical devices - design and control
  • Rehabilitation robotics and wearables
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Functional electrical stimulation (FES) - Neuroprosthetics
  • Smart materials and soft robotics
  • Intelligent and adaptive control systems
  • Physiological control (EEG, HD-EMG)
  • Neuroscience and human motor control/learning
  • Gamification
  • Novel additive manufacturing for customised medical devices
  • Available projects/research opportunities

Dr Minas Liarokapis

  • Robust Robot Grasping and Dexterous Manipulation
  • Adaptive Robot and Prosthetic Hands
  • Single-Grasp, Haptic Object Identification
  • Soft, Tendon-Driven Exogloves
  • EMG Control of Robotic and Prosthetic Devices
  • Humanlike Telemanipulation with Robot Arm Hand Systems
  • Evaluation and Assessment of Human & Robot Dexterity
  • Reconfigurable Drones
  • Available projects/research opportunities


  • MECHENG 730 Advanced Biomechatronic Systems
  • MECHENG 736 Biomechatronic Systems
  • ENGGEN 770 Medical Devices Technologies
  • ENGGEN 771 Medical Devices Industry Practice

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