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HAIR – Human Augmentation & Interactive Robotics team
Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary University of London
Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov


Human Augmentation and Interactive Robotics (HAIR) team is a growing research group formed of diverse and dynamic researchers and students from the UK, Italy, Spain, Australia, Russia, Columbia, Kazakhstan, Turkey.

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Team leader – Principal Investigator

Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
Human-robot/computer interaction, haptics, teleoperation, human sensory motor system, robotic systems
Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov is a Senior Lecturer in Robotics at QMUL since 11/2016 and a Turing Institute Fellow. He is an internationally leading expert in assistive robotics and human-machine interaction. He is a principal investigator of several projects on wearable robotics, mobility assistance and haptic interfaces (including funding from the UK government on supernumerary robotic limbs and assistive wheelchairs, £730k+). Several of his research works were recognised as the best paper or finalists for best paper awards at leading robotics conferences. Before joining QMUL, he was a postdoctoral research associate at the Human Robotics group of the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London (2013-16). He earned Ph.D. in Robotics in 2013 (Sorbonne University, UPMC, France), M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering in 2008 (KoreaTech, South Korea) and B.Sc. in Automation and Control in 2006 (Moscow University, Russia). He has actively collaborated on a number of large-scale research projects: EPSRC NCNR to create novel robotic solutions for the nuclear industry; EU FP7 BALANCE to develop balance and robotic walking assistance for the elderly; EU FP7 SYMBITRON to develop exoskeleton control for people with spinal cord injury.

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Sajeeva Abeywardena
Theoretical Mechanics, Supernumerary Robotic Limbs, Haptics, Physical Human-Robot Interaction, Assistive Robotics
BSc Mechatronic Engineering and BSc Mathematical and Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Australia
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Monash University, Australia

PhD Candidates

Miss Pilar Zhang Qiu
Ph.D. student (CDT IGGI, co-supervised with Dr Lorenzo Jamone and Professor Kaspar Althoefer)
MEng Design Engineering (Imperial College London)
Miss Nathalia Céspedes
HRI, socially assistive robotics, rehabilitation robotics, machine learning
B.Sc. Biomedical Engineering (Rosario University/ Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito, Colombia,2018)
M.Sc. Electronic Engineering (Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito, Colombia, 2020)
Ms Nuria Peña Pérez
Modelling human physical interaction using interactive games
Bsc Biomedical Engineering (University Carlos III, Madrid, 2017)
MSc in Neurotechnology (Imperial College London, 2018)
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Ms Francesca Palermo
Haptic Exploration, Machine Learning, Signal Processing, Force and Tactile Sensors
B.Sc. Computer and Automation Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza", 2014
M.Sc. Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, University of Rome "La Sapienza", 2017
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Mr Eisa Anwar
Robotics, Machine Learning, UX Design, HCI, Wearable Robotics
Bsc Computer Science, QMUL, 2019
Msc Human and Biological Robotics, Imperial College London, 2020
Mr Ata Otaran
pHRI (physical human robot interaction), haptics, virtual reality
Bsc Mechatronics (Sabanci University, Istanbul, 2015)
Msc Mechatronics (Sabanci University, Istanbul, 2017)
Mr Bukeikhan Omarali
Robot Teleoperation, Immersive Virtual Reality Environments, Haptic Feedback
BSc Aerospace Engineering (TU Delft, Netherlands) 2014
MSc Mechanical Engineering (Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan) 2017
Mr Francesco Soave
Haptics and sound, locomotion, Virtual Reality, UX
Bsc Computer Science Applied to Music (University of Milan, 2015)
Msc Computing with Digital Media (University of Sussex, 2017)
Mr Aaron Smiles
D.Eng. student (CDT CDE, co-supervised with Dr Changjae Oh)
Mr Gabriele Giudici
Ph.D. student (lead co-supervisor Dr Lorenzo Jamone)
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Mr Joshua Brown
Robotics, Haptics, HCI, Telerobotics, Soft Robotics
MEng Electronic and Information Engineering (Imperial College London, 2018)