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


HAIR team (Human Augmentation and Interactive Robotics) is an internationally leading research group established at Queen Mary University of London in 2017 by Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov.Our key research expertise is in the field of human-robot interaction with applications in assistive technologies, virtual reality and healthcare. We’re based at Queen Mary University of London and we are part of the ARQ (Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary).

Key research areas:

Our research is funded by UK Research Councils (EPSRC), EU, Royal Society and internal QMUL funds.

Selected funded projects (over £1m):

  • £466,000 – Ergonomic control for supernumerary robotics limbs (EPSRC, PI: Farkhatdinov)
  • £130,000 – qArena – a multidisciplinary research environment for human-robot interaction (EPSRC, PI: Farkhatdinov)
  • £50,000 – GETAMOVEIN grant: understanding mobility of wheelchair users (ESPRC, PI: Farkhatdinov)
  • £25,000 – Optimisation of rapid prototyping and production of personal protection equipment (QMUL Impact fund, PI: Farkhatdinov)
  • £20,000 – Westfield fund – promoting assistive technologies at QMUL: Cybathlon 2020 team (QMUL Westfield fund, PI: Farkhatdinov)
  • £12,000 – Novel actuation principles for physical human-robot interaction (Royal Society, PI: Farkhatdinov)
  • £9,000 – Engaging with London wheelchair users community (QMUL Centre for Public Engagement)
  • £1,200,000 – National Centre for Nuclear Robotics NCNR (EPSRC, PI: Althoefer)
  • x2 PhD studentships EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence
  • x1 PhD studentship EPSRC-AHRC Centre for Doctoral Training on Media, Arts and Technology
  • x2 PhD studentships EPSRC DTP
  • x1 Google DeepMind PhD studentship
  • x1 QMUL Principal PhD studentship
  • x1 QMUL S&E Faculty PhD studentship


Research overview videos

Sense of touch and motion
in human-robot interaction

Human augmentation
& interactive robotics

Anthropomorphic head stabilisation and verticality estimation

Our research collaborators

  • Professor Etienne Burdet, Imperial College London, UK [human robotics]
  • Professor Vincent Hayward, Sorbonne University, France [haptics]
  • Professor Alain Berthoz, College de France, France [vestibular system]
  • Professor Hannah Michalska, McGill University, Canada [control systems]
  • Professor Jee-Hwan Ryu, KAIST, South Korea [telerobotics]
  • Professor Gentiane Venture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan [vision and tactile sensing]
  • Professor Kaspar Althoefer, Queen Mary University of London, UK [tactile sensing]
  • Professor Nick Bryan-Kinns, Queen Mary University of London, UK [interactive systems]
  • Professor Dylan Morrissey, Queen Mary University of London, UK [sports and exercise medicine]
  • Dr Lorenzo Picinali, Imperial College London, UK [haptic and audio perception]
  • Dr Igor Gaponov, Innopolis University, Russia [haptic interfaces]
  • Dr Stuart Miller, Queen Mary University of London, UK [human biomechanics]
  • Dr Lorenzo Jamone, Queen Mary University of London, UK [robotic and human manipulation]
  • Shadow Robot Company, UK
  • Ocado Technology, UK
  • Adept Ergonomics, UK
  • Arctronika, France
  • Lofelt, Germany
  • Google DeepMind, UK
  • HumanRobotiX, UK