Mirko KovacDr Mirko Kovac          Director & Reader in Aero Structures          Room 326, CAGB, South Kensington Campus 

PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). Postdoctoral researcher, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering (Harvard University). My research focus is on the development of novel, biologically inspired flying robots for distributed sensing in air and wateron autonomous robotic construction with particular specialisation is in robot design, fluid-structure interaction and multi-modal robot mobility.


Ashutosh Choubey

Dr Ashutosh Choubey          Progrmme Manager          Room 141a, CAGB, South Kensington Campus

PhD, Delhi University India.  MBA, Durham University. Joined ARL December 2019. A business development consultant with background as a material research scientist. I focus on managing the ongoing research projects, strengthening links with current collaborators and building new relationships. 

Sofia Shamim

Sofia Shamim          Personal assistant to Dr Mirko Kovac          Room 141A, CAGB, South Kensington Campus

B.A. Information Management & Finance. Joined ARL March 2020. Providing PA support to Dr. Kovac and project and administrative support for the ARL.


Research Associates and Visiting Faculty


Sophie Armanini          Research Associate 

PhD, Delft University of Technology, 2018. Joined the ARL in April 2018. Research project: dynamics and control of multi-modal robots. Research focus on the (aero)dynamics and control of novel bio-inspired aerial-aquatic robots, with the aim of providing new insight, supporting new design solutions, enabling new applications.

Aslan Miriyev

Dr Aslan Miriyev          Materials Scientist/Visiting Researcher

PhD Materials Engineering,Ben-Gurion University, 2015. Joined the ARL in October 2019. Research project: Biological Artificial Muscle; Soft Actuation Materials; Bio-hybrid Aerial Robotics. My research focuses on the materials-robotics nexus, aiming at developing robotic materials and creating intelligent robots of the future.

Raphael Zuffery

Raphael Zufferey          Research Engineer

MSc, EPFL, 2015. Joined the ARL in March 2016. Research projects: SailMAV, AquaMAV. Robotics and micro-technology postdoctoral engineer with extensive experience in mobile autonomous systems.


Salua HamazaDr Salua Hamaza          Research Associate

PhD Robotics and Autonomous Systems, University of Bristol 2019. Joined the ARL in November 2019. My focus is on the design, control and integration of a novel manipulation system for aerial  robotics applications.

Basaran Bahadir Kocer

Dr Basaran Bahadir Kocer         Research Associate

PhD Nanyang Technological University. Joined the ARL in Nov 2019. Research Project: Design, Control, and Perception for Aerial Manufacturing: Current approaches could enjoy leveraging static models or they might only rely on training of policies with fixed architectures of neural networks.

PhD Students

Peter ZhengPeter Zheng

MSc, Imperial College London 2017. Joined the ARL in October 2017. 

Research project: Morphing multirotor for rainforest applications.

Andre Farinha

Andre Farinha

MSc, University of Lisbon, 2016. Joined the ARL in November 2017. 

Research project: Remote sensor placement from aerial robots.

Feng Xiao

Feng Xiao

MSc, Imperial College London, 2017. Joined the ARL in May 2017.

Research project: Bio-inspired Perching for Micro Aerial Vehicles: Inspired by flying insects’ perching strategy, this project aims to find the robotic method for MAV using embedded sensing and intelligence to perch.

Chuqian LouChuqian Lou

MSc, Imperial College, 2018. Joined the ARL in January 2019.

Research project: meso-scale manufacturing techniques, control of sensor-limited robot systems, and morphable soft-bodied flying robots.

Julien Di TriaDr Julien Di Tria

MSc in Microengineering March 2019, EPFL Switzerland. Joined the ARL March 2020.

Research project: AquaMAV: multi modal aerial aquatic diving plane.

Brett StephensBrett Stephens

MSc Robotics Systems and Control ETH Zürich. Joined the ARL in October 2018.

Research project: A multi-modal approach to aerial manipulation, autonomous sensor placement with an aerial manipulator, passive velocity field control of aerial manipulators.

Crystal WinstonCrystal Winston

BSc Mechanical Engineering. Joined the ARL in August 2019. I am one of five MIT students to receive the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which provides two years of funding toward a graduate degree in the United Kingdom.  Research project: Morphing Wings for Sailing Micro Aerial Vehicles.

Fabian WiesemullerFabian Wiesemüller

MSc ETH Zurich 2019. Joined the ARL in December 2019

Research Projects: Bio-degradable micro aerial vehicle. Bio-inspired lightweight glider: Ultralightweight and bio-mimetic designs for micro aerial vehicles enable new strategies towards a circular economy.

Lachlan OrrLachlan Orr

MEng Imperial College, 2019. Joined the ARL in August 2019

Research project in Aerial Manufacturing

Undergraduate researchers

Bojia Mao

Benjamin Wong

King Lee


hannHai-Nguyen (Hann) Nguyen          

PhD, SNU, 2018. Joined the ARL in April 2018-March 2020 as Research Associate.


Dr Robert Siddall Rob Siddall

PhD, Imperial College London, 2017. MEng, University of Cambridge, 2012. At the ARL February 2013-September 2017.

Now Postdoctural Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems.

TalibDr Talib Alhinai

PhD, Imperial College London, 2017. BEng, University of Manchester, 2013. At the ARL June 2013-2017

Now Founder at Buildrone.

ThomasDr Thomas Creedy

PhD, Imperial College London, 2017. MSc, University of Oxford, 2013. At ARL August 2013-October 2016

Now Postdoctural Researcher at the Natural History Museum.

PooyaDr Pooya Sareh

PhD, University of Cambridge, 2014. At the ARL February 2015-May 2018.

Now Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Engineering Design at the University of Liverpool.


Dr Sina Sareh

PhD, University of Bristol, 2012. At the ARL January 2016-April 2017.

Now Reader in Robotics and Design Intelligence-Academic Leader in Robotics at Royal College of Art.

LauraDr Laura Margheri 

PhD, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, 2012. At the ARL October 2016-2018.

Now works at the Center for Micro-BioRobotics of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.


Dr Barbara Mazzolai

Visiting Faculty from January 2017

Now Director of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics (CMBR) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).

Chang LiuChang Liu

PhD, University of Southampton, 2017. At the ARL April 2018-Nov 2019.

Now Founder of Extend Robotics.

Alejandro Ortega

Alejandro Ortega

MRes, Imperial College London, 2015. At the ARL October 2014-2019.

Now Data Scientist at causaLens

Pisak ChermprayongPisak Chermprayong

MEng, Imperial College London, 2014. At the ARL June-September 2014

Now Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Burapha University. 

Ketao ZhangDr Ketao Zhang

PhD, King’s College London-Beijing Jiaotong University, 2011. At the ARL June 2016-September 2018.

Now Lecturer in Robotics Mech Eng, Design and Robotics at Queen Mary University of London.

Yufei Jin

MSc Aeronautical Engineering, Imperial College London, Research Engineer, 2019.

Now System Engineer at Boeing.

Past PhD Members

  • Yu Tan, MEng 2016
  • Milan Patel, MEng 2016
  • Marc Emmanuelli, MEng 2016
  • Andrea Fiorentino, MRes
  • Haris Nadeem, MSc 2016
  • Roger Zouein, MSc 2016
  • Eu Chian Tan, UROP 2016
  • Maya Nasr, UROP 2016
  • Rahul Brahmal, UROP 2016
  • Adam Braithwaite, MEng & RA 2015
  • Ravina Bains, MEng 2015
  • Gregory Baker, MEng 2015
  • Edward McFarlane, MEng 2015
  • Mohammed Forhad Rana, MSc 2015
  • Fabian Hualca Tigsilema, MSc 2015
  • Vasileios Agapitos, MSc 2015
  • Alan Han, UROP 2015
  • Anton Alenov, UROP 2015
  • Graham Hunt, MEng 2014
  • Faidon Mitzalis, MEng 2014
  • Grant Kennedy, MEng 2014
  • Vidyasagar Vidyasagar, MEng 2014
  • Daniel Colino Llamas, MEng 2014
  • David Martinez de Castilla, MEng 2014
  • Fuat Sasmaz, MSc 2014
  • Georges Badawi, MSc 2014
  • Pauline Le Bescont, MSc 2014
  • Thomas Roncen, MSc 2014
  • Reto Fortunati, MSc 2014
  • Maximilian Haas-Heger, UROP 2014
  • Ong Wai Hong, UROP 2014
  • Thomas Power, UROP 2014
  • Ryan Yasin, UROP 2014
  • Ming Ren Quah, MEng 2013
  • Nikhil Anand, MEng 2013
  • Ka Liu, MEng 2013
  • Mathieu de Launay, MSc 2013
  • Kai Wang, MSc 2013
  • Andrew Kah Hoe Chim, UROP 2013
  • Amarandaas Kaluvan, UROP 2013


Lab members