Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Biomechatronics



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Dr Vaidyanathan has led more than 20 separate research initiatives (from research councils in the UK, USA, and Singapore) and has authored more than 100 full peer-reviewed publications, and is a named inventor on three pending patents. 

His research in biorobotics, neural modelling, and human-machine interface has been recognized internationally with awards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and the Robotics Society of Japan (RSJ).  His international accolades include: RSJ Hyper Human Tech Outstanding Research Award (2004), Best Paper in Conference (2005) at IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), as a Finalist for Best Paper at the International Conference on Intelligent Automation and Robotics (ICIAR) in 2008 and being a finalist for the New Technology Foundation Research Award on Entertainment Robots and Systems (2007) awarded by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the RSJ in recognition of the most innovative research in robotics over the last 20 years.

His research was featured at the 2009 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, and he was invited to present the results of his student’s winning team for the N-Power Energy Challenge at the UK Parliament in 2010.  Revolutionary aspects of his research have also been featured by several news groups including: the BBC, New Scientist Magazine, The Engineer Magazine, Inc. Magazine, IEEE Institute, Yahoo News, Flight Global Magazine, The Times of India, The Hindu, The Discovery Channel, and the Tokyo Broadcasting Company.  Dr. Vaidyanathan holds honorary appointments at the US Naval Postgraduate School (USA), Anna University (India), and Case Western Reserve University (USA) and is currently a co-chair of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Technical Advisory Committee on Biorobotics.