Imperial College London

DrArnauGarriga Casanovas

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Research Associate







City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Arnau is a post-doctoral research associate with the Mechatronics in Medicine (MiM) lab, which is part of the Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London.

He currently works on the development of soft and continuum robots (snake-robots) for endoluminal surgery. Arnau proposed a new morphing design for a soft robotic manipulator that offers higher force than any competing design, which was patented, see below. He is now working with a team in his lab to further develop this robot concept to eventually commercialise it or license it.

Arnau is interested in the entrepreneurial route to commercialise translational research.

Arnau completed his doctorate between MiM lab, Imperial College London, and Rolls-Royce, which was the industrial sponsor of his project. He explored new robotic manipulators (snake-robots) for in situ inspections of jet engines. 

Arnau was also a co-founder and director of Sonobotics. 

Arnau received an industrial fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Franco E, Garriga Casanovas A, 2021, Energy shaping control of soft continuum manipulators with in-plane disturbances, International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol:40, ISSN:0278-3649, Pages:236-255

Garriga Casanovas A, Rodriguez y Baena F, 2019, Kinematics of continuum robots with constant curvature bending and extension capabilities, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics-Transactions of the ASME, Vol:11, ISSN:1942-4302

Garriga Casanovas A, Collison I, Rodriguez y Baena F, 2018, Towards a common framework for the design of soft robotic manipulators with fluidic actuation, Soft Robotics, Vol:5, ISSN:2169-5172, Pages:622-649

Garriga Casanovas A, Rodriguez y Baena F, 2018, Complete follow-the-leader kinematics using concentric tube robots, International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol:37, ISSN:0278-3649, Pages:197-222


Treratanakulchai S, Franco E, Garriga Casanovas A, et al., Development of a 6 DOF soft robotic manipulator with integrated sensing Skin, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2022), IEEE

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