Imperial College London

DrArnauGarriga Casanovas

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Visiting Researcher







City and Guilds BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





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

He is a senior researcher in robotics and AI, and has worked on analysis, design, modelling, fabrication, control and sensing. Among his various contributions, Arnau has conducted research on soft and continuum robots (snake-robots), where he proposed a new theoretical framework for the design of soft robots. This was applied to create a new morphing design for a soft robotic manipulator that offers higher force than any competing design, which was patented. He is now working with a team in his lab to further develop this robot concept to eventually make it into a product for endoluminal surgery. For his other contributions please see the full list of publications

Arnau is passionate about leading multidisciplinary teams and applying the latest technologies to revolutionise industries. He is keen on entrepreneurship and research commercialisation.

Arnau completed his doctorate in a collaborative project between MiM lab, Imperial College London, and Rolls-Royce, who sponsored the project. He explored new robotic manipulators (snake-robots) for on-wing inspections of jet engines. 

He is also deeply curious about the understanding of intelligence and consciousness, with a view to build artificial general intelligence.

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., 2022, Development of a 6 DOF soft robotic manipulator with integrated sensing Skin, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2022), IEEE, Pages:6944-6951

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