Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Professor in Biomechatronics



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Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan is a Chaired Professor in Biomechatronics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London where he leads the Biomechatronics Laboratory.  He earned his Ph.D. in biologically inspired systems at Case Western Reserve University (USA) and subsequently worked in industry, holding two directorships in control systems and medical engineering  Prior to his post at Imperial, he completed a Senior Research Fellowship in Brain-Computer Interface at the University of Southampton, was a Research Assistant Professor of Systems Engineering at the US Naval Postgraduate School, and a Senior Lecturer in Biodynamics at the University of Bristol. 

His academic research has translated in a range industrial projects including several new ventures based on principles established in his laboratory.  Further details may be found on the lab webpage (below)

Web: Biomechatronics Lab Homepage

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wairagkar M, Lima MR, Bazo D, et al., 2022, Emotive response to a hybrid-face robot and translation to consumer social robots, Ieee Internet of Things Journal, Vol:9, ISSN:2327-4662, Pages:3174-3188

Huo W, Moon H, Alouane MA, et al., 2022, Impedance modulation control of a lower limb exoskeleton to assist sit-to-stand movements, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol:38, ISSN:1552-3098, Pages:1230-1249

Mancero Castillo C, Wilson S, Vaidyanathan R, et al., 2021, Wearable MMG-plus-one armband: evaluation of normal force on mechanomyography (MMG) to enhance human-machine interfacing, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol:29, ISSN:1534-4320, Pages:196-205

Russell F, Kormushev P, Vaidyanathan R, et al., 2020, The impact of ACL laxity on a bicondylar robotic knee and implications in human joint biomechanics, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol:67, ISSN:0018-9294, Pages:2817-2827

Madgwick SOH, Wilson S, Turk R, et al., 2020, An extended complementary filter (ECF) for full-body MARG orientation estimation, IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol:25, ISSN:1083-4435, Pages:2054-2064

Huo W, Angeles P, Tai YF, et al., 2020, A heterogeneous sensing suite for multisymptom quantification of Parkinson’s disease, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol:28, ISSN:1534-4320, Pages:1397-1406

Fadhil A, Kanneganti R, Gupta L, et al., 2019, Fusion of enhanced and synthetic vision system images for runway and horizon detection, Sensors, Vol:19, ISSN:1424-8220, Pages:1-17

Wilson S, Eberle H, Hayashi Y, et al., 2019, Formulation of a new gradient descent MARG orientation algorithm: case study on robot teleoperation, Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, Vol:130, ISSN:0888-3270, Pages:183-200

Lai J, Woodward R, Alexandrov Y, et al., 2018, Performance of a wearable acoustic system for fetal movement discrimination, PLOS One, Vol:13, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:1-14

Woodward R, Shefelbine S, Vaidyanathan R, 2017, Pervasive monitoring of motion and muscle activation: inertial and mechanomyography fusion, IEEE-ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol:22, ISSN:1083-4435, Pages:2022-2033

Mamun KA, Mace M, Lutman ME, et al., 2015, Movement decoding using neural synchronization and inter-hemispheric connectivity from deep brain local field potentials, Journal of Neural Engineering, Vol:12, ISSN:1741-2552, Pages:1-18

Mace M, Yousif N, Naushahi M, et al., 2014, An automated approach towards detecting complex behaviours in deep brain oscillations, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Vol:224, ISSN:0165-0270, Pages:66-78

Mace M, Abdullah-al-Mamun K, Naeem AA, et al., 2013, A heterogeneous framework for real-time decoding of bioacoustic signals: Applications to assistive interfaces and prosthesis control, Expert Systems With Applications, Vol:40, ISSN:0957-4174, Pages:5049-5060

Madgwick SOH, Harrison AJL, Sharkey PM, et al., 2013, Measuring motion with kinematically redundant accelerometer arrays: Theory, simulation and implementation, Mechatronics

Vaidyanathan R, Chen C-T, Jeong C-D, et al., 2012, A reflexive vehicle control architecture based on a neural model of the cockroach escape response, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering, Vol:226, Pages:699-718-699-718

Lock RJ, Vaidyanathan R, Burgess SC, et al., 2010, Development of a biologically inspired multi-modal wing model for aerial-aquatic robotic vehicles through empirical and numerical modelling of the common guillemot, <i>Uria aalge</i>, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol:5, ISSN:1748-3182

Gupta L, Kota S, Murali S, et al., 2010, A Feature Ranking Strategy to Facilitate Multivariate Signal Classification, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part C-Applications and Reviews, Vol:40, ISSN:1094-6977, Pages:98-108

Kota S, Gupta L, Molfese DL, et al., 2009, A Dynamic Channel Selection Strategy for Dense-Array ERP Classification, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol:56, ISSN:0018-9294, Pages:1040-1051

Bachmann RJ, Boria FJ, Vaidyanathan R, et al., 2009, A biologically inspired micro-vehicle capable of aerial and terrestrial locomotion, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Vol:44, ISSN:0094-114X, Pages:513-526

Vaidyanathan R, Chung B, Gupta L, et al., 2007, Tongue-movement communication and control concept for hands-free human-machine interfaces, IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part A-Systems and Humans, Vol:37, ISSN:1083-4427, Pages:533-546

Vaidyanathan R, Fargues MP, Serdar Kurcan R, et al., 2007, A Dual Mode Human-Robot Teleoperation Interface Based on Airflow in the Aural Cavity, The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol:26, Pages:1205-1223-1205-1223

Yang GA, Yang GS, Kapila V, et al., 2002, Fuel optimal manoeuvres for multiple spacecraft formation reconfiguration using multi-agent optimization, International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control, Vol:12, ISSN:1049-8923, Pages:243-283

Vaidyanathan R, Chiel HJ, Quinn RD, 2000, A hydrostatic robot for marine applications, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Vol:30, ISSN:0921-8890, Pages:103-113

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