Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Mechanical Engineering

Reader in Biomechatronics



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Dr Ravi Vaidyanathan is a Senior Lecturer in Biomechatronics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.  He earned his Ph.D. in biologically inspired systems at Case Western Reserve University (USA) in 2001, and worked in industry through 2004, 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. 

He has supported a range of industrial projects based on his academic research, one of which produced led to first ever wheelchair controller for the physically challenged that did not require external bodily movements or invasive insertion; another has resulted in a patent with a pending writ for its litigation before the US Supreme court.

Web: Biomechatronics Lab Homepage

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

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

Russell F, Zhu Y, Hey W, et al., A biomimicking design for mechanical knee joints, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, Vol:13, ISSN:1748-3182

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

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 synchronisation and inter-hemispheric connectivity from deep brain local field potentials, Journal of Neural Engineering, Vol:12, ISSN:1741-2560

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, Uria aalge, 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

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