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Professor Althoefer is an experienced roboticist leading competitively-funded research on soft robotics, intelligent micro-sensing systems and interaction dynamics modelling with applications in minimally invasive surgery, assistive technologies and human-robot interaction at Queen Mary University of London, acquired more than £5.5M as PI from national/international funding bodies and successfully completed 21 PhD projects.
Professor Althoefer’s research team currently comprising of 10 postdoctoral research associates and PhD students is involved in funded collaborative research with leading London hospitals and European research organisations creating novel robot-assisted solutions for ergonomically-optimised human-robot interaction, intelligent manipulation based on embedded force and tactile sensing and novel stiffness-controllable robot structures. Over the last decade, the team has built a large portfolio of projects in application-oriented research for the healthcare and manufacturing sectors with funding from organisations such as EPSRC, European Commission (including coordination of two EU-projects), Wellcome Trust and UK-based charities, exceeding £30M and producing more than 250 peer-reviewed papers.