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School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science

Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov



Telephone: +44 20 7882 3908
Room Number: Peter Landin, CS 409
Office Hours: Tuesday 14:00-15:00


Aspects of Robotics (Robotics I) (Undergraduate)

The module introduces the basics of Robotics Engineering and its application in various domains and fields. It will explore the evolution of robotics from conventional engineering perspective and also investigate the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning in producing future robots. The module will include both theoretical and practical aspects with emphasis on experimental exploration of the mechanical and cognitive concepts related to Robotics. A brief introduction to ethical and regulatory issues will be covered within the module to highlight the importance of societal impacts now and in the future.

Design and Build Project in Robotics Engineering (Robotics II) (Undergraduate)

The second year Design & Build Project is a group-based exercise planned for the whole module that mainly focuses on technical skills related to the design and development of a robotics-oriented project including hardware and software components and also the interfaces between these two sub-systems. The module will also introduce team work and group-based soft skills ranging from project planning and demonstration setting to project management and leadership. Generally, projects are divided into two phases with clear inter-link between the various components and tasks set for the groups.

Electronic Sensing (Postgraduate/Undergraduate)

The new module focuses on electronic engineering aspects of sensing and instrumentation systems. It integrates the themes of signal theory, metrology, sensing & transduction, signal acquisition and conditioning for further processing, analysis, characterisation and design of sensing electronic systems, system-level considerations and sensor data analysis techniques. The knowledge and skills developed through this module are essential for any student engaging in the design of systems which extract signals from, or interact with the real world, and are highly relevant to electronic engineers designing, testing and using sensing systems and applications.


Research Interests:



Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov is a Lecturer in Robotics at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Bioengineering of Imperial College London. Before joining QMUL he was a research associate at Imperial College of London where he was involved in human-robot interaction research in European projects BALANCESYMBITRON and COGIMON. He got his Ph.D. with distinction in Robotics from University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI Sorbonne (Paris, France), M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Korea University of Technology and Education (1st grade, Cheonan, South Korea), and B.Sc. with honours in Automation and Control from Moscow State University of Technology STANKIN (Moscow, Russia). His primary research interests are in the field of human-robot/computer interaction, in particular haptics, teleoperation, human sensory motor system, as well in design and control of robotic systems. He currently works on human balance control and its implementation for lower limb exoskeletons.


External profile links: Google Scholar ? LinkedIn - Scopus

Contributions to robotics community

  • Co-organiser of Eurohaptics 2016, Human and robot sensing summer school 2015, Robotics expo at Imperial Festival 2014-2015

  • Coordinator of Imperial College Robotics Forum (2013-2016)

  • Reviewer for IEEE ICRA/IROS/Haptics/Humanoids, IEEE T. on Robotics, T. on Haptics, T. on Mechatronics, T. on Human-Machine Systems, RA-L and many conferences.

  • Associate Editor, Paladyn Journal of Behavioural Robotics (2012-2014)

  • Programme committee member: Eurohaptics 2016, IEEE/SICE ISS 2016, RSS 2015

  • Member of IEEE, IEEE RAS, TC Haptics, IFAC

Invited talks

  1. Anthropomorphic verticality estimation and balance control, LAAS, Toulouse, France, Nov. 2016.

  2. Sense of balance and its augmentation for humans and robots, European research council workshop on computational touch, UPMC Paris Sorbonne University, France, Sep. 2016.

  3. Involving haptic and vestibular sensory modalities in human-machine interaction, Skolkovo University, Moscow, Russia, Aug. 2016.

  4. Human-robot haptic and vestibular interaction and modelling, Beihang University, Beijing, China, Aug. 2014.

  5. Anticipation of turning during locomotion, Wearable robotics workshop, Hong Kong, Jun. 2014.

  6. Sense of motion and haptics in human-machine interaction, Birmingham University, UK, Jan. 2014.

  7. Modelling verticality estimation during locomotion, UK motor control meeting, Cambridge University, UK, Dec. 2013.

  8. Head stabilisation in humans for robots, KoreaTech, Cheonan, South Korea, Mar. 2013.

  9. Applications of virtual reality and haptics, Orenburg University of Education, Orenburg, Russia, Mar. 2009.

Awards and funding

  • Best poster award, IEEE Haptics 2010

  • Best student paper finalist, 11th Conference on Disability, Virtual reality and associated technologies , 2016 (with Matjaz Ogrinc et al)

  • Best paper finalist, Eurohaptics 2016 (with Elisabeth Wilhelm et al)

  • French government research fellowship (2009-2012)

  • Korean government IT research fellowship (2008-2009)

  • Grant for robotics network development (Imperial College London)

Publications can be found here.


  • Kaspar Althoefer (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

  • Etienne Burdet (Imperial College London, UK)

  • Vincent Hayward (University Pierre and Marue Curie, France)

  • Hannah Michalska (McGill University, Canada)

  • Jee-Hwan Ryu (KoreaTech, South Korea)

  • Alain Berthoz (College de France, France)

  • Edwin van Asseldonk, Professor Herman van der Kooij (University of Twente, Netherlands)

  • Yuri Poduraev (Moscow University STANKIN, Russia)


ECS426U Aspects for Robotics (Robotics I)

ECS526U Robotics design and build project (Robotics II)

WHR601 Biomechanics and rehabilitation (Lecture on robotics for medical students)

Previous teaching

  • Control ? Bioengineering, Imperial College London

  • C-programming ? University Pierre and Marie Curie

  • Introduction to algorithms ? University Pierre and Marie Curie

  • Web-programming - KoreaTech