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Dr Ardian Jusufi


Dr. Ardian Jusufi earned his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley, USA.

Upon graduating he went to Cambridge University, UK, to assume a Queens’ College postdoctoral research associate award.

Ardian then moved to Harvard University, USA, for postdoctoral research at the Harvard MicroRobotics Laboratory in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

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  • Swiss National Science Foundation awarded Ardian with a Fellowship for Prospective Researchers, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • U.C. Berkeley William Power Award.
  • U.C. Berkeley G.S. Instructor Award.
  • University of Cambridge Queens' College Postdoctoral Research Associate Award.
  • Cambirdge University Representative of Postdoctoral Researchers.
  • Program Committee Member organising Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation [ACRA 2017].
  • Academic Staff Representative for the School of Electrical, Mechanical & Mechatronic Systems in the Faculty Committee for Equity and Diversity.
  • IEEE IROS. SICB. SEB. Cambridge Philosophical Society.
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Lecturer, School of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Biomimetics, Biomechanics
+61 2 9514 4492

Research Interests

My general interests reside in biomechanics, dynamics, engineering robotics, control of locomotion, and bio-inspired design.

Exploring the role of the tail for the stability of locomotion and maneuverability in lizards and robots has inspired the design of robots with capabilities that will ultimately help them navigate cluttered environments for search and rescue.

The emerging field of biorobotics can advance motion science by emulating the movement of organisms. This research combines biomechanics with experimental robotics. Conversely, insight in the strategies that animals use to simplify control can be used to expand upon locomotion capabilities of bio-inspired robots. Select papers pertaining to this cross-disciplinary appraoch include:

Can supervise: Yes
Presently advising four HDR students.

Outstanding G.S. Instructor Award for teaching. U.C. Berkeley. 2013 Dean of the Graduate Division.

Guest Lecturer, Boston University. Fall Semester 2011. Course “Bio-Aerial Locomotion” [EK 131], Engineering Department, Prof. Lorena Barba.

Guest Lecture on Support Systems and Biomaterials in the course Physiology of Organisms.
29 April 2014. Main Physiology Lecture Theatre, Cambridge University.

Seminar on "Research-based Teaching - Reflection on Practice".
1 May 2014. Held at Conference of the Teaching and Learning Committee, Queens' College, Cambridge.

Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley. Spring Semester 2011. Course “Laboratory in the Mechanics of Organisms” [C135L] taught with Prof. Full, and Prof. Ron Fearing.

Description: Cross listed as Electrical Engineering C145O and Bioengineering C136L. (SP) Staff

Introduction to laboratory and field study of the biomechanics of animals and plants using fundamental biomechanical techniques and equipment. Course has a series of rotations involving students in experiments demonstrating how solid and fluid mechanics can be used to discover the way in which diverse organisms move and interact with their physical environment. The laboratories emphasize sampling methodology, experimental design, and statistical interpretation of results. Latter third of course devoted to independent research projects. Written reports and class presentation of project results are required.

Journal articles

Jusufi, A., Vogt, D.M., Wood, R.J. & Lauder, G.V. 2017, 'Undulatory Swimming Performance and Body Stiffness Modulation in a Soft Robotic Fish-Inspired Physical Model', Soft Robotics.
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  • Harvard University Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
  • Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH and EPFL.