(Note: Co-I = Co-Investigator, PI = Primary Investigator)
Dr. Ravinder Dahiya is Director of the Electronics Systems Design Centre at the University of Glasgow and leads the Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) group. He is an expert in multidisciplinary field of flexible electronics, sensors, electronic skin and robotic tactile sensing. Ravinder has strong track record of attracting research funding, totalling more than £8M in the last 5 years, and the projects he has been part of have been extremely successful. These include:
The RobotCub project, EU funded, €10M (Co-I) resulted in iCub humanoid robot, which is now a research platform in many universities.
The Roboskin project, EU funded, €10M (Co-I) the robot skin Ravinder and colleagues developed through this project is one of the readiest implementations of large area touch sensors. This skin has been integrated into many research and industrial robots and has led to a paradigm shift in robotics research from hand-based manipulation to exploiting whole-body contacts.
A number of projects worth more than €20M have been funded by EU on this topic in last 3 years, following the successful conclusion of Roboskin.
Currently Ravinder is leading a large Marie Curie Innovative Training Network worth €3.8M (PI) on e-skin in robotics. He has also been awarded the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) Engineering Fellowship for Growth (PI; £1.5M), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Int. Fellowship (PI; € 200K), Newton Int. Fellowship (PI; £100K) and EPSRC First Grant (PI; £125K). Ravinder goes beyond his normal research by reaching out to public as he believes this is an important discourse of scientific life. His excellent track record is evidenced by recent Ingenious Public Engagement Award he received from Royal Academy of Engineering (£11K; PI). This funding has allowed him to engage with more than 400 pupils from 15 Scottish schools and enrich the STEM activities.
Recently, he formed a student club called Helping Hands, which focusses on developing cost-effective sensitive prosthetic limbs using 3D printing. This work also led to the idea of new start-up, which is now among Top 10 of the Converge Challenge. He has led numerous scientific events including IEEE PRIME 2015, Glasgow; and IEEE Sensors 2017, Glasgow. These conferences bring to Glasgow more that 1000 delegates from all over the world. In addition to enriching the science such events have direct impact on the local businesses. Ravinder is the Distinguished Lecturers of IEEE Sensors Council, which has more than 200K members worldwide. He serves on the Editorial Boards of IEEE Transactions on Robotics and IEEE Sensors Journal. He is founding chair of IEEE UKRI chapter on Sensors. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers, 5 books (4 in various publication stages), and 9 patents (including 7 submitted), 60+ invited/keynote lectures including 1 TEDx talk. Ravinder recently received the 2016 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award in the area of sensors, International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAMM) Medal for the year 2016 and the 2016 Microelectronic Engineering Young Investigator Award.
His research is focused on orienting science and technology towards bringing solutions to society. This is reflected in his current and future research, which is about developing tactile or electronic skin to: (a) enable safer human-robot interaction through safe physical contacts. Tactile sensors on the e-skin will make machines (e.g. robots) safer for humans;
(b) restore lost tactile sensory feelings in prosthetics for amputees;
(c) with gas and radiation sensors etc. to monitor harsh environments;
(d) with wearable sensor patches to explore non-invasive means for health monitoring
Coming out of this research one of the immediate business goals is to start a company to produce 3D printed customizable artificial limbs with tactile sensing as an inherent part of the structure.