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July 2021

Staff at Royal London Dental Hospital wearing visors prepared by the team.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) wins QMUL Engagement and Impact Award

2 July 2021

A team of engineers and clinicians from EECS, SEMS and Royal London Dental Hospital won a QMUL Engagement and Impact Award. The team was awarded the Local Impact Award for their efforts to provide hospital staff with urgently needed personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the leadership … [more]

October 2020

Talk by Prof Kaspar Althoefer at the IET on

Prof Kaspar Althoefer will present at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

6 October 2020

Professor Kaspar Althoefer will give a talk on Wednesday, 7th of October 2020, 2pm (UK time) at the IET in the framework of their Technical Webinars on "Novel soft robotics approaches: Addressing the challenges in nuclear decommissioning". Please join here: [more]

August 2020

Pan-African competition

Queen Mary researchers launch new competition on low-cost innovation for African scientists and entrepreneurs

21 August 2020

Researchers from the School of Engineering and Materials Science at Queen Mary University of London have launched a new competition in low-cost technologies that aims to identify and develop the next generation of young scientists, leaders, and entrepreneurs in Africa. This new competition, which is open to all countries in … [more]

April 2020

A protective visor using a 3D printed frame.

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) provides essential support for NHS staff during the COVID-19 crisis

21 April 2020

Members of the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) provide frames for visors urgently needed by frontline NHS staff at main London hospitals including the newly created Nightingale Hospital. In collaborations with clinicians from the Royal London Dental Hospital, Prof Shakeel Shahdad and Ahmed Din, ARQ have taken on … [more]

March 2020

Alberto Caenazzo

First PhD from the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ)

23 March 2020

Alberto Caenazzo successfully defended his PhD studies on "Integrated Hydraulic Steering and Signal Transmission Technologies Applied to Novel MRI-Compatible Intravascular Catheters". Because of the coronavirus crisis, the viva was conducted entirely online. Despite that the viva was completed without a hitch, allowing Alberto to present his novel research in catheter … [more]

February 2020

The MEng group being congratulated by Dr Adrian Briggs (on the right)

Robot Hand Team Wins Top Prize at ILF

26 February 2020

A team of 4th year MEng students Jamie SENGUN, Ahmed DEIRI, Talha TAILOR, Kai PAGE & Mohammed KHAN who have been working on the "Soft 3D-printed Robotic Hand" project supervised by Dr Lorenzo Jamone & Dr Ketao Zhang won the best MEng group project prize at the Annual SEMS taught student Industrial … [more]

December 2019

Prof Kaspar Althoefer giving his keynote presentation.

Althoefer gives a keynote on Soft Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery and other Human-robot Interaction Applications at INRIA, France

3 December 2019

Prof Kaspar Althoefer gave a keynote presentation on Soft Robots for Minimally Invasive Surgery and other Human-robot Interaction Applications at the Soft Robotics Days (JRS2019-Journées Robotique Souple), in Lille, France -, organised by INRIA, the French national research institute for the … [more]

November 2019

Prof Althoefer giving keynote at CEEC 2019.

Professor Kaspar Althoefer gives a keynote presentation at the annual Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC)

30 November 2019

Prof Kaspar Althoefer gave a keynote presentation on "Soft Robotics – at the intersection of physical interaction and perception" at the 11th Computer Science and Electronic Engineering Conference (CEEC) in Colchester on 20 September 2019, Prof Althoefer reported on the most recent advancements in soft robotics and soft … [more]

Prof Althoefer giving invited talk at Sorbonne

Professor Althoefer gives an invited talk on "Inflatable, stiffness controllable robots" at Sorbonne

28 November 2019

Professor Kaspar Althoefer gave an invited talk on "Inflatable, stiffness controllable robots: Applications in Human-Robot Interaction" at the Hand Dexterity Workshop, at the Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR), Sorbonne Univerity, Paris ( The event took place on 28 November 2019. Presentations by … [more]

July 2019


Interview by Kaspar Althoefer on soft robot prosthetics

25 July 2019

Kaspar Althoefer was interviewed by talkRADIO on Robots-based Prosthetics. Listen to the interview on, at 18:22:00. He talks about the advancements in the field, including the new Soft Robotics approach taken at the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ). [more]

Robot octopus - featuring in Evening Standard article

QMUL Soft Robotics research features in the Evening Standard

18 July 2019

The robot octopus, a recent creation by PhD student Jan Fras, was featured in in the Evening Standard. You can read the article here: Follow this link for a video showing the robot octopus in action: [more]

Althoefer presenting at the IET 5th Annual Future of Medicine Conference

Kaspar Althoefer was invited to give a talk at IET conference on Soft Robotics for Keyhole Surgery

10 July 2019

Professor Kaspar Althoefer gave an invited talk at The 5th Annual Future of Medicine Conference organised by the IET ( His talk is now available at IET.TV: [more]

June 2019

Prof Kaspar Althoefer presenting ARQ's soft robot hand.

Kaspar Althoefer interviewed by the BBC on soft robotics and AI

27 June 2019

Professor Althoefer was interviewed by the BBC on 23 June 2019. The interview can be seen on BBC iPlayer, as part of BBC1's Sunday Morning Live Show - watch from 43:20: Professor Althoefer and PhD students from the Centre for Advanced … [more]

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

QMUL's nuclear robotics research features in The Economist

20 June 2019

The National Centre for Nuclear Robotics (NCNR) has been featured in an article in The Economist, with a particular mention of Prof Kaspar Althoefer and his team at the Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary. Kaspar and his team are working on creating novel radiation-resilient tactile and force sensors for … [more]

May 2019


Prof Kaspar Althoefer gives keynote at RoboSoft 2019

28 May 2019

Prof Kaspar Althoefer gives keynote presentation at the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft 2019) on "Fusing Perception with Structure in Soft Robotics" in Seoul, South Korea on 16 April 2019.

February 2019

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Students compete to make drones smart in annual hack

27 February 2019

The fourth “Design and Build Winter Hack” took place at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus from Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February. From detecting bananas to taking selfies from afar – these were some of the tasks that drones learned to perform during an annual challenge that brings together Queen Mary … [more]

November 2018 - Soft Robotics

New video report on soft robotics for keyhole surgery

30 November 2018

Breaking news on the EU robotics project STIFF-FLOP Research on soft robotics for keyhole surgery by Professor Althoefer, head of Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) is highlighted in the new TechRepublic video on '5 things to know about soft robotics': 1. It doesn't mean pillows. 2. Search and rescue. 3. Medicine. (STIFF-FLOP features … [more]

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Professor Kaspar Althoefer elected to serve as member of IEEE Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Administrative Committee.

21 November 2018

Althoefer is among six RAS members elected by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers membership to serve a three-year term beginning 1 January 2019. You can find more information about the IEEE RAS AdCom here: [more]

October 2018

Prof Althoefer (Turing Fellow)

Professor Kaspar Althoefer awarded Turing Fellowship

10 October 2018

Professor Kaspar Althoefer has been awarded an Alan Turing Institute Fellowship.

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Professor Kaspar Althoefer interviewed about robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery.

8 October 2018

Professor Kaspar Althoefer was interviewed about his research on soft robotics for robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery. "We wanted to take our inspiration from biology – so octopus tentacles were our inspiration....making something that was made of soft materials, to achieve more dexterous behaviour but also to increase patient safety." The … [more]

July 2018

Alberto Caenazzo awarded £10K by QMI to commercialise robotic heart catheter

4 July 2018

Alberto Caenazzo who conducts his PhD studies under the supervision of Prof Kaspar Althoefer was awarded £10K by Queen Mary Innovations (QMI) to explore commercialisation opportunities of his robotic heart catheters using conductive fluid for sensing and actuation inside magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners. The ultimate goal of this technology … [more]

May 2018

Cybathlon team members

Queen Mary student team to build robotic wheelchair for Cybathlon 2020

3 May 2018

A team of science and engineering students from Queen Mary University of London will design a robotic wheelchair with a plan to compete in Cybathlon 2020 - a global competition for people with disabilities. The team, which consists of students from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), the … [more]

February 2018

Winning team Phoenix during testing

Robots competed in penalty kicks during Design and Build Hack Week 2018

6 February 2018

The Design and Build Hack Week 2018 was held successfully at Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary (ARQ) from 29th Jan to 2nd Feb. A total of 19 participants from London and Beijing took on the challenge of programming NAO Humanoid robots to take penalty kicks. This is the third year of the … [more]

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Students teach robots football tricks in annual hack

5 February 2018

Teams of students from Queen Mary University of London and Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications (BUPT) took part in a challenge to hack robots and teach them a range of football skills. The third Queen Mary-BUPT Design and Build Hack Week, which aims to unite students from both universities, … [more]

November 2017

Soft robots for manipulation developed by Professor Kaspar Althoefer at ARQ

QMUL awarded £1m grant to establish robotics centre for tackling nuclear waste

15 November 2017

The Centre for Advanced Robotics @ Queen Mary (ARQ) has been awarded a £1m grant to help set-up a world-leading centre of excellence for nuclear robotics in the UK. ARQ is a cross-faculty multidisciplinary research centre, bringing Queen Mary robotics activities under one roof. ARQ's activities span across the School of … [more]

July 2017

Professor Kaspar Althoefer

Making work spaces safer: iMechE news story with Prof Althoefer

18 July 2017

Professor Kaspar Althoefer's work has been featured in an article about the potential of developments in robotics engineering to improve working conditions in manufacturing industries, published by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. Prof Althoefer’s team have developed lightweight garments with electromyography sensors built in.The sensors can measure electrical … [more]