Dr Hasan Shaheed
PhD (Sheffield), PGCAP (London), SFHEA, MIEEE, CEng, MIET, NTF

Dr Hasan Shaheed

Reader in Robotics and Renewable Energy
Programme Director - Mechanical Engineering
Professional Body Liaison - IMechE
Member - Recruitment and Admissions Committee
Member - Academic Standards Committee
Member - Education Coordination Group
Member - Student Experience Committee

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Engineering 316, Mile End

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Wednesday: 12-1pm
Expertise: (a) Systems/Applications: Aerial Robotics, Solarcopter, Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems, Osmotic Power, Blue Energy, Medical Robotics including Miniature Robots for Extreme Environment, Endoscopic Capsule Robots, Leader-follower Robots, Medical / Surgical devices, Prosthetics, Water Desalination and Cancer. (b) Approaches: System Design, Modelling, Identification, Control, Optimisation, Artificial Intelligence (Deep Learning Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic), Machine Learning (Whale Optimisation, Grey Wolf Optimisation, Ant Colony etc.) Biomedical Signal Processing, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology with application to Cancer Prognosis and Classification.
Research Centre:
Affiliations: National Teaching Fellow
Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy
CEng (Chartered Engineer)
Member, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, MIET
Member, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, MIEEE

Brief Biography

Dr Shaheed obtained his PhD from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK in the field of intelligent control of flexible robotic arm. He then joined the School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS), Queen Mary University of London as a lecturer (Assistant Professor) where he is at present serving as a Reader. He has published over eighty peer-reviewed research articles in highly esteemed journals and conference proceedings in the areas of his research (details are in the research section).

Dr Shaheed's team won the Engagement and Enterprise Award under the Proof of Concept award category. This award is for the proof of concept project which has achieved one or a number of milestones that could lead to a significant commercial or non-commercial enterprise in the future. The QMUL team in a joint collaboration co-led by Dr Shaheed, a robotics scientist from SEMS and Dr Mo Thaha, a bowel cancer surgeon from SMD, Blizard institute has developed the first prototype of a novel locomotion system for a Robotic Active Capsule Endoscope. The prototype system when steered through a phantom colon, achieved speeds faster than existing CE, could be steered and controlled from the outside. Previously the team also won Queen Mary Innovation Award and Proof of Concept Award for this novel project. The team also recived a Barts Innovations in Healthcare Award for the initial development of a robotic surgical retracotor for colorectal surgery.

Based on his research in Renewable Energy, Dr Shaheed was invited by the Eni Scientific Secretariat to submit an application for the Eni Award, 2016, the most prestigious award in the field of Renewable Energy which is received by the world leading scientists.

Dr Shaheed supervised a research team to invent the the 'first Solar Helicopter (Solarcopter) in the world'. The helicopter can be operated with solar energy only without the help of any Battery. The news appeared in a number of National and International Media including the Daily Planet show of Discovery Channel, Gizmag, Fast Company and Designboom Magazines, the Daily Star and the Independent. The news was also broadcast by the Channel I and Channel S. The project received the National Physical Laboratory prize in the Industrial Liaison Forum (ILF).

Dr Shaheed received a Queen Mary Drapers' Teaching Fellowship for demonstrating a sustained commitment to the highest quality teaching and best teaching practices. Only 3 Fellowships are awarded across the University each year to encourage, recognise and reward excellence in teaching and exemplary student learning support.

Dr Shaheed has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) - the most prestigious UK award for excellence in Higher Education teaching and student learning support. Widely recognised in the UK and internationally, the award celebrates individuals who have made an exemplary impact on student learning and promoted excellence in teaching. Detailed news is available here:


Dr Shaheed has co-authored an advanced textbook "Parallel Computing for Real-time Signal Processing and Control" published by the Springer. He has also co-authored four book chapters in the book "Flexible manipulator-modelling, simulation and control" published by the IET.

Academic awards received:
[01] UK National Teaching Fellowship
[02] Engagement and Enterprise Award-Proof of Concept
[03] Barts Innovation Award
[04] QMUL, Drapers' Teaching Fellowship
[05] QMUL, 'Drapers' Award for Developments in Teaching and Learning'
[06] Commonwealth Scholarship Award for studying PhD, University of Sheffield, UK.
[07] Dhaka University Book Prize for securing the first class first position in MSc.
[08] Janata Bank Scholarship & Dhaka University Prize for securing first class first position in BSc (Hons.).
[09] Talent Pool Scholarship for securing 3rd position in the combined merit list of Jessore Board in HSC.
[10] Chancellor's Awards from the Chancellor of the Univ. in Bangladesh for outstanding performance in SSC.
[11] Talent Pool Scholarship for securing 3rd position in the combined merit list of Jessore Board in SSC.

Research Supervision: PhD Students [Ongoing and Completed]

[01] Sarah Hussain, Bionic Hand Control with Sensory Feedback, Ongoing
[02] K M Talha Nahiyan, Prosthetic Hand Design and Control, Ongoing
[03] Xin Yang, Swarm Micro Aerial Vehicle, Ongoing
[04] David Hernandez Lopez, Surgical Robotic Retractor, Ongoing
[05] Afsoon Fakhr Abdollahi, Endoscopic Capsule Robot, Ongoing
[06] Sara Abuhajar, Renewable Energy, Ongoing
[07] Chaoran Sun, Solar Aerial Robotics, Completed, 2021.
[08] Stephen Agha, Solar Aerial Robotics, Completed, 2020.
[09] Ololade Obadina, Surgical Robotics, Completed, 2019.
[10] Aly Abidali, Solar Aerial Robotics, Completed, 2019.
[11] Yingxue Chen, Renewable Energy, Completed, 2018.
[12] Vahid Elyasigomari, Computational Biology, Completed, 2017.
[13] S M Wijewardana, Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems, Completed, 2016.
[14] Tianyi Tao, Medical Robotics, Completed, 2016.
[15] Wei He, Renewable Energy/Water desalination, Completed, 2016.
[16] Rakibul Hasan, Robotics, Completed in July, 2015.
[17] Akbar Rahideh, Helicopter Control, Completed in April 2009.

***Potential students willing to pursue PhD in the fields of Aerial Robotics, Solar Aerial Robotics (Solarcopter), Hybrid Renewable Energy Systems, Osmotic Power, Blue Energy, Medical Robotics, Capsule Robots, Master-slave Robots, Medical / Surgical devices, Prosthetics, Water Desalination and Cancer classification are encouraged to contact me.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow:
[01] Dr Alireza Monjezi: UK-Egypt Institutional links programme funded by British Council

Visiting Research Fellows/Research collaborations
[01] Professor Bidyadhar Subudhi, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, India, 2012-'15
[02] Professor Ali Akbar Safavi, Professor, Shiraz University, Iran, 2005-'06
[03] Dr Abdulrahman Hasan Bajoda, BAE SYSTEMS Post-doctoral Summer Researcher, June-August, 2006.
[04] Pavel Sofer, Visiting Researcher, Feb 2009- August, 2009
[05] Dr Abdulrahman Hasan Bajoda, BAE SYSTEMS Post-doctoral Summer Researcher, June-August, 2009.

MEng Group Projects as Principal Supervisor
[01] Hybrid energy driven drone delivery system (2019-'20)
[02] Solar-powered micro aerial vehicle (2019-'20)
[03] Gaze controlled wheel-chair (2016-'17)
[04] Lower-Limb Exoskeleton (2015-'16)
[05] Prosthetic Robotic Hand (2014-'15)
[06] Solar VIII (Solarcopter) (2013-'14)
[07] Light Flight (Solarcopter (2013-'14)
[08] Capsule Robot (2013-'14)
[09] Solarcopter (2012-'13)
[10] Capsule robot (2012-'13)

MSc Research Projects
[01] Sarah Hussain, (2019-'20): Development of a Bionic Hand Control System
[02] Amar Abidali, (2019-'20): Wave energy conversion for electricity production
[03] Abdul Muhtasim Mujib, (2019-'20): Development of a hybrid battery electric vehicle charging system
[04] Mojan Omidvar, (2018-'19): Design and development of a robotic retractor for minimally invasive colectomy
[05] Sakthi Sundharam Sakthidasan, (2018-'19): Design, analysis and fabrication of a wheel legged rescue robo
[06] Nakibul Nuhash, (2016-'17): Design modelling and control of a fixed wing UAV
[07] Akshay Patel, (2015-'16): Modelling of powertrain architecture for new generation routemaster
[08] Adeel Anwar Mughal, (2014-'15): Robotic hand control using EMG signal
[09] Ayushma Giri, (2014-'15): Design and fabrication of an autonomous robot for pipeline monitoring
[10] Chiara Schiavone, (2013-'14): Cancer classification based on a particular gene selection method
[11] Szu-Wei Chou, (2013-'14): Design & modelling of a multifunctional prosthetic hand using EMG signal
[12] Ayesha Akhter, (2012-'13): Multi-category classification of prostate cancer
[13] Shariq Neshat Akhtar, (2012-'13): A bionic model of human arm and the measurement of EMG signal
[14] Maryam S. Mirjafari, (2012-'13): Diagnosis and classification of diseases using gene expression data
[15] Rashed Sobhan, (2012-'13): Evaluation of gene selection method for cancer classification
[16] Shu Zhao, (2011-'12): Analysis of Gene Expression Data for Diagnosis and Classification of Diseases
[17] Lorna Maclean, (2011-'12): Application of clustering techniques in the analysis of gene expression profiles
[18] Robert E. Martin, (2010-'11): Clinical Data Analysis using AI with Application to EMG Signal
[19] Tawfiq Peerally,(2010-'11): Colon Cancer Classification using Gene Expression Profile
[20] Shruthi Murthy, (2010-'11): Breast Cancer Diagnosis based on Wavelet and Artificial Neural Networks
[21] Cesar E Zapata G, (2009-'10): ECG Signal Classification using Wavelet and Artificial Neural Networks