Dr Harish Devaraj

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Qualifications: PhD (Uni of Auckland), ME - Research (Uni of Auckland)

Research Interests

The focus of my research is on making of novel sensors and actuators for a wide range of applications with emphasis on sensors for medical applications and agricultural robotics. With a special emphasis on using 'smart and functional materials' in developing sensors and actuators, I encourage interdisciplinary approach to develop knowledge and bring together the advancements from across various fields (chemistry, biology, electronics) into the design.

With the need for manipulating and fabricating sensors and actuators from these smart materials, my research also focuses on development of novel fabrication techniques that can suitably handle these smart materials to preserve their functional properties. In these lines, development of 4D printing capabilities is also my area of research.

The primary focus in development of these sensors and actuators, being for medical applications,

The below lists my research interests

  • Developing novel sensing techniques (biomedical sensing, force, torque, pressure, strain, flow and optical)
  • 4D printing of SIA (sensor integrated actuator) designs.
  • Wearable devices.
  • Rehabilitation robots (exoskeletons).
  • Process automation.
  • Environment mapping (SLAM).
  • UAV end effector for environment manipulation.

Teaching Commitments


Computer Graphic Design; Computing; Electronics; Engineering; Human Computer Interaction; Imaging; Mechanical; Product Design; Technology

Recent Publications

  • Kandasamy, S., Devaraj, H., Stuart, L., McDaid, A., & Aw, K. C. (2019). A novel varying angle fiber-reinforced elastomer as a soft pneumatic bending actuator. In ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. doi:10.1145/3365265.3365272

  • Devaraj, H., Aw, K. C., & McDaid, A. J. (2019). Review of functional materials for potential use as wearable infection sensors in limb prostheses. Biomedical Engineering Letters. doi:10.1007/s13534-019-00132-w

  • Devaraj, H., Yellapantula, K., Stratta, M., McDaid, A., & Aw, K. (2019). Embedded piezoresistive pressure sensitive pillars from piezoresistive carbon black composites towards a soft large-strain compressive load sensor. Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, 285, 645-651. doi:10.1016/j.sna.2018.12.006

  • Teo, M. Y., Stuart, L., Devaraj, H., Liu, C. Y., Aw, K. C., & Stringer, J. (2019). The: In situ synthesis of conductive polyaniline patterns using micro-reactive inkjet printing. Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 7(8), 2219-2224. doi:10.1039/c8tc06485g

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Contact Details

Room: FG 1.10
Phone: +64 7 838 4292