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.

My research areas are

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

Research Supervised

Topics: Mechatronics, Medical devices, Mechanical Engineering

Masters Researchers:

  • Sean Haisley : Improving flight dynamics of UAVs (ongoing)
  • Tim Oliver :  ANN based adaptive systems for vehicles (ongoing - co-supervisor)

Teaching Commitments


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

Recent Publications

  • Dang, Y., Devaraj, H., Stommel, M., Cheng, L. K., McDaid, A. J., & Xu, W. (2020). Experimental Investigation into the Dynamics of a Radially Contracting Actuator with Embedded Sensing Capability. Soft Robotics. doi:10.1089/soro.2019.0064

  • Yellapantula, K., Devaraj, H., Assadian, M., Stuart, L., Lo, C. Y., Gan, W. C., & Aw, K. (2020). Soft and flexible sensor array using carbon black pillars for object recognition via pressure mapping. Measurement: Journal of the International Measurement Confederation, 159. doi:10.1016/j.measurement.2020.107781

  • 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

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Contact Details

Room: F.G.06c
Phone: +64 7 838 4292