My multidisciplinary research interests include Flexible Printed Electronics, Electronic Skin (eSkin), Wearable Electronics, Robotic Tactile Sensing, Micro/Macroelectronics and System Integration. My research style is to enhance understanding of the fundamentals and orient them towards applications – basically, orienting science and technology towards bringing solutions to the society. In short, I am developing high-performance flexible electronics and sensing systems using cost-effective printing methodologies to enable tools such as eSkin (also known as tactile skin, smart skin or synthetic skin) with neural computing. eSkin is immensely important for applications such as robotics, prosthetics, healthcare technologies, and surgical instrumentation. For example, tactile skin enables robots and prosthetic limbs to use the tactile feedback from large contact areas to safely execute various daily tasks. With different types of sensors on flexible and disposable substrates, I am also extending the application of eSkin applications such as environment, water and health monitoring.
My research has been funded by EPSRC, The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, European Commission and several companies. Some of my major research projects are described on the Projects page and the list of institutions I have worked or collaborated with is given on the Collaborations page. Whilst pursuing above goals through various individual and collaborative research Projects, I am acutely aware of the need for more relevant approaches and therefore I continue to explore new collaborations.
A summary of my research and vision is given in my TEDx talk (see below) and the video released in 2018 as part of Scottish Government led campaign – Scotland is Now. More videos and animations are available at my BEST Group‘s YouTube Channel. Some demos on recent research findings are also available of this channel.