Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah MEng, PhD

Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Fellow in Robotics

Contact details

School of Mechanical Engineering
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah is a Research Fellow within the Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL) at the University of Birmingham. He is an interdisciplinary engineer with diverse research interests, although his research interest broadly centres on the robotics, biomechanics and biomedical engineering, medical devices, rehabilitation engineering, human-robot interaction, design and Finite Element Analysis (FEA), development and engineering analysis of intelligent manipulation, human-controlled (tele-operated) robots, vision, sensing and planning and control to enable the robots to execute grasps and manipulative actions autonomously.

He has published number of research papers in highly ranked journals and conferences in the fields of robotic-rehabilitation, mechanics and biomechanics, FEA analysis and robotic manipulation. He is also reviewer and editor of multiple specialty journals and conferences such as Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science and The World Scientific Journal.


  • Ph.D in robotic-rehabilitation, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham
  • MEng in Biomedical Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham


Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah obtained his MEng degree in biomedical engineering and then graduated with PhD in robotic-rehabilitation from School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Birmingham, in May 2016. The emphasis of his PhD has been on lower limb rehabilitation with assistance from parallel robots. His research was funded by Applied Computing and Engineering (ac&e) company and West Midland Rehabilitation Centre (WMRC).

Dr Rastegarpanah joined within Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL), one of the pioneer research labs in the field of robotics, as postdoctoral researcher in 2016. He has diverse research interests, although he mainly focuses on robotics and human-robot cooperative manipulation. His research interests include robotic-rehabilitation, biomechanics, gait analysis, design and FEA analysis, vision and sensing, robotic grasping and manipulation.

Due to nature of his research, he had a broad foundation in robotics and mechanical engineering, as well as more than 800 hours teaching experience from extensive tutoring, lab demonstrating, individual mentoring and giving lecture to undergraduate students at the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Postgraduate supervision

Alireza is interested in supervising master research students in the following areas:

  • Robotics
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Robotic grasping and manipulation
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Design and FEA analysis


Research Themes

  • Robotic-rehabilitation
  • Bio-medical Engineering
  • Medical devices
  • Robotic grasping and manipulation
  • Human-robot cooperative manipulation
  • Gait analysis

Research Acivity

  • Lower Limb rehabilitation using parallel robot

He has innovated and built a robotic system which can be used for rehabilitation of post-stroke patients with lower limb disability. Based on the functionality of the 6DoF parallel platform (active robot) for unilateral rehabilitation, a novel bilateral rehabilitation system was proposed. The bilateral system includes both active and passive parallel platforms where the passive mechanism is used in conjunction with the robot to follow the motions of the healthy leg; hence creating a bilateral mode of operation suitable for exercises such as gait training or stair climbing. 

  • Dual-arm manipulation

Robot manipulation was always his interest research topic, and currently he works to solve and address the challenges which most of the automated industries have been faced such as human-robot cooperative manipulation and dual-arm

  • Future plans

He envisions his future research to span across some interrelated sub-areas of tele-operated manipulation robotic systems. In addition to his plans for continued investment in these current research efforts and corresponding publication plans, he plans to seek new opportunities for collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects. In particular, he hopes to expand my involvement in international research programs.

Other activities

Acting reviewer for prestigious peer-reviewed journals

  • The World Scientific Journal
  • Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science


  • Member of International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)


Selected Publications

• Rastegarpanah, A., & Saadat, M. (2016). Lower Limb Rehabilitation Using Patient Data. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2016.

• Rastegarpanah, A., Saadat, M., & Borboni, A. (2016). Parallel Robot for Lower Limb Rehabilitation Exercises. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2016.

• Rastegarpanah, A. (2016). A methodology for the Lower Limb Robotic Rehabilitation system (Doctoral dissertation, University of Birmingham).

• Rakhodaei, H., Saadat, M., Rastegarpanah, A., & Abdullah, C. Z. (2016). Path planning of the hybrid parallel robot for ankle rehabilitation. Robotica, 34(01), 173-184.

• Borboni, A., Maddalena, M., Rastegarpanah, A., Saadat, M., & Aggogeri, F. (2016, May). Kinematic performance enhancement of wheelchair-mounted robotic arm by adding a linear drive. In Medical Measurements and Applications (MeMeA), 2016 IEEE International Symposium on (pp. 1-6). IEEE.

• Rastegarpanah, A. , Marturi, N., Stolkin, R., 2016, Tele-operated point-to-point dexterity task to evaluate a robot manipulation in the nuclear de-commissioning environment: A pilot study, International Conference on Robotics & automation For Humanitarian Applications (RAHA), Kerala, India.

• Rastegarpanah, A. , Saadat, M., Borboni, A., 2016, Application of a Paral-lel Robot in Lower Limb Rehabilitation: A Brief Capability Study, Inter-national Conference on Robotics & automation For Humanitarian Appli-cations (RAHA), Kerala, India.

• Hemida, H., Mottura, A., Bruma, A., Rastegarpanah, A., Abdullah, C. Z., Fintelman, D., ... & Davies, G. (2014). Birmingham Environment for Ac-ademic Research: Case studies volume 2.

•  Rakhodaei, H., Saadat, M., & Rastegarpanah, A. (2014, July). Motion Simulation of a Hybrid Parallel Robot for Ankle Rehabilitation. In ASME 2014 12th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (pp. V003T17A008-V003T17A008). American Society of Me-chanical Engineers.

 Rakhodaei, H., Ding, C., Saadat, M., & Rastegarpanah, A. (2013). Free Singularity Path Planning of Hybrid Parallel Robot. In Proceeding of the 11th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, ICMR (pp. 313-318).

• Rastegarpanah, A., Saadat, M., & Rakhodaei, H.(2012). Analysis and simulation of various Stewart Platform configurations for lower limb re-habilitation. University of Birmingham