Dr Alireza Rastegarpanah MEng, PhD

Dr Alireza Rasregarpanah

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Faraday Institution Robotic Fellow

Contact details

Extreme Robotics Lab
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Alireza is an interdisciplinary engineer with diverse research interests, although his research interest broadly centres on robotics, physical human-robot interaction and medical robotic.

Alireza is currently working at Extreme Robotics Lab and he is leading the robotic workstream of a project called “Reuse and Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (RELIB), funded by the Faraday Institution. In this project he is tackling the most demanding technical challenges in automating the procedure of dismantling the electrical vehicle battery packs.

Alireza have worked in most advanced robotic laboratories in UK such as Extreme Robotics Lab, Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology and Birmingham Advanced Manufacturing Centre. Alireza`s expertise lies in Industrial Robot Programming, Robot Control, Industrial Automation, Computer Vision, Biomechanics and Robotic Rehabilitation.


  • PhD in Robotics, University of Birmingham, 2016
  • MEng in Biomechanics, University of Birmingham, 2011


Faraday Institution Recycling Lithium Ion batteries project
Scanning and constructing 3D model of EV battery pack
Reuse and Recycling Lithium Ion batteries
Robotic Grasping of Moving Objects by dynamic re-planning

Alireza graduated from the University of Birmingham with a PhD in Robotics in 2016. Earlier in the same year he joined the University of Birmingham’s Extreme Robotics Laboratory (ERL) as a Research Fellow. Alireza worked on a project called “Machine-learning of vision-guided bi-manual grasps, for adaptable autonomous manipulation in manufacturing environments” funded by EPSRC. He was mainly in charge with developing a hybrid visual-servoing algorithm for manipulating a dual-arm robot in an manufacturing environment.

In 2017 Alireza started working as a Research Associate in the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (ASPIRE CREATe), UCL Institute of Orthopaedics and Musculoskeletal Sciences. Here he worked on a project called “Rehabilitation Technologies Supporting Clinical and Self-management of Spasticity (RESPONSS)” funded by Aspire Charity. Alireza developed a miniaturized implanted mechanical device (buckle transducer) to be inserted in situ around the tendon, to measure the tendon tension. In addition, he developed a hybrid multi-modal robotic system for minimizing the spasticity symptoms in the upper-limb.

During his career at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, he successfully secured £20.000 research fund for a project titled “Make me a Bendy Bougie.” The project was funded by the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Charity (RNOHC) and it proposed a solution for resolving the difficulties of tracheal intubation during surgical operations.

In August 2018, Alireza joined Faraday Institution and started working as a Senior Robotic Fellow. In collaboration with Professor Rustam Stolkin, Alireza is currently leading a project called “Reuse and Recycling of Lithium-ion Batteries (RELIB)”. Alireza is using his expertise in manipulating industrial robots to automate the procedure of dismantling electrical vehicle`s battery packs. Alireza is developing vision-guided manipulation techniques to remove the battery modules and embedded lithium-ion cells from the battery pack.


Currently Alireza supervising MSc and PhD students in the areas of robotic manipulation, mobile vehicles and advanced mechanics. He has teaching experience from extensive tutoring, lab demonstrating, individual mentoring and lecturing undergraduate/postgraduate courses.

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

  • Hybrid Visual Servoing
  • Dual-arm manipulation
  • Robotic Rehabilitation
  • Visio-tactile control
  • Robot Probing
  • Autonomous disassembly/assembly
  • Sensors
  • Human-robot collaboration
  • Mobile vehicles


Selected Publications

  • Rastegarpanah, A., Rakhodaei, H., Saadat, M., Rastegarpanah, M., Marturi, N., Borboni, A., & Loureiro, R. C. (2018). Path-planning of a hybrid parallel robot using stiffness and workspace for foot rehabilitation. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 10(1), 1687814017754159.
  • 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

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