Ali Sadeghi is an assistant professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twentein the Netherlands. Currently, he is investigating new materials and techniques for additive manufacturing of soft robots and smart composites. In particular, his research focuses on the design and development of novel fundamental components (e.g. actuators and sensors) and their method of integration into functional soft-bodied robots. Ali is passionate and collaborative in bringing soft robotics solutions to various areas of applications from biomedical and wearable technologies to education, architecture, and art.
Ali received his Ph.D. with honors (cum laude) in the field of Micro-BioRobotics from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy (2013), and both his M.Sc. and B.Sc. in the field of Manufacturing & Production Engineering from University of Tehran (2004) and Noshirvani University of Technology (2001) in Iran. After several years of working in the industry, he began his academic career as a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Tehran (2004-2010), where he developed several service robots (e.g. power line pole climbing and domestic robots), as well as polymer micromachining facilities. His passion for soft robotics was born and grown at the Center for Micro-Bio Robotics of Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) where he worked from January 2010 to July 2019. During this period, Ali focused on the design and unconventional manufacturing of soft-bodied robots, particularly inspired by biological models such as plants, sea urchin, and octopus. Inspired by plant movements, he pioneered the new concept of Growing Robots (robots moving and adapting by creating their own structure) and succeeded in inventing the world’s first examples of these robots by incorporating additive manufacturing technology as part of the robot structure.
Ali has participated in proposal preparation and implementation of several European projects (e.g. GROWBOT, XoSoft, and PLANTOID). In XoSoft (soft under limb exoskeleton), he was responsible for actuation solution and developed several novel textiles based stiffness tuning and clutching solutions.