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Dr Sara Abad Guaman
Roberts Building
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  • Lecturer in Robotics, Control and Autonomous Systems
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
I am a bioinspired roboticist. I started my academic tenure-track position at UCL Mechanical Engineering Department in 2022.

  • I have (co-) authored papers published in high-impact journals (IEEE Transaction on Robotics, IEEE Sensors, IEEE RA-L) and peer-reviewed full-length conference papers presented in flagship conferences (IROS and ICRA)
  • I was awarded a Policy Engagement and Impact fellowship in 2021
  • I became a UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineereing Impact fellow in 2020
  • I was awarded two fully-funded scholarship for studying my MSc and PhD 

Prior to my current position, in 2019, I became a Research Fellow (Postdoc) in Soft Robotics and Haptics in my current Department at UCL. I obtained my PhD in Design Engineering oriented to Robotics at Imperial College London and an MSc in AI at Southampton University.  

Research Summary
My research ambition is to improve the adaptability of robots and other mechanical devices to the environment using embodied intelligence and bioinspiration. My methodology includes understanding and abstracting the dynamic principles that biological organisms employ to adapt to the uncertainties of the environment. Then, I used embodied intelligence to embed these principles into the robots.

My research is inherently multidisciplinary, requiring knowledge of design and manufacturing, biology, environment, electrical and electronics engineering, and computer science.

I am interested in translating my research into key areas to support and promote biodiversity, sustainability, healthcare, human well-being, and farming. Therefore, I co-create with clinicians, farmers, biologists, industry partners, and policymakers.

Teaching Summary

At UCL, I have been a guest lecturer for Challenge One (ENGF0001) and Design and Professional Skills (ENGF0002) modules. I have also been a TA for the Control and Instrumentation (MECH0010) module.
At Imperial College London, I worked as a TA for the Robotics module. I also participated in elaborating exams, module slides, and marking.
I worked as a Teaching Assistant for the modules of Real-time Control Systems at King's College London.
I have co-supervised PhD and MSc students.

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