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Academic Biography

Dr Habibi is a Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at Teesside University. He holds the Chartered Engineer status and a professional member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (CEng IMechE). Dr Habibi is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Dr Habibi received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology and Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz respectively. He accomplished his PhD study at University College Dublin on dynamics and control of flexible mechanical systems in 2014. Hossein then joined Brunel Innovation Centre (BIC) in TWI Company in Cambridge as a Research Fellow and the project leader of two European funded projects, mainly focused on the areas of ultrasonic guided waves and low frequency vibration. In 2016, he joined the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Nottingham as a Research Associate where he extended his research in the field of continuum soft robotics.

Dr Habibi has a great deal of experience in successful collaborative research projects and leading work in international and interdisciplinary levels. He has led the following research projects at Brunel Innovation Center (TWI Ltd) and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Research Group (University of Nottingham).

- Development of wind turbine blade anti/de-icing system for severe climate conditions (FP7 EC-funded project)

- Open-rotor propellers ice protection system using acoustic techniques (EU CLEANSKY-funded project)

- Development of compliant mathematical and experimental 3D models for actuated large deformation robotic-based continuum surfaces usable in different healthcare, energy and aerospace applications (EPSRC-funded project).

Dr Habibi is the author/co-author of about 30 peer-reviewed publications in quality journals and conference proceedings. He has supervised numerous research projects of both undergraduate and postgraduate students across a few universities. Dr Habibi has also acted as the reviewer of several journals such as Mechanism and Machine Theory, Wave Motion, and prestigious conferences such as IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) and ICRA. Moreover, he has been the session chair and invited speaker in a few events such as International Symposium on Soft Robotics at Xi'an Jiaotong University, China (August 2017) and at Laboratorio de Ingeniería Mecánica, University of La Coruña, Spain (April 2018).

Dr Habibi with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education sector, has been actively involved in curricular planning and teaching activities. He has been the module leader and tutor for a range of subjects and courses in undergraduate and postgraduate levels including Structural Mechanics, Dynamics and Vibrations, Dynamic Analysis, Control, Machine Design, Mechanics of Materials, Statics, Dynamics of Mechanisms and Machines, Non-Destructive Testing; Graphic and Industrial Drawing, and Numerical and Computational methods.

Summary of Research Interests

Dr Habibi’s research background and interests lie in a range of applied engineering fields including

- The mathematical modelling, dynamical analysis and real time control of non-rigid robotic systems

- Soft robotics for applications in healthcare and rehabilitation, manufacturing, energy and aerospace

- Wave based motion and vibration control of mechanical flexible systems

- Simulation of underactuated multibody systems such as spacecrafts' solar panels and gaits of human character

- Applications of power ultrasonic guided waves in renewable energy technologies


PhD opportunities:

Dr Habibi is currently considering self-funded PhD applications particularly in the following areas

- Smart design solutions for manufacturing mechanisms such as rapid reshaping of thin carbon fiber sheets

- Control of vibration and accurate repositioning of manipulators and flexible elements in spatial structures using wave ideas

-  Harvesting energy using piezoelectricity

- Power ultrasonic guided waves for industrial cleaning and protection against icing and fouling conditions


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