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Post doctoral fellows

Rezvan is a Postdoctoral Fellow and has a Ph.D. in "Machine Intelligence and Robotics". He is working to develop a model-based controller for lower limb exoskeletons for individuals with incomplete Spinal Cord Injury (iSCI). His main focus is to present a joint level robust controller with tunable/adaptable parameters from a dynamical system perspective, by considering the limitations and constraints of the real applications. This is a joint project between the University of Waterloo, the University of Alberta and two clinical centers, under supervisions of Dr. Arash Arami and Dr. Hossein Rouhani.


Email: rezvan[dot]nasiri[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

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Rezvan Nasiri


Milad Nazarahari

Milad is an AMTD Postdoctoral Fellow at Neuromechanics and Assistive Robotics Lab. He is investigating the application of artificial intelligence and optimization to develop a robot-assisted therapy program to rehabilitate patients with reduced upper-extremity function. Such intelligent technology can sense the patients’ progress during rehabilitation and adapt the therapy accordingly to improve efficacy and efficiency.

Email: milad[dot]nazarahari[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

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PhD students

Tharindu is working  on the development of an AI-based system for optimizing preform designs in a warm forging process for manufacturing a Magnesium Alloy structural component. He aims to integrate finite element simulations and soft computing tools to evolve a design solution with minimal user involvement. 

Email: tabesinkodippili[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Tharindu Kodippili


Julia is pursuing a Joint Interdisciplinary PhD between the School of Public Health and Health Systems, and Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering. She is co-supervised by Dr. Ellen MacEachen.  Julia has a three-year appointment as Student Member of the Waterloo Institute of Complexity and Innovation.  Working with Schlegel Villages, her doctoral research focuses on building and validating data-driven models through a mixed-method design to classify, predict and better understand stress in front-line caregiving work. Findings will inform nursing home management decision making to ensure caregiver health and well-being. 

Email: julia[dot]goyal[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Julia Goyal

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Mohammad is working on the identification and mathematical modeling of multi-joint neuromechanics of walking and the design of controllers for assistive robotic systems. His primary focus is on unifying the data-driven parameter estimation methods with a variety of adaptive controllers benefiting from reinforcement learning such that the assistive device could perfectly and continuously adapt itself to the user's physical conditions and needs.

Email: smshushtari[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

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Mohammad Shushtari


Erfan is a PhD student and member of Arami Research Lab and Fatigue and Stress Analysis Lab. With a background in materials science and engineering, he is studying the process-microstructure-property relationship in production of lightweight, magnesium-based automotive components. He aims to establish such a relationship thorough advanced characterization methods and machine learning models. 

Email: eazqadan[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Erfan Azqadan


Master's students

Sola is working on finding underlying cost functions for human movement control. His research interests include robotics, deep reinforcement learning, artificial neural networks, and computational neural science. 

Email: jiacheng[dot]weng[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Jiacheng (Sola) Weng

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Hannah is working on developing an experimental method for estimating human body segment inertial parameters and dynamical models. The application of this work will be explored in the controller of assistive robotic devices.

Email: hdinovitzer[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Hannah Dinovitzer


Iara is working on non-invasive implant loosening detection. Her research interests include medical robotics and machine learning. 

Email: isantelices[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca

Iara Santelices


Sahand Ajami

Sahand is working on post stroke rehabilitation using upper limb exoskeleton and haptic interfaces. He is co-supervised by Prof. Oliver Schneider. Sahand has research interests in dynamics, control, robotics and machine learning. 

Email: sahand[dot]ajami[at]uwaterloo[dot]ca


Undergraduate Research Assistants (URAs, Coop) and volunteers

Nirosh Manohara

Nirosh is a 4th year co-op student working

on exoskeleton control and gait experiments.


Jai Prajapati

Jai is an undergraduate research assistant working on design of controllers in Python. 


Past Graduate Students (Alumni)

Cederick completed his PhD on using machine learning techniques to advance cuffless blood pressure estimation and providing reliable prediction of cuffless blood pressure with potential to be translated to the clinics. Cederick is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Mukkamala' Lab at the University of Pittsburgh. 

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For her Master's project, Kathleen worked on wearable systems for assessment and modelling of Parkinson's disease. She was under co-supervision of Prof. Etienne Burdet at Imperial College London.  Kathleen is currently a data scientist at Elvie. 

Kathleen Goldsmith   (Data Scientist at Elvie)


Dusing his Master's studies, Yesung worked on quantitatively modelling of lower limb spasticity in spinal cord injury (SCI) using wearable sensors and machine learning.

Yesung Cha


Past Co-op, Undergrad Research Assistants and Volunteers

Grace Chen

Grace is working on control of exoskeleton

with deep reinforcement learning.

(this is her second URA in our lab)


Thea Yu

Thea is working on myoelectric control of robotic systems. 


Jane Shen

Jane is working on evaluating proprioception using different robotic systems.


Jessica Yang

Jessica is continuing her work on foot clearance estimation and its validation during walking.

Jessica Yang

Jessica is working on foot clearance estimation during walking.

Leon Wang

Leon is working on functional electrical stimulation for lower limb assisted


Howard Nguyen-Huu

Howard is working on Myoelectric control of robotic systems.

Grace Chen

In her first URA, Grace was working on

DRL and Neuromechanics of walking.

I'm a Mechatronics student with a particular interest in problem solving through software and hardware integrations. For this project, I'll be working on a developing a software application for optimizing designs in a warm forging process for a Magnesium Alloy component!

Yihui (Lucy) Liu (co-op)


Jack W. Peifer-Dawson

As a volunteer, Jack worked on muscle Hill models and their application in functional electrical stimulation (FES).

Abby Tien

I’m a Biomedical Engineering student with an interest on developing systems that will benefit human health and wellbeing. I am currently working on some control system of a lower limb exoskeleton, as well as doing some data collection and processing.


Kayley Ting

Kayley is working on the prediction of Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease using machine learning techniques.

Winnie Wu

Winnie is working on human lower limb motor control.

Muneeb Saif Qadri

Muneeb is working on development of

a IR-IMU fusion prototype.

Kevin Qiu

Kevin is working on a smart shoe to measure foot clearance.

Cathy Qiu

Cathy is working on a smart shoe insole that is able to detect gait pressure using force sensing resistors. The recorded data is displayed using a data acquisition device which can be used to predict unexpected falls and movements.

Qinyang Bao

Qinyang worked on the design and development of a haptic device for human-robot interaction.  

Nathania Chan

Nathania worked on developing simple regression models for spasticity modeling.  

Raj Shah

Raj worked on software interface for sensor synchronization for spsticity modeling.  

Colin Cooke

Colin worked on Deep RL for standing balance in a musculoskeletal model .  


Yanqing Wu

Yanqing is working on gait modeling in Parkinson's disease.  

Parsa Torabian

Parsa is working on lower limb motor control.  

Gabrielle Kim

"I have a profound interest in biomimetics, biomedical applications, and robotics. I am currently working on creating an impedance model for the knee and the hip, which can be used in future impedance control applications for lower limb exoskeletons."


Justin Memar-Makhsous

"I worked on building instrumented handles and analyzing data for modelling spasticity. I am interested in the design of electromechanical devices and the treatment of neurological conditions, especially brain injuries."

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