Bio-inspired Robotics & Design Laboratory
Singapore University of Technology and Design


Our work is multidisciplinary, we rely on modeling and understanding of basic physical principles to guide creative designs that are heavily influenced by nature. We are also experimentalists at heart and enjoy testing our ideas in the real world. We welcome creative and motivated researchers to join our collaborative environment and help us develop original scientific advances.

Principal Investigator

Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, Ph.D. MIT
Assistant Professor
Engineering Product Development Pillar (EPD).
Principal Investigator & Research Committee Member, Digital Manufacturing and Design Centre (DManD).
Associate Editor, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L).
Associate Editor, IOP Multifunctional Materials (MFM).
Curriculum Vitae
Administrative assistant:
Lim Yong Chau (

Research Fellows


Vincent Sebastian Joseph (Ph.D), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chemistry.

Theo Calais (Ph.D), Research Fellow, Nanomaterials Engineering.

Elgar Kanhere (Ph.D), Research Fellow, Mechanical Engineering.

Researcher Associates  

Snehal Jain (B.S), Chemical Engineering.

Gumawang Hiramandala (M. Eng. Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Dontu Saikrishna (M. Eng. Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Graduate Students 

Thileepan Stalin (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Li Guangtong (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Plamootil Mathai Aby Raj (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Arturo Castillo Ugalde (Doctoral Candidate), Mechanical Engineering.

Visiting Students

Undergraduate Students/UROPs


Past Members

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