Thanh Nho Do

Dr Thanh Nho Do
Scientia Fellow
Graduate Sch-Biomedical Engineering
Contact details:
(+61) 432 281 689

Samuels Building F25, Level LG,UNSW, Sydney NSW 2052, Australia

Dr Thanh Nho Do received his B. Eng. degree in Manufacturing Engineering with Honor Program from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam. In 2015, he was awarded his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (Surgical Robotics) from the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.  He was a Postdoctoral Scholar at California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), UC Santa Barbara (UCSB), USA. He also worked as a Research Fellow and a Group Leader at Robotic Research Center, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering (MAE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. In Fall 2018, he was appointed as a Scientia Fellow-Lecturer at Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. 

Research interests:

  • Flexible surgical devices, especially Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) systems, for gastrointestinal cancer treatments
  • Soft robotics including stretchable sensors and actuators for haptic/tactile displays and their applications to other robotic systems
  • Variable stiffness structures for flexible endoscopic systems, soft robotics and other biomedical applications
  • Miniature soft magnetic robots for drug delivery systems
  • Soft magnetic capsule endoscopy for obesity treatments and gastrointestinal diagnosis
  • Soft pneumatic/hydraulic actuators
  • Soft programmable planar fabric actuators
  • Advanced wearable systems for haptic/tactile displays and NOTES systems
  • Advanced mechatronic systems for the treatment of tracheal diseases and other respiratory disorders
  • Nonlinear backlash/hysteresis modeling and identification methods
  • Advanced control algorithms (feedforward and nonlinear adaptive control) for flexible medical systems and smart materials and structures
  • Organic field effect transistors (OFETs) sensor for haptic and tactile display

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I am looking for postgraduate (PhD) students to join my research group starting in Semester 2 (Jun/2019) OR Semester 3 (Sept/2019). The research projects will mainly focus on the design, fabrication, modeling, and control of soft robotics (soft sensors and actuators) and flexible mechatronic systems for surgical robotics (gastrointestinal cancer treatments), wearable computing, haptic/tactile displays, capsule endoscopy, and other biomedical devices. Prospective students with background in mechanical design, mechatronics, robotics, control systems, and soft materials with good hands-on skills please feel free to contact me with CV including names and contacts of at least two academic referees and transcript.

There are several scholarships available for both domestic and international students. Please follow the below links for deadlines and other information: