Dr. Alexander Abad, an international student at Liverpool Hope University, has achieved an extraordinary feat in the field of robotics. He secured second place in the Queen Mary UK Best PhD in Robotics Award, a prestigious competition that recognizes exceptional doctoral research in robotics.
Dr. Abad’s accomplishment stems from his groundbreaking thesis, titled “Fine-grained Haptics: Sensing and Actuating Haptic Primary Colors (Force, Vibration, and Temperature).” His research focuses on the development of a revolutionary sensor with potential applications in telemedicine and telerobotics. This sensor has the potential to transform how humans interact with robots and technology, opening doors to new possibilities in healthcare and beyond.
The Queen Mary UK Best PhD in Robotics Award is sponsored by the Center for Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary, University of London. This renowned competition is open to students enrolled in robotics PhD programs at universities across the United Kingdom. The submitted research goes through a rigorous evaluation process by a panel of esteemed international experts in the field of robotics.
Dr. Abad had the opportunity to present his groundbreaking research at the TAROS Conference, the longest-running UK-hosted international conference focusing on robotics and autonomous systems. This platform allowed him to share his insights and innovations with fellow researchers and experts from around the world.
In addition to his remarkable research, Dr. Alexander Abad made history as the first Filipino student to secure a top-three position in the history of the Queen Mary UK Best PhD in Robotics Award. His achievement serves as a testament to his dedication, hard work, and the significance of his research in the field of robotics.
Dr. Abad’s PhD journey was guided and supported by his supervisor, Dr. Anuradha Ranasinghe, and he also received crucial support from Professor David Reid and the Department of Science and Technology’s Engineering Research and Development for Technology (DOST-ERDT) Foreign PhD Scholarship. The Maillefer Study Program of De La Salle University, Manila also played a role in bolstering Dr. Abad’s educational journey.
Upon receiving the Queen Mary UK Best Ph.D. in Robotics Award, Dr. Alexander Abad expressed his gratitude to his mentors and the organizations that supported him. He emphasized the importance of mentorship and collaboration in enabling groundbreaking research to thrive.
Dr. Abad’s research in fine-grained haptics and his notable achievement in the Queen Mary UK Best Ph.D. in Robotics Award highlight the continuous growth and innovation within the field of robotics. His work has the potential to revolutionize human-robot interaction, with applications ranging from telemedicine to telerobotics and beyond.
As robotics continues to evolve, researchers like Dr. Abad push the boundaries of what is possible, paving the way for a brighter and more interconnected future.