Thanh Nho Do

Scientia Lecturer
Scientia Fellow (Level B)

Dr Thanh Nho Do  is currently a Scientia Lecturer at Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering (GSBmE), University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney.  He directs UNSW Medical Robotics Lab. 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 also 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. 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.

His main research interests include:

  • 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
  • Soft assistive device for heart failure and soft artificial organs
  • Soft Wearable Haptic Devices 
  • Functional materials for soft electronics and biomedical applications
  • 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
Editorial Activities:
  • Editor-Communications Engineering-Nature
  • Guest Editor-Sensors, Special Issues "Soft Sensors, Actuators and Sensing Technology for Medical Applications"
  • Guest Editor-Micromachines, Special Issues "Soft Robotics: Design, Fabrication, Modeling, Control and Applications"
  • Topic Editor-Frontiers in Medical Technology-Diagnostic and Therapeutic Devices, Research Topic "Wearable Soft Robotics in Diagnostics and Therapeutics"

Lab Members and Research Activities:

Please visit UNSW Medical Robotics Lab 
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Opportunities
Dr. Do is currently looking for undergraduate and postgraduate students to join his research group starting in Term 2 (June/2021), Term 3 (Sept/2021) or Terms in 2022. The research projects include
  • Project 1: The design, fabrication, modeling, control of novel soft artificial organs using soft robotic technologies (soft sensors and actuators) 
  • Project 2: The development of flexible surgical surgical robotics for gastrointestinal cancer treatments,
  • Project 3: Soft wearable haptic devices for VR/AR and medical applications
  • Project 4: Soft wearable assistive device for human augmentation
Prospective students with background in mechanical design, mechatronics, robotics, control systems, and soft materials with good hands-on skills please feel free to contact Dr. Do to discuss desired projects. Please also include CV and transcript together with names and contacts of at least two academic referees.
 
There are several scholarships available for both domestic and international students. Please follow the below links for deadlines and other information:

 

 

Journal articles
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Phan P; Hoang T; Thai MT; Low H; Lovell N; Do TN, 2021, 'Twisting and Braiding Fluid-Driven Soft Artificial Muscle Fibers for Robotic Applications', Soft Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/soro.2021.0040
2021
Thai MT; Phan PT; Hoang TT; Low H; Lovell N; Do TN, 2021, 'Correction to "Design, Fabrication, Hysteresis Modeling of Soft Microtubule Artificial Muscle (SMAM) for Medical Applications', IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2021.3108243
2021
Hoang TT; Quek JJS; Thai MT; Phan PT; Lovell NH; Do TN, 2021, 'Soft robotic fabric gripper with gecko adhesion and variable stiffness', Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, vol. 323, pp. 112673 - 112673, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2021.112673
2021
Nguyen NK; Nguyen TK; Yadav S; Dinh T; Masud MK; Singha P; Do TN; Barton MJ; Ta H; Navid K; Ooi CH; Nguyen N-T; Phan H-P, 2021, 'Wide-bandgap semiconductors for biointegrated electronics: recent advances and future directions', ACS Applied Electronic Materials, vol. 3, pp. 1959 - 1981, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsaelm.0c01122
2021
Thai MT; Phan PT; Hoang TT; Low H; Lovell N; Do TN, 2021, 'Design, Fabrication, Hysteresis Modeling of Soft Microtubule Artificial Muscle (SMAM) for Medical Applications', IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/LRA.2021.3072599
2021
Hoang TT; Phan PT; Thai MT; Lovell NH; Do TN, 2020, 'Bio-Inspired Conformable and Helical Soft Fabric Gripper with Variable Stiffness and Touch Sensing', Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/admt.202000724
2020
Thai MT; Hoang TT; Phan PT; Lovell NH; Do TN, 2020, 'Soft Microtubule Muscle-Driven 3-Axis Skin-Stretch Haptic Devices', IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 157878 - 157891, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/access.2020.3019842
2020
Phan PT; Thai MT; Hoang TT; Lovell NH; Do TN, 2020, 'HFAM: Soft Hydraulic Filament Artificial Muscles for Flexible Robotic Applications', IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 226637 - 226652, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/access.2020.3046163
2020
Zhu M; Do TN; Hawkes E; Visell Y, 2020, 'Fluidic Fabric Muscle Sheets for Wearable and Soft Robotics', Soft Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/soro.2019.0033
2020
Thai MT; Phan PT; Hoang TT; Wong S; Lovell NH; Do TN, 2020, 'Advanced Intelligent Systems for Surgical Robotics', Advanced Intelligent Systems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aisy.201900138
2020
Do TN; Phan H; Nguyen T-Q; Visell Y, 2018, 'Soft Electromagnetic Actuators: Miniature Soft Electromagnetic Actuators for Robotic Applications (Adv. Funct. Mater. 18/2018)', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 28, pp. 1870116 - 1870116, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201870116
2018
Do TN; Phan H; Nguyen TQ; Visell Y, 2018, 'Miniature Soft Electromagnetic Actuators for Robotic Applications', Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 28, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201800244
2018
Le HM; Cao L; Do TN; Phee SJ, 2018, 'Design and modelling of a variable stiffness manipulator for surgical robots', Mechatronics, vol. 53, pp. 109 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2018.05.012
2018
Do TN; Visell Y, 2017, 'Stretchable, Twisted Conductive Microtubules for Wearable Computing, Robotics, Electronics, and Healthcare', Scientific Reports, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-01898-8
2017
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2017, 'Position Control of Asymmetric Nonlinearities for a Cable-Conduit Mechanism', IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, vol. 14, pp. 1515 - 1523, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TASE.2015.2438319
2017
Do TN; Ho KY; Phee SJ, 2016, 'A Magnetic Soft Endoscopic Capsule-Inflated Intragastric Balloon for Weight Management', Scientific Reports, vol. 6, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep39486
2016
Do TN; Seah TET; Yu HK; Phee SJ, 2016, 'Development and testing of a magnetically actuated capsule endoscopy for obesity treatment', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0148035
2016
Do TN; Seah TET; Phee SJ, 2016, 'Design and Control of a Mechatronic Tracheostomy Tube for Automated Tracheal Suctioning', IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol. 63, pp. 1229 - 1237, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TBME.2015.2491327
2016
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2016, 'Real-time enhancement of tracking performances for cable-conduit mechanisms-driven flexible robots', Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 37, pp. 197 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2015.05.001
2016
Le HM; Do TN; Phee SJ, 2016, 'A survey on actuators-driven surgical robots', Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, vol. 247, pp. 323 - 354, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sna.2016.06.010
2016
Do TN; Seah TET; Ho KY; Phee SJ, 2016, 'Erratum: Development and Testing of a Magnetically Actuated Capsule Endoscopy for Obesity Treatment (PLoS ONE (2016) 11:1 (e0148035) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0148035)', PLoS ONE, vol. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0151711
2016
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2015, 'A new approach of friction model for tendon-sheath actuated surgical systems: Nonlinear modelling and parameter identification', Mechanism and Machine Theory, vol. 85, pp. 14 - 24, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechmachtheory.2014.11.003
2015
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Adaptive control for enhancing tracking performances of flexible tendon-sheath mechanism in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES)', Mechatronics, vol. 28, pp. 67 - 78, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2015.04.002
2015
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Nonlinear friction modelling and compensation control of hysteresis phenomena for a pair of tendon-sheath actuated surgical robots', Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 60, pp. 770 - 784, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ymssp.2015.01.001
2015
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2014, 'Dynamic Friction-Based Force Feedback for Tendon- Sheath Mechanism in NOTES System', International Journal of Computer and Electrical Engineering, vol. 6, pp. 252 - 258, http://dx.doi.org/10.7763/ijcee.2014.v6.833
2014
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Yamamoto T; Phee SJ, 2014, 'Hysteresis modeling and position control of tendon-sheath mechanism in flexible endoscopic systems', Mechatronics, vol. 24, pp. 12 - 22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mechatronics.2013.11.003
2014
Hassani V; Tjahjowidodo T; Do TN, 2014, 'A survey on hysteresis modeling, identification and control', Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 49, pp. 209 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ymssp.2014.04.012
2014
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2014, 'An investigation of friction-based tendon sheath model appropriate for control purposes', Mechanical Systems and Signal Processing, vol. 42, pp. 97 - 114, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ymssp.2013.08.014
2014
Conference Papers
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Sy L; Hoang TT; Bussu M; Thai MT; Phan PT; Low H; Brodie MA; Tsai D; Lovell N; Do TN, 2021, 'M-SAM: Miniature and Soft Artificial Muscle-Driven Wearable Robotic Fabric Sleeve for Upper Limb Augmentation', Yale, USA, presented at The 4th IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (Robosoft 2021), Yale, USA, 12 April 2021 - 16 March 2021
2021
Le HM; Do TN; Cao L; Phee SJ, 2017, 'Towards active variable stiffness manipulators for surgical robots', in Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 1766 - 1771, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICRA.2017.7989209
2017
Do TN; Phan PT; Ho KY; Phee SJ, 2016, 'A magnetic soft endoscopic capsule for non-surgical overweight and obese treatments', in IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 2388 - 2393, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/IROS.2016.7759372
2016
Do TN; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Enhancement of Haptic Feedback in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES)', in Enhancement of Haptic Feedback in Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES), the National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, presented at the National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, 02 November 2015 - 10 October 2018
2015
Do TN; Seah TET; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Design and control of a novel mechatronic tracheostomy tube-inserted suction catheter for automated tracheal suctioning', in Proceedings of the 2015 7th IEEE International Conference on Cybernetics and Intelligent Systems, CIS 2015 and Robotics, Automation and Mechatronics, RAM 2015, pp. 228 - 233, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICCIS.2015.7274578
2015
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Enhanced performances for cable-driven flexible robotic systems with asymmetric backlash profile', in IEEE Conference on Technologies for Practical Robot Applications, TePRA, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TePRA.2015.7219674
2015
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Adaptive tracking approach of flexible cable conduit-actuated NOTES systems for early gastric cancer treatments', in Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, pp. 79 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26453-0_5
2015
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2014, 'Adaptive control of position compensation for cable-conduit mechanisms used in flexible surgical robots', in ICINCO 2014 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, pp. 110 - 117, http://dx.doi.org/10.5220/0005114701100117
2014
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2013, 'Nonlinear modeling and parameter identification of dynamic friction model in tendon sheath for flexible endoscopic systems', in ICINCO 2013 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics, pp. 5 - 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.5220/0004409800050010
2013
Do TN, 2013, 'Dynamic Friction Model for Tendon-Sheath Actuated Surgical Robots: Modelling and Stability Analysis', in IFToMM International Symposium on Robotics and Mechatronics, Research Publishing Services, presented at Proceedings of The 3rd IFToMM International Symposium on Robotics and Mechatronics, 02 October 2013 - 04 October 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.3850/978-981-07-7744-9_087
2013
Patents
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Do TN; Thai MT; Phan PT; Hoang TT; Lovell NH, 2020, Haptic Device, Patent No. PCT/AU2021/050922
2020
Do TN; Phan PT; Hoang TT; Thai MT; Lovell NH, 2020, Soft Robotic Technologies, Artificial Muscles, Grippers and Methods of Making The Same, Patent No. PCT/AU2021/050924
2020
Do TN; Phee SJ; Ho KY; Seah TET, 2018, Intragastric Device For Weight Management, Patent No. 15/749,437, US Patent, https://patents.google.com/patent/US20180221185A1/en
2018
Visell Y; Hawkes E; Do TN; Zhu M, 2018, Soft Actuator and Method of Making the Same, Patent No. US Patent, No. 19/51,032
2018
Do TN; Visell Y, 2018, Stretchable, conductive interconnect and/or sensor and method of making the same, Patent No. 62/452,758, U.S. Patent
2018
Do TN; Phee SJ; Ho KY; Seah TET, 2018, Intragastric Device For Weight Management, Patent No. 2016800481507, China Patent, https://patents.google.com/patent/CN108135718A/ru
2018
Do TN; Phee SJ; Ho KY; Seah TET, 2018, Intragastric Device For Weight Management, Patent No. 16839714.9, European Patent, https://patents.google.com/patent/EP3337432A1/en
2018
Do TN; Phee SJ; Ho KY; Seah TET, 2015, Development of a Prototype Magnetically Actuated Weight-Loss Capsule, Patent No. 10201506629W, Singapore Patent
2015
Book Chapters
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Seah TET; Do TN; Takeshita N; Ho KY; Phee SJ, 2018, 'Flexible Robotic Endoscopy Systems and the Future Ahead', in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Procedures in Gastroenterology An Illustrated Guide, Humana Press, pp. 521 - 536, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-62993-3_41
2018
Do TN; Tjahjowidodo T; Lau MWS; Phee SJ, 2015, 'Adaptive Tracking Approach of Flexible Cable Conduit-Actuated NOTES Systems for Early Gastric Cancer Treatments', in Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics 11th International Conference, ICINCO 2014 Vienna, Austria, September 2-4, 2014 Revised Selected Papers, Springer, pp. 79 - 97, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26453-0_5
2015
  • 2021-2026: ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health ($5,000,000), (Co-CI)
  • 2021-2023: Vanguard Grant, Heart Foundation fo Australia ($150,000), (Lead CI)
  • 2021-2022: 2021 Technology Research Grants, Intuitive Surgical, USA, ($85,000), (Lead CI)
  • 2021: the Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group 2020 Grant, $10,000, (Lead CI)
  • 2018: UNSW minor equipment grant, $30,000 (Lead CI)
  • 2020: UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme 2020, $83,170 (Co-CI)
  • 2018-2022: UNSW Start-Up Grant, $110,000, (Sole CI)
  • 2018-2022: UNSW Scientia Fellowship Support, $120,000, (Sole CI)
  • 2018: UNSW minor equipment grant, $15,000 (Lead CI)
  • 2018-present: (Sole CI or Co-CI) Generous Supports from the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, Faculty of Egnineering, and University of New South Wales etc.