Dr Thanh Nho Do
Senior Lecturer

Dr Thanh Nho Do

Grad Sch: Biomedical Eng

Dr Thanh Nho Do  is currently a Scientia Senior 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-Nature Communications Engineering
  • 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 

Dr. Do is currently looking for undergraduate and postgraduate students to join his research group starting in Term 3 (Sept/2022), Term 1 (Jan/2023) or Terms in 2023. 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:



(+61) 93852892
Room 1003, Level 1, E26 Biological Sciences South
  • Journal articles | 2022
    Wu L; Yu F; Do TN; Wang J, 2022, 'Camera Frame Misalignment in a Teleoperated Eye-in-Hand Robot: Effects and a Simple Correction Method', IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, pp. 1 - 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/THMS.2022.3217453
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hoang TT; Sy L; Bussu M; Thai MT; Low H; Phan PT; Davies J; Nguyen CC; Lovell NH; Do TN, 2021, 'A wearable soft fabric sleeve for upper limb augmentation', Sensors, vol. 21, pp. 7638 - 7638, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/s21227638
    Journal articles | 2020
    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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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
    Journal articles | 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

  • 2022-2026: UNSW Scientia Grant
  • 2022: Google Research Program Project
  • 2022: GROW Early Career Academics Grant
  • 2021-2026: ARC Research Hub for Connected Sensors for Health 
  • 2021-2023: Vanguard Grant, Heart Foundation fo Australia
  • 2021-2022: 2021 Technology Research Grants, Intuitive Surgical, USA
  • 2021: The Frontiers Technology Clinical Academic Group 2020 Grant
  • 2021: UNSW minor equipment grant
  • 2020: UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme 2018
  • 2020: UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme 2020
  • 2018-2022: UNSW Start-Up Grant
  • 2018-2022: UNSW Scientia Grant
  • 2018: UNSW minor equipment grant
  • 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.

  • 2022 Google Research Scholar Award
  • 2022 NSW Cardiovascular Research Network Professional Development Award
  • 2021 Arc PGC Outstanding Supervisor Award
  • The Best of Advanced Materials Technologies 2020