William Harwin
School of Biological Sciences (Biomedical Engineering) University of Reading

Cybernetics is the study of interacting systems. These are of most interest when they behave unpredictably. I am the University of Reading professor of interactive systems.

My research interests centre on measuring and understanding human interactions, especially when they involve haptics interaces, robots, or exoskeletons, but also if they involve simple things like chairs.

Together with my students we are pursuing research in

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Contact Details

Room 162
Tel: +44(0)118 378 6792
Biomedical Engineering, University of Reading,
Polly Vacher Building, Pepper lane entrance, PO Box 225, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AX


What is haptics. From the Futurelearn Begin Robotics MOOC(https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/begin-robotics)

Haptel (A BBC programme)

The SPHERE concept from SPHERE Bristol on Vimeo.

SPHERE Reading

PhD students

Current PhD Students
Louis Swaidani Biomimetic inspired rapid robotic grasps
Guy Butcher Biomechanics of cell structures
Leila Bahrami Haptic rendering of pointcloud data
Waseem Sarwar Freeform fabrication techniques applied to enable hand exoskeleton design
Udeni JayasingheWearable sensors for healthcare
Gabriella CefaluHuman movement control using continuous neural fields
Daniel Norman Fast distributed physics for haptic rendering
Zeynep Velioglu Analytic methods for wearable intertial sensing

Doctoral graduates

P/S End dateTopicLast contact
Julie Skevik with Peter Scarfe
Ali Khalid MohamedAli
Mohamed Ouerfelli with Vijay Kumar
Mark Adams with Andrew Glennerster
Polychronis Kondaxakis
Stephen Wall Nokia
Ally Barrow
Farshid Amirabdollahian
Rui Loureiro
Maxwell Mallia-Parfitt
Iain Werry with Kerstin Dautenhahn
Nick Melder
Alessio Murgia with Peter Kybert
Balazs Janko with Paul Sharkey
Brian Tse
Ruth White with William Hoderbaum
Harneet Arora with Simon Sherrat

P/S=Primary/Secondary supervisor

Other websites


Last updated 9/1/2021 (RDGhome.org)