Dr Antonia Tzemanaki

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  • Qualifications:PhD, MIET, MSc, MEng
  • Position:Lecturer in Mechatronics
  • Department:FET - Engineering, Design and Mathematics
  • Telephone:+44 (0)117 32 86775
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About me

I obtained my PhD in Medical Robotics from the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the Department of Engineering and Mathematics, UWE in 2016. My PhD thesis was on μAngelo, a robot-assisted minimally invasive surgical system, taking a bio-inspired, anthropomorphic approach to teleoperation. μAngelo comprised miniature robotic hands tele-operated by surgeons wearing sensory hand exoskeletons, allowing fine dexterity and precision in remote environments.

Upon completion, I continued to work on developing and testing novel instruments and intuitive human-robot interaction systems for wearable robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, eventually participating in the winning proposal for SMARTsurg project, funded by European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. My interests include medical robotics, surgical roboticsrehabilitation robotics, wearable technologies, robot kinematics, haptics, tele-operation, robot hands, hand exoskeletons, surgical robotic instruments.

I also hold an MSc in Robotics from the University of the West of England, Bristol, UK and an MEng degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. During my studies, I worked on the kinematics, dynamics and control of robotic fingers, especially distinguishing between rolling and slipping contact with objects. I also researched and developed a robotic device for hand rehabilitation for stroke patients.

I am part of the ATHENA SWAN committee of the Department of Engineering and Mathematics at UWE and I am organising the local Women In Robotics group (twitter: @WirBristol), a support network for women that are working or are interested in robotics. As part of the worldwide network of women in robotics, it is aimed at promoting networking as well as the visibility of women and their work in robotics.


I am currently teaching on the following modules:

Robotic Fundamentals

Robotic Systems

Group design and integration project

Microcontrollers Applications Group Lab

Probabilistic Robotics

Area of expertise

Medical robotics, Surgical roboticsRehabilitation robotics, Robot kinematics, Haptics, Tele-operation, Robot hands, Hand exoskeletons, Surgical robotic instruments


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