Dr Dana D. Damian


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Dana D. Damian, Ph.D.
Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor)
University of Sheffield
Automatic Control and System Engineering Department
Centre of Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare
Amy Johnson Building, Portobello Lane,
Sheffield, S1 3JD,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)114 222 5632
Email: d.damian@sheffield.ac.uk
Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/danadamian/
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Dana D. Damian received her diploma in computer science and engineering from the Technical University Timisoara, Romania in 2007. In the same year she joined the Intelligent Systems Laboratory at University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, to work on her diploma thesis with Prof. Nicu Sebe and Prof. Mihai Micea. At the end of 2007, she became a PhD candidate at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland under the supervision of Prof. Rolf Pfeifer. In 2011 she was a Visiting Scholar for one year at the Haptics Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, US and at the Collaborative Haptics in Robotics and Medicine, Stanford University, U.S.A. working with Prof. Allison Okamura. In 2012 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Soft Machines Laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, U.S.A., working with Prof. Carmel Majidi. From 2013 to 2015, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, USA, working with Prof. Pierre Dupont in the Pediatric Cardiac Bioengineering Laboratory. Since 2011, she is also a founder of the Private Library "Damian" in Romania.

Research interests

Develop bionic and assistive robots that show life-like behavior and sustained operation in order to achieve long-term adaptive healthcare. My approach in tackling this challenge is to exploit the computational interplay between material structures and mechanics. This research resides at the intersection between soft robotics, embodied artificial intelligence and bioengineering. Some of my work includes robotic implants, prosthetic wearables (tactile sensors and haptic devices), and plant prostheses.

Research grants

Swiss National Foundation, Advanced Postdoc Mobility, 2014-2015, P300P2_151248, sole applicant
Swiss National Foundation, Prospective Researcher Fellowship, 2013, PBZHP2_143344, sole applicant
Swiss National Foundation, Prospective Researcher Fellowship, 2011, PBZHP2-135917, sole applicant
Swiss National Foundation, Dynamical Coupling in motor-sensory function substitution, 2010, #CR23I2_132702/1, co-applicant



Materials (MAT320), University of Sheffield, Fall 2015

Guest lecturer:

Introduction to Bioengineering, University of Sheffield, Fall 2015
Artificial Life course, University of Zurich, 2009
Neural Networks course, University of Zurich, 2008
Introduction to Robotics lecture, “Lucian Blaga National High School”, Sebes, Romania

Selected invited talks

  • Department of Engineering, Cambridge University, UK, December 2015
  • Department of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, MIT, June 2015
  • Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, March 2015
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego, March 2015
  • Artificial Intelligence Institute, Groningen University, February 2015
  • Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Nebraska-Lincoln University, February 2015
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Yale University, April 2014
  • Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan-Dearborn, March 2014
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering and Design, Stanford University, January 2012
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, January 2011

Selected publications

  • Pete Shull and Dana D. Damian (2015), Haptic Wearables as Sensory Replacement, Sensory Augmentation and Trainer for Sensory Impairments – A Review, J. of Neuroeng and Rehab, 12:59
  • Dana D. Damian, Taylor Newton, Rolf Pfeifer, and Allison M. Okamura (2015), Artificial tactile sensing of position and slip speed by exploiting geometrical features, IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, 20:1, pp. 263-274
  • Dana D. Damian, Alejandro Hernandez Arieta, Harold Roberto Martinez Salazar and Rolf Pfeifer (2012), Slip Speed Feedback for Grip Force Control, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 59:8, pp. 2200 - 2210
  • Shuhei Miyashita, Steven Guitron, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Shuguang Li, Dana D. Damian, and Daniela Rus (2016), Ingestible, Controllable, and Degradable Origami Robot for Patching Stomach Wounds, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (accepted)
  • Federico Fries, Shuhei Miyashita, Daniela Rus, Rolf Pfeifer and Dana D. Damian (2014), Electromagnetically Driven Elastic Actuator, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, pp. 309-314, best conference paper award
  • Dana D. Damian, Slava Arabagi, Assunta Fabozzo, Peter Ngo, Russell Jennings, Michael Manfredi, and Pierre E. Dupont (2014), Robotic Implant to Apply Tissue Traction Forces in the Treatment of Esophageal Atresia, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 786-792
  • Dana D. Damian, Peter Roberts (co-first author), Wanliang Shan, Tong Lu, and Carmel Majidi (2013), Soft-Matter Capacitive Sensor for Measuring Shear and Pressure Deformation, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp. 3514-3519
  • Dana D. Damian, Marvin Ludersdorfer, Yeongmi Kim, Alejandro Hernandez Arieta, Rolf Pfeifer and Allison Okamura (2012), Wearable Haptic Device for Cutaneous Force and Slip Feedback, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), pp 1038-1043