Dr Ali Kafash Hoshiar

Senior Lecturer
School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE)
Dr Ali Kafash Hoshiar
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    +44 (0) 1206 872060

  • Location

    1NW.3.15, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday 14:00-16:00 am



Since 2009, Dr Hoshiar has been working on small scale robotics (actuation, sensing, and control), and he gained experience in modelling, simulation, and development of mechatronic systems in medical applications. He joined the University of Essex as Lecturer in mechatronics in 2019. Before joining Essex, he was a research fellow at STORM Lab University of Leeds (UK) where he was focusing on the development of soft continuum magnetic robots for surgical intervention (an EPSRC funded project). He also has developed the world’s first soft continuum microrobot used for angioplasty application in DGIST-ETH joint microrobotics research centre (Switzerland, S. Korea). In S. Korea he also collaborated with the GIST intelligence medical robotics laboratory (S. Korea) for developing magnetic-based mechatronics systems. His research interests revolve around Micro/nanotechnology and Robotics for health care and environmental applications.


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, University of Essex (11/9/2019 - present)

Other academic

  • Research Fellow, University of Leeds (STORM Lab) (1/2/2019 - 1/9/2019)

  • Research Fellow, DGIST-ETH Microrobotics Research Center (DEMRC) (1/9/2017 - 31/1/2019)

  • Research Fellow, Gyeongsang National University (GNU) (1/12/2015 - 31/8/2017)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Soft Robotics

Open to supervise

Swarm micro/nanorobotics

Open to supervise

Mechatronics Systems for Small Scale Robotics

Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Advanced Embedded Systems Design (CE323)

  • Mechatronic Design (CE325)

  • Advanced Embedded Systems Design (CE860)


Journal articles (33)

Moghanizadeh, A., Khaksar, H. and Kafash Hoshiar, A., (2023). A novel non-invasive intervention for removing occlusions from shunts using an abrading magnetic microswarm.. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 70 (2), 413-422

Gundersen, RA., Chu, T., Abolfathi, K., Gokcen Dogan, S., Blair, PE., Nago, N., Hamblin, M., Brooke, GN., Zwacka, RM., Kafash Hoshiar, A. and Mohr, A., (2023). Generation of magnetic biohybrid microrobots based on MSC.sTRAIL for targeted stem cell delivery and treatment of cancer. Cancer Nanotechnology. 14 (1), 54-

Abolfathi, K., Rosales-Medina, JA., Khaksar, H., Chandler, JH., McDonald-Maier, KD., Ashkan, K., Valdastri, P. and Hoshiar, AK., (2023). Independent and Hybrid Magnetic Manipulation for Full Body Controlled Soft Continuum Robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 8 (7), 4235-4242

Kafash Hoshiar, A., Dadras Javan, S., Le, T-A., Hairi Yazdi, MR. and Yoon, J., (2021). Studies on Aggregated Nanoparticles Steering during Deep Brain Membrane Crossing. Nanomaterials. 11 (10), 2754-2754

Kafash Hoshiar, A., Le, T-A., Valdastri, P. and Yoon, J., (2020). Swarm of magnetic nanoparticles steering in multi-bifurcation vessels under fluid flow. Journal of Micro-bio Robotics. 16 (2), 137-145

Lee, S., Kim, J-Y., Kim, J., Kafash Hoshiar, A., Park, J., Lee, S., Kim, J., Pané, S., Nelson, BJ. and Choi, H., (2020). A Needle-Type Microrobot for Targeted Drug Delivery by Affixing to a Microtissue.. Advanced Healthcare Materials. 9 (7), e1901697-

Lloyd, P., Hoshiar, AK., da Veiga, T., Attanasio, A., Marahrens, N., Chandler, JH. and Valdastri, P., (2020). A Learnt Approach for the Design of Magnetically Actuated Shape Forming Soft Tentacle Robots. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. 5 (3), 3937-3944

Abolfathi, K., Yazdi, MRH. and Hoshiar, AK., (2020). Studies of Different Swarm Modes for the MNPs Under the Rotating Magnetic Field. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology. 19, 849-855

da Veiga, T., Chandler, JH., Lloyd, P., Pittiglio, G., Wilkinson, NJ., Hoshiar, AK., Harris, RA. and Valdastri, P., (2020). Challenges of continuum robots in clinical context: a review. Progress in Biomedical Engineering. 2 (3), 032003-032003

Jeon, S., Kafash Hoshiar, A., Kim, K., Lee, S., Kim, E., Lee, S., Kim, J-Y., Nelson, BJ., Cha, H-J., Yi, B-J. and Choi, H., (2019). A Magnetically Controlled Soft Microrobot Steering a Guidewire in a Three-Dimensional Phantom Vascular Network. Soft Robotics. 6 (1), 54-68

Kafash Hoshiar, A., Jeon, S., Kim, K., Lee, S., Kim, J-Y. and Choi, H., (2018). Steering Algorithm for a Flexible Microrobot to Enhance Guidewire Control in a Coronary Angioplasty Application. Micromachines. 9 (12), 617-617

Kafash Hoshiar, A., Le, T-A., Ul Amin, F., Kim, M. and Yoon, J., (2018). A Novel Magnetic Actuation Scheme to Disaggregate Nanoparticles and Enhance Passage across the Blood–Brain Barrier. Nanomaterials. 8 (1), 3-3

Zhang, X., Le, T-A., Kafash Hoshiar, A. and Yoon, J., (2018). A Soft Magnetic Core can Enhance Navigation Performance of Magnetic Nanoparticles in Targeted Drug Delivery. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics. 23 (4), 1573-1584

Jeon, S., Hoshiar, AK., Kim, S., Lee, S., Kim, E., Lee, S., Kim, K., Lee, J., Kim, J-Y. and Choi, H., (2018). Improving guidewire-mediated steerability of a magnetically actuated flexible microrobot. Micro and Nano Systems Letters. 6 (1)

Doostie, S., Hoshiar, AK., Nazarahari, M., Lee, S. and Choi, H., (2018). Optimal path planning of multiple nanoparticles in continuous environment using a novel Adaptive Genetic Algorithm. Precision Engineering. 53, 65-78

Korayem, MH., Nosoudi, S., Khazaei Far, S. and Hoshiar, AK., (2018). Hybrid IPSO-automata algorithm for path planning of micro-nanoparticles through random environmental obstacles, based on AFM. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology. 32 (2), 805-810

Amin, FU., Kafash Hoshiar, A., Do, TD., Noh, Y., Shah, SA., Khan, MS., Yoon, J. and Kim, MO., (2017). Osmotin-loaded magnetic nanoparticles with electromagnetic guidance for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Nanoscale. 9 (30), 10619-10632

Kafash Hoshiar, A., Le, T-A., Amin, FU., Kim, MO. and Yoon, J., (2017). Studies of aggregated nanoparticles steering during magnetic-guided drug delivery in the blood vessels. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. 427, 181-187

Hoshiar, AK., Le, T-A., Amin, FU., Kim, MO. and Yoon, J., (2017). Functionalized electromagnetic actuation method for aggregated nanoparticles steering. 2017 39th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). 2017, 885-888

Le, TA., Zhang, X., Hoshiar, AK. and Yoon, J., (2017). Real-time two-dimensional magnetic particle imaging for electromagnetic navigation in targeted drug delivery. Sensors (Switzerland). 17 (9), E2050-2050

Korayem, MH., Hoshiar, AK., Kim, MO. and Yoon, J., (2017). Sensitivity Analysis in 3D Manipulation of Biological Nanoparticles. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 17 (8), 5205-5208

Korayem, MH., Hoshiar, AK. and Ghofrani, M., (2017). Comprehensive modelling and simulation of cylindrical nanoparticles manipulation by using a virtual reality environment. Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling. 75, 266-276

Hoshiar, AK. and RaeisiFard, H., (2017). A Simulation Algorithm for Path Planning of Biological Nanoparticles Displacement on a Rough Path. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. 17 (8), 5578-5581

Korayem, MH., Hoshiar, AK. and Nazarahari, M., (2016). A hybrid co-evolutionary genetic algorithm for multiple nanoparticle assembly task path planning. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 87 (9-12), 3527-3543

Korayem, MH., Hoshiar, AK., Badrlou, S. and Yoon, J., (2016). Modeling and simulation of critical force and time in 3D manipulations using rectangular, V-shaped and dagger-shaped cantilevers. European Journal of Mechanics - A/Solids. 59, 333-343

Korayem, AH., Hoshiar, AK. and Korayem, MH., (2016). Algorithm for determining the cantilever load carrying capacity in the 3D manipulation of nanoparticles with geometrical constraints based on FEM simulations. Robotica. 34 (9), 2087-2104

Korayem, AH., Hoshiar, AK. and Korayem, MH., (2015). Modeling and simulation of critical forces in the manipulation of cylindrical nanoparticles. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 79 (9-12), 1505-1517

Hoshiar, AK. and Raeisifard, H., (2015). A study of the nonlinear primary resonances of a micro-system under electrostatic and piezoelectric excitations. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. 229 (10), 1904-1917

Korayem, MH. and Hoshiar, AK., (2014). Dynamic 3D modeling and simulation of nanoparticles manipulation using an AFM nanorobot. Robotica. 32 (4), 625-641

Korayem, MH. and Hoshiar, AK., (2014). 3D kinematics of cylindrical nanoparticle manipulation by an atomic force microscope based nanorobot. SCIENTIA IRANICA. 21 (6), 1907-1919

Korayem, MH., Hoshiar, AK. and Kordi, F., (2014). Dynamic modeling and simulation of cylindrical nanoparticles in liquid medium. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 75 (1-4), 197-208

Korayem, MH. and Hoshiar, AK., (2013). Modelling and simulation of dynamic modes in manipulation of nanorods. Micro & Nano Letters. 8 (6), 284-287

Korayem, MH., Hoshiar, AK. and Ebrahimi, N., (2009). Maximum allowable load of atomic force microscope (AFM) nanorobot. The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology. 43 (7-8), 690-700

Conferences (8)

Jarvis, BW., Poli, R. and Hoshiar, AK., (2022). Online real-time platform for microrobot steering in a multi-bifurcation

Mousavi, A., Khaksar, H., Ahmed, A., Choi, H. and Hoshiar, AK., (2022). Magnetic microrobot control using an adaptive fuzzy sliding-mode method

Limpabandhu, C. and Hoshiar, AK., (2021). A Novel Haptic Based Guidance Scheme for Swarm of Magnetic Nanoparticles Steering

Hoshiar, AK., Le, T-A. and Yoon, J., (2019). Electromagnetic Actuation Scheme for Swarm of Magnetic Nanoparticles Steering in Multi-bifurcation

Le, T-A., Zhang, X., Hoshiar, AK. and Yoon, J., (2017). An electromagnetic navigation system with real-time 2D magnetic particle imaging for targeted drug delivery

Le, T-A., Zhang, X., Hoshiar, AK., Kim, MO. and Yoon, J., (2017). Simulation studies of a novel electromagnetic actuation scheme for focusing magnetic micro/nano-carriers into a deep target region

Le, T-A., Hoshiar, AK., Do, TD. and Yoon, J., (2016). A modified functionalized magnetic Field for nanoparticle guidance in magnetic drug targeting

Hoshiar, AK., Kianpour, M., Nazarahari, M. and Korayem, MH., (2016). Path planning in the AFM nanomanipulation of multiple spherical nanoparticles by using a coevolutionary Genetic Algorithm

Grants and funding


Adaptive bespoke grippers for the complex high-load lettuce container manipulation

[UOE_BIAA] University of Essex (BBSRC IAA)

InTarget: An intelligent signature for magnetic control

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council


Soft Growing Robots Arm for Agri-Tech

[UOE_BIAA] University of Essex (BBSRC IAA)

Multi-sensing tool for Minimally Invasive Surgery

European Commission


On Air Suspension KTP Application

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board)

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