Aslan Miriyev (Ph.D.) is a scientist interested in developing soft-bodied, intelligent, and cooperative robots of the future, allowing for friendly and sustainable human-robot and nature-robot ecosystems. Dr. Miriyev's research focuses on the nexus of disciplines to develop bio-hybrid soft intelligent robots. His particular interest is in synthesizing robots via the creation of physical artificial intelligence (PAI).
In 2021, with the start of the new academic year, Dr. Miriyev has been appointed as Senior Lecturer (Tenure-track Assistant Professor) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel. At BGU, Dr. Miriyev is a PI and Director of the Physical Artificial Intelligence (PAI) Laboratory.
In 2019-2021, Dr. Miriyev served as a scientist at Empa- Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, based in Dübendorf, Canton of Zurich, Switzerland. At Empa, Dr. Miriyev has worked at the new and unique Materials and Technology Center of Robotics, synergistically bridging Robotics and Materials Science disciplines for developing robots of the future.
In 2019-2021, Dr. Miriyev was also a visiting researcher at the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, where he conducted research activities in the Aerial Robotics Lab, directed by Prof. Mirko Kovac.
In 2015-2018 Dr. Miriyev was a post-doctoral research scientist in the group of Prof. Hod Lipson at Columbia University in the City of New York. Aslan's research has focused on soft functional materials, such as soft robotic actuators, as a part of an ambitious attempt to develop an autonomous robot that will walk out of the printer. Aslan has been the ISEF post-doctoral fellow since 2015.
Dr. Miriyev obtained his B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel (Ph.D. in 2015).
Actuators - a member of the editorial board
Actuators- guest editor, special issue on "Soft Actuation: State of the Art and Outlook", 2020
Plos One- co-guest editor, call for papers on "Open Soft Robotics Research", 2019-2020
Actuators- guest editor, special issue on "New Materials and Designs for Soft Actuators", 2018-2019
Conferences and workshops:
1st International Electronic Conference on Actuator Technology IeCaT 2020, November 2020- conference committee member, "Soft and Biohybrid Robotics" session initiator and organizer
IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics RoboSoft 2021, April 2021- "Materials Intelligence" workshop initiator and co-organizer
International Conference on Welding, Joining and Additive Manufacturing WJAM2015, January 2015- organizing committee member, "Additive Manufacturing" symposium initiator, organizer, and session chair