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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, 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 YorkAslan'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 printerAslan 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 (Ph.D. in 2015).

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