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Dr Mats Isaksson

Associate Professor, Mechanical and Product Design Engineering; Research Director of Swinburne's Intelligent Robotics Lab


 Dr Mats Isaksson is a roboticist focused on industrial robotics. After his MSc at Lund University, Sweden, he worked for ten years in the Motion Control department at ABB Robotics in Sweden. After relocating to Australia, he completed at PhD in robotics at Deakin University in Geelong. Since then, he has worked for three years at the Centre For Intelligent Systems Research at Deaking University, Geelong and one year at Colorado State University. His expertise is in control of flexible manipulators, robotics force control, and parallel kinematics. He has long experience of developing novel robot functionality in close collaboration with industrial partners. His academic research is currently focused on medical robotics, collaborative robotics and agricultural robotics.


Ph.D. in Robotics, Deakin University, 2013
M.Sc. in Engineering Physics, Lund University, Sweden, 1997


• January 2022 – Present: Associate Professor, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Melbourne, Australia
• February 2019 – December 2021: Senior Lecturer, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Melbourne, Australia
• July 2016 – January 2019: Senior Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Melbourne, Australia
• January 2016 – July 2016: Research Scientist, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA.
• July 2012 – July 2015: Research Fellow, Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.
• January 2009 – June 2012: Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.
• January 2003 – January 2014, Website Development for Citocraft AB
• September 1997 – November 2007: Research Engineer, Department of Motion Control, ABB Robotics, Västerås, Sweden.


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Research interests

Manufacturing Porcesses; Automation and Control Systems

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Manufacturing Robotics - 400707
  • Medical Robotics - 400709
  • Control Engineering - 400705
  • Assistive Robots And Technology - 400701
  • Automation Engineering - 400702
  • Field Robotics - 400706
  • Reinforcement Learning - 461105

Teaching areas

Automation and Control Systems


  • 2017, International, Outstanding Reviewer Award, Mechanism and Machine Theory Journal
  • 2004, International, EURON/EUnited Robotics Technology Transfer Award, EURON/EUnited


Also published as: Isaksson, Mats; Isaksson, M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: Automating Shower Base Manufacturing using Cobots *; Universal Shower Base Pty Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2022: (Student) Growth SUPRA_Utilizing Machine Learning and a Collaborate Robot System for Fully Autonomous Medical Therapy *; AMCO Victoria Pty Ltd_ Fund Scheme
  • 2022: APR 1991 - Automated production of novel air-removal syringe pistons (Student) *; Haemograph Pty Ltd
  • 2022: Gender differences in perceived workload, usability and physical outcomes using Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery - A Research Survey *; CMR Surgical Ltd Fund Scheme
  • 2021: (Student) Rapidly-Deployable Soft Robotic Assistive Devices for Aged Care and Disabilities *; Ultralift Australia Pty Ltd - Fund Scheme
  • 2021: ARC Training Centre for Collaborative Robotics in Advanced Manufacturing *; ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres
  • 2021: Development of a large format FFF polymer printing capability for production of maritime components *; Defence Science Institute Collaborative Research Grants
  • 2021: Smart Material Recovery Facility (SMRF) – Curby SoftPlastics *; CRC Projects
  • 2019: Industry 4.0 manufacturing of high-volume lightweight composites *; Global Innovation Linkages Program
  • 2019: Swinburne Baker Scholarship 2019 - Robot-Assisted Remote Echocardiographic Examination *; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
  • 2018: A Collaborative Robot System for Photobiomodulation Therapy of Chronic Pain *; IRRobotics_PT
  • 2018: Automation of High Volume Composite Component Manufacture *; Ford Motor Company Fund Scheme
  • 2018: Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery - An Ergonomic Investigation *; Valley Private Hospital Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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