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Dr Mats Isaksson

Senior Lecturer, Mechanical and Product Design Engineering)


 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 mainly focused on derivation of novel mechanisms and screw theory based analysis of parallel manipulators. 


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


• July 2016 - Present: Senior Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorne, Melbourne, Australia
Working at The Factory of the Future, in a team led by Professor Bronwyn Fox. We work closely with industry partners with the objective to assist in the Industry 4.0 transformation of Australian manufacturing 

• Jan 2016 – July 2016: Research Scientist, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA. (Telecommuting) 
Working together with head of department, Professor Tony Maciejewski, on novel ideas for fault tolerance of parallel robots.

• July 2012 - July 2015: Research Fellow, Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.
CISR is a research organisation, partly funded by industry. My research was in the field of industrial robotics with special focus on parallel robots and robotic force control. 

• January 2009 - June 2012: Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR), Deakin University, Geelong, Australia.
My candidature was founded by ABB Robotics, Sweden, and Boeing Aerospace, Australia. The research was focused on a class of axis-symmetric parallel robots with equal manipulator properties in all radial half planes, defined by the common axis of rotation of the actuated upper arms. Parallel robots have the potential for significantly higher acceleration and accuracy compared to similar-sized serial robots. Several novel mechanisms with 2-6 degrees of freedom were invented and analysed, several of them patented by ABB Robotics. My thesis was nominated by the Institute for Frontier Materials (IFM) for the Alfred Deakin Medal for best Doctoral Thesis 2013.

• January 2003 - January 2014, Website Development for Citocraft AB
After relocating from Sweden to Australia in January 2008, I worked for Citocraft AB, a company I co-founded in 2003. Citocraft AB operated several large Swedish websites. I designed, developed and operated numerous websites. 

• September 1997- November 2007: Research Engineer, Department of Motion Control, ABB Robotics, Västerås, Sweden.
ABB Robotics is one of the world's leading manufacturers of industrial robots. As a member of the motion control group in Västerås, Sweden, my main responsibilities included development of new concepts and functionality for improved motion performance of ABB industrial robots. Additional responsibilities included customer support and education, software maintenance and other related work. 


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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
  • Automation Engineering - 400702
  • Control Engineering - 400705
  • Assistive Robots And Technology - 400701
  • Automation Engineering - 400702
  • Field Robotics - 400706
  • Medical Robotics - 400709
  • 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

  • 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
  • 2019: Industry 4.0 manufacturing of high-volume lightweight composites *; Global Innovation Linkages Program
  • 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: Plastfix TradieBot *; Innovative Manufacturing CRC
  • 2018: Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery - An Ergonomic Investigation *; Device Technologies Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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