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A/Prof. Zoran Najdovski

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor, Multipoint Haptics

Faculty

Inst Intelligent Sys Res & Inn

Department

Inst Intelligent Sys Res & Inn

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2010
Bachelor of Engineering, Deakin University, 2004
Bachelor of Science, Deakin University, 2004

Contact

Biography

Dr Zoran Najdovski received the B.Sci in Software Development and B.Eng. (Honours) in Mechatronics from Deakin University in 2004, and his PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering from Deakin University in 2010. He is currently a senior research fellow with the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) at Deakin University, and also holds the position of Deakin University Defence Science Institute (DSI) liaison manager. He was previously unit chair and lecturer in the Faculty of Health for the unit Principles of Optics from 2012 to 2017. He has led and managed a number of industry and defence-related projects funded under DST Group, Telstra Research Partner Program and Defence Innovation Hub. His awards include the 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship for Japan, 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution through “Innovation”, and 2010 Endeavour Research Fellowship. His academic interests include, haptics, robotics, teleoperation, virtual reality simulators, and human-machine systems.

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Career highlights

2014 - present: Senior Research Fellow, Deakin University

2009 - 2013: Research Fellow, Deakin University

2004 - 2005: Test Engineer, Ford Motor Company Australia

Research interests

Dr Najdovski's research focuses on developing the principles and tools necessary to create human-machine systems and robotic technology that is capable of haptic interaction. This is applied to various industries to deliver haptically-enabled teleoperation, robotics, and virtual interaction through analytical and experimental methods. His topics of interest include system identification, modelling and control of devices that allow a human operator to interact with a virtual or remote invironment in a highly immersive and realistic way. This is supported through embedded system development and mechanical design that allows for a fundamental level contribution to novel device designs, sensors, and control system implementation. His research has been applied to haptic teleoperation of a mobile robotic manipulator for counter-improvised explosive neutralisation, multi-point haptic grasping for virtual training in the automotive industry, and haptically-enabled robotic ultrasound for non-invasive remote diagnosis. Dr Najdovski's research has produced over 50 publications and generated over $4M in grants and research project funding.

Knowledge areas

  • Dynamic systems (modelling and simulation) 
  • Control (robotic and haptic systems)
  • Human-Machine Systems
  • Embedded systems

Professional activities

  • Researcher
  • Lecturer
  • Embedded systems developer
  • Mechanical designer
  • Reviewer of IEEE and Elsevier journals

Media appearances

  • Scope - Humans and Tech, 2018
  • Channel 9 News - HaptiScan at Telstra Vantage 2018
  • ABC Television, "The New Inventors" 2009

Awards

  • 2012 Endeavour Research Fellowship for Japan
  • 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution through “Innovation”
  • 2010 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for the Most Outstanding Contribution to “Delivering Effective Partnerships”
  • 2010 Endeavour Research Fellowship
  • 2009 ABC “The New Inventors” Winner
  • 2006 World Automation Congress Outstanding contribution award
  • 2004 Member Golden Key International Honour Society
  • 2003 Deakin University Best final year project award (Vice Chancellor’s Prize)

Publications

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2021

Enhancing Passenger Comfort in Autonomous Vehicles Through Vehicle Handling Analysis and Optimization

N Mohajer, S Nahavandi, H Abdi, Z Najdovski

(2021), pp. 0-0, IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine, C1

journal article

An Efficient Design Solution for a Low-Cost High-G Centrifuge System

N Mohajer, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2021), Vol. 26, pp. 134-145, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article
2020

Effects of road path profiles on autonomous vehicles' handling behaviour

N Mohajer, M Rokonuzzaman, D Nahavandi, S Salaken, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2020), pp. 1-6, SYSCON 2020 : Proceedings of the 14th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, Online, E1

conference

Investigating the Effectiveness of a Cable-driven Pinch-Grasp Haptic Interface

Z Najdovski, S Deshpande, L Wei, S Salaken, N Mohajer, S Nahavandi, F Bello

(2020), Vol. 2020-January, pp. 1-8, SYSCON2020 : Proceedings of the 14th Annual IEEE International Systems Conference, Virtual Conference, E1

conference
2019

A model-based bone milling state identification method via force sensing for a robotic surgical system

K Al-Abdullah, C Lim, Z Najdovski, W Yassin

(2019), Vol. 15, pp. 1-16, International journal of medical robotics and computer assisted surgery, Chichester, Eng., C1

journal article

Optimization of the milling parameters of a robotic-based bone milling system

K Al-Abdullah, C Lim, Z Najdovski, W Yassin

(2019), Vol. 2019-February, pp. 163-168, ICIT 2019 : Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, E1

conference

Haptically-enabled VR-based immersive fire fighting training simulator

S Nahavandi, L Wei, J Mullins, M Fielding, S Deshpande, M Watson, S Korany, D Nahavandi, I Hettiarachchi, Z Najdovski, R Jones, A Mullins, A Carter

(2019), Vol. 997, pp. 11-21, CompCom 2019 : Intelligent Computing - Proceedings of the Computing Conference, London, England, E1

conference

Design and Development of a Low-Cost High-G Centrifuge System (Cyclone)

N Mohajer, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2019), pp. 305-309, ICCMA 2019 : Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation, Delft, The Netherlands, E1

conference
2018

Three-dimensional intravascular reconstruction techniques based on intravascular ultrasound: a technical review

C Shi, X Luo, J Guo, Z Najdovski, T Fukuda, H Ren

(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 806-817, IEEE journal of biomedical and health informatics, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Modular instrument for a haptically-enabled robotic surgical system (HeroSurg)

M Dalvand, S Nahavandi, M Fielding, J Mullins, Z Najdovski, R Howe

(2018), Vol. 6, pp. 31974-31982, IEEE access, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Neural network adaptive control of teleoperation systems with uncertainties and time-varying delay

P Kebria, A Khosravi, S Nahavandi, Z Najdovski, S Hilton

(2018), pp. 252-257, CASE 2018 : Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE 14th International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering, Munich, Germany, E1

conference
2017

Shape sensing techniques for continuum robots in minimally invasive surgery: a survey

C Shi, X Luo, P Qi, T Li, S Song, Z Najdovski, T Fukuda, H Ren

(2017), Vol. 64, pp. 1665-1678, IEEE transactions on biomedical engineering, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

A high-sensitivity fiber Bragg grating displacement sensor based on transverse property of a tensioned optical fiber configuration and its dynamic performance improvement

T Li, Y Tan, C Shi, Y Guo, Z Najdovski, H Ren, Z Zhou

(2017), Vol. 17, pp. 5840-5848, IEEE sensors journal, Piscataway, N.J., C1

journal article

Effect of acceleration and velocity on perceptual force dead-band analysis

O Nadjarbashi, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi, S Mohammad

(2017), pp. 3008-3014, SMC 2016 : Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Budapest, Hungary, E1-1

conference

Design methodology for a hexarot-based centrifugal high-G simulator

S Pedrammehr, Z Najdovski, H abdi, S Nahavandi

(2017), pp. 3255-3260, SMC 2017 : IEEE Proceedings of the International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Banff, Canada, E1

conference

Event-driven data transmission in variable-delay network

O Nadjarbashi, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2017), pp. 1681-1686, SMC 2017 : Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Banff, Canada, E1

conference
2016

Microfluidic device to measure the speed of C. elegans using the resistance change of the flexible electrode

J Jung, M Nakajima, M Takeuchi, Z Najdovski, Q Huang, T Fukuda

(2016), Vol. 7, Micromachines, Switzerland, C1

journal article

How to predict dropped motion samples in haptic impedance devices

O Nadjarbashi, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2016), pp. 459-463, ICAMechS 2016 : Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Advanced Mechatronic Systems, Melbourne, Vic., E1-1

conference
2015

Countering Improvised explosive devices through a multi-point haptic teleoperation system

S Nahavandi, J Mullins, M Fielding, H Abdi, Z Najdovski

(2015), pp. 190-197, 2015 IEEE : Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium on Systems Engineering (ISSE), Rome, Italy, E1

conference
2014

In vitro simulator with numerical stress analysis for evaluation of stent-assisted coiling embolization in cerebral aneurysm treatments

C Shi, M Kojima, C Tercero, Z Najdovski, S Ikeda, T Fukuda, F Arai, M Negoro

(2014), Vol. 10, pp. 505-515, International journal of medical robotics and computer assisted surgery, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Towards a haptically enabled optometry training simulator

L Wei, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi, H Weisinger

(2014), Vol. 3, pp. 1-8, Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, Heidelberg, Germany, C1

journal article

Extending support to customised multi-point haptic devices in CHAI3D

L Wei, Z Najdovski, H Zhou, S Deshpande, S Nahavandi

(2014), pp. 1864-1867, SMC 2014 : Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, San Diego, California, E1

conference
2013

Fault-tolerant force in human and robot cooperation

H Abdi, S Nahavandi, Z Najdovski, A Maciejewski

(2013), Vol. 5, pp. 103-116, International journal of social robotics, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Single cell stiffness measurement at various humidity conditions by nanomanipulation of a nano-needle

Y Shen, M Nakajima, Z Yang, H Tajima, Z Najdovski, M Homma, T Fukuda

(2013), Vol. 24, pp. 1-9, Nanotechnology, Bristol, England, C1

journal article

In vitro strain measurements in cerebral aneurysm models for cyber-physical diagnosis

C Shi, M Kojima, H Anzai, C Tercero, S Ikeda, M Ohta, T Fukuda, F Arai, Z Najdovski, M Negoro, K Irie

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 213-222, International journal of medical robotics and computer assisted surgery, London, England, C1

journal article

Technical skills measurement based on a cyber-physical system for endovascular surgery simulation

C Tercero, H Kodama, C Shi, K Ooe, S Ikeda, T Fukuda, F Arai, M Negoro, G Kwon, Z Najdovski

(2013), Vol. 9, pp. 25-33, International journal of medical robotics and computer assisted surgery, London, England, C1

journal article

Haptic feedback in endovascular tele-surgery simulation through vasculature phantom morphology changes

C Tercero, Z Najdovski, S Ikeda, S Nahavandi, T Fukuda

(2013), pp. 359-364, WHC 2013 : Proceedings of the IEEE World Haptics 2013 Conference, Daejeon, Korea, E1

conference

In-vitro intravascular simulator with quantitative evaluation for surgical tools used in cerebral aneurysm surgery based on stress analysis

C Shi, M Kojima, C Tercero, Z Najdovski, H Kodama, M Nakajima, S Ikeda, T Fukuda, F Arai, M Negoro

(2013), pp. 4844-4849, Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, E1-1

conference

Robots, avatars and ghosts

G Acaroglu, K Vincs, P Divers, D Skovli, J McCormick, V Le, M Fielding, M Watson, H Abdi, W Abdelrahmen, J Mullins, Z Nadjovski, S Nahavandi, L Wei

(2013), Melbourne, Vic., J2-1

Non-Traditional Research Output
2012

Function-based single and dual point haptic interaction in Cyberworlds

L Wei, A Sourin, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2012), pp. 1-16, Transactions on computational science XVI, Heidelberg, Germany, B1

book chapter

Design, development, and evaluation of a pinch-grasp haptic interface

Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi, T Fukuda

(2012), Vol. 19, pp. 45-54, IEEE/ASME transactions on mechatronics, Piscataway, N. J., C1

journal article

Augmented optometry training simulator with multi-point haptics

L Wei, Z Najdovski, W Abdelrahman, S Nahavandi, H Weisinger

(2012), pp. 2991-2997, SMC 2012 : Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Seoul, South Korea, E1

conference

Next generation robotic counter IED technology : A step change in capability

J Mullins, M Fielding, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi, W Budd

(2012), pp. 145-152, LWC 2012 : Potent Land Force for a Joint Maritime Strategy : Proceedings of the 2012 Land Warfare Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, E1

conference
2011

Enabling multi-point haptic grasping in virtual environments

Q Ang, B Horan, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2011), pp. 55-58, 3DUI 2011 - IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces 2011, Proceedings, Singapore, Singapore, E1

conference

Grasping virtual objects with multi-point haptics

Q Ang, B Horan, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2011), pp. 189-190, VR 2011 : Proceedings - IEEE Virtual Reality, Singapore, Singapore, E1

conference

Multiple actuator fault tolerance for static nonlinear systems based on minimum velocity jump

H Abdi, S Nahavandi, Z Najdovski, Y Frayman

(2011), pp. 4690-4695, IFAC 2011 : Proceedings of the 18th IFAC World Congress, Milano, Italy, E1

conference

OzTug mobile robot for manufacturing transportation

B Horan, Z Najdovski, T Black, S Nahavandi, P Crothers

(2011), pp. 3554-3560, SMC 2011 : Conference proceeding of the 2011 International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Anchorage, Alaska, E1

conference
2010

Fault tolerance operation of cooperative manipulators

H Abdi, S Nahavandi, Z Najdovski

(2010), pp. 144-151, i-SAIRAS 2010 : The International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space, Sapporo, Japan, E1

conference

On the effort of task completion for partially-failed manipulators

H Abdi, S Nahavandi, Z Najdovski

(2010), pp. 201-206, INDIN 2010 : Proceedings of the 8th IEEE Interantional Conference on Industrial Informatics, Osaka, Japan, E1

conference
2009

Characterising a novel interface for event-based haptic grasping

Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2009), pp. 992-997, RO-MAN 2009 : Proceedings of the Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2009 international symposium, Toyama, Japan, E1

conference

Multi-point multi-hand haptic teleoperation of a mobile robot

B Horan, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2009), pp. 992-997, RO-MAN 2009 : Proceedings of the Robot and Human Interactive Communication 2009 international symposium, Toyama, Japan, E1

conference
2008

Haptic control methodologies for telerobotic stair traversal

B Horan, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi, E Tunstel

(2008), Vol. 13, pp. 3-14, International journal of intelligent control and systems, Singapore, Singapore, C1

journal article

Extending haptic device capability for 3D virtual grasping

Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2008), pp. 494-503, EuroHaptics 2008 : Haptics : perception, devices, and scenarios : Proceedings of the 6th EuroHaptics 2008 International Conference, Madrid, Spain, June 10-13, 2008, Madrid, Spain, E1

conference

3D virtual haptic cone for intuitive vehicle motion control

B Horan, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi, E Tunstel

(2008), pp. 67-74, 3DUI 2008 : Proceedings of IEEE Symposium on 3D User Interfaces, Reno, Nev., E1

conference

Exploiting ungrounded tactile haptic displays for mobile robotic teleoperation

B Horan, Z Najdovski, S Nahavandi

(2008), pp. 1-6, WAC '08 : Proceedings of the World Automation Congress '08, Waikoloa, T.H., E1

conference
2006

Solution to robotic landmine detection through use of path planning and motor control

Z Najdovski, C Mawson, H Trinh, S Nahavandi

(2006), pp. 1-6, World Automation Congress Budapest, Hungary, July 24-26, 2006, Budapest, Hungary, E1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

MBITR Battery Testing

A/Prof James Mullins, Dr Michael Fielding, Mr Matthew Watson, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski

DoD Grant - Research - Department of Defence

  • 2014: $24,500

Queensland Police OzBot Robot Development

A/Prof James Mullins, Dr Michael Fielding, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski, Prof Saeid Nahavandi

QldPolice Queensland Police Service

  • 2016: $121,000
  • 2015: $88,600

Agriculture Plant Safer Equipment Research

A/Prof Zoran Najdovski, Dr Jacquie Cotton, A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Prof Douglas Creighton, Prof Arkady Zaslavsky

WorkSafe Victoria

  • 2021: $15,108

Industry and Other Funding

Haptically-Enabled Robotics

Prof Saeid Nahavandi, A/Prof James Mullins, Dr Michael Fielding, Dr Hamid Abdi, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski

Telstra Corporation

  • 2015: $291,594
  • 2014: $205,000

Autonomous electric Vehicle - URP2016 -3003R

Prof Saeid Nahavandi, Dr Mohammed Hossny, A/Prof Shady Mohamed, Dr Navid Mohajer, Dr Darius Nahavandi, Mr Ahmed Abobakr, Mr Mohamed Hassan Attia, Mr Khaled Aboufarw, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski

Ford USA Grant - Research

  • 2019: $72,811
  • 2018: $64,178
  • 2017: $126,524

Understanding potential AAM and cargo drone markets for an Australian manufactured drone - market

Dr Hermione Parsons, Dr Roberto Perez-Franco, Prof Douglas Creighton, Dr Don Gunasekera, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, Mr Bruce Gunn, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski

Quickstep Technologies Pty Ltd

  • 2021: $71,842

Study of automated boarding lifts and Disability Standard compliance for Next Generation Trams

Prof Douglas Creighton, Dr Kevin Murfitt, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski

Alstom Transport Australia

  • 2021: $30,000

Other Funding Sources

Light Insight Trial (LiT)

A/Prof Ashim Debnath, Prof Chee Peng Lim, Mr Alexey Medvedev, Prof Douglas Creighton, Prof Arkady Zaslavsky, A/Prof Michael Johnstone, A/Prof Zoran Najdovski, Dr Jan Garrard

iMove Australia Limited

  • 2022: $82,500
  • 2021: $153,250

Supervisions

Principal Supervisor
2018

Omid Fathollah Nadjarbashi

Thesis entitled: Haptic Data Reduction through Dynamic Perceptual Analysis and Event-based Communication

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology), Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

Associate Supervisor
2020

Kais Ibrahim Abdul-lateef Al-Abdullah

Thesis entitled: Modelling and Optimization of Robotic Bone Drilling and Milling Processes

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology), Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

2018

Saba Tareq Salim Al-Wais

Thesis entitled: Robust delay-dependent control for the stability and synchronization problems of tele-operation systems

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

2017

Navid Mohajer

Thesis entitled: Improvement of Ride and Handling Comfort of Road Vehicles

Doctor of Philosophy (Information Technology), Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation

2013

Mats Erik Isaksson

Thesis entitled: Analysis and Synthesis of Parallel Manipulators with a Rotation-Symmetric Arm System

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Centre for Intelligent Systems Research.

2012

Quan-Zen Ang

Thesis entitled: Multi-point Haptic Interaction for Robotic Teleoperation

Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering), Centre for Intelligent Systems Research.