Dr David Silvera-Tawil

I obtained a BE (1st Class) in Electronics and Telecommunications at the Universidad Iberoamericana. Received a MEngStud (Hons) in Mechatronics and a PhD in artificial skin and human robot interaction from the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at The University of Sydney. I am currently a Research Fellow for the Creative Robotics Lab (CRL) at The University of New South Wales, Australia.

During my PhD, completed at the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at the University of Sydney (USyd), I focused on artificial sensitive skin, touch sensing and touch interpretation for HRI. I developed the flexible and stretchable artificial skin required for these experiments using a novel approach based on electrical impedance tomography (EIT). My specialties are the analysis of large-scale data and the prediction of human behaviour during HRI, the autonomous interpretation touch using machine learning techniques and the development of array-like tactile sensors (i.e. artificial sensitive skin) for robotics applications.

I have received significant recognition for my research through receipt of an Australian Postgraduate Award; Best Student Paper Award, 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation; Best Presentation Award, University of Sydney 2011 Student Conference and the Best Student Project Award at the EDN Innovation Awards (2007) for my MEngStud work. I obtained my BEng in Electronics and Telecommunications at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico in 2002, ranking top of the class and was awarded a university ‘Award for Excellence.’

I have received significant recognition for my research through receipt of an Australian Postgraduate Award; Best Student Paper Award, 2009 Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation; Best Presentation Award, University of Sydney 2011 Student Conference and the Best Student Project Award at the EDN Innovation Awards (2007) for my MEngStud work. I obtained my BEng in Electronics and Telecommunications at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico in 2002, ranking top of the class and was awarded a university ‘Award for Excellence.’

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Institution affiliation

The University of New South Wales
National Institute of Experimental Arts
Creative Robotics Lab

Qualifications

  • PhD in Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction, The University of Sydney, 2012
  • MEngStud (Hons) in Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, 2007
  • BE (Hons 1) in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, Universidad Iberoamericana, 2002

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