Surya G. Nurzaman, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer

Mechanical Engineering Discipline

School of Engineering

Room 5-4-29, Malaysia Campus

Monash University

Tel/Fax: +60-3-55159641/55146207


Short Biography of the PI (Principal Investigator)

Surya G. Nurzaman is a Senior Lecturer at the Malaysia campus of Monash Unversity, also known as Monash University Sunway Campus or simply Monash University Malaysia. He obtained his PhD from Osaka University, Japan, in 2011, with the support of the Monbukagakusho scholarship from the Japanese government. Before joining the School of Engineering at Monash as a Lecturer, he was a Research Fellow in Osaka University (Japan), ETH Zürich (Switzerland) and University of Cambridge (UK) from 2011 to 2015. Prior to coming to Japan in 2007, he finished his Bachelor and Master degrees in Institute of Technology Bandung (Indonesia), and worked as a technology consultant in Accenture for a few years, accomplishing various projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and United States. His research interests include bio-inspired robotics, soft robotics, dynamical systems, embodied intelligence and morphological computation. 

Up to date, he has published over thirty publications in major peer-reviewed journals and conferences, book chapters, as well as one dedicated book that introduces the emerging field of soft material robotics. He serves on the editorial board of Frontiers in Robotics and AI (Soft Robotics Section), as an Associate Editor for IEEE ICRA and IEEE Robosoft, and was also a guest editor of the Special Issue on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine. He has also been serving as the Website & Newsletter Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Soft Robotics since it was formed in 2013, with more than seven hundred members worldwide registered in its communication channel.

He has organised three international workshops, namely the International Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation (Monte Verita, Switzerland, 2013), the Myorobotics Winter School & Workshop on Future of Robotics Based on Biological Principles (Cambridge, UK, 2014) and Workshop on Advanced Fabrication and Morphological Computation for Soft Robotics in IEEE ICRA 2017 (Singapore, 2017). Additionally, he was also the Publicity Chair of IEEE Robosoft 2018 and 2019, and served as a program committee member for ALIFE 2014, ECAL 2015 and ALIFE 2016. 

His other contributions to academic society include serving as a reviewer for more than twenty journals in his field such as Soft Robotics, International Journal of Robotics Research, Nature Communications and  Bioinspiration-Biomimetics, as well as for top-tier international conferences (IEEE ICRA, IEEE IROS, ACC, ALIFE, ECAL, GECCO, SAB and SYROCO). He has also given invited talks in workshops attached to international conferences (RSS and IEEE ICRA), universities, industry and research institutions in Denmark, Germany, Malaysia, United Kingdom, United States and Singapore.