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Dr Hadi El Daou

Lecturer of Robotics and Control


Areas of Expertise: Robotics, Imaging and Modelling, Orthopedics Biomechanics, Healthcare technologies, Robotic assisted surgery.


Hadi El Daou is a lecturer of robotics and control in the school of Physics Engineering and Technology at the university of York. He is also a member of the Healthcare and Intelligent Systems & Robotics Groups at the University of York. Prior to joining the University of York, He was a Research Associate in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College London.

Between 2019 and 2022, He was the course leader of Controlling Robotic Systems module within the master’s Mechatronic Systems for Rehabilitation at Sorbonne University, Paris, France. From 2020 to 2022, He was as a teaching assistant and a guest lecturer for the course Introduction to Robotics, designed for fourth year undergraduate students in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College. In June 2023, he was an invited lecturer at Universidad Panamericana, Aguascalientes, Mexico teaching a course on Modelling, Simulation and Control of dynamic systems to fourth year students in Mechatronics engineering.

Hadi holds a PhD and master’s degrees in Mechanics and Robotics from Sorbonne University (Paris VI) in Paris, France.



Stephen JM, Teitge RA, Williams A, Calder JDF, El Daou H.  A Validated, Automated, 3-Dimensional Method to Reliably Measure Tibial Torsion. Am J Sports Med. 2021 Mar;49(3):747-756. doi: 10.1177/0363546520986873. Epub 2021 Feb 3. PMID: 33533633

 Stephen JM, Calder JD, Williams A, El Daou H.  Comparative accuracy of lower limb bone geometry determined using MRI, CT, and direct bone 3D models. J Orthop Res. 2021 Sep;39(9):1870-1876. doi: 10.1002/jor.24923. Epub 2020 Dec 3. PMID: 33222265

El Daou H, Ng KCG, Van Arkel R, Jeffers JRT, Rodriguez Y Baena F. Robotic hip joint testing: Development and experimental protocols. Med Eng Phys. 2019 Jan;63:57-62. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2018.10.006. Epub 2018 Nov 9. PMID: 30420164

Stephen JM, Marsland D, Masci L, Calder JDF, El Daou H. Differential Motion and Compression Between the Plantaris and Achilles Tendons: A Contributing Factor to Midportion Achilles Tendinopathy? Am J Sports Med. 2018 Mar;46(4):955-960. doi: 10.1177/0363546517745291. Epub 2017 Dec 18. PMID: 29253349

El Daou H, Calder JD, Stephen JM. Development and validation of a robotic system for ankle joint testing. Med Eng Phys. 2018 Dec; 62:53-57. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2018.10.002. Epub 2018 Oct 19. PMID: 30344070

El Daou H, Lord B, Amis A, Rodriguez Y Baena F. Assessment of pose repeatability and specimen repositioning of a robotic joint testing platform. Med Eng Phys. 2017 Sep; 47:210-213. doi: 10.1016/j.medengphy.2017.06.012. Epub 2017 Jun 24.

El Daou H, Salumäe T, Chambers LD, Megill WM, Kruusmaa M. Modelling of a biologically inspired robotic fish driven by compliant parts. Bioinspir Biomim. 2014 Mar;9(1):016010. doi: 10.1088/1748-3182/9/1/016010. Epub 2014 Jan 22. PMID: 24451164

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His research focuses on applying methods and techniques from engineering to gain a better understanding of the function, injury and repair of the lower limb biomechanics and to pioneer innovative robotic assisted orthopedic solutions and products. His research interests include: Orthopedic biomechanics robotic testing; robotic assisted technologies; Surgical planning; Imaging and Modelling.