School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Staff

Sam Simaei is a research engineer in Centre for SMART at Wolfson School of Engineering. He holds Master of Mechanical Engineering (MEng) from University of Portsmouth where his dissertation was designing and prototyping of a Rotary Workbench for PROSIG Company.
Here in Loughborough University his research interests lie on development of configurable robotic line for disassembly and remanufacturing purposes. He also has interests in advanced topics related to his research including:

- Parallel robotics
- Cognitive Robotics
- Rapid prototyping
- AI (Artificial Intelligence)
- Control Engineering
- Image processing
- Machine and Deep Learning
- Fuzzy Engineering
- Convolutional Neural Networks
He also worked for over 13 years in various roles including accounting, PR, management, strategic planning etc. in numerous companies

Robotic disassembly and Remanufacturing of e-wastes

Due to the large quantities, varying sizes and types of end-of-life products in e-waste, current recycling technologies mostly rely on manual fragmentation and separation techniques and processes. In conventional mechanical recycling facilities, pre-processing is often done through human sorting, where poor liberation and incorrect sorting results in losses of Strategically Important Materials (SIMs), especially Precious Metals. Therefore, pre-processing of waste streams prior to fragmentation has been recognised as a critical factor in successful recovery of SIMs.

Research on Robotic Disassembly of e-wastes aims to utilise the flexibility and re-configurability of robotic systems to develop an automated approach for improving concentration of SIMs prior to fragmentation processes. This involves extracting parts (sub-assemblies) containing large amount of SIM (PCBs, Magnets, Memory cards, Chips, Screens, etc.) using designated devices, machines and technologies including robots.