Masoud Sotoodeh-Bahraini

BSc, MSc, PhD

Pronouns: He/him
  • Research Associate in Sensing and Perception for Industrial Robotics


Masoud holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Yazd University, Iran (2018). He joined Loughborough University as a Research Associate in "Sensing and Perception for Industrial Robotics" in 2022 and concurrently served as a Teaching Fellow in "Robotics and Automation." Prior to his tenure at Loughborough, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sirjan University of Technology, Sirjan, Iran, from 2017 to 2019 and again from 2021 to 2022.  

Previously, Masoud contributed as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the City University of London, specializing in "Planetary Robotics Navigation and Decision Making" on the Horizon 2020 EU-funded project (PRO-ACT project) from 2019 to 2021. Additionally, he served as a Research Assistant at the Autonomous and Intelligence Systems Laboratory (AISL), Simon Fraser University, Canada, from 2016 to 2017. 

Masoud's extensive academic and research journey is marked by his diverse roles and contributions. His current research interests encompass Human-Robot Collaboration, Autonomous Robot Navigation, Cooperative VSLAM/VO, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Self-driving Cars, Mechanism Design, and Control Systems. 


  • Research Associate at Loughborough University, UK, July 2022 – present.  
  • Teaching Fellow at Loughborough University, UK, Nov 2022 – Sep 2023.  
  • Assistant Professor at Sirjan University of Technology, Iran, January 2018 – July 2022.  
  • Visiting Research Fellow at City University of London, UK, May 2021– April 2022. 
  • Research Fellow at City University of London, UK, July 2019 – April 2021.  
  • Instructor at Sirjan University of Technology, Iran, September 2017 – January 2018.  
  • Researcher at Simon Fraser University, Canada, April 2016 – March 2017.  
  • Instructor at Yazd University, Iran, February 2013 – June 2015.  
  • Senior Mechanical Engineer and Industrial Designer at Asia-Fan-Kar Co., Iran, March 2013 – May 2014.  

External interests: 

  • Journal referee for multiple journals, including: IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE Access, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Vehicles, Mechatronics, Robotics and Autonomous Systems, International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications, Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology, Iranian Journal of Science and Technology - Transactions of Mechanical Engineering, Journal of Vibration and Control, Axioms, Machines, Fractal and Fractional 
  • Organising committee of ISME 2012 (International Conference of the Iranian Association of Mechanical Engineers) 

Key awards

  • Yazd University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Mechanical Engineering, Iran, 2012 – 2018. 
  • Shiraz University, Master of Science (M.Sc.), Mechanical Engineering, Iran, 2009 – 2012. 
  • Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Mechanical Engineering, Iran, 2005 – 2009. 
  • Winner of 1200 $ for joint collaboration research between Yazd University and Simon Fraser University from Yazd University 2018.
  • Awarded 9900 CAD as a scholarship from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology, Iran to carry out a PhD research study at Simon Fraser University 
  • First rank among PhD graduates of Mechanical Engineering, Yazd University, Iran.

His current research interests fall into Human-Robot Collaboration, Autonomous Robots, Industrial Robots, Cooperative VSLAM/VO, Machine Learning, Self-driving Cars, Robot Navigation, Mechanism Design, and Control.  

Current Research

  • EPSRC IRaaS: Industrial Robots as a Service 
  • EPSRC Smart Cobotics Centre 

Past Research

  • Horizon 2020 PRO-ACT: to develop and demonstrate cooperation and manipulation capabilities between three robots for assembling an in-situ resource utilisation (ISRU) plant. Vision-based algorithms were developed for the navigation and control of planetary cooperative robots, which involves theoretical developments, programming in real-time, and testing them on real planetary robotics platforms available at the consortium partners’ facilities. 
  • SLAM in Dynamic Environments 
  • Smart and Green Mining  
  • Intelligent Rock Fragmentation Analysis  

Current teaching responsibilities 

  • WSB141 - Introduction to Robotics,  
  • WSB009 - Robot Planning and Control 



Conference Papers

  1. Bahraini MS, Zenati A and Aouf N. Autonomous Cooperative Visual Navigation for Planetary Exploration Robots, The International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2021), Xi’an, China.  
  2. Bahraini MS, Aouf N, Beauvisage A, Govindaraj S. Distributed Cooperative Visual Odometry for Planetary Exploration Rovers. 11th International ESA Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control Systems, 2021 
  3. Bahraini MS, et al. Multi-Robot Cooperation for Lunar Base Assembly and Construction. International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Automation in Space (i-SAIRAS), Pasadena, California, 2020. 
  4. Bahraini MS, Sajedi Y, Jalili MM: Analytical Solution for Nonlinear Vibration of Diatomic Molecules, Proceedings of the 24th Annual International Iranian Mechanical Engineering Conference, ISME2016, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran, 2016 
  5. Bahraini MS, Bozorg M: SLAM Using UKF with Adaptation of Scaling Parameter. Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Robotics and Mechatronics, ICRoM 2015. Tehran, Iran, October 7-9, 2015 
  6. Bahraini MS, Eghtesad M, Farid M, Ghavanloo E: Quasi-Static Response of an Electrically Actuated Fractional Model of Viscoelastic Microbeam. Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, ISME2012, Shiraz, Iran, 15-17 May 2012 
  7. Bahraini MS, Eghtesad M, Farid M, Ghavanloo E: Comparison of Fractional Kelvin-Voigt and Fractional Zener Models for Large Deflection of Viscoelastic Beams. Proceedings of the 20th Annual International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, ISME2012, Shiraz, Iran, 15-17 May 2012 

Journal Papers

  1. Bahraini MS, Mahmoodabadi MJ, Lohse N. Robust Adaptive Fuzzy Fractional Control for Nonlinear Chaotic Systems with Uncertainties. Fractal and Fractional. 2023 Jun 18;7(6):484. 
  2. Bardsiri MS, Bahraini MS, Sarvestany AS. Optimal Fuzzy Robust PID Controller for Active Suspension Systems. Majlesi Journal of Mechatronic Systems. 2021 Sep 1;10(3):27-34. 
  3. Bahraini MS. On the Efficiency of SLAM Using Adaptive Unscented Kalman Filter. Iranian Journal of Science and Technology, Transactions of Mechanical Engineering. 2020 May 4:1-9. 
  4. Bahraini MS, Rad AB, Bozorg M. SLAM in Dynamic Environments: A Deep Learning Approach for Moving Object Tracking Using ML-RANSAC Algorithm. Sensors. 2019 Jan;19(17):3699. 
  5. Bahraini MS, Bozorg M, Rad AB. New Adaptive UKF Algorithm to Improve the Accuracy of SLAM. International Journal of Robotics, Theory and Applications. 2019 Jul 10;5(1):35-46. 
  6. Bahraini MS, Bozorg M, Rad AB. SLAM in dynamic environments via ML-RANSAC. Mechatronics. 2018 Feb 28;49:105-18. 
  7. Bahraini MS, Eghtesad M, Farid M. Application of fractional-order control for vibration suppression of viscoelastic beams. International Journal of Computational Materials Science and Engineering. 2014 Mar;3(01):1450006. 
  8. Bahraini MS, Eghtesad M, Farid M, Ghavanloo E. Analysis of an electrically actuated fractional model of viscoelastic microbeams. Structural Engineering and Mechanics. 2014;52(5):937-56. 
  9. Bahraini MS, Eghtesad M, Farid M, Ghavanloo E. Large deflection of viscoelastic beams using fractional derivative model. Journal of Mechanical Science and Technology. 2013 Apr 1;27(4):1063-70. 


External Collaborators

  • City University of London, UK 
  • Cranfield University, UK 
  • Simon Fraser University, Canada 
  • SPACEAPPS, Belgium 
  • DFKI, Germany 

External roles and appointments

  • External Examiner for the MSc in Mechanical Engineering at Yazd University, Iran