Rory Turnbull

Rory Turnbull


I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow in the Institute of Design, Robotics and Optimization.

I completed my integrated masters at the University of Leeds in Medical and Biomedical Engineering (2017). I went on to complete my PhD in the Unversity of Leeds Exoskeleton Laboratory under Professor Abbas Dehghani-Sanij on Human-Robot Interaction in Passive Assistive Lower Limb Robotic Exoskeletons (2022). During my PhD I undertook consultancy work regarding medical device regulations and the implementation of quality management systems.

Research interests

Since completing my PhD I have worked on a range of projects:

  • In partnership with the Robotics and AI in Nuclear (RAIN) hub developing small in bore pipe exploration robots for decommissioning selafield under the remote inspection arm [paper in draft].
  • Collaborating with industry partners within the medical field worked to characterize shear buffering performance of sacral dressings [paper accepted].
  • Collaborating with health care proffesional within the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Leeds In-Vitro Diagnostic Co-operative to develop a point of care diagnostic device.
  • I am currently working on the development of shear sensors for the prevention of diabetic foot ulcers on the EPSRC Socksess grant.
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Professional memberships

  • IEEE
  • VPH Institute
  • IET

Student education

I have run student summer internships and masters projects developing a physical gait simulator for the assessment of wearable technologies.