Prof. Kaspar Althoefer

Visiting Professor Kaspar Althoefer
Professor of Robotics and Intelligent Systems


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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7848 2431



King’s College London
Department of Informatics
Centre for Robotics Research
Strand Campus, Office S1.28
London WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom


Prof. Kaspar Althoefer is an electronics engineer, leading research on Robotics and Intelligent Systems in the Centre for Robotics Research at King’s College London. After graduating with a degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Technology Aachen, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Robot motion Planning from King’s College London, he joined the King’s Robotics Group in 1996 as a Lecturer; promotions to Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor in 2006, 2009, 2011, respectively.

Extending his PhD research on intelligent learning methods for robot motion planning employing neural networks and fuzzy logic techniques, his research focuses now on robot autonomy, modelling of tool-environment interaction dynamics, sensing and neuro-fuzzy-based sensor signal classification with applications in robot-assisted minimally invasive surgery, miniaturization of sensing systems for the remote examination of inaccessible spaces such as the heart, intelligent vehicles and increased autonomy through embedded intelligence.

Prof Althoefer has authored/co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed papers of which more than 40 are full, peer-reviewed journal papers. The majority of his journal papers (over 60%) are in the top journals of the field, including top transactions and journals of the IEEE and ASME and proceedings of the leading national learned societies in the field, IMechE and IET. He has published his research findings in more than 100 refereed conference papers in the proceedings of leading conferences in his field (including more than 40 papers in the top robotics conference proceedings, “International Conference on Robotics & Automation” (ICRA) and “Intelligent Robotic Systems” (IROS). He is named inventor on four patent applications.

The total research funding awarded to him is exceeding £4 Million, including £3 Million as Principal Investigator. On average, he was awarded £200 K per year as Principal Investigator, since commencing his career as lecturer in the Division of Engineering in November 1996.

Nine doctoral theses under his first supervision and six under his co-supervision were successfully completed. He is currently the first supervisor of nine PhD students and co-supervisor of a further two PhD students. He is currently supervising a team of five post doctoral Research Assistants and Research Fellows.

Professor Althoefer is a Member of the IEEE.

Funded Research


Radiofrequency Methods For The Non-Invasive, Non-Destructive Detection And Quantitative Analysis Of Counterfeit, Fake And Substandard Medicines

Developing clinician-scientific interfaces in robotic assisted surgery: translating technical innovation into improved clinical care

(Co-) Supervisor of Research Staff and Students

Research Fellows and Associates

Barras, Jamie
De Meyer, Kris
Noh, Yohan
Sareh, Sina
Secco, Emanuele
Wurdemann, Helge

PhD Students/Candidates

Ataollahi, Ali
Back, Junghwan
Marques Dos Santos Bimbo, Joao
Caenazzo, Alberto
Cotugno, Giuseppe
Deters, Christian
Escudero, Maximiliano
Faragasso, Angela
Jiang, Allen
Kyriakidou, Georgia
Li, Min
Luo, Shan
Manwell, Thomas
Mehra, Gautam
Qi, Peng
Ranasinghe, Anuradha
Sornkarn, Nantachai
Stilli, Agostino
Wanninayake, Indika
Xie, Hui
Zirjakova, Jelizaveta



Selected Publications

P. Qi, C. Qiu, H. Liu, J. S. Dai, L. Seneviratne, K. Althoefer. “A Novel Continuum-Style Robot with Multilayer Compliant Modules”, in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS’14), Chicago, USA, 2014

P. Qi, H. Liu, L. Seneviratne, K. Althoefer. “Towards Kinematic Modeling of a Multi-DOF Tendon Driven Robotic Catheter”, in 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’14), Chicago, USA, 2014

P Polygerinos, P Puangmali, T Schaeffter, R Razavi, LD Seneviratne, Kaspar Althoefer, Novel miniature MRI-compatible fiber-optic force sensor for cardiac catheterization procedures, In 2010 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2010), pp 2598-2603

Duran, K Althoefer, LD Seneviratne, Automated sewer pipe inspection through image processing, in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA’02), Washington, USA, 2002