S. (Salua) Hamaza

S. (Salua) Hamaza



Prof. Salua Hamaza is Assistant Professor in Aerial Robotics & Director of the BioMorphic Intelligence Lab at TU Delft, Netherlands. She is also Research Fellow at Imperial College London, Aerial Robotics Lab. Her research focuses on the development of compliant aerial robots capable of interacting with objects and the environment for manipulation (primarily), and locomotion. Her robotic solutions take inspiration from biological systems for flying and interaction tasks, leveraging compliance in hardware and software to advance aerial robots’ autonomy. 

Previously, she was a post-doctoral researcher at the Aerial Robotics Laboratory,  Imperial College London, United Kingdom. She obtained her Ph.D. in Robotics and Autonomous Systems from Bristol Robotics Laboratory, University of Bristol, in 2019.  She was visiting researcher at the GRVC at University of Seville, Spain, during 2018. Prior to the PhD she was researcher at RAM at University of Twente, Netherlands. She received the MSc degree from the University of Bologna and TU Delft. 

She is recipient of the 3rd prize Best UK PhD in Robotics, 2019 edition, and of 2 Best Paper Awards from IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. She is Associate Editor for IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Aerial & Field Robotics. Since 2021, she is the TU Delft Aerospace Engineering awardee of a new research lab - BioMorphic Intelligence Lab - leading a team of 6 PhD students.

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Research interests are in two main areas:   aerial physical interaction and   embodied intelligence in aerial robots. Salua is interested in the design and morphology of interacting aerial robots, and their implications in flight performance and autonomy. Types of aerial interaction tasks include: manipulation, placement of objects in the environment, dynamic grasping, perching, locomotion.        
Recurring themes are mechanical compliance, design of actuators, compliant control theory, kinematics and dynamics of multi-DoFs mechanisms for aerial robots, bio-inspired morphology & sensing, soft manipulation.


  • Best Paper Award - IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2022 Workshop on Robotics for Nuclear Environments Exploration and Decommissioning: Challenges and Emerging Techniques;
  • Best Paper Award, finalist - IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2020 Workshop on Perception, Planning and Mobility in Forestry Robotics;
  • Best PhD in Robotics in the UK Award 2019, 3rd prize;
  • Best Paper Award in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, awarded at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017;
  • Patent: Manipulation Control System (inventor). Filed by the University of Bristol (UK) 2017.
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