Assoc Prof Ajay Pandey

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Senior Lecturer

Doctor of Philosophy (University of Angers)

Dr Ajay Pandey was awarded a PhD in Physics from the University of Angers (France) with thesis titled " Physics and Models of Plastic Photovoltaic Devices". Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics. He held prestigious fellowships including QUT-Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellowship in Medical Robotics, and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) Research Fellowship in Next generation Photovoltaic Technology. His research interests have the interdisciplinary mix of Condensed Matter Physics, Molecular Electronics, Materials Robotics and Quantum Sensing. He leads a number of major research projects, including development and implementation of bio-inspired advanced optoelectronic devices for applications in Neuroscience, Bionics, Medical Robotics, Energy Up-Conversion and Robotic Vision.  He is a Program Leader within QUT's Centre for A Waste Free World and also serves as an Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports- a Springer Nature Group open access journal. He has graduated 4 PhDs and 1 M.Phil student and currently has the research supervision of 12 PhD students. He is one of the unit coordinators of Master of Professional Engineering curriculum and teaches Electronics to the undergraduate engineering students. He has published >85 peer- reviewed research publications and his work is consistently cited by top R&D labs across the globe.


Additional information

2021-current: Associate Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics, Queensland University of Technology

2018-2021: Senior Lecturer, School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics, Queensland University of Technology

2015- 2018: Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow,  School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Queensland University of Technology

2013-2015:  ARENA Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, School of Chemsitry and Molecular Biosciences

2010-2013: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Organic Photonics and Electronics, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland

2007-2010: Postdoctroal Research Fellow, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews

2003-2004: Research Engineer, Samtel Centre for Display Technology, Indian Institute of Technology- Kanpur

My most recent research activity is focussed on:

  • Advanced Optoelectronics and Photonics
  • Cavity Optomechanics and Quantum Sensing
  • Novel Camera Technology and Vision Systems for Robotics and Automation
  • On-Sensor and Near-Sensor Computing for Vision, Tactile and Neuromorphic Intelligence
  • Multi-functional, Soft and fMRI compatible Brain-Machine Interfaces
  • Single Photon Detection, Energy Up-Conversion and Night Vision.
  • Programmable and Distributed Sensor Networks
Funding Award
Reference year
Bionics Innovation Award 2020 for Sense of Touch
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Nature Publishing Group- Scientific Reports(Chemical Physics, Molecular Electronics, Spintronics, Photonics, Nanotechnology)
Reference year
Vice Chancellor's Senior Research Fellowship on Medical and Healthcare Robotics
Reference year
Australian Renewable Energy Agency Research Fellowship on Singlet Exciton Fission
New Class of Intelligent Robotic Imaging System for Keyhole Surgeries
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
Keyhole-Surgery; Stereopsis; Robot-Assisted Surgery; Soft-Tissue Tracking