Ferdinando Rodriguez y Baena graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Mechatronics and Manufacturing Systems Engineering from King’s College London in 2000. He then joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, where he gained a PhD in Medical Robotics. He is now a reader in Mechanical Engineering, where he leads the Mechatronics in Medicine Laboratory.
His past research has focused on development of intra-operative registration methods suitable for minimally invasive knee replacement surgery with a hands-on robot. His work, which was carried out in collaboration with an Imperial College spinout, the Acrobot Company ltd. (which was acquired by Stanmore Implants Worldwide in 2010, and the rights for which were sold to Mako Sugical in 2013), has been presented in over 50 journal publications and peer reviewed conferences, and contributed to the world-first robotic assisted intervention in unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Dr Rodriguez y Baena’s current research interests lie in the application of mechatronic systems to medicine, in the specific areas of clinical training, diagnostics and surgical intervention.