A.J. Veale (Allan)


About Me

Allan J. Veale holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (2017) and a B.E(Hons) in Mechatronics Engineering (2013), both from the University of Auckland.

During Allan’s Ph.D. he developed a wearable fluidic actuator with embedded sensors for rehabilitation devices along with related modelling tools. This is the first step towards his vision of dedicating practical research to the development and commercialisation of sustainable mechatronics technologies and methodologies, such as muscle-like actuators, for medical devices that enable people with health and mobility impairments to engage fully in society, in first or third world countries.

In his spare time Allan enjoys making and repairing things; exploring the outdoors by foot or on bike; and helping out people in the local community, particularly partnering with churches to serve those with disabilities.




Allan's research background is in the fabrication, testing and modelling of fluidic muscle actuators and dielectric elastomer sensors. He has experience in the biomimetic and user-centred development and application of these and other novel actuators to real-world devices such as wearable and soft robots. He is also interested in other soft sensor technologies and novel portable energy sources.


Staman, K., Veale, A. J., & van der Kooij, H. (2018). The PREHydrA: A Passive Return, High Force Density, Electro-Hydrostatic Actuator Concept for Wearable Robotics. Paper presented at 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2018, Madrid, Spain.
Veale, A. J., Xie, S. Q., & Anderson, I. A. (2017). Accurate and versatile multivariable arbitrary piecewise model regression of nonlinear fluidic muscle behavior. In 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics (ICM) (pp. 254-259). IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/ICMECH.2017.7921113
Veale, A. J., Anderson, I. A., & Xie, S. Q. (2016). Dielectric elastomer strain and pressure sensing enable reactive soft fluidic muscles. In Y. Bar-Cohen (Ed.), Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2016 (pp. 1-8). [97982A] (Proceedings of the SPIE; Vol. 9798). SPIE. DOI: 10.1117/12.2218225
Veale, A. J., Anderson, I. A., & Xie, S. Q. (2015). The smart Peano fluidic muscle: A low profile flexible orthosis actuator that feels pain. In J. P. Lynch (Ed.), Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2015 (Vol. 9435, pp. 1-11). SPIE. DOI: 10.1117/12.2084130

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