Thai Mai Thanh

Thai Mai Thanh, Asst. Prof., PhD

Faculty, Mechanical Engineering program, College of Engineering and Computer Science


Dr. Thai Mai Thanh is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the College of Engineering and Computer Science, VinUniversity. He received a B.E. degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), Vietnam in 2016 and an M.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea in 2019. In 2023, he obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney, Australia.
He was a Vinscholar Cohort 2019 alumnus, and a postdoctoral researcher at UNSW Medical Robotics Lab, UNSW Sydney (February-August 2023). His research focuses on enhancing the human quality of life through robotics, advanced surgical systems, bio-printing, wearable haptics, soft robotics, medical devices, electronic circuit design, soft sensors, and nonlinear control. He has authored or co-authored over 30 papers published in international journals and conference proceedings and has filed three international patents.

• Robotics
• Advanced Surgical Systems
• Bio-Printing
• Wearable Haptics
• Soft Robotics
• Medical Devices
• Embedded Systems
• Soft Sensors
• Nonlinear Control

• Embedded Systems
• Robotics and Automation
• Sensors and Actuators

1. M.T. Thai, P.T. Phan, H.A. Tran, C.C. Nguyen, T.T. Hoang, J. Davies, J. Rnjak-Kovacina, H.-P. Phan, N.H. Lovell, T.N. Do, “Advanced Soft Robotic System for In Situ 3D Bioprinting and Endoscopic Surgery”, Advanced Science, 2205656, 2023. (Q1 – IF = 17.521)
2. M.T. Thai, P.T. Phan, T.T. Hoang, H. Low, N. Lovell, T.N. Do, “Design, Fabrication, Hysteresis Modeling of Soft Microtubule Artificial Muscle (SMAM) for Medical Applications”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol. 6, Issue 3, pp. 5089-5096, 2021. (Q1 – IF = 5.43)
3. M.T. Thai, T.T. Hoang, P.T. Phan, N. Lovell, T.N. Do, “Soft Microtubule Muscle-Driven 3-Axis Skin-Stretch Haptic Devices”, IEEE Access, Vol. 8, pp. 157878-157891, 2020. (Q1 – IF = 3.476)
4. M.T. Thai, P.T. Phan, T.T. Hoang, S. Wong, N. Lovell, T.N. Do “Advanced Intelligent Systems for Surgical Robotics”, Advanced Intelligent Systems, Vol. 2, Issue 8, pp. 1900138, 2020. (Q1 – IF = 7.298)
5. M. T. Thai, J. Davies, C. C. Nguyen, P. T. Phan, T. T. Hoang, A. Ji, B. Sharma, E. Nicotra, T.T. Vo-Doan, H.-P. Phan, N. H. Lovell, T. N. Do, “Soft Wearable Haptic Display and Flexible 3D Force Sensor for Teleoperated Surgical Systems”, Advanced Sensor Research, Vol. 3, Issue 1, pp. 2300105. 2023
6. J. Davies, M.T. Thai, H. Low, P.T. Phan, T.T. Hoang, N.H. Lovell, T.N. Do, “Bio-SHARP: Bio-Inspired Soft and High Aspect Ratio Pump for Robotic and Medical Applications”, Soft Robotics, 2023. (Q1 – IF = 7.784)
7. S. Mousavi, M.T. Thai, M. Amjadi, D. Howard, S. Peng, T.N. Do, C.H. Wang, “Unidirectional, Highly Linear Strain Sensors with Thickness Engineered Structure Conductive Films for Precision Control of Soft Machines”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Volume 10, Issue 26, pp. 13673-13684, 2022. (Q1 – IF = 14.511)
8. J. Davies, M.T. Thai, T.T. Hoang, C.C. Nguyen, P.T. Phan, H.-P.Phan, N.H. Lovell, T.N. Do, “A Stretchable Filament Sensor with Tuneable Sensitivity for Wearable Robotics and Healthcare Applications”, Advanced Materials Technologies, 2201453, 2023. (Q1 – IF = 8.856)
9. T.-A. Truong, T.-K. Nguyen, X. Huang, A. Ashok, X. Huang, S. Yadav, Y. Park, M. T. Thai, N.-K. Nguyen, H. Fallahi, S. Peng, T.-C. Toh, Y. Yamauchi, C. H. Wang, N. H. Lovell, J. A. Rogers, T. N. Do, N.-T. Nguyen, H. Zhao, H.-P. Phan, “Engineering route for stretchable, three-dimensional microarchitectures of wide bandgap semiconductors for biomedical applications”, Advanced Functional Materials. (Q1 – IF = 19.924)
10. S. Peng, S. Wu, Y. Yu, Z. Sha, G. Li, T.T. Hoang, M.T. Thai, T.N. Do, D. Chu, and C.H. Wang, “Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Strain Sensors with High Breathability and Anisotropic Sensitivity”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2, Vol. 9, Issue 47, pp. 26788-26799, 2021. (Q1 – IF = 14.511)
1. T.N. Do, M.T. Thai (42.5%), P.T. Phan, T.T. Hoang, N. Lovell, “Haptic Device”, PCT/AU2021/050922, 2021, US Patent US20230324994A1.
2. T.N. Do, M.T. Thai (40%), P.T. Phan, N. Lovell, J. Davies, C.C. Nguyen, “Soft Robotic Arm for In Situ 3D Bioprinting and Surgery”, Australian provisional patent, No. 2023900151, 2023.
3. T.N. Do, P.T. Phan, T.T. Hoang, M.T. Thai (5%), N. Lovell, “Soft Robotic Technologies, Artificial Muscles, Grippers And Methods Of Making The Same”, PCT/AU2021/050924, 2021, US Patent US20230321817A1.

2019-2023: Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering with Prof. Nigel Lovell and Dr. Thanh Nho Do, UNSW Sydney, Australia
2017-2019: Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering with Prof. Jung-Ryul Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
2011-2016: Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering with an Honor Program, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT), Vietnam.

Best Poster Award at the “Bio-inspired, Biomimetics, and Biohybrid (Cyborg) Systems” Workshop, EMBC, Sydney, 2023.
Full scholarship for Ph.D. Course at UNSW from The Vingroup Science and Technology Scholarship Program for Master’s and Doctoral Degree for Overseas Study, Vietnam.
Full scholarship for Master by Research Course at KAIST from South Korea.
1st place (Golden medal) among graduated students in the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (HCMUT) 2016.
Third prize at The National Olympic Mechanic Competition of Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines in 2013.
Third prize at The National Olympic Mechanic Competition of Machine Elements in 2014.