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Dr Will Robertson

Telephone +61 8 8313 3599
Position Lecturer
Email will.robertson@adelaide.edu.au
Fax +61 8 8313 4367
Building Engineering South
Floor/Room 2 33
Campus North Terrace
Org Unit School of Mechanical Engineering

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Teaching Interests

Courses lectured/coordinated:

  • Advanced PID Control (2011–2012, 2015)
  • Automatic Control II (2013, 2015)
  • Biomechanical Engineering (2015)
  • Mechanical Engineering Honours Project (2012, 2014–2015)
  • Sports Engineering I (2012–2014)
  • Sports Engineering III (2013–2014)

Courses with teaching experience:

  • Dynamics
  • Machine Dynamics
  • Engineering Acoustics
  • Advanced Vibrations

Honours projects supervised

2014

  • Robotic Chicken Head — Vincent Kong, Trung Le, Raja Muhamad Danial Bin Raja Abd Raman, Phuong Nguyen, Stanley Tran
  • Quasi-zero stiffness vibration isolation mechanism — Orddom Leav and Carolina Erikkson
  • The automated AFL kicking machine — Sammuel Sobey, David Haydon, Mitchell Lewis, Benjamin Pierens
  • Developing a sheep model of the paediatric spine — Kirsty Tanner, Thomas Neadley
  • Biomechanical evaluation of a novel bending and lifting technique — Louise Thomas, Wan Norwadi
  • Skeletal characteristics of defensive wounds inflicted by knives — Caitlin Humphrey

 

2013

Cat falling robot lands on its feet — Ross Jobson, Natalie Redmond, Benjamin Shields, Rian Visser

Developing the sport of Para-Olympic canoe/kayaking with the AIS — Benjamin Day, Jack King, Amy Lewis, Timothy Symonds

Biomechanics of sport climbing — Elsa Burnell, Nicholas Reed, Thomas Sheridan

Biomechanical evaluation of a novel suture anchor design for rotator cuff tendon repair — Hui Zhou

Mechanism to apply pure moments and controlled axial load to a lumbar spine — Scott Caddick

Golf Swing Weight Transfer Analyser #2 — Yifu Chen

2012

Mechanical properties of bones under growth restriction — Ryan Quarrington

Development and validation of digital image correlation technique for strain measurement on the pars interarticularis — Bart Scicchitano

Hybrid Kinetic Motion Analysis of Fast Bowling in Cricket — Samuel Arnold, Simon Thwaites

Golf Swing Weight Transfer Analyser — Justin De Blasio, Tze Shaun Lee, James Scott Olavesen

Analysis and force modelling of permanent magnets — Callan Byfield, Daniel Fordred

Canoe/Kayak devices for training and measurement — Kimberley Andersen, Luke Demetriou, Craig Rowbottom

Commissioning of a Moog hydraulic hexapod — Philipp Allgeuer, Thomas Rowntree

2011

Levitating magnet vibration isolation device — Yann Frizenschaf, Siobhan Giles, Jack Miller, Thomas Pitman, Christopher Stapleton

Design and build of a prosthetic attachment — Sarah Bruno, Allan Liu, Yi Lu, Hoang Vu

 

Publications

2014

Horizontal stability of a quasi–zero stiffness mechanism using inclined linear springs

  • Acoustics Australia, Vol 42, No 1
  • William S. P. Robertson, Ben Cazzolato and Anthony Zander
  • Based on 2013 conference paper ‘Planar analysis of a quasi-zero stiffness mechanism using inclined linear springs’

2013

PhD Thesis

Experimental results of a 1D passive magnetic spring approaching quasi-zero stiffness and using active skyhook damping (pdf)

  • Will Robertson, Ben Cazzolato, Anthony Zander
  • Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society, Victor Harbour
  • Slides (pdf)

Falling cat robot lands on its feet (pdf)

  • Ben Shields, William S. P. Robertson, Natalie Redmond, Ross Jobson, Rian Visser, Zebb Prime, Ben Cazzolato
  • ACRA 2013: Australasian Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • Prizes: Best overall paper, Best student paper, RSPCA award

A modern take on the theoretical modelling of inertial properties of a human body for biomechanical simulations (pdf)

Planar analysis of a quasi-zero stiffness mechanism using inclined linear springs (pdf)

  • Will Robertson, Ben Cazzolato, Anthony Zander
  • Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society, Victor Harbour
  • Slides (pdf)
  • Prize: Best paper award

2012

Axial Force Between a Thick Coil and a Cylindrical Permanent Magnet: Optimising the Geometry of an Electromagnetic Actuator (pdf)

Theoretical analysis of a non-contact spring with inclined permanent magnets for load-independent resonance frequency (pdf)

2012 (co-author)

Developing sports engineering education in Australia

  • Paul R. Medwell, Paul N. Grimshaw, Will S. Robertson, Richard M. Kelso
  • Engineering of Sport Conference 2012
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.proeng.2012.04.045

2011

A simplified force equation for coaxial cylindrical magnets and thin coils (pdf)

2011 (co-author)

Development of a magnetic levitation vibration isolator using inclined permanent magnet springs

The Development of a 6 Degree of Freedom Quasi-zero Stiffness Maglev Vibration Isolator with Adaptive-Passive Load Support

2010

Maximising the force between two cuboid magnets (pdf)

Parameters for optimising the forces between linear multipole magnet arrays (pdf)

A public framework for calculating the forces between magnets and multipole arrays of magnets (pdf)

  • Will Robertson, Ben Cazzolato, Anthony Zander
  • Unpublished.

2009

Theoretical design parameters for a quasi–zero stiffness magnetic spring for vibration isolation (pdf)

2007

ICSV14 conference in Cairns, Australia

2006

Active 2006 conference in Adelaide, Australia

2005

InterMag 2005 conference in Nagoya, Japan

2004

PhD progress report (pdf)

  • Half-baked thoughts on where my research was heading.

2003

PhD research proposal (pdf)

  • Long time ago, now.

2002

Pool playing robot (pdf)

  • Honours thesis
  • Justin Ghan, Tomas Radzevicius, Will Robertson, and Alexandra Thornton
  • Supervisor: Ben Cazzolato

Professional Associations

Member of the LaTeX Project, one of the oldest open source projects under continual development (since the mid-1980s). The LaTeX Project is a small group (a handful) of developers maintain the current LaTeX program used extensively around the world for technical document writing, and work towards a successor known as LaTeX3.

Entry last updated: Wednesday, 4 May 2016

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