Contact Details

Matheus dos Santos Xavier

Precision Mechatronics Lab
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
The University of Newcastle
Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia



Matheus S. Xavier graduated from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC), Brazil with a Bachelor of Engineering (Control and Automation) in 2017 and a Bachelor of Science and Technology in 2016. He was also an exchange student (Mechatronics Engineering) in The University of Melbourne, Australia in 2014-2015. He is currently a PhD student within the Precision Mechatronics Lab, located in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, The University of Newcastle. His research areas include soft robotics, biomimetics, steerable catheters and nonlinear and optimal control.


  • CSIRO PhD Top-up in Soft Underwater Robotics
  • 2nd best poster/oral presentation at IEEE ICCMA 2019
  • Winner of the 2019 Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering Poster Competition
  • University of Newcastle International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (UNIPRS), 2018 
  • University of Newcastle Research Scholarship Central (UNRSC), 2018 
  • FAPESP undergraduate research scholarship, 2016 
  • Science Without Borders scholarship (The University of Melbourne), 2014 
  • CNPq undergraduate research scholarship, 2012 & 2013 
  • Honourable mention – VI Symposium of Research (UFABC), 2016


Federal University of ABC (UFABC)
Bachelor of Engineering (Control and Automation Engineering)
Thesis title: Dynamic models and control strategies for mobile robots

Federal University of ABC (UFABC)
Bachelor of Science and Technology

Teaching Experience

The University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus

    • ENGG2440 – Modelling and Control
      • Tutor and lab demonstrator (2019)
    • ELEC2430 – Circuits and Signals
      • Tutor and lab demonstrator (2019)
    • ELEC2320 – Electrical and Electronic Circuits
      • Marker (2019)
    • MENG3800 – Medical Engineering Research
      • Tutor and lab demonstrator (2019)
    • MATH1110 – Mathematics for Engineering, Science and Technology 1
      • Workshop demonstrator (2019)

Federal University of ABC, Brazil

    • BCN0407-15 Functions of several variables (Calculus 3) 
      • Tutor (2016)

Conferences Attended

    • 2019 International Conference on Control, Mechatronics and Automation, November 6-8, Delft, Netherlands.
    • 2019 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics, December 6-8, Dali, China.
    • 2018 Combined Conference of the Australian Material Societies (CAMS), November 27-29, Wollongong, Australia. 
    • 2017 ABCM International Congress of Mechanical Engineering (COBEM), December 3-8, Curitiba, Brazil. 
    • 2017 Brazilian National Conference on Computational and Applied Mathematics (CNMAC), September 19-22, São José dos Campos, Brazil.