Michele Folgheraiter, PhD

Department: Robotics and Mechatronics
Position: Associate Professor
Office: 7e.322
Email: michele.folgheraiter@nu.edu.kz
Phone: +7 (7172) 709063


2004 – PhD, Computer Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

2000 – MSc (Laurea in Ingegneria), Computer Engineering (Automation Systems), Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Dr. Ing. Michele Folgheraiter received the degrees of MSc in Information Engineering with major in Industrial Automation Systems and the PhD in Information Technology from Politecnico di Milano University (Italy), in 2000 and 2004  respectively.
His research interests focus on the areas of humanoid robotics, haptic interfaces, bio-inspired control systems and artificial limbs. He is author of more than 50 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals and conferences. He is regularly reviewing papers for international journals as the Journal of Humanoid Robotics, Mechatronics (Elsevier), Integrated Computer-Aided Engineering Journal, IEEE Biomedical Engineering Journal, IEEE Transaction on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He is also reviewing papers on a regular basis for international Conferences such as ICRA, IROS, ICINCO, ROMAN, ROBOCUP. He was invited as a session chair for the ROBIO, ICICNO, BIODEVICES, and AIM conferences respectively in 2006&2014, 2010,  2011 and 2017.
In 2002, he was awarded a scholarship for an international research program and spent three months at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in Portland State University, Oregon, USA. In 2003 he became a member of the Italian Engineering Association. From 2002 to 2007 he held the positions as researcher and teaching assistant in Robotics  classes at Politecnico di Milano. From 2004 to 2006 he held the position as an adjunct professor for the  “Informatica B” class and participated in a EU funded  project  within FP6 (ION-Project). 
Between  2000 and 2007 he supervised more than 30 M.S. and B.S thesis and guided different robotics projects at the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory (AIRLAB) in Politecnico di Milano.
From 2007 to 2013 he held the position as senior researcher at the DFKI Bremen Robotics Innovation Center. Since the end of 2013 he joined the Department of Robotics and Mechatronics at Nazarbayev University as associate professor.


Humanoid Robotics, Bio-inspired Control Architectures, Haptic Interfaces and Artificial Exoskeletons.





M. Folgheraiter, “A combined b-spline-neural-network and ARX model for online identification of nonlinear dynamic actuation systems,” Neurocomputing , vol. 175, Part A, pp. 433 – 442, 2016.

S. Feyzabadi, S. Straube, M. Folgheraiter, E. A. Kirchner, S. K. Kim, J. C. Albiez, “Human Force Discrimination during Active Arm Motion for Force Feedback Design,” IEEE Transactions on Haptics , vol.6, no.3, pp.309-319, July-Sept, 2013.

G. Gini, M. Arvetti, I. Somlai, and M. Folgheraiter, “Acquisition and analysis of EMG signals to recognize multiple hand movements for prosthetic applications,” Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 145–155, 2012.

M. Folgheraiter, M. Jordan, L. M. V. Benitez, F. Grimminger, S. Schmidt, J. Albiez, and F. Kirchner, “Development of a Low-Pressure Fluidic Servo-valve for Wearable Haptic Interfaces and Lightweight Robotic Systems”. Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering, vol. 89, ISBN 978-3-642-19538-9, Eds. Springer, 2011.

M. Folgheraiter, J. de Gea, B. Bongardt, J. Albiez, and F. Kirchner, “Bio-inspired control of an arm exoskeleton joint with active-compliant actuation system,” Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 193–204, Jun. 2009.

M. Folgheraiter, G. C. Gini, and D. L. Vercesi, “A multi-modal haptic interface for virtual reality and robotics,” Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, vol. 52, no. 3-4, pp. 465–488, 2008.