Alistair McConnell’s research focuses primarily on soft robots, human-robot interaction, and healthcare robotics.
Alistair is enthusiastic about public engagement and outreach both within the university and all around the country. He leads the Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh Centre for Robotics public engagement activities and works closely with the National Robotarium engagement team.
He is driven to take research and work out of the lab and into the real world, often through the entrepreneurial route, where he has experience creating both spinouts and start-ups. During his post-doctoral role, he co-founded a start-up Mask Logic Ltd as a way of addressing the problems of the Covid-19 pandemic.