Prof. Ing. Michael A Saliba

Prof. Ing. Michael A Saliba

Prof. Ing. Michael A Saliba

 B.Mech.Eng.(Hons)(Melit.),M.A.Sc.(Brit.Col.),Ph.D.(Brit.Col.),SMIEEE,SMSME,MASME,MAPS

Associate Professor

Room 413
Engineering Building
University of Malta
Msida
  +356 2340 2924
Michael A. Saliba received the B.Mech.Eng.(Hons) from the University of Malta in 1986, the M.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1991, and the Ph.D. degree in Physics, also from UBC, in 1998. Between 1986 and 1989 he was a Development Engineer at Air Malta Co. Ltd. in Malta. He joined the University of Malta shortly after completing his doctoral studies, and he is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is interested in robotics, tele-operation, robotic and prosthetic hands, dexterity analysis, and the design of compact, multi-degree-of-freedom mechatronic devices, as well as in reconfigurable automation systems.
  • Robotics
  • Mechatronics
  • Industrial Automation

Bonello, D., Saliba, M.A. & Camilleri, K.P. 2017, "An exploratory study on the automated sorting of commingled recyclable domestic waste", International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM 2017); Procedia Manufacturing, June 2017, pp. 686.

Coppini, A. & Saliba, M.A. 2017, "Towards practical guidelines for conversion from a fixed to a reconfigurable manufacturing automation system", International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM 2017); Procedia Manufacturing , June 2017, pp. 1102.

Saliba, M.A., Zammit, D. & Azzopardi, S. 2017, "A study on the use of advanced manufacturing technologies by manufacturing firms in a small, geographically isolated, developed economy: the case of Malta", International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, vol. 89, pp. 3691-3707.

Saliba, M.A., Zammit, D. & Azzopardi, S. 2017, "Towards practical, high-level guidelines to promote company strategy for the use of reconfigurable manufacturing automation", Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 47, pp. 53-60.

Dalli, D. & Saliba, M.A. 2016, "Addressing Simplicity, Dexterity and Usability of Compact, Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Mechatronic Devices", IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, July 2016, pp. 1357.

Dalli, D. & Saliba, M.A. 2016, "The University of Malta Minimal Anthropomorphic Robot (UM-MAR) Hand II", IEEE International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, July 2016, pp. 371.

Grech, S. & Saliba, M.A. 2016, "Design and Development of a Triggered Type Underactuated Grasping Mechanism and its Application to an Experimental Test Bed" in Mechanisms and Machine Science 43, New Trends in Mechanism and Machine Science: Theory and Industrial Applications, eds. P. Wenger & P. Flores, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 383-390.

Saliba, M.A. & de Silva, C.W. 2016, "Quasi-dynamic analysis, design optimization, and evaluation of a two-finger underactuated hand", Mechatronics, vol. 33, pp. 93-107.

Azzopardi, J. & Saliba, M.A. 2015, "Case study: Evaluation and optimization of a reconfigurable system for automated assembly of deformable products", Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, pp. 324.

Saliba, M.A., Zammit, D. & Azzopardi, S. 2015, "Towards practical guidelines to promote a company strategy for reconfigurable manufacturing automation systems", Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, pp. 316.

Dalli, D. & Saliba, M.A. 2014, "Towards the development of a minimal anthropomorphic robot hand", 14th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, pp. 413.

Trapani, J.M. & Saliba, M.A. 2014, "Experimental extraction of tactile sensor specifications for a minimal anthropomorphic robot hand", IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots, pp. 419.

Saliba, M.A. & Ellul, C. 2013, "Dexterous actuation", Mechanism and Machine Theory, vol. 70, pp. 45-61.

Saliba, M.A., Chetcuti, A. & Farrugia, M.J. 2013, "Towards the rationalization of robot hand design: Extracting knowledge from constrained human manual dexterity testing", International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, vol. 10, no. 02, pp. 1350001.

Caruana, M. & Saliba, M.A. 2012, "Robot Time and Cost Management in the Application to Multiple Low-Volume Production Processes", Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing.

Saliba, M.A. & Caruana, A. 2012, "Migrating from Manual to Automated Assembly of a Product Family: Procedural Guidelines and a Case Study" in Manufacturing System, ed. F. Abdul Aziz, INTECH Publishers, , pp. 331-360.

Saliba, M.A., Cassar, D.J. & Axiak, M. 2012, "Undergraduate mechatronics research case study: contributing towards a dexterous robot hand", International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, vol. 40, no. 3, pp. 234-250.

Azzopardi, S., Saliba, M.A. & Zammit, D. 2010, "The Application of an Intersectoral Reconfigurable Manufacturing Automation Testbed to provide an Automation Solution to Industry", Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, July 2010, pp. 693.

Cassar, D.J. & Saliba, M.A. 2010, "A Force Feedback Glove Based on Magnetorheological Fluid: Preliminary Design Issues", Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (MELECON 2010), April, pp. 618.

Cassar, D.J. & Saliba, M.A. 2010, "A Force Feedback Glove Based on Magnetorheological Fluid: Prototype Development and Evaluation", Proceedings of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics (ICABB-2010), October.

Ellul, C. & Saliba, M.A. 2010, "Comparative Analysis of Artificial Hands: The Need for Reporting and Test Standards", Proceedings of the 1st IEEE International Conference on Applied Bionics and Biomechanics (ICABB-2010), October.

Saliba, M.A., Vella Zarb, A. & Borg, J.C. 2010, "A modular, reconfigurable end effector for the plastics industry", Assembly Automation, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 147-154.

Spiteri, J. & Saliba, M.A. 2010, "Increasing the Operational Efficiency of a Commercial Laundry: Layout Optimization and Process Automation", Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM 2010), pp. 685.

Azzopardi, S., Saliba, M.A., Zammit, D. & Pace, C. 2009, "An Intersectoral Reconfigurable Manufacturing Automation Testbed: Preliminary Design Considerations", Proceedings of the ASME / IEEE International Conference on Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots, June 2009, pp. 696.

Cassar, D.J. & Saliba, M.A. 2009, "Control System Development for a Dexterous Robot Hand with Remotely Located Actuators and Sensors", 10th International Workshop on Research and Education in Mechatronics (REM 2009), September.

Saliba, M.A., Vella Zarb, A. & Borg, J.C. 2009, "Development of a Modular, Reconfigurable End Effector for the Plastics Industry: A Case Study", Proceedings of the 19th I.Mech.E. International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM 2009), July, pp. 399.

Zammit, D., Azzopardi, S., Saliba, M.A. & Zammit, M.M. 2009, "Perceptions and Problems Related to the Use of Manufacturing Automation in a Small, Geographically Isolated Economy", Proceedings of the 19th I.Mech.E. International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM 2009), July, pp. 407.

Saliba, M.A., Amato, A., Borg, J.C. & Alamango, K. 2008, "Parts Presentation and Handling for Packaging - Case Study: Conceptualisation and Prototyping of a Flexible Mechanism for the Placing of Plastic Valves into Pouches", Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, pp. 708.

Saliba, M.A., Spiteri, G. Grech Sollars, B. & Farrugia, K. 2008, "A Highly Flexible, Automated, Parts Sorting and Transfer System", Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, June, pp. 428.

Saliba, M.A. & Axiak, M. 2007, "Design of a Compact, Dexterous Robot Hand with Remotely Located Actuators and Sensors", Proceedings of the 15th IEEE Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation (MED'07), June.

Farrugia, M.J. & Saliba, M.A. 2006, "Optimisation of Anthropomorphic Robot Hand Design through Human Manual Dexterity Testing", Proceedings of the 37th IFR International Symposium of Robotics, May.

Mifsud, N., Grech, A.M., Saliba, M.A. & Fabri, S.G. 2006, "Development of an Anthropomorphic Robot Finger: Mechanical and Kinematic Aspects", Proceedings of the 37th IFR International Symposium of Robotics, May.

Saliba, M.A., Camilleri, D. & Farrugia, M.J. 2005, "Development of an Anthropomorphic Robot Hand and Wrist for Teleoperation Applications", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Information and Automation, December.

Saliba, M.A., Farrugia, F. & Giordmaina, A. 2004, "A Compact Glove Input Device to Measure Human Hand, Wrist and Forearm Joint Positions for Teleoperation Applications", Proceedings of the IEEE / APS International Conference on Mechatronics and Robotics, September.

Saliba, M.A. & Seguna, C.M. 2004, "A Biologically Inspired Sensor for the Prevention of Object Slip during Robotic Grasping and Manipulation", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Manipulation and Grasping, June.

Stocki, T.J., Measday, D.F., Gete, E., Saliba, M.A., Moftah, B.A. & Gorringe, T.P. 2002, "Gamma-rays from muon capture in 14N", Nuclear Physics A, vol. 697, pp. 55-74.

Seguna, C.M. & Saliba, M.A. 2001, "The Mechanical and Control System Design of a Dexterous Robotic Gripper", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Electronics, Circuits, and Systems, September, pp. 1195.

Stocki, T.J., Measday, D.F., Gete, E., Saliba, M.A. & Lange, J. 2001, "Hyperfine Transitions in Light Muonic Atoms of Odd Z", Physical Review A, vol. 64, pp. 042505.

Gete, E., Measday, D.F., Moftah, B.A., Saliba, M.A. & Stocki, T.J. 1997, "Neutron Induced Peaks in Ge Detectors from Evaporation Neutrons", Nuclear Instruments and Methods A, vol. 388, pp. 212-219.

Saliba, M.A., Calistrate, D., Lisonek, P., Luchsinger, R., Paulhus, M., Rhemtulla, A. & Zagoskin, A. 1997, "Fingerprint Identification - New Directions", Proceedings of the Industrial Problem Solving Workshop of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, September.

Stocki, T.J., Gete, E., Lange, J., Measday, D.F., Moftah, B.A., Saliba, M.A. & Gorringe, T.P. 1997, "Measurement of Gamma Rays from m-capture on 14N", Fall Meeting of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society, October.

de Silva, C.W. & Saliba, M.A. 1996, "Modelling and Mechanical Analysis of a Robotic Gripper", Modelling and Simulation - IASTED International Symposium, April.

Gete, E., Measday, D.F., Moftah, B.A., Saliba, M.A. & Stocki, T.J. 1996, "Dependence on Neutron Energy of Neutron Induced Peaks in Ge Detectors", 5th International Conference on Applications of Nuclear Techniques, Neutrons in Research and Industry, June.

de Silva, C.W. & Saliba, M.A. 1992, "Instrumentation Issues in the Handling of Fish for Automated Processing", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics, Control, Instrumentation and Automation, November, pp. 789.

Saliba, M.A. & de Silva, C.W. 1991, "An Innovative Robotic Gripper for Grasping and Handling Research", Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Industrial Electronics, Control and Instrumentation, November, pp. 975.

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Professional Affiliations:

Senior Member IEEE

Member Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

Member American Physical Society (APS)

Corporate Member Chamber of Engineers (COE) (Malta)

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