Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia

Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia

Prof. Ing. Philip Farrugia


Associate Professor

Room 007
Engineering Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2045
Philip Farrugia received the B. Eng. (Hons) degree from the University of Malta in 2001 with First Class Honours. He joined the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (DIME) at the University of Malta in 2001, as a Research Assistant. In February 2003, he was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer with the same department. In September 2008 Philip was appointed as a lecturer after completion of Ph.D. with research related to 'Computer-Aided Early Form Modelling'. Currently he is an Associate Professor with DIME. Prof. Ing. Farrugia coordinated the taught masters course in integrated product development for ten years. He has published over fifty peer reviewed research papers in fields related to product development. Furthermore, he has attracted ca. two million Euros in research funding from various programmes, including Horizon2020, over a period of 8 years. He is currently the regional coordinator of the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) UK.
  • Computer Support for Engineering Design
  • Design for Health and Wellbeing
  • Design for Additive Manufacturing
  • Design of Product Service Systems
  • Human Factors in Design
  • ENR5006 - Research Methods for Engineering
  • ENR5102 - Tool Design and Manufacture
  • MFE1101 - Engineering Drawing
  • MFE2004 - Computer Aided Engineering Design (CAED)
  • MFE2201 - Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • MFE3105 - Engineering Design
Principal Investigator of 8 projects:

A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy-Based Smart Patient-Centred System to Control Overactive
Bladder (BEAT-DP)
Sept'23 -
Funding body: Malta Council For Science & Technology (MCST): Commercialisation Voucher

Conformity and Usability Risk Assessment for SMARTCLAP Commercialisation (CuraCLAP)
Mar'23 -
Funding body & Project Value (FB&PV): MCST: FUSION
R&I: Go-To-Market Accelerator Programme (Eur94,221)

A User-Centred Smart Platform for Designing and Manufacturing Self-Sanitising and
Sustainable Packaging (SMARTSPACK)
Jan'23 -
FB&PV: MCST 2022 FUSION Technology Development Programme (TDP) (Eur319,274)

A User-Experiences Based Approach for Designing Connected Speech and Language Therapeutic
Toys in a Smart City (SALTT-CITY)
Jan'23 -
FB&PV: MCST's Smart Cities Thematic Programme (Eur153,955)

A Smart User-Centred Product Service System for Evaluating and Developing Functional Hand
Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy (SMARTCLAP)
Sept'20 -
FB&PV: MCST 2020 FUSION TDP (Eur206,656)

Rider-Centred Product+Service System for Designing Safer Motorcycles (RIDE+SAFE)
Sept'18 - Mar'22
FB&PV: MCST 2018 FUSION TDP (Eur211,078)

Development of a Device Supporting Children with Language Impairment (SPEECHIE)
Jul'16 - Nov'19
FB&PV: MCST: 2016 FUSION R&I TDP (Eur211,221)

Exploiting Multi-Material Micro Injection Moulding for Enhancing Manufacturing
Competitiveness (EX-MMIM)
Oct'12 - Oct'15
FB&PV: MCST R&I2012 (Eur154,515)

Personalised Recovery Through A Multi-User Environment: Virtual Reality For Rehabilitation
Workpackage leader
Oct'19 - Mar'23
FB&PV: Horizon2020, Call H2020-ICT-2018-2020, RIA (Eur4M, UM's share: Eur394,196)

Associate Editor of Smart Hospitals Section of the Computational and Structural Biotechnology
Journal (CSBJ metrics 6.155 Impact Factor, 7.88 Cite Score)


Sept'23: Patent 'Straddle-type vehicle simulator' filed at the UK patent office (ref.:

Nov'19, Feb'22: WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy for SPEECHIE and RIDE+SAFE, awarded by the Malta
Intellectual Property. Both projects won the Technological Initiative category.