Robotics

The Dyson School of Design Engineering is expected to be widely engaged in the domain of robotics and physical computing, with emphases on fundamental research in sensing, actuation, control, design, and robotic intelligence.

The potential applications of the developed technologies include humanoid robots, quadruped robots, service robots, rescue robots, collaborative robots, domestic robots (dom-bots), robotic gadgets, mobile robots and other ground-based robotic applications.

Despite its rapid growth, robotics is a relatively young discipline. There are still significant opportunities for disruptive innovations that can change the direction of the field. The Dyson School of Design Engineering will focus on robotics research that seeks such innovations in the design, manufacture, control, and intelligence of robotic systems.

The physical component of the research in robotics is extremely important, i.e. physically building robotic prototypes, testing their limits, identifying drawbacks and optimizing the design for the next iteration. The Dyson School of Design Engineering has extensive expertise in both design and manufacturing, making it an excellent place for agile robotic prototyping.

Research areas broadly include:

  • Motor skill learning
  • Supervised learning
  • Force and impedance control
  • System integration
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Motion planning
  • Human robot interactions

People

Dr Nicolas Rojas

Dr Nicolas Rojas

Dr Nicolas Rojas

Dr Petar Kormushev

Dr Petar Kormushev

Dr Petar Kormushev

Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Dr Thrishantha Nanayakkara

Prof. Peter Childs

Prof. Peter Childs

Prof. Peter Childs

Arash Tavakoli

Arash Tavakoli

Arash Tavakoli
PhD student

Fabio Pardo

Fabio Pardo

Fabio Pardo
PhD student

Nemanja Rakicevic

Nemanja Rakicevic

Nemanja Rakicevic
PhD student

Vitaly Ledvik

Vitaly Ledvik

Vitaly Ledvik
PhD student

Media

Videos

Robot Intelligence Lab Introduction

Published on 19 October 2016

The research activities of the Robot Intelligence Lab, presented by the Head of the lab - Dr Petar Kormushev

The Robot Intelligence Lab is part of the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

The robot in the video is DE NIRO --- Design Engineering's Natural Interaction Robot. Robot DE NIRO is based on a Baxter robot that was heavily modified for the purpose of conducting research on mobile manipulation and robot learning. The biggest modification was to replace the fixed stand with a mobile electric platform, to allow DE NIRO to move freely around the environment.

Robot Intelligence Lab Introduction

Robot Intelligence Lab Introduction

The research activities of the Robot Intelligence Lab, presented by Dr Petar Kormushev.

Published on 19 October 2016

The research activities of the Robot Intelligence Lab, presented by the Head of the lab - Dr Petar Kormushev

The Robot Intelligence Lab is part of the Dyson School of Design Engineering.

The robot in the video is DE NIRO --- Design Engineering's Natural Interaction Robot. Robot DE NIRO is based on a Baxter robot that was heavily modified for the purpose of conducting research on mobile manipulation and robot learning. The biggest modification was to replace the fixed stand with a mobile electric platform, to allow DE NIRO to move freely around the environment.

DE NIRO crossing a road

DE NIRO crossing a road

This is the first time our robot DE NIRO has crossed a public road!

Published on 09 October 2016

We managed to turn quite a few heads in South Kensington, next to Royal Albert Hall with DE NIRO. This is the first time our robot DE NIRO has crossed a public road!

Meet DE NIRO

Meet DE NIRO

Meet DE NIRO (Design Engineering's Natural Interaction Robot).

Published on 03 June 2016

DE NIRO (Design Engineering's Natural Interaction Robot) is the first robot in the Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London. The robot is a member of ROBIN Lab (Robot Intelligence Laboratory) lead by Dr Petar Kormushev.

DE NIRO is based on a Baxter robot produced by Rethink Robotics that will be modified for conducting research on robot learning.

Video showing Q-Bot's latest SprayBot applying insulation.

Q Bot SprayBot

Video showing Q-Bot's latest SprayBot applying insulation.

Published on 17 March 2016

Video showing Q-Bot's latest SprayBot applying insulation.