Fully Funded PhD Position in Robotic In-Hand-Manipulation

The Manipulation and Touch Lab (MTL) of Imperial College London is a new research effort led by Dr Ad Spiers that will focus on manipulation, haptics, and machine learning. The M+T lab is currently hiring a PhD student to work on the development of innovative robotic hand designs featuring variable friction surfaces, as a novel approach to robotic in-hand-manipulation. The position will begin in July 2021.

This project will involve the iterative design, fabrication and testing of novel robot hands and variable friction mechanisms, with a focus on elegant, non-anthropomorphic designs that may be easily replicated. Appropriate control approaches will also be developed and may be determined analytically and/or via machine learning methods.

The position will suit a creative and motivated individual who is seeking to apply their mechatronic talents to creating exciting new robotic hardware with practical applications. Applicants should have experience in CAD design, hardware prototyping and programming. Existing ROS and/or Matlab experience is a bonus, but certainly not essential.

The MTL is part of the Intelligent Systems and Networks (ISN) group based in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering of Imperial College London. ISN is a friendly, interdisciplinary research group of 9 faculty and more than 70 postdoctoral and PhD researchers, doing fundamental as well as applied research on robot manipulation, intelligent assistive robotics, computer vision, machine learning, bio-inspired computation and neural networks, audition, self-organising systems and communications. We are located at Imperial's South Kensington Campus, in the heart of the UK’s vibrant capital.

The PhD position is full time and fully funded for 3.5 years. Applications should include a cover letter, CV, contact details of 2-4 referees and, where possible, examples of relevant past projects (academic, professional or hobby) along with links to demo videos / photographs.

Please email Dr Ad Spiers with any questions and to apply for the position.

The application deadline is February 20th 2021.