Imperial College London

Dr Ad Spiers

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Lecturer in Robotics and Machine Learning







Electrical EngineeringSouth Kensington Campus





Adam 'Ad' Spiers is a lecturer in Robotics and Machine Learning in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. His main research focus is on robot manipulation, where he takes inspiration from biological systems to develop new robotic hand hardware, sensing and control approaches. He also conducts research in upper limb prosthetics, human hand function and shape-changing haptic interfaces.

Prior to Imperial he has conducted robotics research at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Yale University, Bristol Robotics Laboratory (University of Bristol and University of the West of England), the Joint European Torus (JET) and The University of Reading. 



Spiers AJ, Morgan AS, Srinivasan K, et al., 2020, Using a variable-friction robot hand to determine proprioceptive features for object classification during within-hand-manipulation, Ieee Transactions on Haptics, Vol:13, ISSN:1939-1412, Pages:600-610

Spiers AJ, Calli B, Dollar AM, 2018, Variable-friction finger surfaces to enable within-hand manipulation via gripping and sliding, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:3, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:4116-4123

Spiers AJ, Dollar AM, 2017, Design and evaluation of shape-changing haptic interfaces for pedestrian navigation assistance, Ieee Transactions on Haptics, Vol:10, ISSN:1939-1412, Pages:17-28


Spiers AJ, Gloumakov Y, Dollar AM, 2018, Examining the impact of wrist mobility on reaching motion compensation across a discretely sampled workspace, 2018 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob), IEEE, Pages:819-826

Spiers AJ, Resnik L, Dollar AM, 2017, Analyzing at-home prosthesis use in unilateral upper-limb amputees to inform treatment & device design, 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), IEEE

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