Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Research Associate



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Dr Ketao Zhang is a Research Associate in the Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London.

Prior to this, he was the leading postdoctoral researcher at the Multifingered Robotic Hand Lab in the Centre for Robotics Research of King’s College London. He completed a joint PhD programme between King’s College London (UK) and Beijing Jiaotong University (China) and received his PhD in Jan 2011. During his PhD study he also worked in collaboration with the Electrical Machines and Drives (EMD) Group at the University of Sheffield. His PhD thesis was awarded The Outstanding Award of Hiwin Doctoral Dissertation Award presented by Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. 

His primary research interests are kinematics and smart mechanisms for robotic systems. This includes design of origami-folding inspired mechanisms and robots, kinematic synthesis and analysis of reconfigurable parallel manipulators, robotic hand for dexterous manipulation. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed journal and international conference papers.

Selected publications

Zhang K., Chermprayong P., Alhinai T. M., Siddall R., and Kovac M., "SpiderMAV: Perching and Stabilizing Micro Aerial Vehicles with Bio-inspired Tensile Anchoring Systems," 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Canada, 2017. 

Zhang K, Qiu C, Dai JS, 2016, An Extensible Continuum Robot with Integrated Origami Parallel Modules, ASME Transactions, Journal of Mechanism and Robotics, Vol:8, Pages:031010 |DOI|

Salerno M, Zhang K, Menciassi A, Dai JS, 2016, A Novel SMA Actuated 4-DOF Origami Grasper for Minimally Invasive Surgery, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol:32, Pages:484-498 |DOI|

Zhang K, Qiu C, Dai JS, 2015, Helical Kirigami-Enabled Centimetre-Scale Worm Robot with Shape-Memory-Alloy Actuators, ASME Transactions, Journal of Mechanism and Robotics, Vol:7, Pages:021014 |DOI|

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