Imperial College London

Robert Siddall

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Research Associate







E454ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Rob joined the Aerial Robotics Laboratory when it was founded in 2013, and works there designing miniature robots able to move in both air and water, with a focus on bioinspired design. You can see his latest prototype at the Science Museum's Antenna Gallery, and in the video below. His aquatic jumpglider won the Robot Demo Contest at the Towards Autonomous Robotic Systems Conference in 2015, and he was part of the team which won the UAE Drones for Good Award in 2016. He has supervised several MEng and UROP projects, helps organise the third-year undergraduate robotics project in the Department of Aeronautics, and worked on the conceptual design of a new research facility, due to open in 2017. 

He received his Master's degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge in 2012, where he specialised in Aerospace and Aerothermal Engineering. His thesis work there on Sliding Granular Flow was featured at Suspension Processing & Suspension Engineering Rheology that year.


The AquaMAV Project

Summary video of the AquaMAV project: 'Aquatic Micro Air Vehicles for Water Health Monitoring', This video was won the Best Robot Video Award at the AAAI-17 conference in San Francisco, USA



Tan YH, Siddall R, Kovac M, 2017, Efficient Aerial-Aquatic Locomotion With a Single Propulsion System, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:2, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:1304-1311

Siddall R, Kovac M, 2017, Fast Aquatic Escape With a Jet Thruster, Ieee-asme Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol:22, ISSN:1083-4435, Pages:217-226

Siddall R, Ancel AO, Kovac M, 2017, Wind and water tunnel testing of a morphing aquatic micro air vehicle, Interface Focus, Vol:7, ISSN:2042-8898


Siddall RJD, Kovac M, Bioinspired Aerial-Aquatic Mobility for Miniature Robots, 2015 International Symposium on Adaptive Motion of Animals and Machines

Siddall RJD, Kovac M, Kennedy G, High Power Propulsion Strategies for Aquatic Take-off in Robotics, International Symposium on Robotics Research 2015, Springer, ISSN:1610-7438

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