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. He leads the Manipulation and Touch Lab.

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 handheld shape-changing haptic interfaces. The latter topic is primarily related to providing non-visual navigation assistance to pedestrians. 

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



Spiers AJ, Young E, Kuchenbecker KJ, 2023, The S-BAN: insights into the perception of shape-changing haptic interfaces via virtual pedestrian navigation, Acm Transactions on Computer-human Interaction, Vol:30, ISSN:1073-0516, Pages:1-31


Zhou X, Spiers AJ, 2023, Tactile identification of object shapes via in-hand manipulation with a minimalistic barometric tactile sensor array, 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Pages:12590-12596

Patra A, Spiers AJ, 2023, D-PALI: A Low-Cost Open Source Robotic Gripper Platform for Planar In-Hand-Manipulation, Pages:4540-4546, ISSN:2153-0858

Zhou X, Spiers AJ, 2023, InstaGrasp: An Entirely 3D Printed Adaptive Gripper with TPU Soft Elements and Minimal Assembly Time, Pages:4555-4561, ISSN:2153-0858

Zhou X, Spiers AJ, 2022, E-TRoll: Tactile sensing and classification via a simple robotic gripper for extended rolling manipulations, 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), IEEE, Pages:11826-11833, ISSN:2153-0858

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