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, 2022, The S-BAN: insights into the perception of shape-changing haptic interfaces via virtual pedestrian navigation, Acm Transactions on Computer-human Interaction, ISSN:1073-0516

Spiers A, Cochran J, Resnik L, et al., 2021, Quantifying prosthetic and intact limb use in upper limb amputees via egocentric video: an unsupervised, at-home study, Ieee Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, Vol:3, ISSN:2576-3202, Pages:463-484

Gloumakov Y, Spiers AJ, Dollar AM, 2020, Dimensionality reduction and motion clustering during activities of daily living: three-, four-, and seven-degree-of-freedom arm movements, Ieee Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol:28, ISSN:1534-4320, Pages:2826-2836


Gueorguiev D, Javot B, Spiers A, et al., 2022, Larger Skin-Surface Contact Through a Fingertip Wearable Improves Roughness Perception, 13th International Conference on Human Haptic Sensing and Touch Enabled Computer Applications (EuroHaptics), SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG, Pages:171-179, ISSN:0302-9743

Sahin A, Spiers AJ, Calli B, 2021, Region-Based Planning for 3D Within-Hand-Manipulation via Variable Friction Robot Fingers and Extrinsic Contacts, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE, Pages:6549-6555, ISSN:1050-4729

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