Imperial College London

Dr Nicolas Rojas

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering








Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Nicolas Rojas is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London, where he leads the REDS Lab. His research focuses on the analysis, design, and implementation of novel, divergent robotic systems for manipulation and grasping under diversity and uncertainty, with the long-term goal of surpassing the manipulation capabilities observed in humans and other animals in all conditions.

Before joining Imperial, Dr Rojas was a Lecturer in Mechatronics in the Department of Engineering and Design at the University of Sussex, a Postdoctoral Associate in the GRAB Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Yale University, and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the SUTD-MIT International Design Centre at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He has also experience in the corporate sector as Business Development Manager, Branch Manager, and Project Engineer in industrial automation companies. 

Dr Rojas is originally from Colombia where he earned his undergraduate degree in Electronics Engineering at Javeriana University and his master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Los Andes. He obtained his PhD in Robotics with the Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Liow L, Clark A, Rojas N, 2020, OLYMPIC: a modular, tendon-driven prosthetic hand with novel finger and wrist coupling mechanisms, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:5, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:299-306

Clark A, Rojas N, 2019, Assessing the performance of variable stiffness continuum structures of large diameter, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:4, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:2455-2462

Lu Q, Rojas N, 2019, On soft fingertips for in-hand manipulation: Modelling and implications for robot hand design, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:4, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:2471-2478

Baron N, Philippides A, Rojas N, 2019, A novel kinematically redundant planar parallel robot manipulator with full rotatability, Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics-Transactions of the ASME, Vol:11, ISSN:1942-4302, Pages:011008-011008

Ward-Cherrier B, Rojas N, Lepora NF, 2017, Model-free precise in-hand manipulation with a 3D-printed tactile gripper, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol:2, ISSN:2377-3766, Pages:2056-2063

Rojas N, Dollar AM, 2016, Gross motion analysis of fingertip-based within-hand manipulation, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol:32, ISSN:1552-3098, Pages:1009-1016

Rojas N, Ma RR, Dollar AM, 2016, The GR2 gripper: an underactuated hand for open-loop in-hand planar manipulation, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol:32, ISSN:1552-3098, Pages:763-770

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