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.
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
et al., An Origami-Inspired Variable Friction Surface for Increasing the Dexterity of Robotic Grippers, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, ISSN:2377-3766
et al., Soft fingertips with tactile sensing and active deformation for robust grasping of delicate objects, Ieee Robotics and Automation Letters, ISSN:2377-3766
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
Clark A, Rojas N, 2020, Design and Workspace Characterisation of Malleable Robots, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Clark AB, Rojas N, 2019, Stiffness-tuneable limb segment with flexible spine for malleable robots, 2019 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE
Bai G, Rojas N, 2018, Self-adaptive monolithic anthropomorphic finger with teeth-guided compliant cross-four-bar joints for underactuated hands, 2018 IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), IEEE
Bircher WG, Dollar AM, Rojas N, 2017, A two-fingered robot gripper with large object reorientation range, 2017 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE