Research

Autonomous fall recovery

Learning whole-body motor skills for legged robots. The learning algorithm can successfully discover various recovery behaviors by exploiting whole-body contacts with the environment to achieve dynamic and contact-rich tasks.

Learning obstacle negotiation and fall recovery for a delivery robot

Anthropomorphic robotic hand for manipulation and grasping

Haptic tele-manipulation

Haptic-guided teleoperation using Sigma.7 and Franka arm: sense interaction forces and exploit affordance.

Autonomous robotic manipulation: reactive grasping

Learning reactive reaching, graspign and re-grasping to handle slippage and disturbances.

Fine control of grasping force

Compliant force control for strawberry-picking.

Immersive virtual reality for manipulation

Immersive multimodal interface to handle and manipulate various objects: immersive VR headset, optical markerless hand-tracking and haptic gloves.

Object detection and semantic segmentation

Visual perception for robot manipulation and grasping.

Robust walking and push recovery

Optimisation and predictive control to counterbalance external pushes.

Research projects

  • Harmony H2020 project Research: grasping and manipulation in human-centered environments.  
  • ORCA Hub Research: versatile mobility and locomotion skills of legged robots.
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh Research: imitation learning of grasping in clutter.
  • FairSpace Hub Research: haptic-manipulation and immersive teleoperation interface.
  • WALK-MAN (FP7-ICT 611832) Research: robust balancing capability and locomotion control that allow humanoid robots to walk in cluttered and unstructured environment.
  • AMARSi (FP7-ICT 248311) Research: compliance control of novel mechanical systems with passive compliance for safer human robot interaction, and development of control solutions for better gait stabilization of COmpliant HuMANoid robot (COMAN).