Autonomous driving, domestic assistance, health care, industrial manufacturing, search and rescue operations and much more. Robots are the future.

The Essex Robotics group concerns with the development of various kinds of embedded systems and intelligent robots that will be used in environments coexisting with humans. These systems and robots are mobile, autonomous, interactive and intelligent, and will be useful assistants / companions for people in different ages, situations, activities and environments in order to improve the quality of life.

The Essex Robotics group is one of the large mobile robotics groups in the UK, with advanced mobile robotics research facilities. Our Robot Arena is one hundred square metres in area and has a six metre high ceiling to accommodate flying robots. It has one of the world's largest powered lab floors for long-duration experiments with mobile robots.

We have invested over £1 million in equipping this state-of-the-art facility with robotic systems which include: collaborative table-top robot UR3, industrial robot Baxter, humanoid robot Pepper and NAO, mobile robots, flying robots, robotic fish, intelligent wheelchairs, and so on.

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Our research

The Robotics group at the University of Essex researches embedded systems and robots that will co-exist with humans in the future. Research areas include; brain-actuated robotic control, remote sensing, robot navigation, cognitive robotics, physical and virtual environments, and autonomous vehicles.

We are actively involved in a range of research projects. Our work has been funded by public bodies and private companies, and we have worked in collaboration with a number of other institutions around the world.

Infrastructure

  • Robotics Arena
  • Robotic Games Lab
  • a number of advanced robotics systems including a recently purchased Baxter robot

Our academics

Dr Adrian Clark

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Computer vision, virtual and augmented reality, genetic programming, remote sensing, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs).

Professor John Gan

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Brain-actuated robotic control, learning algorithms, neuro-fuzzy systems, computer vision, multimodal human-machine interfaces and information fusion.

Professor Dongbing Gu

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Distributed coordinated control of multi-robotic systems, distributed information fusion in wireless sensor networks and model predictive control of mobile robots, robot navigation.

Dr Vishwanathan Mohan

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Cognitive robotics, computational neuroscience, industrial manufacturing.

Dr Dimitri Ognibene

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Principles underlying adaptive social behaviour, biological and artificial agents, physical (visual and multimodal) and virtual environments, social media and virtual reality.

Dr John Woods

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Robotics and autonomous vehicles, robotic aviation.

Our research students

 Inas Al-Taie

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Nassr Azeez

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Arwa Basbrain

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Francesca Bianco

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Carmelo Calafiore

Research student

Department of Psychology, University of Essex

 Tao Chen

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Tuo Feng

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Julian Forrester

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Computer vision, genetic programming

 Rukiye Savran Kiziltepe

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Machine learning, deep learning, computer vision

 Cameron Kyle-Davidson

Research students

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Stefan Marincas

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Robotics for extreme environments, remote sensing

 Emily Marriott

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Onalenna Makhura

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Penelope Roberts

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Cognitive robotics, artificial neural networks, artificial intelligence.

 Aakash Soni

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Embedded intelligent systems, Cloud systems.

 Amit Walinjkar

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Embedded systems, healthcare technology, telecome VOIP networks, 3G, 4G, software defined radios, environmental engineering, signal processing, machine learning, IP security

 Michael Walton

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: PCB layout, PCB design, embedded connectivity, embedded radio links, microstrip antennas, intelligent hardware agents.

 Lei Wang

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Jessica Wright

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Dingtian Yan

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Hongtao Zhang

Research Student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

 Zuyuan Zhu

Research student

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Robotic assembly, learning from demonstration, autonomous skill learning systems

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Telephone: +44 (0)1206 872297