Research Group

Robotics and Mechatronics

On the right a male student is holding a clipboard. On the left a Baxter robot is placing a yellow piece in a Connect Four game.

3D printing, autonomous driving, domestic assistance, healthcare devices, industrial manufacturing, search and rescue operations and much more. Robots and mechatronic systems are the future.

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

The Essex Robotics and Mechatronics Group is one of the largest robotics and mechatronics 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 £2 million in equipping this state-of-the-art facility with robotics and mechatronic systems which include: collaborative table-top robot UR3, industrial robot Baxter, humanoid robot Pepper and NAO, wheeled mobile robots, flying robots, robotic fish, intelligent wheelchairs, and so on.

Some of our researchers are also members of the Centre for Computational Intelligence, or are in the research groups; AI for Decision Making, Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering, and Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments.

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Our research

The Robotics and Mechatronics group at the University of Essex researches mechatronic systems and robots that will co-exist with humans in the future. Research areas include brain-actuated robotic control, remote sensing, 3D mapping, 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 Anirban Chowdhury

Group member (also a member of the Centre for Computational Intelligence)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Robotic exoskeleton-based rehabilitative and assistive technologies.

Dr Adrian Clark

Group member (also a member of AI for Decision Making, and Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Computer vision, remote sensing, unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs), systems to aid the vulnerable and elderly.

Dr Shoaib Ehsan

Group member (also a member of Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, embedded systems.

Professor John Gan

Group member (also a member of Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering)

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 Ali Kafash Hoshiar

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Soft robotics, swarm microrobotics, nanorobotics, mechatronic systems for small scale robots.

Dr Liang Hu

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Human-robot collaboration, safe autonomous vehicles, learning for robotics, robotic control, mechatronics.

Professor Klaus McDonald-Maier

Group member (also a member of AI for Decision Making, and Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Embedded systems, robot control, processing power for robotics, artificial intelligence.

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 (also a member of AI for Decision Making, and Brain-Computer Interfaces and Neural Engineering)

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 Jinya Su

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Intelligent Autonomous Systems, UAV remote sensing, machine learning, control engineering.

Dr John Woods

Group member

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Robotics and autonomous vehicles, robotic aviation.

Dr Xiaojun Zhai

Group member (also a member of Intelligent Embedded Systems and Environments)

School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex

Research interests: Embedded systems, embedded processor architectures, System on Chip (SoC) design, hardware acceleration.

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

 Carmelo Calafiore

Research student

Department of Psychology, 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

 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

 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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