Andrew Davison: Research

I hold the position of Professor of Robot Vision at the Department of Computing, Imperial College London, and lead the Dyson Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College where we are working on vision and AI technology for next generation home robotics. I also lead the Robot Vision Research Group though most of my activity is now within the Dyson Lab.

I am working in computer vision and robotics: specifically my main research has concerned SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) using vision, with a particular emphasis on methods that work in real-time with commodity cameras. This is technology that can provide low-cost and robust real-time localisation and scene understanding for domestic robots, humanoid robots, wearable sensors, game interfaces or other devices.

Currently my main research interests are in improving the performance in terms of dynamics, scale, detail level, efficiency and semantic understanding of real-time 3D vision. I believe that SLAM is evolving into something even more important that I am calling "Spatial AI". Please read my 2018 discussion paper FutureMapping: The Computational Structure of Spatial AI Systems for a good summary of my current views on research!

Imperial College Robotics; Imperial College Computer Vision: please contact me if you have an outstanding background and motivation to undertake PhD studies or post-doctoral research as I am always looking for excellent new team members. I apologise that I am not always able to reply to all messages but you can be sure that your message will catch my eye if you have top level mathematics and programming skills and experience which is relevant to our research. Unfortunately we do not normally have positions for interns or short-term visitors.

Research and News

Please see the Dyson Robotics Lab Webpage for news, videos and publications about my group's work. And follow me on Twitter at @AjdDavison for up-to-date research news, thoughts and discussions about vision, robotics, SLAM, Spatial AI and the wider world of technology!

Andrew Davison