Hello, and welcome to my research website. I am a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow at Imperial College London, where I also lead the robot manipulation team in the Dyson Robotics Lab. My research is at the intersection of computer vision, robotics, and machine learning.I am studying how we can teach robots to understand images they see of the world. In turn, this aims to equip robots with capacities such as recognising, picking up, and manipulating objects, and performing useful tasks by learning hand-eye coordination skills. Recently, I have become particularly involved with deep learning and reinforcement learning for controlling robots directly from raw images, with a particular emphasis on large-scale training using simulation.
After receiving a BA and MEng from Cambridge University, in 2009 I joined Imperial College to begin my PhD studies. Following my PhD, I spent a year at UCL as a postdoc, before returning to Imperial College in 2014, to help set up the Dyson Robotics Lab and take up a Dyson Fellowship. In 2017, I was then awarded a 5-year Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship, to work at Imperial College on my project "Empowering Next-Generation Robots with Dexterous Manipulation: Deep Learning via Simulation".
For students interested in projects with me, please see my teaching page, and for any other enquires, please get in touch. In 2017, I chaired the 2nd UK Robot Manipulation Workshop at Imperial College, which brought together 130 researchers from across the UK, and we are currently preparing the 3rd Workshop to be held later in 2018. So if you would like to get involved in any capacity, then please let me know!
Below are some of my publications which best represent my recent research. (See here for all publications.)