Interested in the REDS Lab?

We are currently looking to grow our team and would like to hear from highly-motivated and talented individuals interested in joining our lab as postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, or undergraduate researchers. More information here.

Spherical handThe Robotic manipulation: Engineering, Design, and Science Laboratory (REDS Lab) in the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London conducts research on the analysis, design, and implementation of novel, divergent robotic systems that can purposefully perform physical changes to the world around us under diversity and uncertainty. We are devoted to the study and development of future robot technology for both gross and fine manipulation. Robotic gross manipulation refers to operations that typically involve the motion of large robot parts such as robotic arms or other types of extremities. In contrast, in robotic fine manipulation, the actions are carried out by the motion of small robot parts such as robotic fingers, hands, and wrists. In both types of manipulation the resulting physical changes to the environment can be rough or precise depending on the objectives of the task.

In the REDS Lab, we focus on determining which robotic gross and fine manipulators can be possibly built from the laws of mathematics and nature that can improve or redefine the state of the art. The objective of our research process is to generate robotic systems with, for example, control characteristics of reduced complexity, a better motion performance, or large adaptability, to name some. We are interested in attributes that can enhance the robots’ response to indeterminate and unanticipated situations resulting from variations of the environment or errors in sensing and actuation. An essential aspect of our approach is the implementation and testing of theoretical designs generated analytically into physical systems; the application and development of innovative fabrication techniques play a fundamental role in our research efforts. We find inspiration in the manipulation problems arising in home and service robotics, healthcare and medical applications, manufacturing, and space exploration; our long-term goal is to create robots from scratch that surpass the manipulation capabilities observed in humans and other animals in all conditions.