My Research Team


Current Research Assistants

1)      Ian Dukes (May 2005 – present)

2)      Qiang LIU (February 2015 – present)

3)      Dr Haitao ZHANG (March 2015 – present)

Current PhD Research Students

1)      Sakour Ibraheem (October 2012 – present) (Self-funded)

      Research topic: Search and rescue mission using UAV: Crowd Control

2)      Qiang Liu (October 2014 – present) (Chinese Government + University funded)

Research topic: Building Semantic Map for Blind People to navigate at home

3)      Dingtian YAN (October 2015 – present) (Self-funded)

Research topic: Accurate localisation of a robotic pedestal for TV studio

Current Academic Visitors

1)      Dr Xiaogang FU, (Shanghai DianJi University, China, June 2015 – June 2016)

2)      Dr. Mohammadreza A. Oskoei (University of Allame, Iran, 2012 - present)

Former Academic Visitors

1)      Dr. Yi AN (Dalian University of Science & Technology, China, January 2015 – January 2016)

2)      Dr. Ignacio Gonzαlez ALONSO (University of Oviedo, Spain, May – July 2010)

3)      Qing CHEN (Hunan University of Technology, China, Sept 2010 – August 2011)

4)      Dr Shiming CHEN (East China Jiaotong University, China, Nov 2010 – Oct 2011)

5)      Dr. Huajun DU (Beijing Aerospace Automatic Control Institute, China, Nov 2012 – Oct 2013)

6)      Prof. Minrui FEI (Shanghai University, China, May – August 2005)

7)      Dr. Lei GUO (Nanjing Institute of Industry Technology, China, Nov 2013 – Oct 2014)

8)      Prof. Zhiwu Huang (Central South University, China, April 2008 – April 2009)

9)      Prof. Donghun KIM (Kyungnam University, Korea, March 2012 – Feb 2013)

10)  Dr Lixiong LI (Shanghai University, China, April – July 2007)

3)      Prof. Qi LI (Changsha University of Defence Technology, China, September 2014 – September 2015)

11)  Prof. Liqing LIAO (Central South University, China, Oct 2011 – Oct 2012)

12)  Dr. Xiangde LIU (Chongqing University of Post & Telecom, Chongqing, China, May 2015 – April 2016)

13)  Prof. Baodong LOU (Hohai University, Nanjing, China, March 2014 – March 2015)

14)  Dr. Gu-Yin RAO (Changsha University of Defence Technology, China, September 2014 – September 2015)

15)  Dr Qing SHEN (National University of Defence Technology, China, June-Nov 2013)

16)  Fang WANG (Shanghai Dianji University, China, July 2014 – June 2015)

17)  Qingfeng XIA (Nanjing Jinling College, China, Jan – April 2014)

18)  Prof. De XU (Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, May – August 2014)

19)  Dr Lei YANG (Shanghai University, China, March 2015 – March 2016)

20)  Prof. Kui YUAN (Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, July 2008 – March 2009)

21)  Dr Beiwei ZHANG (Nanjing Financial University, China, March 2013 – March 2014)

22)  Dr Shumei ZHANG (Shijiazhuang College, China, Nov 2005 – Nov 2006)

23)  Prof. Yi ZHANG (Chongqing University of Post & Telecom, China, June 2004 – May 2005)

24)  Dr Qingjie ZHAO (Beijing Institute of Technology, China, Sept 2008 – Aug 2009)

25)  Sheng QIU (Dalian University of Technology, China, Nov 2013 – Nov 2014)

26)  Dr. Mingzhong YAN (Shanghai Maritime University, China, March 2014 – March 2015)

Former Research Assistants

1)      Paul Cardy (October 2004 - December 2006)

2)      Liam Cragg (January 2007 - July 2007)

3)      Ian Dukes (October 2003 - March 2014)

4)      George Francis (August 2004 - July 2012)

5)      George Gimas (August 2005 - July 2006)

6)      Dragos Golubovic (December 2003 - November 2005)

7)      Matthew Hunter (October 2001 - July 2004)

8)      Rob Knight (October 2003 - September 2005)

9)      Jindong Liu (April 2003 - Nov 2007)

10)  Bowen Lv (Sept 2010 – October 2013)

11)  Hossein Farid Ghassem Nia (October 2010 – Dec 2014)

12)  John Oyekan (Oct 2010 – Feb 2013)

13)  Prashant V Solanki (November 2005 - October 2006)

14)  Theodoros Theodoridis (May 2011 – June 2013)

15)  Abdrew Tsui (July 2003 - December 2004)

16)  Lai Wei (Oct 2007 – June 2012)

17)  Huiyu Zhou (March 2004 - July 2006)

18)  Ling CHEN (May 2012 – September 2014)

19)  Ruijiao LI (May – June 2014)

20)  Sen WANG (May 2012 – July 2015)

21)  Dr Wenju ZHOU (March 2014 – March 2016)

Former Research Students

PhD degrees

1)      Kostas KOSTIADIS (PhD, October 1998 - March 2002)
Thesis title: Learning to cooperate in multi-agent systems

2)      Matthew HUNTER (PhD, October 1998 - June 2003)
Thesis title: Building position selection behaviours for simulated soccer agents

3)      Bo LI (PhD, November 1999 -  December 2003) (ORS award & University Studentship)
Thesis title: Visual tracking and prediction algorithms for quadruped walking robots

4)      D. GU (PhD, January 2000– December 2003) (University Studentship)
Research topic: Behaviour-Based Learning and Fuzzy Control of Autonomous Quadruped Robots

5)      Dragos GOLUBOVIC (PhD, October 2000 - October 2004) (University funded)
Research topic: Evolving Walking Behaviours for Sony Legged Robots

6)      Carlos A. Acosta CALDERON (PhD, October 2001 - Sept. 2005) (Mexican Government funded)
Research topic: Learning by imitation in a team of mobile robots

7)      Liam M CRAGG (PhD, October 2001 - Sept. 2005) (EPSRC Studentship)
Research topic: A fault tolerant architecture for multiple tele-robots

8)      Jindong LIU (PhD, April 2003 - October 2007) (Industry funded)
Research topic: Modelling and online optimisation of robotic fish behaviours

9)      Julian RYDE (PhD, October 2003 - September 2007) (EPSRC Studentship)
Research topic: Cooperative 3D mapping and localisation of multiple mobile robots

10)  Yaqin TAO (PhD, October 2002 - September 2007) (ORS award & University Studentship)
Research topic: Fusing visual and inertial data for human upper limb motion tracking in home-based rehabilitation

11)  Jiali SHEN (PhD, October 2003 - September 2007) (ORS award & University Studentship)
Research topic: Visual based indoor navigation for a service robot

12)  Nicola BELLOTTO (PhD, October 2004 - September 2008) (Industry & Department funded)
Research topic: Fusing visual and laser data for university open day guide robots

13)  Renato SAMPERIO (PhD, October 2003 - September 2008) (Mexico Government)
Research topic: Genetic Programming based evolution of multi-agent behaviours 

14)  Wanmi CHEN (PhD, October 2004 – March 2009) (Chinese-Government-funded)

Research topic: Study and Experiment of Real-time Control and Optimization Strategies for Small-size Soccer Robot Systems

Joint supervisor in Shanghai University, China

15)  Mohammadreza A. OSKOEI (PhD, October 2005 – July 2009) (Self-funded)
Research topic: Developing Adaptive Myoelectric Human-Machine Interface for Rehabilitation

16)  Hongqian ZHU, (PhD, October 2004 – July 2010) (Chinese-Government-funded), Research topic: Study of Trajectory Tracking for a Deep-Sea Mining Robot operating in a Complex Environment.

Joint supervisor in Central South University, China

17)  Pei JIA (PhD, October 2004 - 2011) (ORS Award & University Studentship)
Research topic: Audio-Visual based Human-Machine Interface for an Intelligent Wheelchair

18)  Theodoros THEODORIDIS (PhD, October 2005 – April 2011) (Industry & Department funded)
Research topic: Intelligent Crime Prevention Robot Agents: From Behaviour Learning to Strategy Scenarios

19)  Christopher LAZARUS (PhD, October 2002 - June 2011) (Self-funded)
Research topic: Genetic programming based evolution of multi-agent behaviours

20)  John OYEKAN (PhD, October 2008 – Feb 2012) (EPSRC studentship)
Research topic: Visualisation of Invisible Substances Using Unicellular Swarm Intelligence

21)  Lai WEI (PhD, January 2007 – June 2012) (Self-funded)
Research topic: Face movement based multi-modality human machine interface for intelligent wheelchairs

22)  James CANNAN (PhD, October 2009 – October 2013) (EPSRC studentship)

      Research topic: Bionic Human-Machine Interface

23)  Ling CHEN (PhD, January 2011 – December 2014) (University & China Scholarship Council funded)

Research topic: Intelligent control of robotic fish for pollution detection in a port

24)  Hossein Farid Ghassem NIA (PhD, October 2010 – December 2014) (KTP grant)

          Research topic: Improving Machine Perception in Machine Vision

25)  Ericka Janet RECHY-RAMIREZ (PhD, October 2010 – December 2014) (Mexican Government funded)

Research topic: Application of Evolutionary Algorithms to hands-free control of an Intelligent Wheelchair

26)  Sen WANG (October 2011 – present) (Chinese Government + University funded)

Research topic: Optimal State Estimation based Robot Localisation in GPS-denied 3D Space

27)  Richard J. CLAMPHAM (October 2011 - present) (Self-funded)
Research topic: Robotic Fish: The Carangiform Swimming Motion

MPhil & MSc by Research

1)      Pui Wo TSUI (MPhil, October 1999 - January 2003)
Thesis title: EA Multi-agent Framework for Cooperative Online Robots 

2)      Jinting GUO (MSc by research, October 2000 - October 2001)
Thesis title: Real-time visual feedback control of multiple football robots 

3)      Kevin DENG (MSc by research, October 1999 - November 2001)
Thesis title: Embedded Web Servers for Agent-based Intelligent Buildings

4)      Lixiang YU (MSc by research, October 1999 - November 2001)
Thesis title: A tele-robot training system over Internet

5)      Quan ZHOU (MSc by research, October 1999 - November 2001)
Thesis title: A semi-autonomous control system for Web-based robots

6)      Zhengyu LIU (MPhil, January 1999 - March 2002)
Thesis title: Simultaneous localisation and map building for multiple Sony legged robots

7)      Parkpoom LEKHAVAT (MSc by research, October 2000 - April 2003)
Thesis title: A Fuzzy Control System for Small-size Football Robots

8)      Ruijiao LI (MSc by research, October 2012 – December 2014) (Self funded)

Thesis title: ROS-based Navigation and Interaction for an Intelligent Wheelchair


This page is updated on 18 May 2016.