Statistical Machine Learning and Motor Control Group

Humans are remarkable in their ability to achieve complex dynamic tasks that require memory, planning and optimal use of their body. Most importantly, we seem to be extremely good at adapting to changes in the environment or to our own bodies; re-learning at various timescales ranging from milliseconds to days and months. Would it not be great to have machines that are as versatile and robust?

In our group, we study all aspects of robot motion synthesis, from planning and representation to actuator design and control. We employ techniques from the fields of probabilistic inference and learning, stochastic optimal control, reinforcement (and apprenticeship) learning and large-scale optimization to tackle real world, real-time problems in  anthropomorphic robotic systems. A cornerstone of our approach is data driven methods for learning and adaptation.

Broadly speaking, the Statistical Machine Learning and Motor Control Group at the University of Edinburgh conducts research under the following themes:

  • Learning algorithms for optimal planning and control of large degree of freedom anthropomorphic robotic systems.
  • Design, development and control of novel anthropomorphic hardware (e.g., variable impedance actuators).
  • Study of optimal multi-sensory integration strategies and implications for neuro-prosthetics (sensory substitutition, feedback).
  • Study of computational principles behind human sensorimotor control (including psychophysics of human movement).

Meet the academic and professional staff, postdoc researchers and PhD students.

An up-to-date publication list can be found here, along with the topics of recent interest

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Teaching resources and list of Courses at Edinburgh University our group is associated with.

An overview of research within SLMC, including current projects and recent publications.

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A list of our active projects and funding agencies.

A look at the lab facilties and hardware we use and software open-sourced by our group.