News and Events

Find out what has been happening recently in the SLMC group.

Waseda Super Global University (SGU) Symposium Keynote

Invited speaker at the International Symposium on Machine Intelligence for Future Society 2023

Published Paper Autonomous Robots

Congratulations Henrique Ferrolho, Vladimir Ivan, Wolfgang Merkt, Ioannis Havoutis and Sethu Vijayakumar

Papers accepted at IROS 2023

Two papers accepted at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) 2023, being held in Detroit.

Congratulations (Dr.) Ran Long for successfully passing his DPhil viva

Title: Robust SLAM and motion segmentation under long-term dynamic large occlusions

Published Paper Royal Society Open Science

Congratulations to Daniel Gordon, Andreas Christou, Theodoros Stouraitis, Michael Gienger and Sethu Vijayakumar

Congratulations (Dr.) Russell Buchanan for successfully passing his DPhil viva

Title: Inertial Learning and Haptics for Legged Robot State Estimation in Visually Challenging Environments

Congratulations (Dr.) Traiko Dinev for a successful PhD Defence

Title: Concurrent Design and Motion Planning in Robotics using Differentiable Optimal Control

Congratulations (Dr.) Jiayi Wang for a successful PhD Defence

Title: Online Receding Horizon Planning of Multi-Contact Locomotion

IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2023

SLMC and The Alan Turing Institute present one keynote, five papers and a workshop at ICRA2023

Bayes Centre Tour: Meet the Robots

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics are involved in world leading research on robots for human assistance. For one day only we opened our laboratory to adults and children to discover cutting-edge robotic research, meet humanoid robots and learn the ways robots can assist humans.

Published Paper IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO)

Congratulations to Mathew Pollayil, Franco Angelini, Guiyang Xin, Michael Mistry, Sethu Vijayakumar, Antonio Bicchi and Manolo Garabini

Best Conference Paper Finalist at IEEE Robio 2022

Congratulations to Andreas Christou, Daniel Gordon, Theodoros Stouraitis and Sethu Vijayakumar

Published Paper Conference on Robot Learning (CoRL 2022)

Congratulations to Christopher Mower, Theodoros Stouraitis, Joao Moura, Christian Rauch, Lei Yan, Nazanin Zamani Behabadi, Michael Gienger, Tom Vercauteren, Christos Bergeles and Sethu Vijayakumar

MEMMO project winner of Étoiles de l’Europe

Horizon 2020 MEMMO project awarded the 12 stars of Europe 2022

DAWN Avatar Robot Cafe

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar visits the cafe to see the impact of our collaboration with Kawada Robotics Corporation

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar at Data Summit 2022

3rd & 4th November 2022 - EICC, Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh-Digital University Kerala MoU signing

St. James Court, London – 11th October 2022

Impact of UKIERI collaborations

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar takes part in a short film highlighting the impact of the UKIERI collaborations

Papers accepted at IROS 2022 Conference

Three SLMC papers accepted at IROS 2022

Deputy First Minister visits Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

John Swinney MSP visits The University of Edinburgh Wednesday 24th August 2022

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar presents keynote speech at Altair Executive Dinner

Invited Keynote and Panellist at Altair Executive Dinner & Networking Event

Published Paper IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RAL)

Congratulations to Christian Rauch, Ran Long, Vladimir Ivan and Sethu Vijayakumar

Vision Zero Summit Japan 2022

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar presents a talk on 'Shared Autonomy for Dependable Human Robot Interactions'

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar presents a talk at ADAPT research centre in Dublin

'From Automation to Autonomy: Novel Machine Learning driving the Next-Generation of Robotics’

IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RAL) Published Paper

Congratulations to Shen Li, Theodoros Stouraitis, Michael Gienger, Sethu Vijayakumar and Julie Shah

SLMC welcomes a new Postdoctoral Researcher to the team

Dr Saeid Samadi joins the team in Edinburgh

BBC Reporting Scotland broadcast with Professor Sethu Vijayakumar

How British Sign Language is changing in Computer Science - 28 March 2022

IEEE UK & Ireland RAS Chapter 1st Prize Poster Winners

Congratulations Joao Moura, Chris Mower, Christian Rauch, Vladimir Ivan and Sethu Vijayakumar

IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO) Published Paper

Congratulations to Daniel Gordon, Christopher McGreavy, Andreas Christou and Sethu Vijayakumar

Papers accepted at ICRA 2022 Conference

Two SLMC papers accepted at ICRA 2022

Avatar XPrize Finalists

Dr Vladimir Ivan and Professor Sethu Vijayakumar as part of the AvatarX team lead by Touchlab recently qualified for the finals of the Avatar XPRIZE.

IEEE UK and Ireland RAS Chapter Conference 2022

University of Edinburgh 23 February 2022

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar talks at CompSoc Student Society

From Automation to Autonomy: Data-driven Machine Learning for Interactive Robotics, 18 February 2022

The Future of Robotics WIRED documentary

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar provides his insight into the future of robotics in a four part WIRED documentary

India Science Festival 21st January 2022 online event

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar presents a talk on 'Future of Automated Robots: How far have we come?'.

SLMC welcomes two new PhD students

Two new PhD students join the team in Edinburgh

Congratulations (Dr.) Christopher Mower for his successful PhD Defence

Title: An Optimization-based Formalism for Shared Autonomy in Dynamic Environments

IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering Journal Article, Volume 29

Congratulations to Carlo Tiseo, Wolfgang Merkt, Keyhan Kouhkiloui Babarahmati, Wouter Wolfslag, Ioannis Havoutis, Sethu Vijayakumar and Michael Mistry

Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal Article Volume 142, August 2021

Congratulations to Henrique Ferrolho, Wolfgang Merkt, Carlo Tiseo and Sethu Vijayakumar

Papers accepted at IROS 2021 Conference

Three SLMC papers accepted at IROS 2021

AI Research in Japan: Challenges at the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project - Online Event

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar chairs the online event with Professor Sugiyama Masashi, Director of the RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project (RIKEN-AIP)

IEEE Robotics and Automation Society TC Best Paper Award Finalist

Title: Online Hybrid Motion Planning for Dyadic Collaborative Manipulation via Bilevel Optimization

Minister for Science, Research and Innovation visits Edinburgh Centre for Robotics

Amanda Solloway MP visits The University of Edinburgh Thursday 24th June 2021

Paper accepted at IEEE-RAS 20th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2021)

Congratulations to Jiayi Wang, Sanghyun Kim, Sethu Vijayakumar and Steve Tonneau

Paper accepted at Robotics: Science and Systems (RSS 2021)

Congratulations to Chris Mower, Joao Moura and Sethu Vijayakumar

Congratulations (Dr.) Daniel Gordon for his successful PhD Defence

Title: Exoskeleton-assisted Locomotion Design, Control & Evaluation of Wearable Robotic Devices

Avatar XPrize Semi-finalists

Members of the SLMC group in collaboration with Touchlab qualify for the USA semi-finals.

Congratulations (Dr.) Theodoros Stouraitis for his successful PhD Defence

Title: A Dyadic collaborative Manipulation formalism for Optimizing Human-Robot Teaming

Congratulations (Dr.) João Moura for his successful PhD Defence

Title: Controlling and Learning Constrained Motions for Manipulation in Contact

Professor Vijayakumar secures two new Joint Industry Projects (JIP) with HONDA and Kawada

Honda and Kawada join the University of Edinburgh in the latest cutting edge research

Papers accepted at ICRA 2021 Conference

Nine SLMC papers accepted at ICRA 2021

Harmony: Enhancing Healthcare with Assistive Robotic Mobile Manipulation

New H2020 Project awarded to enable flexible and safe autonomous mobile manipulation robots for use in human-centred environments.

Scotsman Inside Science

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar explains how robotics can lend a personal touch to human healthcare

ORCA Hub Vlog: Robust Shared Autonomy and Whole Body Motion Control for Loco-Manipulation

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar in conversation with Professor David Lane - 24 September 2020

Turing Lecture: Building Dynamic Robots with Boston Dynamics

In conversation with Marc Raibert of Boston Dynamics: 22 Sep 2020 (3 pm BST)

The Ethics of Disruption: Robots can re-boot the world

Jericho Roundtable Discussion 4th September 2020

Talos Humanoid arrives in Edinburgh

Talos six-foot humanoid robot arrives in Edinburgh

Robotics: Science and Systems 2020

SLMC presenting at RSS 12th July 2020

Papers accepted at IROS 2020 Conference

Seven SLMC papers accepted at IROS 2020

Professor Sethu Vijayakumar elected fellow of the ELLIS network

'ELLIS Robot Learning: Closing the Reality Gap!'

World Artificial Intelligence Conference

Professor Vijayakumar to talk at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) on 10th July 2020.

RSE Artificial Intelligence Event

From Automation to Autonomy: Collaborative Robots driving the Future of Work


From Automation to Autonomy: Advances in Machine Learning driving Next-gen Robotics

Edinburgh: Space Data Capital

Dr Vladimir Ivan appears on Edinburgh: Space Data Capital

Sethu Vijayakumar at CogX 2020

The CogX Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI & Breakthrough Technology

Papers Accepted at ICRA 2020 Conference

Three SLMC papers accepted at ICRA2020.

RSE After Hours **CANCELLED**

Enjoy an evening focused around artificial intelligence and it's impact on society. Join Professor Sethu Vijayakumar as part of the line up for an evening of discussions, short talks and activities showcasing the latest research and cutting edge developments.

Talos Humanoid at the Edinburgh International Science Festival **CANCELLED**

The newest addition to the robotics research lab at the University of Edinburgh

Professor Vijayakumar at the V&A Dundee Robots Exhibition

‘Hello Robot’ exhibition, V&A Dundee

Turing UK-Japan Robotics and AI workshop

The first formal workshop as part of a wider UK government announcement relating to new scientific collaborations between UK and Japan.