About me

My research interests cover many aspects of learning algorithms applied to assistive robotics and autonomous vehicles, including perception and manipulation, sim2real transfer learning, reinforcement learning, among other.                                                    Email: f.zhang16 (at) imperial (dot) ac (dot) uk

I received my Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London (within Personal Robotics Lab, advised by Prof. Yiannis Demiris), focusing on robot-assisted dressing. Some other past research includes dexterous manipulation with underactuated hands and preoperative planning for surgical robots.

More information about robot-assisted dressing can be found here. I have a recent recorded talk at IET event Human Motion Analysis for Healthcare Applications. My research has been reported by BloombergThe Times. Please refer to my CV for more information. 

While not working, I enjoy hiking (recommendation: Margate), travelling (recommendation: Norway), video games (recommendation: The Last of Us) and playing ukulele.


Latest News

  • Jun 2020 – A talk given at Intelligent Robot Seminar, Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI), with more than 150,000 live audience. (video)
  • May 2020 – Press Coverage: User Posture Tracking for Robot-Assisted Dressing, Chinese Association for Artificial Intelligence (CAAI).
  • Jan 2020 – Paper accepted to ICRA 2020! “Learning Grasping Points for Garment Manipulation in Robot-Assisted Dressing”. (video, presentation video
  • Dec 2019 – A plenary talk given at Shenzhou Forum for International Young Scholars, Harbin Institute of Technology.
  • Aug 2019 – Press Coverage: Robotic Nurse That Helps You Dress Could Aid Staff Shortage on Bloomberg, The Times, Daily Mail, TelegraphSouth China Morning Post.
  • July 2019 – The video of my talk about robot-assisted dressing at IET Conference Human Motion Analysis for Healthcare Applications is online now.
  • Mar 2019 – Paper accepted to IEEE Transactions on Robotics! “Probabilistic Real-Time User Posture Tracking for Personalized Robot-Assisted Dressing”. (paper, video, presentaion video at IET)
  • Jun 2017 – Abstract accepted to The 2nd UK Robot Manipulation Workshop! “Personalized Robot-assisted Dressing using User Modeling in Latent Spaces”.
  • Jun 2017 – Paper accepted to IROS 2017! “Personalized Robot-assisted Dressing using User Modeling in Latent Spaces”.
  • Jan 2017 – Paper accepted to ICRA 2017! “Preoperative Planning for the Multi-arm Surgical Robot using PSO-GP-based Performance Optimization”.
  • Aug 2016 – My paper “Preoperative Setup Planning for Robotic Surgery Based on a Simulation Platform and Gaussian Process” has been selected as the Best Student Paper of International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation (ICMA 2016), China.
  • Jul 2016 – My Msc thesis has been selected as Best Msc Thesis Award of Harbin Institute of Technology, 2016 (<10%)
  • Jun 2015 – Paper accepted to IROS 2015! “An Under-Actuated Manipulation Controller Based on Workspace Analysis and Gaussian Processes”.