Dr Fan Zhang

Personal Robotics Lab
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College London
South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ

I am an Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellow in Personal Robotics LabImperial-X, Imperial College London. I received my Ph.D. degree also from Imperial College London (advised by Prof. Yiannis Demiris, Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Emerging Technologies).

I have been awarded The Queen Mary UK Best PhD in Robotics Award 2020 1st place! My research has been accepted at Science Robotics and reported by BloombergThe Times. More information about robot-assisted dressing can be found here.

My research interests cover many aspects of machine learning algorithms applied to robotics. I have been working for the projects: DRISK; Closed-Loop Multisensory Brain-Computer Interface for Enhanced Decision Accuracy; UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Node in Trust; Robot-assisted Dressing for Paralyzed Patients.

While not working, I enjoy hiking, travelling, playing squash and ukulele.


Dec, 2022
Mar, 2022

Paper accepted to Science Robotics! “Learning Garment Manipulation Policies toward Robot-Assisted Dressing”.

Jan, 2020

Paper accepted to ICRA 2020! “Learning Grasping Points for Garment Manipulation in Robot-Assisted Dressing”.

Mar, 2019

Paper accepted to IEEE Transactions on Robotics! “Probabilistic Real-Time User Posture Tracking for Personalized Robot-Assisted Dressing”.

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 ICMA 2016 (International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation).

Jun, 2015

Paper accepted to IROS 2015! “An Under-Actuated Manipulation Controller Based on Workspace Analysis and Gaussian Processes”.

Jan, 2022

Recent talks update: State Key Laboratory of Intelligent Technology and Systems, Tsinghua, (Apr 2022); Apple Weekly Seminar (Apr 2022); TechBeat talk (Aug 2021, video); Intelligent Robot Seminar (with more than 150,000 live audience, Jun 2020, video); IET Conference Human Motion Analysis for Healthcare Applications (July 2019, video); The Hamlyn Centre, Imperial College London (Nov 2017); The 2nd UK Robot Manipulation Workshop (Jul 2017).