Dr Fan Zhang

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

I am a Research Associate in the Personal Robotics Lab, 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 am currently working on robot-assisted dressing for impaired patients. My research interests cover many aspects of learning algorithms applied to assistive robotics and human-robot interaction.

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

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


Jan, 2020

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

Aug, 2019

Press Coverage: Robotic Nurse That Helps You Dress Could Aid Staff Shortage on BloombergThe TimesDaily MailTelegraphSouth China Morning Post.

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”.

Aug, 2021

Recent talks update: 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).