Dr Fan Zhang

Honda Research Institute EU
Carl-Legien-Straße 30
63073 Offenbach am Main, Germany

I am a guest scientist at Honda Research Institute EU and a visiting researcher at Imperial College London. I was an Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellow funded by Schmidt Futures. I received my Ph.D. degree from Imperial College London (advised by Prof. Yiannis DemirisPersonal Robotics Lab).

My research interests cover many aspects of machine learning algorithms applied to general robot manipulation for human-robot interaction. 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.


Mar, 2024

I am organizing a workshop at RSS 2024: Learning for Assistive Robots.

Feb, 2024

Recent talks update: Guest Lecture, TAMS, University of Hamburg, (Feb 2024); Talks on Assistive Robotics, King's College London, (Dec 2023); AI seminar in Statistics, Imperial College London, (May 2023); Tsinghua University, (with more than 150,000 live audience, Jun 2020, videovideo); Apple Weekly Seminar (Apr 2022); 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).

Aug, 2023

I joined the inaugural annual conference convening of The Eric and Wendy Schmidt AI in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, a program of the Schmidt Futures initiative, in Toronto, Canada from August 16 to 19, 2023.

Jul, 2023

Paper accepted to IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L)! “Visual-Tactile Learning of Garment Unfolding for Robot-Assisted Dressing”.

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”.