The Melbourne Robotics Laboratory conducts fundamental research in robotics manipulation strategies. Our investigations often centre on the use of robotics in collaboration with a human user or subject. The application of such strategies is expected to yield a level of performance (in different aspects) that is higher than that achievable by human performance only or robotic performance only.
The laboratory promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to research. Research projects are developed in close collaboration within the School of Engineering, within the University (such as the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences), as well as with national and international colleagues.
PhD scholarships for graduate studies by research are available through the University to local and international students, covering tuition fees and stipend. These competitive scholarships are provided based entirely on merits.
Information on applying for graduate study and scholarships is available on the Melbourne School of Engineering website:
Students interested in pursuing graduate research studies in Robotics are encouraged to contact us prior to applying for admission and scholarships.
Housed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Robotics Laboratory collaborates widely with academics within the School of Engineering and the University (as well as nationally and internationally). The following are the staff and students who are directly involved in the day to day running of the laboratory.
Current PhD students
Abhishek Prem Kumar,
Wences Shaw Cortez,
Dr Hadi Sugianto
Demian Moreno Perez
Dr Rina Shvartsman
Dr Shou-Han Zhou
Asst Prof Darwin Lau
For all the affiliated expertise, including all the co-supervisors to the graduate students, clinical collaborators and international collaborators, please consult the individual project descriptions.