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About Amir Ghalamzan Esfahani

Amir Ghalamzan is a Senior Lecturer of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln. His research interests include robotic grasping and manipulation, teleoperation, control and learning from demonstrations. He has conducted research on task planning, optimal control, robot learning from demonstration and robotic perception. Prior to joining L-CAS, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK, working on grasping and manipulation in an extreme environment. His research interests include robotic grasping and manipulation, agrifood robotics, teleoperation, shared control, variable autonomy, robot learning from demonstration and surgical robotics.

Subject Specialism

Robotic grasping and manipulation


  • PhD — Politecnico di Milano, Italy, 2015
  • M.Sc. (second level Specialisation) — Politecnico di Torino, Italy, 2011
  • M.Sc. — Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran, 2009
  • B.Sc. — Urmia University, Iran, 2004


  • Best Interactive Paper award -- Finalist — Humanoids 2016,
  • Full PhD Scholarship — Politecnico di Milano,
  • Full Scholarship for Master study at Politecnico di Torino — Compagnia di San Paolo Scholarship,

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Research Interests

  • Task-informed robotic grasping and manipulation

  • Robot learning from demonstration

  • Shared-control in teleoperation

  • variable autonomy

Research Projects

  • GRASPberry — Innovate UK in 2019

Professional Affiliations


I am an Associate Research Fellow at the School of Metallurgy and Material, University of Birmingham, UK. I am partly involved in the research and PhD supervision at the Extreme Robotic Lab directed by Prof. Rustam Stolkin, University of Birmingham, UK. I supervised Nikos Mavrakis who started his PhD in October 2015. He started working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Space Robotic Hub, University of Surrey, UK, in October 2018. Nikos worked on mass estimation and using mass distribution for choosing grasp configuration. I also supervise Tommaso Pardi who started as a PhD student in January 2018. Tommaso is working on robotic cutting.