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About Amir Ghalamzan Esfahani

Amir is a Senior Lecturer of Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln (UoL). He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Mechanical engineering and an M.Sc. in Automatic Control Engineering and a PhD in Information Technology (Robotics). Prior to joining UoL, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Reseach Fellow at the University of Birmingham (UoB), UK. He has successfully acted as the main PhD supervisor at UoB. His first supervised PhD student successfully completed his research and started a postdoctoral position at the University of Surrey, UK. He is regularly serving as a reviewer for ICRA, IROS, RA-L, TRO, session chair at IROS. He was the main organiser of a workshop, titled "Task-informed grasping", at IROS 2018. He is a Co-I on a £1M Innovate UK project, called Graspberry, to make fast trajectory planner for picking strawberries. His research interests include robotic grasping and manipulation, agri-food robotics, teleoperation, shared control, variable autonomy, robot learning from demonstration and surgical robotics. News: I will give a talk at The 3rd UK Robot Manipulation Workshop, University of Leeds, UK, on "Haptic-guided teleoperation to enable predictive grasping".

Subject Specialism

Robotic grasping and manipulation

Qualifications

  • 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

Awards

  • 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,

Professional Affiliations

Activities

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.