I am a senior lecturer in Computer Science, and a member of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS). My research interests include haptics, variable autonomy shared control, and human-robot collaboration.
My research focus is building dynamic switching behaviours between different levels of robotic autonomy (e.g. full human control vs. full autonomy) during shared control of a physical task. I am particularly interested in the use of haptics in human-robot collaboration where two agents share the control authority of a physical task. For this purpose, I build novel haptic interaction paradigms for determining the appropriate level of autonomy for a robotic system through the use of machine learning, adaptive control, and user modelling techniques. At one side of this goal, I investigate human interaction data to understand how humans utilise forces when performing dynamic physical actions. At the other side, I use these observations to put the human in the loop, and build intelligent interactive machine systems tailored to work in close contact with humans in personal spaces.