Physical interaction

This research program explores how a robot interacts with the physical world. Most useful tasks that a robot does involves interacting in some way with the world, for example,  grasping an object, turning a door handle, applying a grinding tool to a work piece, or a legged robot walking across the ground. In all cases the robot and the object exert forces on each other. Our researchers are exploring how to:

  • control these interaction forces to achieve the desired result
  • handle noisy sensor data
  • transition from vision-mediated control to force-mediated control.



PhD Topics


Led by Distinguished Professor Peter Corke