Dr. Alex Li

Dr. Zhibin Li is a Lecturer in the Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour (IPAB) in the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh. During 2013 to 2015, Dr Li participated in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) Finals as a member of the WALK-MAN DRC team, contributing to the control and development of a full-size humanoid robot WALK-MAN. Dr Li has rich experience in robot hardware platforms, and has built strong expertise in the areas of force & compliance control, optimisation of high-degree-of-freedom (DoF) robots, sampling-based motion planning, and machine learning for achieving dynamic motions and intelligent behaviour of high-DoF robots.

He is now the head of Advanced Intelligent Robotics Lab in IPAB and his research focuses on a variety of control technologies involving robust control, optimisation and machine learning for solving challenging problems in dynamic motion control (manipulation, grasping, locomotion), and complex behaviours of mobile and legged robots.

See a representative work on Science Robotics here, and follow more on our Lab Twitter.


Research keywords: 
Meta-learning and data-efficient learning; Deep reinforcement learning; Autonomous robot manipulation & locomotion; Optimisation and model predictive control.
Control and Motion Planning
Human Robot Interaction
Machine Learning and AI (inc. multi-agent systems)
Robot Design and Soft Robotics
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