Stipend and Home Fees

Learning to manipulate deformable objects

To learn to manipulate deformable objects and soft/amorphous materials, with applications to robots in domestic environments. Please note that only stipend and Home fees are funded by this project.
Prof. Subramanian Ramamoorthy
University of Edinburgh

The scientific focus of this project will be on learning to manipulate deformable objects and soft/amorphous materials. Practical examples of such robotic tasks in domestic environments include manipulating clothes and handling food items in the kitchen - tasks requiring careful representational choices for infinite-dimensional states and dynamics.  A key focus of our approach to this problem will be on learning models of object dynamics, and using such learned models to improve generalisation of policy synthesis.