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The Applied AI Lab (A2I) explores core challenges in AI and Machine Learning to enable robots to robustly and effectively operate in complex, real-world environments. Our research is guided by our vision to create machines which constantly improve through use in their dedicated workspace. In doing so we explore a number of intellectual challenges at the heart of robot learning such as machine introspection in perception and decision making, data efficient learning from demonstration, task-based and transfer learning and the learning of complex tasks via a curriculum of less complex ones. All the while our intellectual curiosity remains grounded in real-world robotics domains such as autonomous driving, logistics, manipulation or space exploration.

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Delighted to be working with the Whiteson Research Lab on weakly supervised modular LfD. How do we simultaneously align task sketches with demonstrations while learning sub-policies? … Find out here.


We are hiring for two postdoctoral research positions! If you’re interested in joining our exciting research efforts to push the boundaries in robot learning for perception, action, and interaction, check out the job posts here and here.


We are excited to say that we are organising a workshop on “Acting and Interacting in the Real World: Challenges in Robot Learning” at NIPS 2017 in December! This is in collaboration with Raia Hadsell and Martin Riedmiller (Google DeepMind) as well as Rohan Paul (MIT). You can see the details here.


A2I will present papers at both CoRL and NIPS!  For further details, see the Research page.

  • M. Wulfmeier, I. Posner, and P. Abbeel, “Mutual Alignment Transfer Learning,” in Conference on Robot Learning, 2017.
  • A. R. Kosiorek, A. Bewley, and I. Posner, “Hierarchical Attentive Recurrent Tracking,” in Neural Information Processing Systems, 2017.


903, 2017

Auditory perception

Leveraging the Urban Soundscape Abstract - Urban environments are characterised by the presence of distinctive audio signals which alert the drivers to events that require prompt action. The detection and interpretation of these signals would be [...]

2909, 2014


In the context of decision making in robotics, the use of a classification framework which produces scores with inappropriate confidences will ultimately lead to the robot making dangerous decisions. In order to select a framework [...]