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Dr Nathan Lepora

Dr Nathan Lepora

Dr Nathan Lepora
BA(Cantab), MMath(Cantab), PhD(Cantab)

Senior Lecturer in Engineering Mathematics

Area of research

Robotics and computational neuroscience

Office 2.50
Merchant Venturers Building,
Woodland Road, Clifton BS8 1UB
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+44 (0) 117 331 5169



I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Engineering Maths at the University of Bristol and Bristol Robotics Laboratory. I am also a Program Director for the MSc in Robotics.

I lead and am a Principal Investigator for the Tactile Robotics Research Theme at Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

I have previously been a Research Fellow in the Adaptive Behaviour Research Group and Sheffield Robotics at the University of Sheffield. I trained originally in Applied Mathematics, with a BA, MMath (Part III), PhD and JRF from Cambridge University.

I also work as a commissioned author, mainly in science education and popular science (ages 8-16).

My research interests span robotics, neuroscience and biomimetics. My principal focus is robot and animal perception. In robotics, I specialize in tactile perception and manipulation with robot arms and hands. In neuroscience, I specialize in models of perceptual decision making based on statistical optimality. Biomimetics links these research areas: robots can test models of biological perception and robot perception can use principles from biology.


Lecturer on Engineering Mathematics 2 (Vector Calculus)

Unit director on Technology and Context in Robotics Systems

Member of FARSCOPE CDT and Neural Dynamics CDT colleges of supervisors



  • Robotics - principally robot touch
  • Neuroscience - principally perception and decision making
  • Biomimetics

Recent publications

View complete publications list in the University of Bristol publications system


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