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Professor Nathan Lepora

Professor Nathan Lepora

Professor Nathan Lepora
BA(Cantab.), MMath(Cantab.), PhD(Cantab.)

Professor of Robotics and AI

Area of research

Robotics, neuroscience and AI

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



I am a Professor of Robotics & AI in the Department of Engineering Mathematics and Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the University of Bristol.

I lead and am Principal Investigator for the Tactile Robotics Group, currently 18 members. Our research aims are to artificially reproduce human-like dexterity in robots, building on advances in fabricating soft tactile robotic hands and modern advances in AI such as deep learning. My group is supported by a Research Leadership Award from the Leverhulme Trust. 

I also work as a commissioned author. My most recent book DKFindout! Robots was published by Dorling-Kindersley (Penguin House) in 2018.

Previously, I worked in Computational Neuroscience and Biomimetic Robotics as a Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield. My original training was as a Mathematician and Physicist at King's College, University of Cambridge. 



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


Recent publications

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