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Dr Tim Helps

Dr Tim Helps

Dr Tim Helps

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Area of research

Insect-inspired strong and soft semi-autonomous agents for remote missions

Office 1.80
Bristol Robotics Lab,
T Block, UWE Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane BS16 1QY
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+44 (0) 117 331 5936


artificial muscles
robotic locomotion
assistive orthotics
soft sensors


Tim Helps received his MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol in 2010. He continued his studies in bio-inspired robotic locomotion, focusing on improving the energetic economy of running and hopping robots, and was awarded his PhD in 2015. He then worked on the Wearable Soft Robotics for Independent Living (The Right Trousers) project, developing soft robotic assistive technologies and devices to improve the mobility and independence of elderly and disabled people. The project received wide press coverage including BBC News, The Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph.

He is now an IC Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Royal Academy of Engineering, developing insect-inspired semi-autonomous robots for remote missions such as intelligence gathering, humanitarian disaster relief and industrial repair.

His research interests include robotic locomotion, artificial muscles, soft sensors, and assistive orthotics.


  • artificial muscles
  • robotic locomotion
  • assistive orthotics
  • soft sensors

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