About Me

I am currently a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Robotics at the Department of Engineering, King’s College London. I am an enthusiastic and dedicated researcher doing research on machine learning and computer vision algorithms with applications in robotics, e.g., robot perception, object recognition & localisation, and multimodal sensing fusion.

I was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Computer Science, the University of Liverpool, from 2018 to 2021, and was Director for the smARTLab at the Department. Prior to that, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University from 2017 to 2018, and at the University of Leeds from 2016 to 2017. I received the PhD degree in Robotics from King’s College London, in 2016. I was a Visiting Scientist at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), MIT, in 2016. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).


Email: shan.luo at kcl.ac.uk


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  • Feb 2023: We will organise a Special Issue in Tactile Robotics at IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO), stay tuned!
  • Feb 2023: I have been selected to join the UKRI Future Leaders Fellows Development Network’s PATHWAYS programme.
  • Jan 2023: Two papers accepted to ICRA 2023, congratulations to Guanquan, Jongmin, and the team!
  • Jan 2023: Our application to the Robot Live Lab event has been successful, stay tuned on our live streaming of robotics research at our Centre for Robotics Research!
  • Jan 2023: Our paper on dynamic path planning is accepted to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, congratulations to Henry and the team! paper link
  • Jan 2023: Our Tacchi paper has been accepted to RA-L, congratulations to Zixi and the team! website
  • Dec 2022: Our ViTac workshop has been accepted to ICRA 2023, see you in London!
  • Dec 2022: Congratulations to Yiming, Hai-Ning and the team for winning the Best Paper Award at ACM SIGGRAPH VRCAI 2022 for our paper “Teleoperation of a Fast Omnidirectional Unmanned Ground Vehicle in the Cyber-Physical World via a VR Interface”!
  • Nov 2022: Welcome Zhenxi (Nathan) to join our group!
  • Nov 2022: Our paper on Skill Generalization of Tubular Object Manipulation with Tactile Sensing and Sim2Real Learning has been accepted to Robotics and Autonomous Systems, congratulations to Kun and the team!
  • Nov 2022: I will give a talk at the 4th UK Robot Manipulation Workshop, join us on 12th and 13th Jan 2023 in Bristol!
  • Oct 2022: We start a new one-year project funded by Unilever!
  • Oct 2022: I am invited to give a keynote talk at the French research group in Robotics (GdR) days.
  • Oct 2022: I am invited to give an invited talk at Humanoid Robotics Forum.
  • Sep 2022: I will be an Associate Editor for ICRA 2023.
  • Aug 2022: I am now on the IET Robotics and Mechatronics Technical Network Committee!
  • Aug 2022: Our paper on vision guided tactile poking for transparent object grasping is accepted to IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (T-Mech), congratulations to Jiaqi and the team! [Paper] [Website]
  • Jul 2022: I am now a UKRI EPSRC Peer Review College member.
  • Jul 2022: Our A4T paper has been selected as a finalist for the Best Student Paper Award at CASE 2022, vey well done Jiaqi! [Paper] [Website]
  • Jul 2022: Our paper on long-tailed instance segmentation is accepted to ECCV 2022, congratulations to Kostas and the team! [Paper] [Website]
  • Jun 2022: Our paper on visual-tactile multimodality for following deformable objects is accepted to IROS 2022, congratulations to Leszek and Siyuan! [Paper] [Website]
  • Jun 2022: Our paper on hierarchical Affordance detection for Transparent object depth reconstruction and grasping (A4T) is accepted to CASE 2022 and Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), congratulations to Jiaqi and the team! [Paper] [Website]
  • Welcome Jongmin to join our group!
  • Apr 2022: One paper accepted to IROS 2022 and Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), congratulations to Min and the team!
  • Apr 2022: Our book “Tactile Sensing, Skill Learning, and Robotic Dexterous Manipulation” is online!
  • Mar 2022: One paper accepted to Pattern Recognition, congratulations to Jimin and the team!
  • Feb 2022: I am invited to serve as an Associate Editor for IROS 2022.
  • Feb 2022: Our Special Issue on “Biomimetic Perception, Cognition, and Control: From Nature to Robots” in Robotics and Automation Magazine closes on 1st Feb, 2022.
  • Jan 2022: One paper accepted to ICRA 2022 on masked tactile image generation, congrats to Tudor and Daniel! The dataset and code will be made available soon. Please stay tuned. [Paper] [Website]
  • Jan 2022: One paper accepted to Robotics and Autonomous Systems, congrats to Kun and the team!
  • Dec 2021 - One paper accepted to IEEE Transactions on Haptics, congrats to Hai-Ning and the team!
  • Nov 2021 - Started my new position as Senior Lecturer at King’s College London.

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