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Research interests

I am Professor of Robotics and head of the Soft Robotics group at Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Soft robotics is the research and development of novel compliant technologies for robotic systems, medical applications and engineering.  These include core technologies such as smart materials and artificial muscles, smart mechanisms and structures, autonomous soft robots, smart skins and tactile interaction devices.  In my robotic actuator and artificial muscle research I have been developing new polymer-composite actuators involving principles of buckling and bi-stability and robots which are inspired by bio-mimetic study of swimming organisms, including bacteria and fish. 

My research also include bio-mimetics, artificial intelligence, composites, sensors and the wider robotics field.  Bio-mimetics is an engineering tool that covers a huge scale from the tangible nano-technology level, including materials, actuators and sensors, right up to the intangible level of artificial intelligence, including high-level perception, cognition and reasoning.

My research on sensing extends from tactile sensing techniques to human-like visual sensing and perception and human assist paradigms including the projection of one sense (such as vision or balance) to another sense (such as touch).

In the field of artificial intelligence I focus on high-level intelligence and especially human-like reasoning with uncertainty.


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Research Output

Characterisation of Self-locking High-contraction Electro-ribbon Actuators

Taghavi, M., Helps, T. N. & Rossiter, J. M., 21 Jan 2020, (Accepted/In press) 2020 International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 5856-5861 6 p. (Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; vol. 163).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference Contribution (Conference Proceeding)

Characteristic Analysis and Design Optimisation of Bubble Artificial Muscles (BAMs)

Diteesawat, R. S., Helps, T., Taghavi, M. & Rossiter, J., 17 Jun 2020, In : Soft Robotics. 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access
  • 23 Downloads (Pure)

    In Contact: Pinching, Squeezing and Twisting for Mediated Social Touch

    Simons, M. F., Haynes, A., Gao, Y., Zhu, Y. & Rossiter, J. M., 30 Apr 2020, In : CHI '20: Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. p. 1-9 9 p., LBW055.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 50 Downloads (Pure)


    Global Challenges Research Fund

    Simons, Melanie F (Recipient) & Rossiter, Jonathan M (Recipient), 17 Apr 2018

    Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants

  • Activities

    • 1 Invited talk
    • 1 External Examination and Supervision

    IOM3 Future Smart Materials Workshop

    Jonathan M Rossiter (Participant)

    27 Mar 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesInvited talk

    BGER: Helping hands for the elderly: new methods and devices to improve quality of life through tactile interactions

    Jonathan M Rossiter (Examiner)

    1 Jun 201231 Mar 2013

    Activity: Examination typesExternal Examination and Supervision