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Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems

Our research builds on the strength of globally established academics in the field of digital manufacturing and robotics, human factors and cognitive psychology, mobile and social computing and artificial intelligence.

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS) is a world-class research environment that facilitates innovative, cutting-edge research.

We focus our research on many sectors of global strategic importance, including:

  • digital manufacturing and robotics
  • human factors and cognitive psychology
  • mobile and social computing
  • artificial intelligence (AI).

We have built on our renowned research excellence from three of Cardiff University’s schools: School of Engineering, School of Computer Science and Informatics, and School of Psychology.

By bringing together this collective expertise under one banner, we have maximised our expertise by driving forward innovations that tackle some of the most pressing societal challenges.

We are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government, and Cardiff University.

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems (IROHMS) explores complex research problems at the intersection of human behaviour and technology.

Our centre aims to target new opportunities emerging within artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and human-machine systems, with an ambition to develop fundamental and applied knowledge and to train future experts in challenging multidisciplinary areas.

Research themes

We have established four research themes which encompass a broad spectrum of priorities. Each research theme comprises an interdisciplinary team of academics with expertise in these fields, forming working groups to collaboratively address research challenges of strategic importance:

Human-like AI

  • Affective computing: the study and development of computing that deliberately incorporates human emotion.
  • Augmented cognition: a form of human-system interaction that links user and computer via physiological and neurophysiological sensing of the user’s mental state.
  • Computational semantics: the study of how to extract, represent and reason with meaning.

Ethical and explainable AI

  • Ethical AI: developing intelligent systems that on the basis of values, principles and techniques that guide the moral conduct of AI technology.
  • Explainable AI: developing techniques and frameworks used in the application of AI technology to make the results understandable to humans.
  • Trusted autonomy: understanding and designing the interaction space between humans and computer-controlled technology that exhibits autonomy.

Cyber systems and society

  • Human-centred computing: the design, development and evaluation of human-computer systems.
  • Human-centred cyber security: the development and implementation of Cyber Security systems which consider the challenges of the human aspect in securing information.
  • Technology and society: the study of the co-dependent relationship between technology and society, and the impact and influence each has on the development of the other.

Humans and robots

  • Human-centred robotics: developing robots that understand, anticipate and respond to human behaviours.
  • Social robotics: robots that are designed to interact with humans and other robots in human environments.
  • Robot perception / learning: systems by which robots are endowed with the ability to perceive, comprehend and learn new skills or adapt to its environment through learning algorithms.

Director

Professor Rossi Setchi

Professor Rossi Setchi

Professor of High-Value Manufacturing
Deputy Head of School, Director of Research

Email
setchi@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5720

Academic staff

Professor Stuart Allen

Professor Stuart Allen

Head of School, Computer Science and Informatics

Email
allensm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6070
Junshen Chen

Junshen Chen

Project Officer

Email
chenj113@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4902
Emily Collins

Emily Collins

Lecturer

Email
collinse6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)2920 870 716
Dr Parisa Eslambolchilar

Dr Parisa Eslambolchilar

Reader

Email
eslambolchilarp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 9346
Dr Daniel Finnegan

Dr Daniel Finnegan

Lecturer

Email
finnegand@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6890
Dr Jacques Grange

Dr Jacques Grange

Lecturer (Human Factors)

Email
grangeja@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
available upon request
Dr Yulia Hicks

Dr Yulia Hicks

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email
hicksya@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5945
Professor Rob Honey

Professor Rob Honey

Professor

Email
honey@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5868
Dr Ze Ji

Dr Ze Ji

Lecturer

Email
jiz1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0017
Dr Yukun Lai

Dr Yukun Lai

Director of Research

Email
laiy4@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6353
Professor HaiJiang Li

Professor HaiJiang Li

Professor - Chair in BIM for Smart Engineering

Email
lih@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5133
Dr Federico Liberatore

Dr Federico Liberatore

Lecturer in Data & Knowledge Engineering

Email
liberatoref@cardiff.ac.uk
Dr Hantao Liu

Dr Hantao Liu

Director of International
Senior Lecturer

Email
hantao.liu@cs.cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 6557
Dr Phil Morgan

Dr Phil Morgan

Reader

Email
morganphil@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0784
Pablo Ouro Barba

Pablo Ouro Barba

Lecturer in Computational Hydraulics

Email
ourop@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0014
Dr Charith Perera

Dr Charith Perera

Lecturer

Email
pererac@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0987
Dr Michael Ryan

Dr Michael Ryan

Lecturer

Email
ryanm6@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4070
Dr Liam Turner

Dr Liam Turner

Lecturer

Email
turnerl9@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0011
Dr Nervo Verdezoto Dias

Dr Nervo Verdezoto Dias

Lecturer

Email
verdezotodiasn@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 1735
Dr Jing Wu

Dr Jing Wu

Lecturer

Email
wuj11@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)2920 688810
Dr Kensuke Yokoi

Dr Kensuke Yokoi

Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email
yokoik@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 0844
Dr Abolfazl Zaraki

Dr Abolfazl Zaraki

Lecturer

Email
zarakia (at) cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0) 29 2087 4278
Dr Han Xing Zhu

Dr Han Xing Zhu

Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research

Email
zhuh3@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 4824
Dr Alexia Zoumpoulaki

Dr Alexia Zoumpoulaki

Lecturer

Email
zoumpoulakia@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 0052
Maryam Banitalebi Dehkord

Maryam Banitalebi Dehkord

Research Associate

Telephone
+44 (0)29 2251 2385

Associated staff

Helen Whitfield

Helen Whitfield

Research Centre Manager for IROHMS

Email
whitfieldh@cardiff.ac.uk
Jed Rual

Jed Rual

Administrator for IROHMS

Email
rualj@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5794

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with IROHMS. We offer two levels of academic membership plus collaborative engagement for external stakeholders.

Membership

Full IROHMS membership

  • access to PhD studentships secured by IROHMS
  • close interaction with our industrial collaborators
  • visibility through our online presence
  • support with bid writing
  • invitation to attend our events.

Associate IROHMS membership

  • visibility through our online presence
  • opportunity to interact with our industrial collaborators
  • invitation to attend our events.

Leadership and collaboration

As a member of IROHMS, researchers are encouraged to develop their leadership skills through the creation of interdisciplinary working groups, focusing on the key areas of artificial intelligence, robotics and human-machine systems. This will provide opportunities to develop the scope of research interests and lead on collaborative projects with likeminded researchers and industrial partners.

Facilities

You will be able to make use of the new and improved research infrastructure facilities across the Schools of Engineering, Psychology and Computer Science and Informatics. These have been made possible by European Structural Funds intervention. The facilities include:

  • The Human-Machine Interactions Lab based in the School of Engineering.
  • The Autonomous Systems and Robotics Lab based in the School of Engineering.
  • The Immersive Dome, Driving Simulator and Command and Control Simulator based in the School of Psychology.

Bid writing

Our key objective is to increase the success of Welsh research institutions in securing private and competitive research funding. We will offer our members the opportunity to develop their skills in bid writing, with its members collaboratively working on research funding applications for new and exciting projects that demonstrate the interdisciplinary excellence of the Centre.

Stakeholder engagement

We have already received a great deal of support from collaborators in industry, higher education, the public and third sectors. We offer a broad range of engagement opportunities for external stakeholders interested in the interdisciplinary fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and human-machine systems including:

  • membership on our Stakeholder Forum
  • peer reviewer
  • mentor/mentee scheme
  • collaborator on R&D projects
  • services/consultancy
  • postgraduate sponsorship (Masters or PhD)
  • continuing professional development
  • undergraduate placements
  • networking/events attendance
  • knowledge transfer partnerships
  • access to facilities/people/non-sensitive data
  • guest lectures

Please get in touch with us at IROHMS@cardiff.ac.uk for further details of engagement opportunities and membership.