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Mr Luca Scimeca


Luca Scimeca

Research Student

Academic Division: Information Engineering

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32880


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Research interests

My interests lie mainly in Machine Learning and Robotics, particularly I am interested in algorithms for motion control, the use of vision and the application of Machine Learning to solve robotics problems (Supervised Learning, Reinforcement Learning). I am currently carrying out research on the use of tactile perception and the employment of morphology to aid in manipulation tasks.


I am a PhD student in Engineering at the University of Cambridge. I conduct my research at the university’s Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory(BIRL), supervised by Dr. Fumiya Iida.

My background in the field of IT goes back to before university when, studying in the Computer Science sector of a technical secondary school, I had the opportunity to familiarize myself with the basics of programming, design and analysis which brought me to the successful completion of a robotics project on my final year.

I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Edinburgh with a First Class degree in Artificial Intelligence and Software Engineering, obtaining the Class award and Howe Prize for the best performance in Artificial Intelligence. Throughout my academic career I have taken part to several research projects and competitions which allowed me to build a strong background in Mathematics, Machine Learning and Robotics.

I have won over 13 awards among which 9 paid scholarships for academic performance.

Department role and responsibilities

  • PhD Student at the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory(BIRL)
  • Demonstrator for the University of Cambridge course "Engineering Tripos Part IIA - 3D Printing"
  • Demonstrator for the University of Cambridge course "3F8 Inference"
  • Demonstrator for the University of Cambridge course Part IA Lego