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Professor Fumiya Iida


Fumiya Iida

Professor of Robotics

Academic Division: Information Engineering

Research group: Machine Intelligence

Telephone: +44 1223 3 32719


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Research interests

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The research interests of the Cambridge Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab lie at the intersection of robotics and biology. Through abstraction of the design principles of biological systems, we develop core competences which are the rapid prototyping of dynamic mechatronics systems, bionic sensor and motor technologies, and computational control optimization techniques. Our main goals are to contribute to a deeper understanding of adaptivity and autonomy of animals, and to engineer novel robotic applications which are more adaptive, resilient, and energy efficient. Specific research topics include legged robot locomotion, evolutionary robotics, human-robot interactions, and embodied artificial intelligence.

Strategic themes

Energy, transport and urban infrastructure

Energetically efficient transportation machines that can traverse unstructured environment.

Manufacturing, design and materials

Human-machine interactions, Robotic co-workers, Rapid prototyping.


Development of neuro-biomechanics models of animals, Smart functional materials, Bio-inspired unconventional actuators.

Research projects

European project on RoboSoft Coordinating Action, European project on a framework for musculoskeletal robot development.

Research opportunities

Bio-inspired legged robot locomotion, Neuro-biomechanics modelling of biological systems, Rapid prototyping and evolutionary robotics.

Other positions

Bio-Inspired Robotics Lab, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab, MIT, USA

Locomotion Lab, University of Jena, Germany

Artificial Intelligence Lab, University of Zurich, Switzerland


Fumiya Iida is Professor of Robotics at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.  Previously he was an assistant professor for bio-inspired robotics at ETH Zurich (2009-2014) and a lecturer at Cambridge (2014-2018).  He received his bachelor and master degrees in mechanical engineering at Tokyo University of Science (Japan, 1999), and Dr. sc. nat. in Informatics at University of Zurich (2006).  In 2004 and 2005 he was also engaged in biomechanics research of human locomotion at Locomotion Laboratory, University of Jena (Germany).  From 2006 to 2009 he worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA.  In 2006 he was awarded the Fellowship for Prospective Researchers from the Swiss National Science Foundation and, in 2009, the Swiss National Science Foundation Professorship. He was a recipient of the IROS2016 Fukuda Young Professional Award, Royal Society Translation Award in 2017, Tokyo University of Science Award in 2021. His research interests include biologically inspired robotics, embodied artificial intelligence, and biomechanics of human locomotion and manipulation, where he was involved in a number of research projects related to dynamic legged locomotion, navigation of autonomous robots, and human-machine interactions.