Brief Bio of David Navarro-Alarcon



Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, 2017–Present.

Principal Investigator, Robotics and Machine Intelligence Laboratory, PolyU, 2017–Present.

Visiting Researcher, ICS, Technical University of Munich, Germany, 2019.

Visiting Professor, COSMER Laboratory, University of Toulon, France, 2019.

Research Assistant Professor, T Stone Robotics Institute, CUHK, 2015–2017.

PhD Student, Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, CUHK, 2009–2014.

Research Supervision

Current interests: perceptual robotics, adaptive systems, and control theory.

I welcome applications from prospective PhD students from mechanical/automation engineering, computer science, or related disciplines. Candidates must send a CV along with details of their previous experience.

Outstanding international candidates are urged to apply to the prestigious Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme. See details here. Under this programme, students receive a monthly stipend of $25k HKD (around $3.1k USD) with all tuition fees waived.

On-going PhD students at PolyU:

On-going MPhil students at PolyU:

On-going MSc students at PolyU:

Research Grants as PI


Associate Editor. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, Specialty Section on:Soft Robotics.

Associate Editor. IEEE ICRA 2019, 2020, and IEEE/RSJ IROS 2019.

Guest Editor. Robotics and Autonomous Systems Special Issue on: Multimodal Sensor-Based Robot Control for Interaction, Soft Manipulation and Whole-Body Control.

Organiser. IROS 2018 Special Session: Methods and Algorithms for Automatic Manipulation of Deformable Objects.

Co-Organiser. IROS 2015 and 2016 Workshops: See, Touch, and Hear: 2nd Workshop on Multimodal Sensor-Based Robot Control for HRI and Soft Manipulation.

Selected Publications


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