Personal Homepage of David Navarro-Alarcon



Assistant Professor of Robotics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Principal Investigator of the Robotics and Machine Intelligence Laboratory.

PhD degree in mechanical and automation engineering from CUHK.


Research interests: robotics, machine intelligence, adaptive systems, and control engineering.

The goal of my research group is to conduct multi-disciplinary research in robotics. I welcome applications from prospective PhD students from mechanical/control engineering, computer science, and 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.

Research Grants as PI


Associate Editor. IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation 2019, for Profile VS.

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

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

Co-Organiser. IROS 2015 Workshop: See and Touch: 1st Workshop on Multimodal Sensor-Based Robot Control for HRI and Soft Manipulation.

Selected Publications


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