With a background in Computer Science, Robotics and Virtual Environments, Vijay leads a multidisciplinary team developing autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic tools to help manipulate objects across multiple scales beyond human capabilities. At the TouchLab, one end of the spectrum includes devices that allow operators to touch, feel and manipulate objects at the size of a cell, a technology which will be useful for a broad range of applications ranging from material science to microbiology and nanomedicine. For human scale interactions, the team develops robotic healthcare tools allowing medical interventions such as endoscopy, laparoscopy and ultrasound scans to be carried out remotely. Through the Autonomous Manufacturing Lab, Vijay also investigates applications suitable for large scale heavy industry, manufacturing and on-site construction; considering new ways of controlling autonomous robotic systems such as those needed for the remote inspection of dirty, duly and hard to reach tasks.

UCL Institute for Robotics

A cross-faculty initiative to develop a world-class teaching and research platform in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Working with the faculties of Engineering Sciences and the Bartlett School of Architecture, Vijay coordinates future infrastructure development activities on the HereEast site to support robotics research across applications in the Life Sciences, Healthcare, Manufacturing and Creative Industries.