Edward Johns Biography
Dr Edward Johns is the Director of the Robot Learning Lab at Imperial College London, where he is also a Lecturer and Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellow. His work lies at the intersection of robotics, computer vision, and machine learning, and he and his team are currently studying visually-guided robot manipulation.
He received a BA and MEng in Electrical and Information Engineering from Cambridge University, and a PhD in visual place recognition from Imperial College. Following his PhD, he was a postdoc at UCL, before returning to Imperial College as a founding member of the Dyson Robotics Lab with Prof Andrew Davison, where he led the robot manipulation team.
In 2017, he was awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering Research Fellowship for his project "Empowering Next-Generation Robots with Dexterous Manipulation: Deep Learning via Simulation", and then in 2018 he was appointed as a Lecturer and founded the Robot Learning Lab. He currently teaches graduate-level courses on Reinforcement Learning and Robot Learning.
Dr Johns has published over 40 peer-reviewed papers, which have over 1600 citations. Externally, he is Head of Robot Learning at Dyson in a part-time capacity, and he is on the advisory board for a number of robotics startups, including Karakuri and Muddy Machines.