Professor Rustam Stolkin MEng. PhD. Oxon.

Professor Rustam Stolkin

School of Metallurgy and Materials
Professor in Robotics

Contact details

Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL)
School of Metallurgy and Materials
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Rustam Stolkin serves as the Chair in Robotics and Royal Society Industry Fellow in the School of Metallurgy and Materials. He leads the Extreme Robotics Lab (ERL), Europe's most prominent university research lab dedicated to nuclear and other extreme environment applications of advanced robotics and AI.

Rustam is an interdisciplinary engineer with diverse research interests, although mainly focusses on robotics. His main interests include vision and sensing, robotic grasping and manipulation, robotic vehicles, human-robot interaction, AI and machine learning.


My training included undergraduate and masters degrees in Engineering from Oxford University, and a PhD in Robot Vision undertaken between University College London and UK imaging industry. I also worked as a Assistant Professor (Research) at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA, 2004-2008.

I am actively involved in applied robotics and imaging projects with industry. I currently have funded collaborations with nuclear industry, defence industry, industrial robotics industry, and manufacturing industry.

I am also particularly interested in education and public communication of science, and have spent many years working with young people, in both UK and USA, teaching science through engaging hands-on activities with robotics. I have been teaching robotics master-classes for young people at Royal Institution of Great Britain over the past five years.


  • Vision and sensing
  • Robotic grasping and manipulation
  • Robotic vehicles
  • Human-robot interaction
  • AI and machine learning


Please visit my Google Scholar page for publication details.