Dr Mehmet Dogar


I am a University Academic Fellow at the School of Computing, University of Leeds. I lead the robotic manipulation research in the school. Previously, I was a postdoctoral researcher at CSAIL, MIT. I received my PhD from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Research interests

My research focuses on autonomous robotic manipulation. I envision a future where robots autonomously perform complex manipulation tasks in human environments; such as grasping an object from the back of a cluttered fridge shelf, or manufacturing and assemling a complex piece of furniture. My manipulation planners use physics-based predictive models. This challenges the existing paradigm which is based on a geometric representation of the world and is limited to pick-and-place actions. The physics-based approach, on the other hand, enables a robot to interact with the environment with a rich set of actions such as pushing, tumbling, and throwing, as well as pick-and-place.

Student education

I teach introductory robotics and supervise final year projects related to robotics.

Research groups and institutes

  • Artificial Intelligence