Contact Dr Gilbert Tang

Areas of expertise

  • Aerospace Manufacturing
  • Aerospace Structures
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling
  • Industrial Automation
  • Manufacturing Systems
  • Mechatronics & Advanced Controls
  • Product and Service Design
  • Sensor Technologies


Dr Gilbert Tang is a Lecturer in Robotics and he is the Course Director of the Cranfield Robotics MSc course. He is also the Robotics Course Lead at MK:U. He has been conducting robotics research at Cranfield University for over 10 years, particularly related to large-scale robot system development, intuitive human-robot interface, human-robot collaboration, and service robotics. Gilbert has been the project lead for a number of industrial research projects delivering automated production solutions at mid Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to leading aerospace manufacturers. He has led the development and launch of the Robotics MSc Course for Cranfield University and BEng in Robotics for the MK;U. He has taught and supervised at Masters and Doctoral level, and he is a reviewer of publications and research proposals related to robotics.

Gilbert is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research opportunities

Gilbert's research interests: 

- Industrial automation

- Safety in collaborative robots

- Human-robot collaboration

- Artificial Intelligence for human-robot interaction

- Robot system design

- Intuitive human-robot interface

- Automated aircraft assembly

- Metrology assisted aircraft assembly

PhD research opportunities available in the following research areas:

- Multi-modal human-robot interaction

- Intuitive human-robot interface

- Soft robotics for interactive systems

- AI in human-robot interaction

- Service robotics

- Robots for harsh environment


  • Airbus (UK)
  • BAE Systems
  • GKN
  • MTC
  • Rolls Royce
  • Westfield Technology Group
  • GBR Rail
  • Network Rail


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