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 Senior Lecturer in Robotics and is the Course Director of the Robotics MSc. He is also the Robotics Course Lead at MK:U. He has been conducting robotics research at Cranfield University for over 13 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 the 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 Master's and Doctoral levels and 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 a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also the Academic Representative at BARA (British Automation & Robot Association).

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




Rolls Royce

Westfield Technology Group

University Hospital Birmingham

GBR Rail

Network Rail


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