Dr Amir Aly

Dr Amir Aly

Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Dr. Amir Aly is a lecturer of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the School of Engineering, Computing, and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth, and is a member of the Center for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS). Moreover, he is the founder and director of the SoAIR Laboratory. He was awarded his Ph.D. degree in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) from ENSTA ParisTech (Institut Polytechnique de Paris) in France and his MSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Paris-Sorbonne (UPMC). Further, Dr. Aly was a postdoctoral research fellow at Ritsumeikan University in Japan, where he led wide research in Cognitive - and Developmental - Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. 

Dr. Aly has wide activity in the areas of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; as an associate editor and board member in top journals (e.g., IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems), as a co-organizer of different conferences, and as a co-organizer of many workshops, etc. He was awarded different research grants in the UK and Japan. For more information about me, academic activities, research, grants, and more, please check my updated personal webpage.



Teaching interests

- Teaching recognition and qualification:

  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

In the UK

- Since 2020, I have led - am leading - a group of modules:

  • 2022/2023 - Present: Human-Robot Interaction (COMP3018)                                  
  • 2021/2022 - Present: Advanced Machine Learning (COMP5008)                                
  • 2020/2021 - 2021/2022: Software Development Tools and Practices (COMP2005)                    
  • 2021/2022: Computing Project (COMP3000)                                       
COMP3018 and COMP5008 are new modules that I created, while COMP2005 is a module that I refreshed.

- Moreover, I am a moderator for some internal modules taught at the University of Plymouth as well as for a group of international modules taught at Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka campuses: 

  • Artificial Intelligence (COMP2002HK & MAL2019/COMP2002)
  • AI and Machine Learning (PUSL3123)
  • Distributed Systems (CNET343SL)
  • Introduction to IoT (PUSL2008)
  • Computing Project (PRCO303SL & PRCO304HK)
  • Machine Learning (COMP3003)
  • Artificial Intelligence (COMP2002)
  • Alternative Paradigms (COMP3002)
  • Software Engineering 1 (COMP1000)
  • Parallel Programming (COMP3001)
  • Algorithms and Data Structures (COMP1003)

In France

- Between 2011 and 2014, I led the following modules:

  • 2012/2013 - 2013/2014: Robotics Project - University of Paris 11 (Paris-Saclay) - Paris                  
  • 2012/2013 - 2013/2014: Introduction to Robotics - AGROSUP - Dijon                               
  • 2011/2012: Introduction to Robotics and AI - ENSTA ParisTech - Paris                  



Research interests

  • I am passionate about a wide range of topics in artificial Intelligence and robotics. I collaborate with some companies in developing AI-based speech and language technologies, and in large-scale projects in e-health (e.g., a newly awarded EPSRC project). In robotics, I do wide research in social robotics like adaptive behavior generation, social navigation, assistive robotics, healthcare, and entertainment (media coverage of experiments with a social robot), and in cognitive - developmental - robotics like nonverbal and multimodal interaction, language and action development, affordance learning, and prediction and decision-making under uncertainty. In a nutshell, my multidisciplinary research lies in the intersection area between AI & machine learning, robotics, cognitive science, computational linguistics, and healthcare.



Additional information

For more information about me and my academic activities, grants, and available positions, please check my updated personal webpage.