Dr Martin Stoelen

Dr Martin Stoelen

Lecturer in Robotics

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


  • Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Automation ("Sobresaliente Cum Laudem"), 2010 - 2014 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain
  • Master in Robotics and Automation ("Matrícula de Honor"), 2008 – 2010 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), Spain
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.), Aerospace Engineering, 2005 – 2008 University of Maryland (UMD), College Park, USA
  • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.), Aerospace Engineering & Astronautics, with Distinction, 2001 – 2005 Kingston University, London, UK

Professional membership

  • IEEE (2006 – present): member
  • ACM (2007 – present): member
  • HFES (2009 – present): member
  • EUCognition (2012 - present): member
  • RobotDoc (2012 – present): associate fellow

Teaching interests

Module Leader:

  • ROCO504 “Advanced Robot Design”
  • ROCO224 “Introduction to Robotics” 
    • Previously ROCO216/217
    • Rotations and transforms
    • Forward and inverse kinematics
    • Robot control and programming
  • AINT153PP “Intelligent Systems”, co-taught
    • Introduction to intelligence
    • Mobile robot behaviours
Also teaching:
  • AINT514 “Computer Science Workshop”
  • AINT511 “Topics in Advanced Intelligent Robotics”
  • ROCO050 “Electronics & Robotics”

Research interests

See my up-to-date ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Martin_Stoelen

Grants & contracts

  • Grant: China Robot Harvest, 2017-2018
    • Newton Fund, UK
    • Funding: £57,000
    • Principal Investigator (PI), Co-Investigator: Prof. Mick Fuller
  • Grant: Robotic Harvesting in Cornwall, 2017-2020
    • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
    • Agri-tech in Cornwall
    • Funding: Approx. £150,000
    • Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Grant: Fieldwork Robotics Ltd, 2017
    • Spin-out company at Plymouth University
    • HEIF Proof of Concept, Plymouth University
    • Funding: Approx. £50,000
    • Director and co-founder
  • Grant: Compliant Autonomous Systems for Agriculture (CASA), 2016 - 2019
    • HEIF Proof of Concept, Plymouth University
    • Funding: £29,100
    • Principal Investigator. Co-investigator: Prof. Angelo Cangelosi
  • Fellowship: Developmental Context-driven Robot learning (DeCoRo), 2014-2016
    • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development (IEF), EU FP7
    • Funding: €230,000 
    • Website: http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/SoCCE/CRNS/decoro/
    • Supervisor: Prof. Angelo Cangelosi

Key publications are highlighted

Stoelen MF, Tejada VF, Jardón A, Bonsignorio F & Balaguer C 2016 'Adaptive Aid on Targeted Robot Manipulator Movements in Tele-Assistance' Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics 7, (1) , DOI PEARL
Stoelen MF, de Tejada VF, Huete AJ, Balaguer C & Bonsignorio FP 2015 'Distributed and Adaptive Shared Control Systems: Methodology for the Replication of Experiments' IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine 22, (4) 137-146 , DOI PEARL
Jardon A, Stoelen MF, Bonsignorio F & Balaguer C 2011 'Task-Oriented Kinematic Design of a Symmetric Assistive Climbing Robot' IEEE Transactions on Robotics 27, (6) 1132-1137 , DOI
Stoelen MF & Akin DL 2010 'Assessment of Fitts’ Law for Quantifying Combined Rotational and Translational Movements' Human Factors 52, (1) 63-77 , DOI
Stoelen MF, Bonsignorio F & Cangelosi A 2016 'Co-exploring Actuator Antagonism and Bio-inspired Control in a Printable Robot Arm' From Animals to Animats 14 14th International Conference on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior, SAB 2016, Aberystwyth, UK, August 23-26, 2016, Proceedings Springer 244-255 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Stoelen MF, Tejada VF, Huete AJ, Bonsignorio F & Balaguer C 2014 'Distributed sensing, learning and control in an assistive manipulator' IEEE 1348-1353 Publisher Site , DOI
Stoelen MF, Tejada VF, Victores JG, Huete AJ, Bonsignorio F & Balaguer C 2013 'Adaptive collision-limitation behavior for an assistive manipulator' IEEE 1143-1148 Publisher Site , DOI
Stoelen MF, Tejada VF, Huete AJ, Bonsignorio F & Balaguer C 2012 'Benchmarking shared control for assistive manipulators: From controllability to the speed-accuracy trade-off' IEEE 4386-4391 Publisher Site , DOI
Stoelen MF, Huete AJ, Fernández V, Balaguer C & Bonsignorio F 2011 'An information-theoretic approach to modeling and quantifying assistive robotics HRI' in Billard A; Jr PHK; Adams JA; Trafton JG ACM 257-258 Publisher Site , DOI
Jardón A, González JC, Stoelen MF, Díaz SMDLC & Balaguer C 2009 'ASIBOT assistive robot in a domestic environment' ACM Publisher Site , DOI
Dobrosielski J, Gray T, Nhan A & Stolen M 2007 'Carpool.UMD: community carpooling' in Rosson MB; Gilmore DJ ACM 2055-2060 Publisher Site , DOI
Conference Papers
Stoelen MF, Marocco D, Cangelosi A, Bonsignorio F & Balaguer C 2014 'Predictive Hebbian association of time-delayed inputs with actions in a developmental robot platform' //0 //0 700-707 , DOI
Stoelen MF, Bonsignorio F, Balaguer C, Marocco D, Cangelosi A & IEEE 2012 'Online Learning of Sensorimotor Interactions using a Neural Network with Time-Delayed Inputs' //0 //0