Dr Mohammed Diab

Dr Mohammed Diab

Lecturer in Applied Robotics

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



I am an assistant professor (Lecturer) at the University of Plymouth. I worked as a Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Personal Robotics Lab (PRL) at Imperial College London (ICL). My academic journey includes the attainment of a Ph.D. in Automatic Control, Robotics, and Computer Vision from the Institute of Industrial and Control Engineering (IOC) at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). My research endeavors center on task and motion planning, intelligent perception, knowledge representation, neuro-symbolic reasoning, human-robot interaction, collaborative efforts between robots, transfer learning across diverse contexts, as well as the interpretation and recovery mechanisms for failure detection.
As an Open Source Product Manager of the "Autonomous Robots" subgroup within the IEEE WG ORA, I contribute to the standardization of ontologies for robotics and automation. Presently, I'm engaged in the SemIoP Expert group, utilizing ontologies in IoT applications.
Furthermore, I broaden my research scope to include various domains. As a consultant, I take the lead in a team dedicated to exploring the RAG system and Generative AI, particularly specializing in the healthcare and financial sectors. 
My research interest includes:
  • Knowledge representation/ graph and automatic reasoning using Ontologies
  • Cognitive architectures for robotics
  • Robot manipulation planning
  • Artificial intelligence in robotics
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Robot-robot collaborations
  • Natural language processing (NLP) + LLMs and their application in autonomous systems and HRI
  • Neuro-symbolic reasoning
  • Retrieval Augmented Generation (RAG) with its application in HRI
  • Automatic decision making
For more information, visit my personal website [link]

Professional membership

  • Voting member in the Autonomous Robots (RAS) subgroup within the IEEE WG ORA standard ontology for autonomous systems (standard number 1872.2).
  • AIOTI- SemIoP Expert group, utilizing ontologies in IoT applications.

Roles on external bodies

Visited researcher in:
  • Institute for Artificial Intelligence (IAI) in Bremen, Germany, and 
  • the Third Institute of Physics Biophysics at Georg-August University Göttingen.


Teaching interests

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence


Research interests

My research covers:
  • Knowledge representation and automatic reasoning for autonomous robotics systems, 
  • Automatic decision making for multi agents coordination.
  • Trustworthy Human-Robot Interaction, personalization, explaination and task coordination.
  • Transfer learning in similar tasks.
You can visit my Google scholar [link]