Study level

Vacation research experience scheme


Science and Engineering Faculty

School of Electrical Engineering and Robotics

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Chris Lehnert
Lecturer in Robotics and Autonomous Systems
Division / Faculty
Faculty of Engineering


This research is focused on robotic grasping and agricultural robotics.

Research activities

In this project you will develop a soft robotic gripper that is suitable for harvesting delicate fruits.

The gripper is intended to be used on a seven-degrees-of-freedom (7DoF) robotic arm for autonomous fruit harvesting.

Different approaches to this problem can be taken, including designing the haptic sensors or soft finger mechanisms.


We expect this project to explore whether we can design a:

  • soft robotic gripper that can mimic human hand dexterity
  • soft actuator gripper to harvest soft fruits like blueberries or raspberries.



Contact the supervisor for more information.