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Professor Paul Newman FREng

BP Professorial Fellow in Information Engineering


I am a faculty member of the Department of Engineering Science and the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford. I am also a Fellow of Keble College. In 2010 I became an EPSRC Leadership Fellow.

I research mobile robot autonomy, navigation, mapping, scene understanding and perception and I lead the Oxford Robotics Institute.

You can find much more about my research and interests on the ORI home page. This website also contains publications, information on joining and visiting the group and synopsis of our current research projects.

However you might just want to look at some videos of my research, if so its worth visiting this youtube channel

Research Interests

Paul Newman is the BP Professor of Information Engineering at the University of Oxford and an EPSRC Leadership Fellow. He heads up the Mobile Robotics Group within the Department of Engineering Science which enjoys a world leading reputation in mobile autonomy  - developing machines and robots which map, navigate through and understand their environments.

His focus lies on pushing the boundaries of navigation and autonomy techniques in terms of both endurance and scale. He enjoys collaborations with many industrial partners (esp. BAE, Nissan, BP, Guidance Ltd) which provide exploitation opportunities to drive the research. The group has developed a keen focus on intelligent transport.

He obtained an M.Eng. in Engineering Science from Oxford University, Balliol College in 1995. He then undertook a Ph.D. in autonomous navigation at the Australian Center for Field Robotics, University of Sydney, Australia. In 1999 he returned to the United Kingdom to work in the commercial sub-sea navigation industry. The navigation software he wrote then was used to repair the Deep Sea Horizon leak in 2010. In late 2000 he joined the Dept of Ocean Engineering at M.I.T. where as a post-doc and later a research scientist, he worked on algorithms and software for robust autonomous navigation for both land and sub-sea agents. In early 2003 he returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science before being appointed to a University Lectureship in Information Engineering and becoming a Fellow of New College in 2005, Professor of Engineering Science in 2010 and BP Professor of Information Engineering  and Fellow of Keble College in 2012.

College Contact Details

Professor Paul Newman FREng
Keble College
Telephone: 07545 341309
Fax: 01865 272705

Faculty/Dept. Information

Dept Engineering Science
Parks Road