Dabal Pedamonti

PhD student in Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Neural & Machine Learning Group

Bristol Robotics Laboratory


I am a PhD student in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and the Neural & Machine Learning Group. I am a member of the FARSCOPE Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) joint between the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England.

I graduated in 2019 with a MEng in Electronics and Computer Science from The University of Edinburgh.

My research lies at the intersections of deep reinforcement learning, robotics, and neuroscience. I am interested in exploiting neuroscientific ideas and the sim-to-real approaches to perform manipulation tasks by utilising simulation to speed up training time of the physical robot. On top of that, I am interested in exploring curiosity-driven learning to train robots through self-supervision.


  • Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous Systems


  • PhD in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, 2019-2023

    University of Bristol and University of the West of England

  • MEng in Electronics and Computer Science, 2014-2019

    The University of Edinburgh



PhD Researcher

Bristol Robotics Laboratory

Sep 2019 – Present Bristol

Software Engineer Placement


Jun 2018 – Jan 2019 Livingston

Technical Engineer


Jun 2017 – Aug 2017 Livingston

Software Engineer

The University of Edinburgh Information Service Group

May 2016 – Aug 2016 Edinburgh


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