Matthew J. W. Howard

Welcome to my homepage! I am a lecturer in informatics (robotics) in the Department of Informatics, School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences at King's College, London & a member of the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) (see also, here) where I lead the Robot Learning Lab.

Prior to this, I was a JSPS postdoctoral research fellow at the Y. Nakamura Lab, in the Dept. Mechano-Informatics, at the University of Tokyo, and a member of the Statistical Machine Learning and Motor Control group, in the Institute for Perception, Action and Behaviour in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. At Edinburgh, I was involved in the European STIFF Project investigating various aspects of human and robotic impedance control. I completed my PhD in July 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Sethu Vijayakumar, where I worked in collaboration with the Honda Research Institute Europe in Offenbach, Germany.


Photo Credit: Charlie Forgham Bailey


My primary research interests are machine learning for control, especially as applied to robotics. This includes learning kinematics and dynamics, approximate optimal control and reinforcement learning. A central theme of my work is on generalisation of control across systems with different dynamics, where those differences may be in terms of the constraints, the actuation or other differences in dynamics. This has implications for adaptive control and imitation learning (robots imitating humans or other robots) for a wide class of problems. It also relates to the control of redundancy in both the kinematics, dynamics and actuation.

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Contact Me


Department of Informatics,
Strand Campus, Room S1.22
King's College London,
London, WC2R 2LS
United Kingdom
Tel.:+44 (0) 20 7848 7578

CoRe Seminars

I organise CoRe Seminars, a series of talks about robotics within the Centre for Robotics Research at Kings. For details of up-coming talks, see here.


This year I am teaching the course: 4CCS1CS1 Computer Systems I (with Dr Hongbin Liu). If you have any questions about the material, you can send me an e-mail or come to see me during my office hours.

Final year Projects 2016-2017
Please see a list of suggested topics here (internal access only).



Download LWPR on sourceforge for free!


See my Figshare page for data sets available for download.

Wheatstone Innovation Lab

Interested in making? The W-Lab makerspace opens its doors to new members this semester! Find out more and sign up here (internal access only).


Maths + engineering = fun! Since September 2014, I have been running an after school robotics club for the King's College Maths School, a new specialist school for young mathematicians aged 16-19. See the club site for more!