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Jordan Boyle is an Assistant Professor with the Materializing Futures Section in the Department of Sustainable Design Engineering.

His main research area is Robotics, with a focus on Bio-Inspired approaches, Swarm and Multi-Robot Systems and Human-Robot Interaction.


Research interests

  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Mobile Robots
  • Swarm Intelligence
  • Multi-Robot systems
  • Biomimetics and Bio-Inspiration
  • Robotic Fabrication
  • Designing experimental apparatus

Academic background

Before joining Industrial Design Engineering, he worked in the School of Mechanical Engineering at the Unviersity of Leeds (UK) as a Research Fellow, Lecturer and Associate Professor for a total of 12 years. During this time he worked on a variety of Robotics projects including biologically inspired systems, a medical robot, robotic fabrication systems and robots for inspection of civil infrastructure. He also collaborated with colleagues in the School of Medicine and Health, designing various pieces of apparatus for their pre-clinical experimental work. 

He earned his PhD in Computer science, studying the neuro-mechanical control of locomotion in the nematode worm C. elegans in the School of Computing at the University of Leeds. Prior to that, he did an MSc by research and a BSc (Hons) at the School of Electrical Engineering at the University of Cape Town (South Africa)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctorate, C. elegans locomotion: an integrated approach, University of Leeds

1 Feb 20061 Feb 2010

Award Date: 1 Apr 2010

Master's degree, (by research) Modelling the Aplysia californica gill-siphon withdrawal reflex, University of Cape Town

1 Jan 200419 Dec 2005

Award Date: 19 Dec 2005

Bachelor's degree, Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town

1 Feb 199930 Nov 2002

Award Date: 16 Dec 2002


  • TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
  • Robotics
  • Robotic Fabrication
  • Swarm Robotics
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Bio-inspired Robotics


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