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Zixi Chen [M.Sc. in Imperial College (distinction): 2021] is currently a Ph.D. student at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) under the supervision of Prof. Cesare Stefanini. His research focuses on machine learning and soft robot control.

Zixi Chen was a research assistant at King’s College London and Tsinghua University. During this period his research focused on physical model based tactile sensor simulation.


Z. Chen, M. Bernabei, V. Mainardi, et al., A Novel and Accurate BiLSTM Configuration Controller for Modular Soft Robots with Module Number Adaptability,” in Soft Robotics (under review.)

Z. Chen, F. Renda, A. Le Gall, et al., “Data Models Applied to Soft Robot Modeling and Control: A Review,” in IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (accepted)

Z. Chen, X. Ren, M. Bernabei, et al., “A Hybrid Adaptive Controller for Soft Robot Interchangeability,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 875-882, Jan. 2024.

S. Zhang, Y. Sun, J. Shan, Z. Chen, et al., “TIRgel: A Visuo-Tactile Sensor with Total Internal Reflection Mechanism for External Observation and Contact Detection,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 8, no. 10, pp. 6307–6314, Oct. 2023.

Z. Chen, S. Zhang, S. Luo, et al., “Tacchi: A Pluggable and Low Computational Cost Elastomer Deformation Simulator for Optical Tactile Sensors,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 8, no. 3, pp. 1239–1246, Mar. 2023.

S. Zhang, Z. Chen, Y. Gao, et al., “Hardware Technology of Vision-Based Tactile Sensor: A Review,” in IEEE Sensors Journal, vol. 22, no. 22, pp. 21410-21427, Nov. 2022.