Wisdom Chukwunwike Agboh

Why did you decide to study at the University of Leeds?

I chose the University of Leeds because I wanted to do research with a famous Professor at the School of Computing.

What has been the best aspect of studying on your course and at the University and why?

The best aspect of doing research in robotics has been about developing a novel research idea from scratch and seeing it work on a real robot. The feeling is just inexplicable!

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have completed so far?

Our research is in manipulation planning. We have been able to develop planners and algorithms that give a robot the ability to reach into a cluttered fridge to grab an item (e.g. a milk can) without complete information about the contents of the fridge. While completing its task, the robot ensures that other items in the fridge are not damaged.

What does Leeds as a city have to offer students?

Leeds provides a strong community where you can be whatever you imagine.

What are your ambitions for the future?

I hope to be able to contribute immensely to the body of knowledge in robotics to make our dreams and fantasies about robots come true. 

What experiences at Leeds do you think will help you in your future career?

I value my relationship with other students the most. I believe that being able to work successfully with others is crucial for my future career.

What would you say to students coming to do the same course?

Research in computer science and robotics can be very challenging especially when you can't find the bug in your code. However, when you see a real robot acting intelligently to complete a task, then you realise that it has all been worth it.