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Estimation, Search, and Planning (ESP) Research Group

About Us

The Estimation, Search, and Planning (ESP) research group is proudly part of the Ingenuity Labs Research Institute and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) in the Stephen J. R. Smith Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen's University. It is led by Dr. Jonathan Gammell and is focused on understanding the fundamental problems of next-generation robotics.

  1. Queen's University
  2. Stephen J. R. Smith Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  3. Ingenuity Labs Research Institute

It was previously part of the Oxford Robotics Institute (ORI) in the Department of Engineering Science in the Division of Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences at the University of Oxford from 2018 to 2022.

Contact Us

ESP welcomes all enquiries on its research. We can contacted by email at gammell@queensu.ca or by mail at

Estimation, Search, and Planning Group
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Walter Light Hall, Room 416
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada K7L 3N6

Join Us

At ESP, we believe that successful research comes from different perspectives. We reflect this belief by recruiting diverse candidates and hiring the best to join a research group that is inclusive and supportive of all its members.

Undergraduate students

ESP accepts undergraduate students wanting to do research projects in robotics. These positions are primarily offered through Queen's Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP) or NSERC's Undergraduate Student Research Awards (USRAs). More details on SWEP and associated deadlines are available on the SWEP webpage.

Graduate students

ESP accepts master's and doctoral graduate students in robotics. Perspective students must apply to a specific program through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.A.Sc. or Ph.D.) and specify Dr. Jonathan Gammell as their potential supervisor. ESP welcomes students interested in developing and extending our understanding of robotics regardless of their formal academic background. Please contact Dr. Jonathan Gammell directly with specific questions about potential research projects.

Postdoctoral researchers

ESP does not currently have any openings for postdoctoral research associates.

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