About Us

The Estimation, Search, and Planning (ESP) research group is proudly 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. It is lead by Dr. Jonathan Gammell and is focused on understanding the fundamental problems of next-generation robotics.

  • ORI
  • Department of Engineering Science
  • Division of Mathematical, Physical, and Life Sciences
  • University of Oxford

Contact Us

ESP welcomes all enquiries on its research. We can contacted by email at esp@robots.ox.ac.uk or by mail at

Estimation, Search, and Planning Group
Oxford Robotics Institute
23 Banbury Road
Oxford
OX2 6NN

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 as part of the ORI internship programme. Each year, ORI provides opportunities for engineering undergraduate students to perform 6–8 week research projects during their summer vacation. These positions are offered primarily to students in their second or third year at the University of Oxford with applications normally due during the preceding winter. Further details are posted on the ORI careers page at the appropriate time of year.

Graduate students

ESP accepts master's and doctoral graduate students in Engineering Science. Perspective students must apply to a specific programme through the University of Oxford (M.Sc., D.Phil., or AIMS CDT) 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 with specific questions about potential research projects.

Postdoctoral researchers

ESP does not currently have any openings for postdoctoral research associates. Open positions at other ORI groups can be found on ORI's careers page.

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