Professor Maurice Fallon

Maurice Fallon


Turing Fellow

Partner Institution


Maurice Fallon is an Associate Professor and a Royal Society University Research Fellow in Oxford Robotics Institute which is part of the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford. He is also a Research Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford. He leads the Dynamic Robot Systems Group. 

He studied Electronic Engineering at University College Dublin. His PhD research in the field of acoustic source tracking was carried out at the University of Cambridge. After his PhD he moved to MIT as a post-doc and later research scientist in the Marine Robotics Group (2008-2012) working on robot navigation and mapping. From 2012-2015 he was the perception lead of MIT’s team in the DARPA Robotics Challenge – a multi-year competition developing technologies for semi-autonomous humanoid exploration and manipulation in disaster situations.

Research interests

His research is focused on probabilistic methods for localization and mapping. He is also interested in state estimation for legged robots and dynamic motion planning and control. Of particular concern is developing methods which are robust in the most challenging situations by leveraging sensor fusion. Of particular interest is real-time sensor fusion – combining sensor such as vision, lidar and inertial sensing.