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School of Computing Science and Engineering

Dr Steve Davis

Lecturer in Manufacturing, Automation & Robotics


I graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Robotic and Electronic Engineering in 1998, and an MSc in Advanced Robotics in 2000. I then became a Research Fellow gaining my PhD in 2005 before moving to the Italian Institute of Technology in 2008.  I returned to Salford in 2012 as a Lecturer in Lecturer in Manufacturing Automation and Robotics.


I teach manufacturing at undergraduate level and Automation and Robotics at MSc level.

Research Interests

My research interests include actuators, biomimetics, dexterous grippers, humanoid robots and automation for the food industry.

Qualifications and Memberships

Member of IET


S. Davis, N. Tsagarakis, J. Canderle and D.G. Caldwell. “Enhanced Modelling and Performance in Braided pneumatic Muscle Actuators”. International Journal of Robotics Research, Volume 22, Issue 3. March 2003.

S. Davis and Darwin G. Caldwell. “Braid Effects on Contractile Range and Friction Modelling in pneumatic Muscle Actuators”. International Journal of Robotics Research, Volume 25, Issue 4. April 2006.

S. Davis, J. Casson, R. J. Moreno-Masey, M. King, J.O. Gray and Darwin G. Caldwell. “Robot Prototyping in the Design of Food Processing Machinery”. Industrial Robot, An International Journal. Vol 34, No 2, 2007.

S. Davis, J.O. Gray, D.G. Caldwell, “A Non-Contact End Effector Based on the Bernoulli Principle for the Handling of Sliced Tomatoes”, International Journal of Robotics and Computer Integrated Manufacture, Vol 24, No 2, 2008.

S. Davis, Darwin G. Caldwell “Automated Handling, Assembly and Packaging of Highly Variable Compliant Food Products - Making a Sandwich” IEEE Conference on Robotics and Automation. Rome, Italy. April 2007. Best Automation paper finalist.

S. Davis, M.G. King, J.W. Casson, J.O.Gray and Darwin G Caldwell “End Effector Development for Automated Sandwich Assembly” Journal of the Institute of Measurement and Control, Vol 40, No 7, 2007.

S. Davis, J Gray and Darwin G. Caldwell. “Automation for Value Added Prepared Vegetables – The Brussels Sprout” Journal Trends in Food Science and Technology. Vol. 21, No.3, March 2010.

A. Petterson, T. Ohlsson, D.G. Caldwell, S. Davis, J.O. Gray, and T.J. Dodd "A Bernoulli principle gripper for handling of planar and 3D (food) products", Industrial Robot: An International Journal, Vol. 37 Issue: 6. 2010.

A. Pettersson, S. Davis, J.O. Gray, T.J. Dodd, T. Ohlsson. “Design of a magnetorheological robot gripper for handling of delicate food products with varying shapes”. Journal of Food Engineering, Vol 98, Issue 3. June 2010. 

S. Davis and Darwin G. Caldwell. “A Dexterous Robot Hand for Museum Exhibition. Design, Installation and Maintenance”. Vol.13, No.6. Information, An International Interdisciplinary Journal. November 2010.

A. Pettersson, T. Ohlsson, S. Davis, J.O. Gray and T.J. Dodd. “A hygienically designed force gripper for flexible handling of variable and easily damaged natural food products”. Accepted for publication in Journal Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies. Vol. 12, No 3. July 2011.

S. Davis, Darwin G. Caldwell. “Biologically Inspired Damage Tolerance in braided pneumatic Muscle Actuators” Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. Volume 23 Issue 3 February 2012 pp. 309 - 321.