Dr Steve Davis graduated from the University of Salford with a degree in Robotic and Electronic Engineering in 1998 and an MSc in Advanced Robotics in 2000. He then became a Research Fellow gaining his PhD in 2005 before moving to the Italian Institute of Technology in 2008 as a Team Leader. He returned to Salford in 2012 as a Lecturer in Manufacturing Automation and Robotics. His research interests include soft robotics, actuators, biologically inspired systems, biomimetics, humanoid robots, end-effectors and dexterous hands, industrial automation and automation for the food industry. He has published extensively with more than 63 publications, many in high impact factor journals such as SoRo. He has also co-authored chapters in two books on automation and has two patent. In addition he contributed to the UK-RAS White Paper “Agricultural Robotics: the Future of Robotic Agriculture” and has produced 40+ confidential reports for food, and other, companies highlighting to them potential areas of automation. These companies have ranged from small family businesses through SMEs to large multinational organisations. Dr Davis has been associate editor at several IEEE conferences and was Guest Editor of special editions of the journal Actuators. He has experience of attracting research funding, most notably the €3,948,470 Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) SMART-E (Sustainable Manufacturing through Advanced Robotics Training in Europe).