Dr Michael Mangan

MEng, MSc, PhD

School of Computer Science

Senior Lecturer in Machine Learning and Robotics

Operations Director of Sheffield Robotics

Member of the Machine Learning research group

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Dr Michael Mangan
School of Computer Science
Regent Court (DCS)
211 Portobello
S1 4DP

Michael Mangan joined the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield in April 2018.  Before joining he was a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science in College of Science and member of the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems (L-CAS).

He received his undergraduate degree in Avionics (MEng) from the University of Glasgow in 2004, before moving to the University of Edinburgh where he completed an MSc in Neuroinformatics (2006) and a PhD in biorobotics (2011).

He remained at the University of Edinburgh for the next 4 years receiving funding awards from the BBSRC and EPSRC. He joined the Lincoln Centre for Autonomous Systems in April, 2016.

Research interests

Dr Mangan's primary research focuses on modelling the navigational behaviour of insects, which are able to travel through complex environments robustly despite their limited nervous and sensory systems. Revealing the sensory and algorithmic underpinning of these capabilities will not only aid the understanding of biological systems but may also offer engineering solutions - building robots able to navigate as well as the humble ant.



  • Vouloutsi V, Halloy J, Mura A, Mangan M, Lepora N, Prescott TJ & Verschure PFMJ (2018) Preface. RIS download Bibtex download

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Professional activities and memberships

Member of the Machine Learning research group and Sheffield Robotics