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We always welcome students who are interested in Robotics and AI research!

Current Duke Students:

Research positions for current students at Duke (both Undergraduate and Master students) are always available.


Please contact Boyuan Chen to set up an appointment to discuss options. Please see Research Topics section for topics that we are excited about.


Backgrounds relate to one of the following fields (but not limited to them) are helpful: ME, CS, EE, DS, Applied Math and Physics.

Prospective PhD Students:

PhD positions at the General Robotics Lab at Duke University can be applied for either through Mechanical Engineering and Material Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, or Computer Science. Our lab accepts about 2-3 new PhD students per year.


You are welcome to contact Boyuan Chen directly if you have specific questions about our research, or about how your interests might line up with lab activities and plans. If you send an email, please briefly state your interests and describe any research experience you have. It is always helpful to include links to your CV, PDFs of any reports or publications you have coauthored, and links to videos that show your work.


We provide full financial support for all our PhD students through research assistantships (RAs) and fellowships. We also support and encourage students to apply various sources of scholarships or fellowships that are available to you.

Visiting Students:

We may have visiting or internship positions depending on our research schedule. Please contact Boyuan Chen to discuss possible options.


Research Topics:

We are broadly interested in both the hardware and software development of AI-enabled Robotics which may cover fields like Robot Learning, Computer Vision and Machine Learning in general. We also believe that fundemental AI technologies will assist and enable further progress in the general natural Science domains.

  • We value creative design and research on robot hardware such as platform, morphology, and sensors.
  • We also emphasize the research of intelligent algorithms for machines to smartly interact and act in the complex real world.
  • We constantly think about how to bring robots "from lab to the real world" and how to make them truly "generalizable".
  • We often look at the arts and science of related fields such as Biology, Physics, Topology, Cognitive Science, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Students in our lab often drive their own research. Specific research themes will be discussed between the student and Boyuan. If any of our previous and ongoing research, or the above domains excite you, it is likely that together we will find a new exciting project for you too.