Professor Tony Prescott


Professor Tony Prescott

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

Department: Computer Science

Faculty: Engineering

Research expertise

  • Robotics

  • Active and tactile sensing

  • Haptic interfaces


Telephone: +44 114 222 6547


University profile


I am a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, Director of Sheffield Robotics, Director of the Active Touch Laboratory, Co-Director of the Adaptive Behaviour Research Group and a visiting Fellow at Bristol Robotics Laboratory.

My research is concerned with understanding brain function using methods in the computational, neural, and behavioural sciences.

An important focus of is on comparing the control problems faced by animals and robots

  • using insights from robotics and artificial intelligence to understand the control architecture of the brain

  • using evidence from brain evolution to inspire the design of robot control systems, and

  • using robots to evaluate computational models of neural systems and to test hypotheses that are difficult to investigate in vivo.