Thursday, 24 October 2019 10:34

Giorgio Metta - New speaker

Giorgio Metta is the Scientific Director of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT). He holds a MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002, Giorgio was postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab. He was previously with the University of Genoa and from 2012 to 2019 Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK). He was member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research. Giorgio Metta served as Vice Scientific Director of IIT from 2016 to 2019. He coordinated IIT's participation into two of the Ministry of Economic Development Competence Centers for Industry 4.0 (ARTES4.0, START4.0). He was one of the three Italian representatives at the 2018 G7 forum on Artificial Intelligence and, more recently, one of the authors of the Italian Strategic Agenda on AI. Giorgio coordinated the development of the iCub robot for more than a decade making it de facto the reference platform for research in embodied AI. Presently, there are more than 40 robots reaching laboratories as far as Japan, China, Singapore, Germany, Spain, UK and the United States. Giorgio Metta research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and, in particular, in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of more than 300 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international research as well as industrial projects.  

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Sunday, 06 October 2019 16:20

Alessandra Sciutti - New speaker

Alessandra Sciutti was born in Genoa (Italy) in 1982. She received her master’s degree in Bioengineering (highest honors) from the University of Genoa in 2006. The same year she graduated at the Institute of advanced studies in information and communication technologies – ISICT ( Alessandra received her Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2010 with a thesis entitled: “Study of human predictive abilities and their links with action and perception". 

From 2010 to 2014 she has been working as a Post Doc at the RBCS Department of the Italian Institute of Technology, focusing on motor control, sensory- and sensorimotor integration and human robot interaction, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary group (roboticists, psychologists, neuroscientists).

From July 2011 to July 2012 she spent a year at the Robotics Lab of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago ( as a visiting researcher under the supervision of Prof. Sandro Mussa-Ivaldi working on the project “Simultaneity and proprioceptive space”, and she is currently appointed as visiting researcher at Northwestern University to continue the collaboration on the project.

From November 2014 to January 2015 she visited the Emergent Robotics Lab. of the Osaka University for three months in the framework of the CODEFROR European Project (, to investigate cognitive development and human-robot interaction.

From July 2014 to July 2018 she has been Researcher, scientific responsible of the Cognitive Robotics and Interaction Lab at the RBCS Department of the Italian Institute of Technology.

After a period as Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at DIBRIS (Dipartimento di Informatica, Bioingegneria, Robotica e Ingegneria dei Sistemi), University of Genoa, with an affiliation to IIT, she is now working at IIT.

In July 2018 she has been awarded the ERC STARTING GRANT wHiSPER, on the investigation of human shared perception with robots.

Since March 2019 she is Tenure Track Researcher, Principal Investigator of the COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies Unit (CONTACT) at IIT.

The scientific aim of her research is to investigate the sensory and motor mechanisms underlying mutual understanding in human-human interaction, with the technological goal of designing robots that can naturally cooperate with people in carrying out everyday tasks. In more detail, the research is aimed at defining which features of human and robot motion allow for natural mutual understanding, with particular reference to low-level kinematics properties (as biological motion) and higher-level, cognitive aspects (as intention reading and goal anticipation). 

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Tuesday, 01 October 2019 16:16

Francesco Nori - New speaker

Francesco Nori was born in Padova in 1976. He received his D.Eng. degree (highest honors) from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2002. During the year 2002 he was a member of the  UCLA Vision Lab as a visiting student under the supervision of Prof. Stefano Soatto, University of California Los Angeles. During this collaboration period he started a research activity in the field of computational vision and human motion tracking.  In 2003 Francesco Nori started his Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Ruggero Frezza at the University of Padova, Italy. During this period the main topic of his research activity was modular control with special attention on biologically inspired control structures. Francesco Nori received his Ph.D. in Control and Dynamical Systems from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2005. In the year 2006 he moved to the University of Genova and started his PostDoc at the laboratory for integrated advanced robotics (LiraLab) , beginning a fruitful collaboration with Prof. Giorgio Metta and Prof. Giulio Sandini. In 2007 Francesco Nori has moved to the Italian Institute of technology where he is currently hired as a team leader.

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Thursday, 17 October 2019 16:12

Brayda Luca - New speaker

Luca Giulio Brayda obtained his Master of Science in Computer Science Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2003, studying environmental robustness for automatic speech recognition. His Master Thesis was done in collaboration with the Panasonic Speech Technology Laboratory of Santa Barbara, CA, USA. He also obtained a DEA (diplôme d études approfondies) in Information Technology in 2003. In April 2007 he got his PhD, with the label of Doctor Europaeus, from the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, working in the Multimedia Department of the Eurecom Institute with Prof.Wellekens. During his PhD he developed new algorithms to exploit the multi-channel audio signal coming from a microphone array and improve performance of Hidden Markov Model-based speech recognizer thanks to a multiple feedback mechanism. Part of his doctorate was spent at the Fondazione Bruno Kessler (formerly: ITC-IRST), Trento, Italy, where he worked on calibration and signal analysis with microphone arrays in noisy and reverberant environments. From 2007 to 2008 he worked at the Centro Supercalcolo Piemonte, Turin, where he joined the OmegaBox Mediacenter project, aiming to create a Linux-based versatile hardware-software platform for public information and entertainment.

Currently, he holds a Team Leader position at the Italian Institute of Technology, in the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences dept. He has worked in telerobotics and social robotics, with specific emphasis on human-machine interfaces exploiting virtual reality or limited visual feedback. Currently he is working on haptics, cognitive mapping and sensory substitution interfaces, aimed at providing spatial knowledge to visually impaired and blind users with touch. He is coordinator of the FP7 EU STREP project BLINDPAD (, starting at beginning 2014, aimed at the construction and field test of a touch-based personal assistive device for visually impaired users, mainly focussing on the accessibility of graphic and iconic information.

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:16

Antonio Bicchi - New speaker

Antonio Bicchi is Senior Scientist at the Italian Institute of Technology in Genoa and the Chair of Robotics at the University of Pisa. He graduated from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T.  Artificial Intelligence Lab` in 1988–1990.  He teaches  Control Systems and Robotics in the Department of Information Engineering  (DII) of the University of Pisa. He leads the SoftRobotics Lab for Human Cooperation and Rehabilitation at IIT in Genoa. He also heads since 1990 the Robotics Group at the Research Center "E. Piaggio'' of the University of PisaSince 2013 he is Adjunct Professor at the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering of Arizona State University.

His main research interests are in Robotics, Haptics, and Control Systems in general. He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences. He was Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, which he founded in 2015. He has organized and chaired the first WorldHaptics Conference (2005). He was Editor of the book series ``Springer Briefs on Control, Automation and Robotics,'' and has served as an Editor for the Int.l J. Robotics Research, IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, IEEE Trans. Automation Science and Engineering, and IEEE RAS Magazine. He was  Program Chair of the IEEE Int.. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA'16), and General Chair of  the Int. Symposium on Robotics Research (ISRR' 2015) and Hybrid Systems: Computation and Control (HSCC 2007). He was Editor in Chief of the Conference Editorial Board for the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS), Vice President for Publications (2013-2014), for Membership (2006-2007), and Distinguished Lecturer (2004-2006) of IEEE RAS. He served as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control (2012-2013). He is the recipient of several awards and honors. For his research on human and robot hands the European Research Council awarded him with four grants, including an Advanced Grant in 2012 and a Synergy Grant in 2018.  Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.

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