I am tenure track Researcher in the iCub Facility Department at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) in Genova. I am leading the Humanoid Sensing and Perception research group and iCub software development team at the iCub Facility Department .
Today robots are largely used in factories but lack capabilities to sense and perceive the environment. They cannot manipulate objects unless they are carefully modeled a priori and cannot perceive or interact with humans. Programming robots is therefore expensive and time-consuming, and their use limited to very specific applications.
The goal of my research is to develop humanoid robots that can effectively work in unstructured environments, operating in close interaction and cooperation with humans. Robotics is an interdisciplinary field that draws from fields ranging from engineering to machine learning and computer vision. Technical difficulties are unfortunatly a big barrier preventing contributions from different disciplines to robotics. This is one of the reasons that motivated me to work on the development of an open humanoid platform like the iCub. I have been leading the design and development of the software architecture of the iCub and contributed research on control, vision and tactile perception. My research interests range from sensorimotor learning and vision to software engineering and system integration in robotics.
For more information see:
The iCub robot vision dataset.
An open source middleware for robotics.
Official web site of the iCub robot.
FP7 EU project TACtile MANipulation
FP7 EU project WALK-MAN
FP7 EU project Xperience