I am a robotics and artificial intelligence researcher with a passion for applied robotics and automation research. I am particularly interested in academic/industrial partnerships for the development of knowledge-intensive R&D solutions for socially relevant challenges including welfare, agriculture, disaster relief and humanitarian demining.
I have always advocated for a holistic development of robots, i.e. considering both hardware, software alike, which I believe perfectly aligns with the concepts of embodied and developmental robotics. Further, I also believe that robotic development should be human-centric fully embracing its impact on society and the environment. Taking all of this into consideration, I regard robotics a highly multidisciplinary endeavour which requires not only engineers from different disciplines but also natural sciences and humanities.
My list of research interests is diverse; however, I believe that they are well aligned towards this holistic view of robot development for socially relevant challenges. My most direct research interests include
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23 Aug 2021 | PUBLICITY CO-CHAIR, COMMITTEE, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,
I will serve as Publicity Co-Chair of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2021) to be held in Beijing, China between the 23rd and 26th of August 2021.
15 Jan 2021 | SPECIAL ISSUE, JOURNAL, CALL FOR PAPERS,
This special issue will include state-of-the-art research on emerging topics on development and learning in natural and artificial systems. In addition to new submissions, papers presented at ICDL-EpiRob 2020 will be invited to submit extended versions to the special issue. All submissions, including those that are based on ICDL-EpiRob 2020 papers, will be reviewed as regular TCDS papers.
This special issue has a focus on development and learning from a multidisciplinary perspective gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology, and developmental studies. We invite researchers to share knowledge and research on how humans and animals develop sensing, reasoning and actions, and how to exploit robots as research tools to test models of development and learning. We expect the submitted contributions emphasize the interaction with social and physical environments and how cognitive and developmental capabilities can be transferred to computing systems and robotics. This approach goes hand in hand with the goals of both understanding human and animal development and applying this knowledge to improve future intelligent technology, including for robots that will be in close interaction with humans.
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28 Oct 2020 | PROGRAM AND FINANCE CO-CHAIR, COMMITTEE, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,
I will serve as Program and Finance Co-Chair of the 10th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2020) to be held in Valparaiso, Chile between the 26th and 30th of October 2020.
01 Oct 2020 | OUTREACH, TALK, SEMINAR,
I will give a guest talk on “The Role of Cognitive-Inspired Machine Learning in Autonomous Assistive Systems” at the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
21 Sep 2020 | ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH, EDITORIAL BOARD,
Joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Robotics and AI as Review Editor.