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. 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
15 Jan 2019 | CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOP,
This full-day workshop will investigate the sensorimotor and affective mechanisms that underlie human-robot interaction. Non-verbal and affective cues and expressions used to foster cooperation, mutual understanding and signal trustworthiness are manifested by humans all the time. If these cues are not appropriately reciprocated, however, the interaction can be negatively impacted. Moreover, inappropriate reciprocation, or lack thereof, may be the result of misperception and or non-timely reactions. Failure to adequately account for biologically plausible perceptual and temporal facets of interactions may detract from the quality of human-robot interaction and hinder progress in the field of social robotics more generally. For more information on the Workshop, click here.
17 Dec 2018 | OUTREACH, TALK, WORKSHOP,
I will give a talk at the Fourth International Workshop on Intrinsically-Motivated Open-ended Learning (IMOL2019). This year the workshop will be preceded by a Summer School of the European FET project GOAL-Robots.
The workshop will last 3 days and will be held at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2019. For more information about this event please visit this link.
10 Dec 2018 | GUEST LECTURE, OUTREACH, TEACHING,
Guest Lecture at the Affective Interaction & Robotics (TIG103) course hosted at the Division of Cognition and Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.