Biography

Short biography

Education

1995   
Laurea in Ingegneria Informatica cum Laude
            
Sapienza Università di Roma 
            Thesis: “Tecniche di pianificazione nei Robot Mobili Autonomi”

1999    PhD in Computer Engineering (Ingegneria Informatica), Sapienza Università di Roma
            Thesis: “Design and Development of Cognitive Robots"

Appointments

Nov 1998-Oct 1999        Fondazione Ugo Bordoni, Roma    Scholarship (Borsa di studio)

Nov 1999-Apr 2000        Stanford Research Institute, CA, USA    Research Engineer

Mag 2000-Feb 2002       Sapienza Università di Roma, Post-Doc

Mar 2002-Set 2011         Sapienza Università di Roma, Assistant Professor (Ricercatore, confermato da Marzo 2005)

Apr 2004-Gen 2005        Stanford Research Institute, CA, USA  Computer Scientist (congedo per motivi di studio)

since Ott 2011                Sapienza Università di Roma, Associate Professor (Professore Associato, confermato da Ottobre 2014)

Feb 2015                        University of Caen, France, Visiting Professor


Awards and Honors

1999        Top Paper Award WebNet’99
2006        Best Paper Award RoboCup 2006
2008        Best Robotics Demo Award AAMAS 2008
2014        Best Paper Award RoboCup 2014


Memberships

2008-2013        Executive Committee of RoboCup@Home
Since                Coordinator of Italian RoboCup Regional Committee
Since 2013       Board of Trustees of RoboCup Federation
2012-2016        Coordinator of AI*IA Working Group on Robotics

Grants as PI

2001-02            Design and development of Soccer Robots
                         Sapienza Università di Roma, Progetti Giovani Ricercatori 2000.

2002-03            Observation and tracking of mobile targets through stereo-vision
                         Sapienza Università di Roma, Progetti Giovani Ricercatori 2002

2003-05            Fast 3D Object Modeling using Wide Baseline Stereo Camera
                         Contratto di ricerca CIRA (Centro Italiano Ricerche Aereospaziali)

2006-07            Automatic Remote Grand Canal Observation System (ARGOS)
                         Contratto conto-terzi Archimedes, Comune di Venezia.

2008-10            Intelligent Systems for exploration and surveillance of complex and dynamic environments
                         Sapienza Università di Roma

2009-11            Multi-robot environmental monitoring
                         Contratto di ricerca Nevada University, Department of Homeland Security, USA.

2009-12            Context-Aware Mobility Platform
                         Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico, Bando Industria 2015 – Mobilità Sostenibile.

2011-13            Smart Monitoring of Complex Public Scenes
                         Contratto di ricerca Nevada University, Department of Homeland Security, USA.

2011-12            Advanced System for 3D Real-Time Virtual Advertising (1)
                         Duel TV, FILAS Co-Research Regione Lazio.

2012-13            Sapienza Social Robot Network: Social Robots for assistance and tele-presence in university structures
                         Sapienza Università di Roma. Progetto Universitario

2012-13            Laser technology for street analysis
                         Contratto di ricerca IUAV University of Venice

2012-13            BEE-SAFE, multi-robot systems for exploration (1)
                         Contratto conto-terzi Sistemi Software Integrati

2013-14            Jump Traffic Jam
                         Duel TV, FILAS Co-Research Regione Lazio.

2014-17            COACHES
                         EU Commission, CHIST-ERA

2015-16            AVAS (2)
                         Contratto conto-terzi  Wt-Italia, Roma

2016-18            Robotics Coordination Action for Europe Two (RockEU2) (1)
                         EU Commission, H2020 CSA

                        (1): co-Pi with Daniele Nardi
                        (2): co-Pi with Fabrizio D'Amore


Guest Editor of International Journals

Expert Systems 30(2): 99-100 (2013)
Special section on Pattern recognition and artificial intelligence for human behaviour analysis.

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems 66 (1-2): 183-186 (2012)
Special issue on Domestic Service Robots in the Real World.

Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems 76 (1): 3-4 (2014)
Special Issue on Advances in Domestic Service Robots in the Real World.


Chair or co-chair of scientific events

- International Workshop on Planning and real-time monitoring of rescue operations, Foligno (Italy), 2002.
- International Workshop on Synthetic Simulation and Robotics to Mitigate Earthquake Disaster, Padova (Italy), 2003.
- International Workshop on Robot Vision, Barcelona (Spain), 2007.
- International Workshop on Robotic Perception, Funchal, Madeira (Portugal), 2008.
- SIMPAR Workshop on Mini and Micro UAV for Security and Surveillance, Venezia (Italy), 2008.
- International RoboCup Symposium, Suzhou (China), 2008.
- RoboCup@Home competition, Technical Committee and Executive Committee, 2008-2013
- AI*IA Workshop on Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence for Human Behaviour Analysis (PRAI*HBA), Reggio Emilia (Italy), 2009.
- SIMPAR Workshop on Domestic Service Robots in the Real World, Darmstadt (Germany), 2010
- RoboCup Mediterranean Open, Rome (Rome, Italy), 2010
- RoboCup Mediterranean Open, Rome (Rome, Italy), 2011
- IJCAI Workshop on Autonomous Mobile Service Robots - New York, USA - July 11, 2016
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RoboCup@Home Education Workshop - Rome, Italy - March 15-16, 2017
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ERF 2017 Workshop on HRI in public spaces with naive users - Edimburgh, UK, - March 22, 2017