About me (CV)

I joined University of Essex as Lecturer in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence in October 2017. In February 2015 I received from University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain) and FP7 Marie Curie Actions COFUND Grants Programme a UPFellows Research Grant worth €150k awarded to one winner over more than one hundred participants on the topic of Embodied Bounded Rational Agents, focusing on the development of algorithms for  intelligent social agents with bounded computational and sensory resources.  Before I have been developing algorithms for active vision in industrial robotic tasks as a Research Associate (RA) at Centre for Robotics Research, Kings College London; devising Bayesian methods and robotic models for attention in social and dynamic environments as a RA at the Personal Robotics Laboratory in Imperial College London; studying interaction between active vision and autonomous learning in neuro-robotic models as a RA at Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies of the Italian Research Council (ISTC CNR). I also collaborated with Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging (UCL) to address the exploration issue in the currently dominant neurocomputational modelling paradigm. I have also been Visiting Researcher at Bounded Resource Reasoning Laboratory in UMass and at University of Reykjavik (Iceland) exploring the symmetries between active sensor control and active computation or metareasoning. I presented my work in several international conferences on artificial intelligence (IJCAI), adaptation (SAB), and development (ICDL) and published on international peer-reviewed journals. I have been invited to speak at the International Symposium for Attention in Cognitive Systems (2013 and 2014) as well as in other various neuroscience, robotics and machine-learning international venues. In 2017, I organised a workshop on Active Vision in Human Robot Collaboration at ICIAP2017. I am Associate Editor of Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics, and has been part of the Program Committee of several conferences and symposiums.

Research Interests (CV)

My research interests span from Robotics to Computational Neuroscience and Machine Learning.  I am currently interested in active perception and adaptation in complex social environments. In particular, I am working on the issues related to online learning and exploration. While these topics are becoming more and more popular in computational sciences because of the increasing availability of data and applications in virtual (Web, social networks) and, now even more, physical (social robotics and autonomous cars) environments, their computational constraints pose theoretical questions also relevant for other disciplines, such as Neuroscience.

We are organsing: Active Vision and Human Robot Collaboration Tutorial at ICIAP 2017

 Active Perception to Predict and Recognize Partner's Action Sequences
(in collaboration with Dr Lee, Dr  Sarabia and Prof Demiris)
 Active Perception to Predict and Recognize One Action 
(IJCAI 2013
in collaboration with  Prof Y. Demiris)

Recent Publications

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