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    2800 Kgs. Lyngby

    Denmark

20082021

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Field of interest: Neurorobotics - Connecting artificial brains to robots

Our goal is: to combine neuroscience, computer science, and biology towards the design of bio-mimetic control architectures for real-time motor control and learning of compliant robotic systems.

Short Bio: I am from Sardinia, an Italian island in the middle of the Mediterrean Sea. I graduated as electronic engineer from the University of Cagliari, Italy, and I got a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Granada, Spain.

My research at DTU is in the field of Neuro-robotics Engineering, in particular it is focused on an understanding of a modular approach for developing brain structures and to connect them for controlling different robotic platforms, e.g. modular robots, musculoskeletal robots, humanoids robots, and soft-robots. Most of my research has been performed in the context of European Projects (Sensopac, HBP, BioModular). Current research interests are on the following areas: Neuro-robotics, Neuromorphic Engineering, Bio-inspired control systems, Artificial Intelligence, Applied Computational Neuroscience. The work has regarded adaptive motor control, human-robot compliant control, models of cerebellar control, and machine learning algorithms.

Longer perspective: to validate our models in realistic, dynamic and rich sensory tasks and environments. The robots will be able to adapt and learn from past experiences. To open revolutionary robotics paradigms and to discover methods and technologies, which can be used for diagnosis and rehabilitation of neuro-degenerative diseases, and eventually during treatment.

Supervision: If you are interested in making a bachelor or master project in the areas above, you can get inspired from current and/or former student projects with me as supervisor. In addition, you can also find a general project suggestion here, more specific one here, or very specific here, or you can search them on the DTU projektbank.

Ongoing Research Projects and Roles:

  • 2019 - Bio-Inspired Compliant Control for Safe Human-Robot Interactions

Completed Research Project and Roles:

  • 2016 - 2017 Researcher in Human Brain Project (HBP), SGA1, Neurorobotics SP10. HBP is a 10-years European project, which aims to map the human brain and create an ICT-based research infrastructure that can be used by researchers world-wide.
  • 02/2017-01/2019 Principal investigator in Marie Curie Project BioModularBiomimetic Learning Control Scheme for control of Modular Robots. This project has been funded by the European Commission (H2020 MarieSlowdowska Curie Actions - Individual Fellowship). 
  • 2018-2020 Principal investigator in the Co-Design Project 2 (CDP2 HBP SGA2) about cerebellar implementations in robotic systems.
  • 2017 - 2020 DTU team leader and coordinator in the HBP - SGA2.

Main Ongoing International Collaborations With:

  • The BioRobotics Institute at Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa (Italy), Prof. C. Laschi, Asst. Prof. E. Falotico.
  • Dept. of Brain and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Pavia (Italy), Prof. E. D'Angelo, A. Antonietti.
  • The Biorobotics Laboratory, EPFL (Switzerland), Prof. Auke Ijspeert.
  • The Technical University of Munich (TUM). Fabrice Morin.

In the news:

1. Robots contribute to mapping the brain

2. Researchers Develop an Artificial Cerebellum than Enables Robotic Human-like Object Handling

3.  ‘Results in Brief’ section of the European Commission’s CORDIS

4.  Complex model of the human brain controls robot

 

Links to my profiles:

ORCID

ORBIT

Researchgate

Google Scholar

Linkedin

HBP Neuro-robotics

DTU Neuro-robotics

Other information

11/2008 to 03/2009 - Visiting research student at Institute of Perception, Action and Behavior (IPAB) at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, UK. Work on a comparison of different learning architectures and study how sætte the LWPR algorithm two themself (Advisors: Professor Dr. Sethu Vijayakumar, Dr. Stefan Klanke).

Participation in International Projects

2007 - 2010 European Project: Sensopac, University of Granada, Spain, Department of Computer Architecture and Technology (ATC).

2016 - 2017 Researcher in European Project: Human Brain Project, HBP SP 10 - SGA1, University of Denmark, Center for Playware, DTU ELEKTRO.

2017 - 2019 Principal investigator in BioModular - Biomimetic Learning Control Scheme for control of Modular Robots. This project has been funded by the European Commission (H2020 MarieSlowdowska Curie Actions - Individual Fellowship 2016 for two years). 

2017 -  Team leader and coordinator - European Project: Human Brain Project, HBP SP 10 - SGA2, University of Denmark, Center for Playware, DTU ELEKTRO.

2018 - 2020 Principal investigator in CoDesign Project (CDP2), EU FET Human Brain Project, HBP.



Language Skills:
English
Spanish
Italian (Mother tongue)
French a2
Danish (a2)

Research areas

Adaptive control; Motor control and motor learning; Cerebellar learning; Machine learning;  Neuro-robotics;  Bio-inspired control system models; Modular robotics; Cloud or Service Robotics (ROS).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Computer Science, University of Granada, Department of Computer Architecture and Technology (ATC), Spain

20082012

Master in Computing Networks Engineering degree, University of Granada, Spain

20072008

Research Assistant, University of Granada, Department of Computer Architecture and Technology (ATC), Spain

20072008

Master in Electronic Engineering degree, University of Cagliari

20042006

Bachelor in Electronic Engineering degree, University of Cagliari

19992004

External positions

Associate Professor

1 Jan 2021 → …

Assistant Professor, DTU

1 Feb 201931 Dec 2020

Postdoctoral researcher, DTU

16 Feb 201531 Jan 2019

Robotics consultant , CNR Institute and Telecommunications (IEIIT) / Telecom Italia SpA, Genova, Italy

2014

DELE examiner, Italy

20132014

PhD Student, University of Granada, Spain

20082012

Site Manager in the Facility Management Area for Nazca Ltd, Milan, Italy, Nazca Ltd, Milan, Italy.

20042006

Keywords

  • User defined:
  • Bio-inspired
  • Motor control and motor learning
  • Cerebellar internal models
  • Adaptive control
  • Neuro-robotics

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