VVV11 Participants

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This is a placeholder for a list of participants at the VVV11 summer school. It usually gets filled up at the first day of school, and is strictly voluntary. We're expecting 40-something people this year. Feel free of course to add yourself before arrival at the school. For inspiration, see VVV10/VVV09/VVV08/VVV07/VVV06).

 For editing, you can ask for your own username/password (email 
 paulfitz@liralab.it to get an account) or use the username "vvv11" and password
 "s*str*" with the first star replaced with "e" and the last star
 replaced with "i".

There are sometimes edits lost with many people editing the same wiki page at once with the same username. Suggestion: add an empty section for yourself first, like this:

 == Your Name ==

Then save, and click the link to edit that specific section.

If you would like to, include in your profile a list of possible ideas for collaboration.

Giorgio Metta

 IIT and Univ. of Genoa, pasa_(at)_liralab.it, homepage
 I am senior scientist at the IIT and assistant professor at the University 
 of Genoa where I teach courses on anthropomorphic robotics and intelligent systems 
 for the bioengineering curricula. I hold a MS with honors (in 1994) and PhD (in 2000) 
 in electronic engineering both from the University of Genoa. From 2001 to 2002 I was
 postdoctoral associate at the MIT AI-Lab where I worked on various humanoid robotic 
 platforms. I am assistant professor at the University of Genoa since 2005 and with 
 IIT since 2006. My research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated 
 and humanoid robotics and in particular in developing life-long developing artificial 
 systems that show some of the abilities of natural systems. 

Paul Fitzpatrick

  Irish guy working in Italy while living in the US 
  (prefers not to do any two things in the same country).Website

Lorenzo Natale

  Robotics Brain and Cognitive Science,
  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, more info:

Francesco Nori

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
  my web page

Ugo Pattacini

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department

Serena Ivaldi

  Institut des Systemes Intelligents et de Robotique
  Universite' Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris
  Email: serena.ivaldi <at> isir.upmc.fr
  webpage - working in the MACSi group

Francesca Stramandinoli

  I work at the University of Plymouth as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher
  in the European project RobotDoC that is an Initial Training Network on 
  developmental robotics. My research topic is about the grounding of language 
  in humanoid robots, with particular attention to abstract words.
  Francesca Stramandinoli, MSc   
  Centre of Robotics and Neural Systems 
  School of Computing and Mathematics 
  University of Plymouth, UK 
  Email: francesca.stramandinoli <at> plymouth.ac.uk

Mike Ciaraldi

  I am a Professor of Practice in the Computer Science Department of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in
  Worcester, MA USA. I am part of the inter-disciplinary team which created the WPI Robotics Engineering (RBE) program, 
  the first in the US to offer a four-year degree in RBE.
  Some of my projects:
  -- Moonraker: Winner of the NASA Centennial Challenge Lunar Regolith Excavation contest, 2009.
  -- Prometheus: Rookie of the Year, Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition, 2010.
  -- Oryx: Winner, NASA RASC-AL sample return competition, 2011.
  Some of my interests:
  -- Human-robot interaction
  -- Remote control over long distances (e.g. Earth-Moon)
  -- Autonomous and semi-autonomous behavior
  I have connections with some of the other participants and the venue:
  -- I met Paul when he visited WPI earlier in 2011, which is when he told me about this summer school.
  -- I met Serena in the waiting room at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. We took the plane together to Genoa and shared a taxi to the train station.
  -- I have not met Francesca yet, but I presented a paper at the International Network Conference in 2004, which was held at the University of Plymouth.
  -- In 1972 I took the Settebello high speed train from Rome to Pisa, then the regular train on to Nice, so I must have passed though Sestri Levante. 
  -- My grandfather emigrated to the US in 1915 from Pontecorvo, about halfway between Rome and Naples.
  Mike Ciaraldi
  WPI Computer Science
  100 Institute Road
  Worcester, MA 01609 USA
  Email: ciaraldi <at> wpi.edu

Jose Nunez-Varela

  Jose nunez.jpg
  I am a third year Ph.D. student at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham (I am from Mexico!). 
  Last year I started working with the iCub simulator. My research is about the coordination of gaze and actions, so that
  the robot can make decisions about where to look and what to do next. I am really looking forward to finally work with 
  the real robot, and hopefully I might be able to test what I have done so far with the robot. More information about my 
  research can be found here: [1].
  Jose I. Nunez-Varela
  Intelligent Robotics Lab, School of Computer Science
  University of Birmingham, UK
  Email: j.i.nunez <at> cs.bham.ac.uk

Stéphane Lallée

 INSERM Stem Cell & Brain Research Institute (SBRI)
 Robot Cognition Laboratory
 I am a PHD (writing phase now) student in Human Robot Interaction who worked mainly with iCub and Nao. 
 My main PHD topic is behavior learning & execution through spoken interaction with a human partner.
 My main interest is neural network modelling & multimodal integration.
 You can contact me at stephane.lallee <at> gmail.com
 Here is a pseudo-website, old and not updated Web Page

Nick Wilkinson

 Dept. of Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Instituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova
 I'm a PhD student, working on social interaction from a dynamical systems perspective on the iCub. 
 My main topic at the moment is the role of eye contact in establishing and maintaining engagement.
 email: nicholas.wilkinson <at> iit.it