VVV13 List of participants

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This is a placeholder for a list of participants at the VVV13 summer school. Please add yourself before arriving at the school. For inspiration, see VVV12/VVV11/VVV10/VVV09/VVV08/VVV07/VVV06).

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Lorenzo Natale


He received his degree in Electronic Engineering in 2000 and Ph.D. in Robotics in 2004 from the University of Genoa. During his MSc and Ph.D. he worked in the Laboratory for Integrated Advanced Robotics (LIRA-Lab), at the University of Genoa. He was later on Postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, working in the Humanoid Robotics Group. He is currently Team Leader at IIT, iCub Facility, website. His research interests range from sensorimotor learning and perception to software architectures for robotics.

Francesco Nori

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

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. 

Ugo Pattacini

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  iCub Facility

Vadim Tikhanoff

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  iCub Facility

Marco Randazzo

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  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  iCub Facility

Giuseppe Cotugno

  Department of Informatics,
  King's College London,

Enrico Mingo

   Ph.D. Student in Italian Institute of Technology,
   Advance Robotics Department.

Mainly interested in soft robotics and humanoid robotics, in particular I am working in compliant interaction with the environment for dynamic tasks.

Sean Ryan Fanello

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  iCub Facility

Serena Ivaldi

  Institut des Systemes Intelligents et de Robotique
  Universite' Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris

Lorenzo Jamone


  VIS Lab @ Instituto de Sitemas e Robotica
  Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal

Giovanni Saponaro


VisLab, Institute for Systems and Robotics, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

Email and website: http://www.isr.ist.utl.pt/~gsaponaro/

Interested in human-humanoid interaction mediated through hand gestures, pointing at objects, and computing object affordances descriptors with computer vision. Working in the POETICON++ project.

Jimmy Baraglia

Jimmy Baraglia (D1)

  PhD student (D1) at the Asada Laboratory (Emergent Robotics Laboratory) of Osaka University. 
  I work on the modeling of the emergence of cognitive functions in robots.)

Yoichi Matsuyama


  I am currently a researcher and a Ph.D candidate at the Perceptual Computing Group, 
  Department of Computer Science, Waseda University in Japan. 
  My background is spoken dialogue systems and human-robot interaction. 
  The latest project is the SCHEMA, an embodied conversational robot framework, 
  specifically its conversational strategies and question answering. 
See also demo videos here: (1) Facilitation Strategies (learned as reinforcement learning) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oanbOmNida0 (2) Automatic Opinion Generation for Question Answering Systems http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYGLg3OUP_k
I love taking photos.

Francesco Romano

Ph.D. student at Italian Institute of Technology.

Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

Andrea Del Prete


PostDoc at IIT, Genoa, Italy. My research focuses on whole-body motion and force control of humanoid robots.

Alessio Rocchi

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I currently work at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genova as a PhD fellow in the Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR). I work in humanoid robotics with the CoMAN robot, and currently my main interests are optimization and whole body manipulation and locomotion. In the past I worked on soft robotics with both passively (VSA) and actively (cartesian impedance control) compliant robots, especially in optimal stiffness design applied to automated assembly.

Erwan Renaudo


PhD Student at Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique (ISIR).

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.

Interested in learning applied to robotics and meta-control.
I'm working on habits learning for robotics.


Guillaume Gibert


Postdoctoral fellow at INSERM U846, Lyon, France

I am developing a super Wizard of Oz platform (real-time control of the iCub from a confederate's movements) to study human-robot interaction. 
More information on my webpage

Afonso Gonçalves


VisLab, Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica, Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon, Portugal

Riccardo Spica

  PdD student at Univérsité de Rennes I, IRISA/INRIA, Rennes, France.
  Interested in vision based control algorithms for humanoid robots.
  My webpage at IRISA

Jorhabib Eljaik

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Ph.D. Candidate
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Genova, Italy

Roberto Calandra

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PhD Student @ TU Darmstadt.

Email and website: http://www.ias.tu-darmstadt.de/Team/RobertoCalandra

Qiang Li


Postdoc @ Bielefeld University.

Qiang Li received his PhD in Pattern Recognition and Intelligence Systems from Shenyang Institute of Automation(SIA), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2010. In 2009, he was awarded the HRI stipend and started his postdoctoral researching at CoR-Lab of Bielefeld University. Currently, he is a Scientific Researcher in neuroinformatics group at Bielefeld University. His research interest include: underwater vehicle navigation and control, dexterous manipulation of multifingered robot hand, visual/tactile servo control and optimal parameter estimation based on filter theory.

Email and website: https://sites.google.com/site/qiangliresearch/

Herke van Hoof


PhD Student @ TU Darmstadt I'm interested in active learning for grasping and manipulation. Feedback, from e.g. vision or tactile sensing, is crucial for many tasks in this area.

Email and website

Francesco Giovannini

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
  iCub Facility

Frédéric Elisei

Frédéric Elisei

Research engineer at GIPSA-Lab, Speech and cognition department, Grenoble, France.
See homepage
Working on face-to-face interaction, between humans... and soon with iCub !
Especially interested in gaze, pointing gestures and vocalizations... and their accurate synchronisations.

Beata Grzyb

 Beata Grzyb
 Postdoc @ University of Plymouth
 Beata Grzyb received her PhD Degree in Advanced Informatics Systems from Jaume I University, Castellon, Spain.
 She has recently joined CRNS group as a Marie Curie Fellow to work on an interdisciplinary project in collaboration
 with Plymouth Babylab. Her research interests include developmental robotics, modelling cognitive development with
 robotics systems and information integration at different levels of organization: (multi) sensory, perceptual, 
 contextual and behavioral. 
 Email and website

Mingxing Liu

 Postdoc @ Institut des Systèmes Intelligents et de Robotique,
 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France.
 Her research interests include whole-body motion control of humanoid robots 
 and force-based control for robots during object manipulation.
 Email and website

Ilaria Gori

  PhD Student at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova, Italy
  Mainly interested in computer vision and robotics, in particular I'm working on gesture recognition 
  and 3D object modeling for grasping and manipulation.