VVV15 List of participants

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This is the list of participants at the VVV15 summer school. Please add yourself before arriving at the school. For inspiration, see VVV14/VVV13/VVV12/VVV11/VVV10/VVV09/VVV08/VVV07/VVV06).

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Lorenzo Natale


I received MS degree in Electronic Engineering in 2000 and Ph.D. in Robotics in 2004 from the University of Genoa. I am researcher at IIT, in the iCub Facility, website. I was previously Postdoctoral researcher at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and at the University of Genoa. I have been invited professor at the University of Genova for the courses artificial and intelligent systems and anthropomorphic robotics. I am interested in tactile and visual perception, and software engineering for robotics.

Francesca Stramandinoli


I hold a MS degree in Automation Engineering from the University of Calabria (Italy) and a Ph.D. in Computing from Plymouth University (UK) achieved within the RobotDoC ITN working as Marie Curie ESR. I worked as Research Assistant at the University of Calabria (Italy) and Research Engineer at United Technologies Systems & Controls Engineering (ALES S.r.l. - Italy). Since November 2014, I am a Marie Curie ER within the RoboTAsk project at IIT (RBCS Department) where I work on the grounding of action words in the iCub humanoid robot through the modelling of tool affordances.

Serena Ivaldi


I am a researcher in INRIA in the Team Larsen in Nancy (France) since november 2014. I was previously a postdoc with the University of TU Darmstadt (Germany) and the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics of University Pierre Marie Curie (Paris, France). I did my PhD in IIT in the RBCS Department under the supervision of Giorgio Metta. I have been working with iCub since my PhD ^__^ My research interest is modelling, learning and control of human-robot interaction and physical interaction between robot, humans and environment. More at my Webpage.

Samantha Adams

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I am a postdoctoral researcher at Plymouth University, UK working on the BABEL project (Bioinspired Architecture for Brain Embodied Language) BABEL Webpage which aims to combine computational neuroscience models of language learning with the iCub. I completed a PhD in Computational Neuroscience in 2013. I'm currently working on interfacing the SpiNNaker neuromorphic platform with iCub to run spiking neural networks for tasks such as sensorimotor association and visual attention and this is what I will be working on during VVV this year with the IIT neuromorphic iCub. More on me and my research at Webpage.

Daniele E. Domenichelli


I hold a Laurea degree in Biomedical Engineering (in 2007) and a PhD in Informatics, Electronics, Robotics and Telecomunication Engineering (in 2011) both from University of Genoa, Italy. In 2010 I was a Google Summer of Code student for the KDE organization. I am currently a post-doc at Italian Institute of Technology, iCub Facility. My main interests include open source software architectures, and middleware for inter process communication, collaboration and tool integration. Webpage, email

Marie Charbonneau

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I completed a MS degree with the EMARO program, which I attended at the University of Genoa and Warsaw University of Technology. I did my master's thesis at ETH Zurich on the subject of bio-inspired locomotion. My next endeavor is to study for a PhD and perform research in humanoid robotics.

Luca Muratore

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I am a Computer Science Engineer. I received my Bachelor's Degree (Thesis on Computer Networks: "Wireless Sensor Network for automotive application") and my Masters's Degree (Thesis on Distributed Systems and Cloud Computing: "Large Scale Data Streaming"), both in Computer Science Engineering at University of Pisa, in 2011 and 2014 respectively. My master thesis was carried out at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) after a six months internship in the Dstributed System Lab (LSD): during this period I worked on the development of a distributed real-time stream processing system. Since May 2014 I am working as a software engineer at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) for the department of Advanced Robotics (ADVR). In 2015 I partecipated to the DARPA Robotics Challenge as a WALK-MAN team member. On WALK-MAN robot I worked on a component model to easily develop software modules upon YARP called GYM (Generic YARP Module) and I was one of the lead programmers for the middleware between the low level EtherCAT software and the high level YARP software. Webpage, email

Arren Glover


I received my Bachelor of Mechatronic Engineering from University of Queensland, Australia in 2009 and my PhD from the Queensland University of Technology in 2014. I am a PostDoc at IIT working on Event-Driven visual sensing, in particular leveraging the high temporal precision of event-driven data for robot interaction with dynamic objects, for example catching a ball. My previous work includes sensorimotor learning with Markov models and visual place recognition across day-night cycles.

Takato Horii


I received MS degree in Engineering from Osaka University(Japan) in 2013. I am a PhD student at Asada Laboratory in Osaka University. My research field is cognitive robotics and developmental robotics. I am interested in emotional communication between humans and robots with tactile interaction, and tactile perception of robots. My research topics are analysing and modeling the emotional development of human from infant to adult through interactions by using humanoid robots, and developing soft material tactile sensors.

Valentina Vasco


I received my Bachelor's Degree and my Master's Degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Napoli (Italy), in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Since November 2014 I am a PhD student at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) for the department of iCub Facility. I'm currently joining the Neuromorphic Systems and Interfaces group, working on Event-Driven vision with the iCub and, in particular, event-driven optical flow and aperture problem in order to detect independent motion.

Jorge Luis Copete Vasco


I received my Bachelor's Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Valle (Colombia) in 2009. Since that, I worked as a software and project implementation engineer in Open Group Desarrollos Tecnológicos (Colombia) until 2012. Currently I am second year Master student from the Department of Adaptive Machine Systems of the School of Engineering at Osaka University, Japan. My aim is to get more insight on the cognitive development in humans through embedding biologically inspired computational models into robotic agents. Currently my research consists in building a computational model that explains psychological findings in human infants regarding the developmental process of the ability to predict others’ action goals.

Massimo Regoli


I received my Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering in 2008 and my Master's degree in Artificial Intelligence in 2010, both from "Sapienza", University of Rome. Now I'm a PhD student in the iCub Facility department of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia. My work is focused on the tactile sensors of the iCub's hands, I exploit tactile feedback to improve its grasping and manipulation skills and to perform tactile exploration tasks in order to localize and recognize objects.

Silvio Traversaro

I received a Master's degree in Robotics Engineering in 2013 from the University of Genoa. Currently I am a PhD candidate at the RBCS Department of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), under the supervision of Francesco Nori. I work in the whole-body control group and my research interest are in application of rigid body dynamics for modeling, estimation and identification of free floating robot systems.