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VVV12 Participants

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This is a placeholder for a list of participants at the VVV12 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 VVV11/VVV10/VVV09/VVV08/VVV07/VVV06).

 For editing, you can ask for your own username/password (email to get an account) or use the username "VVV12" 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), 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.

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

Vadim Tikhanoff

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department

Giacomo Spigler

  Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna -- File:Vvv12 presentation spigler.pdf

Serena Ivaldi

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

Mike Ciaraldi

  Ciaraldi.jpg Moonraker.jpg Prometheus.jpg
  Authorized.jpg  Robotcommand.jpg
  Professor of Practice
  Department of Computer Science
  Robotics Engineering Program
  Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Worcester, MA, USA
  I am interested in all aspects of robotics engineering: Mechanical, electrical, and computational.
  Here are photos of some of the robots I have worked on: Moonraker lunar regolith excavation robot and Prometheus intelligent ground vehicle. 
  Also, signs from the robotics pavillion at the Kennedy Space Center.

Stéphane Lallée

  In transition between INSERM (France) and SPECS (Barcelona)
  EFAA Project
  I just graduated and I hope to be able to play with this robot for a few more years :)
  Lab's page

Juxi Leitner

 PhD Student at IDSIA in Lugano, Switzerland
 web: [1]
 Research Interests:
  * sensorimotor coordination
  * learning object manipulation, grasping from vision

Elena Ceseracciu

  Robotics Brain and Cognitive Science,
  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.
  I am a Post-Doc, working on software integration for the Xperience European Project.

Kiril Kiryazov

  I am a in the middle of my PhD in  RobotDoc  project. 
  I work in Sweden - Univeristy of Skovde ( Interaction Lab).
  I am dealing with emotional cognitive mechanisms and 
  how they help for autonomy under limited resources and better social interaction.
  email = kiryazov at gmail dot com

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.

Karinne Ramirez-Amaro

Icub Karinne.jpg
I am a Mexican doing my PhD in Germany at the Technical University of Munich under the supervision of Prof. Michael Beetz.
My research interest involve Human motions in manipulation task and getting probabilistic models out of human observations in order to predict their intentions. 
Please for more information visit my web page:

Marek Rucinski


Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher (RobotDoC ITN)
Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems
Plymouth University

My research interest are in using humanoid robots to understand better
the working of the human brain. In particular my studies focus on robotic
modelling of mathematical cognition, with special emphasis
on the role of embodiment in mathematical thinking.
This includes such topics as interactions between numerical and motor skills
and interaction of numbers with other representations in the brain.

email: marek.rucinski (at)

Katrin Solveig Lohan

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
  Marie Curie Experienced Researcher (RobotDoC)

George Karakatsiotis aka Erevodifwntas

No image :-P

George Karakatsiotis is a research associate at the Cognitive Systems Research Institute and the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ATHENA Research Center). He holds a degree in informatics and a Master of Science in computer science from the Athens University of Economics and Business. His is a PhD candidate at the Department of Informatics, working on the automatic translation of sign languages. He has participated in a number of European projects (POETICON++/FP7-ICT, POETICON/FP7, SmoothIT/FP7, InterMedia/FP6). His research includes the development of reasoning mechanisms for embodied cognition applications, embodied concept knowledge bases, mobile value-added services, network management and user-centric multimedia.

For more information visit my web pages:,

Takato Horii

Master course student in Osaka University.
I study Cognitive Robotics in Asada Lab.
My research topic is emotional development in infant.
I interest in human robot interaction to use emotion and tactile information.

Panagiotis Dimitrakis

Cognitive Systems Research Institute
Currently working on Poeticon++ project
Research Interests: Embodied Language Processing Semantic Parsing Cognitive Experiment Analysis
personal webpage:

Konstantinos Theofilis

Adaptive Systems Research Group
University of Hertfordshire

Jorhabib Eljaik

 Jorhabib pic.jpg
Ph.D. Student at the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department. Working on whole body control on iCub. Colombian, 23 yrs old.

Eduardo Castello

Graduate School of Engineering Science.
Dep. of Systems Innovation.
Ishiguro Laboratory.
Osaka University.
Research Interests: High-Fidelity Teleoperation Haptic Interaction Multi-Robot Systems
Personal webpage:

Silvio Traversaro

 Master course student in University of Genoa, Robotics Engineering
 Doing a Master Thesis at IIT under Francesco Nori on inertial parameter estimation using FT sensors

Barry Ridge

Barry ridge.jpg
Senior research assistant on the Xperience project working under Aleš Ude at the Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Research interests: Object affordance learning 3D vision Self-supervised learning

Kotaro Nagahama

  PhD student at JSK Robotics Lab, The University of Tokyo, Japan.
  more info:
  JSK website

Julian Schill

  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  Institute for Anthropomatics
  Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab
  Research interest: Haptic object exploration 
  Working in the Xperience project

Matej Hoffmann

Matej.jpg Originally from Prague, Czech republic, currently I'm about to finish my PhD at the AI Lab in Zurich, Switzerland. My research is centered around cognitive developmental robotics - in particular minimal cognitive phenomena like body schema, forward models, sensorimotor contingencies. So far, I've been mostly busy with a quadruped robot called Puppy.

Giovanni Saponaro


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

Email and website:

Interested in human-humanoid interaction mediated through hand gestures, pointing at objects, attention system. Possible goal: collaborative tasks (human starts an action, robot recognizes it and takes over).

David Schiebener


  Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  Institute for Anthropomatics, Humanoids and Intelligence Systems Lab
  Research on interactive visuo-haptic object discovery, segmentation and exploration
  Working in the Xperience project

Christian Dondrup

Christian dondrup.jpg
Bielefeld University
Applied Informatics Group

Duarte Aragão

 VisLab - Computer Vision Lab of the Instituto de Sistemas e Robótica (
 I am adapting the iCub software and YARP to be used on the Vizzy ( robot.
 email: daragao <at>

Ravin de Souza


I'm currently at Vislab - Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica in Lisbon, doing my Ph.D. within the framework of the IST-EPFL joint doctoral program. My research focuses on ways to use human expert demonstration in order to improve robot behaviour for grasping and manipulation. email: or

Kristsana Seepanomwan

  MPhil./PhD. research student
  Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems
  University of Plymouth

I am doing a (re)search on Gestures in Humanoid Robots, currently on co-thought gestures for spatial problem solving e.g., mental rotation tasks.

Giuseppe Cicala

  PhD student
  University of Genoa
  Email: giuseppe.cicala <at>

PhD student at University of Genoa in the course "Ingegneria Elettronica, Informatica, Robotica e delle Telecomunicazioni" (ICT and Robotics). I'm working on a project related to formal verification of cyber-physical systems.

Mirko Wächter

PhD student at KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany
Research on Interaction and Manipulation with Robots based on Motion-Graphs
Working in the Xperience project
mirko.waechter at

Marco Randazzo

  Randaz timone small.jpg
  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department
  Email: marco.randazzo <at>

Kail Frank

  PhD Student IDSIA
  Developmental Robotics, Mechanical Engineering
  Developed MoBeE / VirtualSkin
  Email: kail <at>

Maxime Petit

  Max iCub.jpg
  PhD Student at the National Institute for Sciences and Medical Research (INSERM) of Lyon, France.
  Robotic Cognition Laboratory
  Human-Robot spoken language interaction, sense of self, memory
  Email: maxime.petit <at>   [2]
  Facebook page of the lab \o/

Grégoire Pointeau

    PhD Student at INSERM - Lyon - FRANCE.
    Human-Robot Interaction
    I am working on autobiographic memory, and representation of self.
    The aim is to create some models from psycology, and to implement them into the iCub.
    Email: gregoire.pointeau <at>

Claudio Zito

    I am a PhD student at the University of Birmingham and my research is focussed on planning manipulation actions under pose uncertainty.
    Email: claudio.zito.81 (at) gmail (dot) com

Alex Escuredo

 *Alex 2012.jpg
 I am electronics and mechatronics engineer working in 'Specs' UPF Barcelona as technical support for the robots include Icub.
 Email: alexescuredo(at)

Maryam Alimardani


Graduate School of Engineering Science.
Dep. of Systems Innovation.
Ishiguro Laboratory.
Osaka University.

Federico Da Rold

Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems
Plymouth University
federico.darold <at>
My research topic is the grounding of abstract words from an embodied perspective

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 representation for manipulation.
  ilaria.gori <at>

Uriel Martinez


  Automatic Control and Engineering Systems Department
  Active Touch Laboratory at Sheffield
  The University of Sheffield
  uriel.martinez <at>

Hiroyuki Kidokoro

  Ph.D. Student at Information Science and Technology, Osaka University
  Intern Researcher at Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, ATR
  Email: kidokoro <at>
  my webpage 

Vicky Vouloutsi


  Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group SPECS
  Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
  Interested in emotions and how we can make robots better social agents
  Part of the EFAA project
  Email: vicky.vouloutsi <at>
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