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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), 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

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  Department of Informatics,
  King's College London,
  My interests are learning from demonstration, grasping, grasping synergies and affordance learning.
  I currently work on the DARWIN project.

Enrico Mingo

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

emotions and how we can make robots better social agents 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:

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) (2) Automatic Opinion Generation for Question Answering Systems
I love taking photos.

Francesco Romano

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:

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:

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. 

Stéphane Lallée

  Post-Doc @ Synthetic Perceptive Emotive & Cognitive Systems (SPECS), Barcelona
  I'm mainly contributing on the EFAA architecture and on a model of sensor fusion 
  which uses self organizing maps.

Elena Ceseracciu

  iCub Facility,
  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia.
  I am a Post-Doc, working on tool affordances and software integration for the Xperience European Project.

Paschalis Veskos

    Postdoc at Cognitive Systems Research Institute, Athens, Greece. 
    My homepage
    I'm interested in working on manipulation and motor control, especially when linked to higher level processes and language!

Silvio Traversaro

  I am working at IIT for the CoDyCo project, mainly on dynamics software and dynamics estimation.

Alessandro Roncone

  I'm a PhD Student at IIT, Genova. My goal is to implement a model of Peripersonal Space (PPS) on the iCub.
  Currently, I'm working on the implementation of a self-touch behavior on the robot (for subsequent use).

Alexandre Antunes

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  I'm a MSc Student in Aerospace Engineering at IST, Lisboa, Portugal. I'm currently working on my thesis, in modelling Affordances.

Alexandros Paraschos

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PhD Student @ TU Darmstadt.

Email and website:

Takato Horii

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

Thibaut Munzer

Master internship at ISIR, Paris.

Build a module to do imitation learning then reinfocement learning based on DMPs for trajectories learning.

Grégoire Pointeau


PhD Student in INSERM Lyon (France).

I work on learning through autobiographical memory, and embodied simulation from experience with the iCub.
I am part of the EFAA Project.

Nathaniel Rose

Undergraduate Senior at Syracuse University in NY, USA.
I am studying Computer Engineering and have a passion robotics and acoustics.
I work with audiophiles and have interest in cognitive science.

Dimitri Ognibene Post-doc at Imperial College London

My research focuses on the interaction between attention and behaviour. I study how attention skill can develop to to support motor and social skills. My research tools are probabilistic graphical models and reinforcement learning.

Vicky Vouloutsi


 Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems group SPECS
 Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
 Interested in social robotics and behavioral modulation
 Part of the EFAA project
 Email: vicky.vouloutsi <at>

Maxime Petit

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PhD Student in INSERM Lyon (France).
I work on human-robot interaction (through language), reasoning and planning
I am part of the EFAA Project.

Katrin Solveig Lohan

  Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia 
  iCub Facility
  Marie Curie Experienced Researcher (RobotDoC)

Kyuhwa Lee


Hi, I'm a PhD student at Imperial College London. I am currently working on activity learning and representation from human demonstrations for robots using syntactic models.
Some videos of my work can be found at:

Minju Jung

MS student in KAIST (South Korea)
I'm interested in emergent computation using RNN.

Daniele Pucci


Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Robotics Brain Cognitive Sciences [1]

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