The central motivating theme of my research is endowing robots with enough communication, perception and control capabilities in order for them to proficiently interact with humans in practical, near future applications. I develop technologies that equip robots with the skills to partner with humans in their daily activities, with the aim of eventually replacing them in dangerous, repetitive or burdensome tasks. Importantly, my goal is not to advance the state of the art in a specific area. Rather, I explicitly focus on shaping the research landscape in perception, control and human-robot interaction with the goal of developing technologies that enable close, natural, and extended cooperation with humans.
My research has spanned multiple fields, bridging the gap between robotics, human robot interaction, and artificial intelligence. Over the years, I have worked on i) exploring the breadths of how tactile systems can improve perception in the nearby space, ii) implementing state of the art control systems for humanoid robots, and iii) investigating how non-verbal and physical communication can steer and improve human-robot interactions and advanced manufacturing.
The following is a non comprehensive list of both my published articles (i.e. projects that ended up in a conference proceeding or journal issue), and work that will not be published at all—such as the
yarpdroid project. If you are interested in understanding more about my ongoing (unpublished) projects, please contact me (or stalk me on GitHub).