Over the past years, I have been working in different fields of robotics applications, such as humanoids, rescue and medical. What has always been a constant in my research, is the use of image processing algorithms to perform autonomous control or to understand properties of the object in the environment, i.e. stiffness, in real-time.
I did my master and bachelor studies at “La Sapienza” the University of Rome. During my master studies I won a scholarship and I joined for eight months the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR) at the Texas A&M University under the supervision of Prof. Robin Murphy. During the time in Texas I implemented a real-time visual servoing for the Mesa Element, a mine rescue robot. My master thesis focused on the implementation of a visual servoing algorithm for humanoid robot navigation in human-like environment.
In November 2012, I joined the Centre for Robotics Research (CoRe) at King’s College London. My Phd research was founded by the European project Stiff-Flop and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Award (EPSRC); my contribution to the project covered several robotics topics, such as real-time control of fixed-based manipulator (Schunk LWA) and the integration of sensing mechanism developed by our research group in the ROS system map. My PhD research focused on the development of a visual-based stiffness sensing mechanism for medical diagnosis.
After my PhD, in 2016, I won the JSPS Postodoctoral Fellowship for two years of Research in Japan and I joined the Asama and Yamashita Lab, Department of Precision Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo , where I am still working as Project Assistant Professor. My research focuses on the development of sensing mechanism for rescue and assistive robots. Additional research involves hybrid control, intelligent construction systems and Bio-inspired robotics.