• RO-MAN2020 - september 3

    Cognitive Robotics for interaction (CIRCE)

    Humans can easily collaborate with others, thanks to their capacity of understanding other agents and anticipate their actions. Robots, in order to be able to interact with humans in an efficient and natural way, need to have a cognitive architecture as well. The goal of the workshop is to provide a venue for researchers interested in the study of HRI, with a focus on cognition. It is an ideal venue to discuss about the open challenges in developing cognitive architectures for HRI, such as anticipation, adaptation, dyadic and group interaction, the human inspiration and the technological implementation of cognitive architectures by means of, among others, computer vision and machine learning techniques.

  • caesar 2020 - march 17

    Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots

    The aim of this Workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners who are working on various aspects of social robotics and adaptive interaction. The expected result of the workshop is a multidisciplinary research agenda that will inform future research directions and hopefully, forge some research collaborations. 

  • SMC 2019 - october 7

    Adaptation and Personalization in Human-Robot Interaction

    Social robots are autonomous robots that interact with people by engaging in social-emotive behaviours, skills, capacities, and rules attached to their collaborative role. Creating robotic systems capable of correctly modelling and recognizing the human behaviour and of adapting their behaviour to the user is a very critical task, especially in the domain of assistive robotics and when working with vulnerable user populations.


    Alessandra Sciutti interviewed by IITalk on the theme "What is reality?"


    Alessandra Sciutti interviewed on a daily italian newspaper laRepubblica - Genova in the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.


    Radio InBlu2000

    Alessandra Sciutti interviewed on Radio InBlu2000 in the context of the project entitled "Emotions": a series of meetings dedicated to Rita Levi Montalcini.


    Talk organized by the association "Amici del Museo Doria" of Genoa in a lecture series entitled "Nature & Culture".


    Online event within Web Marketing Festival about the concept of shared perception as part of the affective processing mechanisms towards a real-world affective computing system.


    Online interview by the team of Festival del Futuro about the potential future scenarios of the relationship between humans and robots that will focus on an anthropocentric approach.

    Radio Interview

    Cover interview by the radio show "Eta Beta" on Rai Play Radio about the ways in which robots will help us getting out of the Covid-19 crisis.


    Article on (3rd August 2020) about the latest projects of the TR35 award winners in 2016. TR35 is a peer-reviewed annual award published by MIT Technology Review  ITALIA magazine, naming the world's top 35 innovators under the age of 35.


    Interview on national newspaper website Il Sole 24 ORE (28th February 2020) about the multidisciplinary approach to robotics and the robots' abilities. Themes that will be discussed within a training programme organized by "De Agostini Scuola" to bring school teaching into contact with the latest scientific advancements.


    Rai News 24

    Scientific investigation on national television channel Rai News 24 (7th February 2020) about research activities carried out at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova.

    Live streaming conference

    Fondazione Golinelli - De Agostini Scuola

    Live streaming conference on Fondazione Golinelli YouTube Channel about today's challenges and opportunities of robotics.


    corriere della sera "innovazione"

    Article on national newspaper Corriere della Sera (21st February 2020) about itinerant meetings organized by "De Agostini Scuola" to bring school teaching into contact with the world of research.


    il secolo XIX

    Interview on national newspaper Il Secolo XIX (25th October 2019) about enabling AI to perceive emotions and to understand the context of interaction.

    talk review

    SLA, Skaraborgs Allehanda

    Review on local newspaper SLA Skaraborgs Allehanda (20 March 2019) about the talk "Robot & Humans: from mutual understanding to interaction and trust" at the AIR project kick-out meeting in Skӧvde.


    National radio RadioTreScienza (30 July 2018) and  La voce di Genova” 

    Interview on national radio station RadioTreScienza (30 July 2018) and on the local web magazine La voce di Genova” (6 August 2018) on the ERC project.
    Story also covered in a national newspaper article in La Repubblica (6 August 2018)

    past events

    Round Table

    What is the role of next generation of cognitive robotics?

    Monday, December 21st 2020

    Organised by Shingo Shimoda, professor at RIKEN and chair of IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics.

    Mini Symposium

    Round table at "Rome Videogame Lab"

    Saturday, November 7th 2020 h 15:30

    Organised by Rome Videogame Lab


    "L’intelligenza delle macchine"

    Alessandra Sciutti, bioingegnere
    Luisa Damiano, filosofa
    Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, informatico e filosofo

    Monday, November 18th 2019 h 18:30

    Organised by Institut français Italia
    in the context of «Dialoghi del Farnese»
    Palazzo Farnese, Roma


    "Robot: Da interfaccia a interazione"

    Alessandra Sciutti

    Tuesday, October 29th 2019 h 16:00

    Università di Genova - Biblioteca di Filosofia
    Via Balbi 4, Genova
    Sala Ex Direzione del DIF, 1th floor

    Speech by Alessandra Sciutti at

    "Intelligenza 2.0: quando l'intelligenza, da soggetto che innova, diventa oggetto di innovazione"

    Meeting organised by The ruling companies

    Wednesday, May 15th 2019 h 17:00



    "Towards an Affective-Aware Perception-Action Cycle for HRI"

    Pablo Barros - Postdoctoral research associate Universität Hamburg

    Wednesday, April 17th 2019 h 11:00

    IIT Genova Erzelli,
    Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B
    GREAT Campus Event room, 12th floor


    "Temporal Processing of Successive Intervals in Human Brain"

    Min Susan Li – School of Psychology, University of Birmingham

    Friday, March 29th 2019 h 10:30

    IIT Genova Erzelli,
    Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B
    GREAT Campus Event room, 12th floor


    "Gaze patterns reveal adaptive mechanisms of strategy selection in individual and social decision making"

    Joshua Zonca -University of Trento - Centre for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC)

    Friday March 8th 2019 h 11:00

    IIT Genova Erzelli,
    Via Enrico Melen 83, Building B
    GREAT Campus Event room, 12th floor




    We and @FDellaScienza are happy to announce "iCub - Viaggio nella Mente di un Robot"! @CONTACT_unit and @RBCS_IIT researchers'll guide you in an interactive adventure where you'll help the robot @iCub to solve a mystery! @IITalk 1/2

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    RT @karentatarian_: 3rd Keynote presentation by @alefreedot 🤖 . . @ANIMATAS_ITN symposium

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    Fino a 8 anni si crede più in sé stessi che negli adulti - News -… Thank you @Agenzia_Ansa for the beautiful article about Anna Folso, @JoshuaZonca and @alefreedot 's research! #whisper_ERC @IITalk

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    RT @IITalk: 10-year-old #children act like #adults, giving more credit to the opinion of adults who have previously endorsed their ideas R…

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    Thank you all! It's been super cool talking with people about mutual comprehension between humans and robots at @MakerFaireRome 🤖🥰 @IITalk @RBCS_IIT #whisper_ERC #dissemination #science #icub

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    ERC Starting Grant
    Principal Investigator: Alessandra Sciutti
    Period: 3/2019- 2/2024. G.A: 804388

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