Alessandra Sciutti

Principal Investigator

Alessandra received her Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2010. After a Post Doc at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) and two research periods in USA and Japan, she became the scientific responsible of the Cognitive Robotics and Interaction Laboratory of the RBCS Dept. at IIT. After being Assistant Professor in Bioengineering at DIBRIS University of Genoa, she is now Tenure-Track Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology, head of the COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies (CONTACT) unit. In 2018 she has been in 2018 she has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant wHiSPER, focused on the investigation of joint perception between humans and robots. She published more than 60 papers and abstracts and participated in the coordination of the CODEFROR European IRSES project. She is an Associate Editor of Robots and Autonomous Systems, Cognitive Systems Research and the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics and she has served as a member of the Program Committee for the International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction and IEEE International conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics.  The scientific aim of her research is to investigate the sensory and motor mechanisms underlying mutual understanding in human-human and human-robot interaction.

Alexander Aroyo


Alexander Mois Aroyo earned his Ph.D. in Bioengineering and Robotics from the University of Genoa and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, Italy. His research was carried out in the Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Science group at the IIT, and at the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory in the Osaka University, Japan. His dissertation topic "Bringing Human Robot Interaction towards Trust and Social Engineering" gives an insight on the key factors to develop trust between humans and humanoid robots; and tries to understand how over-trust could lead to social engineering techniques used to manipulate people, in both, positive and negative ways.

Currently he is working as a Postdoc fellow under the supervision of Alessandra Sciutti on the ERC Starting Grant wHiSPER, focused on the investigation of joint perception between humans and robots.


Carlo Mazzola

Carlo finished his studies in Theoretical Philosophy at the Catholic University of Milan (Italy) in 2018. During the last year of his master’s degree he devoted his research, on the one hand, on how the perception of the world is influenced by fantasy; on the other hand, to the field of empathy in social interaction, both adopting a phenomenological approach. He wrote his dissertation during a period of time at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, with particular attention to Marc Richir’s thought.

At present he is trying to link the cognitive process of empathy and the intersubjective perception with a new field of research: human-robot interaction with reference to social interaction.


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

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