TEAM

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 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

Post-doc

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

collaborator

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 how the perception of the world is influenced by fantasy and to the field of empathy in social interaction, both adopting a phenomenological approach. He wrote his dissertation during a period at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, with particular attention to Marc Richir’s thought.

At present, he works at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) as a Collaborator for the ERC-founded wHiSPER project, centralizing his research on perceptual and cognitive structures of sociality within Human-Robot Interaction. In this research field, his interest is mainly focused on space perception and shared perception of environment.

Matilde Antonj

Matilde graduated with highest honors in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genova (Italy) in 2019. During the last year of her bachelor’s degree she worked on her thesis at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) studying the cognitive architecture of shared perception within Human-Robot interaction. To enrich her technical and managerial skills, she decided to attend ISICT courses, becoming subsequently one of the ISSUGE’s students. During a period in Holland, she had a work experience in Futura Composites B.V., where she learnt how to project and test biomedical equipment.

Anna Folsø

Anna graduated in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa (Italy) in 2017. Afterwards she started a Master in Neuroengineering at the University of Genoa. During her first year she spent 6 months at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands), where she attended some Master’s courses in Artificial Intelligence. Now she is working on her thesis at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) studying how reciprocity evolves in the field of shared perception within Human-Robot interaction.

Joshua Zonca

Post-doc

Joshua Zonca obtained his Ph.D. in Cognitive & Brain Sciences from the Centre for Mind/Brain sciences (CIMeC) at the University of Trento. His doctoral work focused on the investigation of the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the generation of adaptive strategies in individual and interactive decision-making contexts.
Currently, he works as post-doctoral fellow in the COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies (CONTACT) unit at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) to explore the interaction dynamics predicting successful cooperation in human-human and human-robot interaction.

Collaborations

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

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