AIRO 2022 – People


Salvatore M. AnzaloneUniversité Paris 8, France – Salvatore Maria Anzalone is Maître de Conférences at Université Paris 8 and member of the Artificial and Human Cognitions Laboratory (2016), leading the Cognition and Social Interactions group (2020). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Palermo (2010). He collaborates since then with several institutions in Italy (University of Padua), Japan (Osaka University) and France (Sorbonne Université and Pitié-Salpêtrière Medical Hospital). His research interests focus on Social Robotics, spanning from the analysis of interpersonal dynamics to the development of socio-cognitive behaviors, with the goal of allowing robots to express high degrees of social intelligence. He extensively worked on such topics in the specific context of socially assistive robotics for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. He was awarded as JSPS Research Fellow from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2011-2012) and recipient of a grant from the Japanese National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (2013). He participated in several national and European projects such as the FP7 Michelangelo. He is currently coordinator of the French-Swiss bilateral project ANR-FNS iReCheck, co-coordinator of the French national project “Scène and Robotique” and, since 2017, part of the steering committee of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics group of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence. Since 2021, he is managing editor of the Springer’s International Journal of Social Robotics.

Gloria Beraldo –  National Research Council, CNR, Rome, Italy – Gloria Beraldo received the M.Sc. degree cum laude in computer science engineering and the Ph.D. in information engineering with Doctor Europaeus mention from the University of Padova, Padua, Italy, in 2017 and 2021, respectively. In 2019, she was a visiting researcher at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Geneva, Switzerland. She is currently a postdoc at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, Italian National Research Council. She is involved in the SI-ROBOTICS (Social robotics for active and healthy ageing) project that aims to design and develop new and easily adaptable ICT assistive robotic technologies to help the elderly in daily activities and to assess the progress of their physical and cognitive decline. She is also a contract professor at the Department of Information Engineering and Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Padova. Her research is focused on designing novel semi-autonomous human-robot interactions with particular attention to the case of brain–machine interface driven robotics devices. She is investigating how to decode high-level user’s intention, for instance from his/her brain activity, through supervised machine learning techniques and fuse it with the perception of the robot to achieve advanced forms of human-robot interaction. Her research interests include human–robot interaction, shared control and shared autonomy for mobile robots, neurorobotics, socially assistive robotics, intelligent systems.

Luca Buoncompagni – Universita’ degli Studi di Genova, Italy – Luca Buoncompagni is a postdoc of the Department of Computer Science, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering (DIBRIS) at the University of Genoa, Italy. He received the PhD degree in Robotics and Autonomous Systems at the University of Genoa, where he had research and teaching experiences. His research interests concern Human-Robot Interaction and knowledge representation involving learning from human demonstrations. He had experience in Description Logic and formal representations also for smart environments.

Alberto Castellini – Universita’ di Verona, Italy – Alberto Castellini is assistant professor at the University of Verona, computer science department. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Verona and had research and teaching experiences at both University of Verona and Potsdam University/Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, Germany. His research interests are related to artificial intelligence, statistical learning, predictive modeling of complex systems and computational data analysis.

Alberto FinziUniversity of Naples Federico II”, Italy – Alberto Finzi is Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy. He received the Ph.D. degree in computer engineering from the Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy. He was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at NASA Ames Research Center, postdoctoral research activity was also carried out at Sapienza University of Rome and TU Wien. He has been recently involved in several research projects sponsored by the European Community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the European Space Agency, the Italian Space Agency, FWF (Austrian Science Fund), the Italian Ministry for University and Research, and private industries. His current research interests include cognitive robotics, human–robot interaction, social robotics, executive and cognitive control, autonomous and adaptive systems, planning and scheduling systems, multiagent systems, and formal methods for autonomous systems.