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The Team

Prof. Danilo De Rossi

Prof. Danilo De RossiFull Professor of Bioengineering. He received the “Laurea” degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Genoa in 1976. He had appointments for teaching and research in Australia, Brazil, France Japan and USA. He joined the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Pisa in 1982. He is currently Full Professor of Bioengineering. His scientific activities are related to the physics of organic and polymeric materials, and to the design of sensors and actuators for bioengineering and robotics. He is author of over 270 peer reviewed papers on international science journals and peer reviewed proceedings, coinventor of 14 patents and co-author of 8 books.

 

Prof. Arti Ahluwalia

Arti Ahluwalia is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Pisa, and  Vice Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center “E. Piaggio”. She is also affiliated with the National Council of Research Institute of Clinical Physiology (CNR-IFC). The main focus of her research is on the interaction between biological systems and man-mad e devices or structures. Using the biomimetic approach, the underlying objective is to simulate the in-vivo environment as closely as possible in artificial systems. An engineer with a personal interest in autism, she first advocated the use of emotion generating robots as tools for social and theory of mind training and has worked closely with the multidisciplinary robotic team to guide these applications in pioneering directions.

Eng. Daniele Mazzei, PhD

Daniele MazzeiDaniele Mazzei is a Post-Doc researcher at the Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa. His actual research has focused on the development of robotic and sensorized platforms for autistic children’s therapy. Presently, he is also involved in a project focused on developing an embedded system to control and monitoring biological process in collaboration with the Computer Science Department, University of Pisa. In October 2006 he received a Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa and in May 2010 he graduated PhD in Automatic Robotic and Bioengineering  at  University of Pisa. His PhD research has been focused on developing a bioreactor system for tissue engineering and high-throughput screenings. Daniele Mazzei has also attended the 8th ESA Student Parabolic Flight Campaign held in Bordeaux in July 2005 and the results of this work were published on “Verification of Fitts law in microgravity and hypergravity environments”.

Contact: mazzei@di.unipi.it

Dr. Antonio Cisternino, PhD

Antonio CisterninoAntonio Cisternino received the M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1999 and 2003, respectively. He was an Intern in the fall of 2001, working on generics and runtime code generation for the .NET Common Language Runtime. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Fellow Researcher with the Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa, where he has been an Assistant Professor since 2006. He has collaborated with the Microsoft Robotics Studio team and visited Redmond, WA, in May 2006. He has coauthored the Expert F# book and published in several international journals and conferences. His research interests are domain-specific languages and self-evolving software infrastructures. Dr. Cisternino is the recipient of three research grants from Microsoft Research and has actively collaborated with Microsoft Corporation since 2001.

Contact: cisterni@di.unipi.it

Dr. Nicole Lazzeri

Nicole LazzeriNicole Lazzeri is a PhD student at Interdepartmental Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa. In October 2007, she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Pisa and in October 2010 she received her Master’s Degree in Computer Science Technologies from University of Pisa. At the moment, she is working on the development of a software modular platform for controlling a humanoid robot. In particular, her PhD research is oriented towards Human-Robot Interaction studies with a particular focus on social robots which can interact and communicate with people in human-centric approaches. Until now the main case study has been related to control humanoid robots in order to help people with social disabilities.

Contact: n.lazzeri@centropiaggio.unipi.it

Eng. Abolfazl Zaraki

Abolfazl ZarakiAbolfazl Zaraki is currently pursuing his PhD in Automatic Robotic and Bioengineering at the Interdepartmental Research Center “E. Piaggio” University of Pisa – Italy, since January 2011. He graduated with a B.S. Degree in Electronics-Electrical engineering from University of Dezful – Iran, in 2006. He received his Master of Engineering in Mechatronics and Automatic Control from University Technology of Malaysia in 2010. His current work focuses on developing a multimodal context-aware attention system for a humanoid robot which regulates the dynamic attention of the robot, according to the both saliency of low-level features and human relevant features presented in the visual-auditory scene.

Contact: a.zaraki@centropiaggio.unipi.it

Eng. Michael Pieroni

Michael Pieroni Michael Pieroni is a PhD student in Automation, Robotics and Bioengineering at Research Center “E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa. At the same university, he received the M.S. Degree in Biomedical Engineering with honors in April 2012. His research activity concerns the modelling and developing technology inspired by mammalian vision system. Michael is involved, within the FACETeam, in developing a context-dependent attention system to endow the humanoid robot with a visual perception system. In particular, he is focusing on implementing and evaluating computational models of attention inspired by the early visual processing occurring in the human vision system.

Contact: michael.pieroni@centropiaggio.unipi.it