I am a postdoc researcher at Research Center “E.Piaggio”, University of Pisa.
My actual research is focused on social robotic and human robot empathic interaction. I am the coordinator of the FACETeam, a group of the Research Center “E.Piaggio” focused on the development of social robot cognitive systems for human robot interaction studies.
Presently, I am also involved in the CEEDs European project focused on the developing of embedded wearable and unobtrusive systems for monitoring physiological parameters and infers people affective state through multivariate signal processing.
I am the coordinator of a long standing collaboration between the Interdepartmental Research Center “E.Piaggio” and the Computer Science Department, both of University of Pisa, oriented to the development of a social robot control platform.
I am also a consultant in System integration, embedded hardware and micro controller based system.
I am a co-founder of the Pisa FABLAB and of the Leaning Lab, the Pisa’s Living lab. With FabLab and Leaning we created a unique framework for idea designing and prototyping trying to push te limit of collaborative crowd sourcing.
In October 2006 I received the Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Pisa and in May 2010 I graduated PhD in Automatic Robotic and Bioengineering at University of Pisa.
My PhD research has been focused on developing bioreactor system for tissue engineering and high-throughput screenings.
I also 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”. I am coinventor of 7 patents.
During summer 2011 I have been invited as visitor researcher at Carnegie Mellon University CYLAB from prof. Yang Cai.
I am collaborating with David Hanson of Hanson Robotics (Plano, TX, USA) for the development of cross cultural platform for robotic based autism therapy and i am leading the collaboration between Hanson Robotics and the Research Center “E.Piaggio”.