I am Lecturer in Robotics and Director of the CRISP group at the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) of the Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).
The CRISP group is part of ARQ (Advanced Robotics at Queen Mary).
Since October 2018, I am also Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute.
My main interest is in Cognitive Robotics: building intelligent robots by taking inspiration from humans, and validating theories of human cognition by testing computational models on robots.
Topics include: dexterous manipulation, visuo-haptic perception and exploration, object affordances, tool use, body schema, eye-hand coordination, human-robot interaction and collaboration, tactile and force sensing.
I also collaborate with VisLab, at the Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica of the Instituto Superior Tecnico (Lisbon, Portugal), as visiting associate researcher in humanoid and cognitive robotics, and with SuganoLab, at the Department of Modern Mechanical Engineering of Waseda University (Tokyo, Japan), as visiting professor in tactile sensing for robotic manipulation.
Before I was with the Biped Group of Takanishi Lab (Waseda University), and with the RBCS (Robotics Brain and Cognitive Science) Department of the IIT (Italian Institute of Technology).