PaCMan Kickoff, Innsbruck, March 2013
Jeremy Wyatt is Project Coordinator of PacMan. He is Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
at the University of Birmingham. He has previously coordinated the FP7 CogX project on robots that
self-understand and extend their own knowledge and skills. He has also participated in projects on
manipulation (GeRT) and mobility (Strands). He also works in machine learning applied to robotics,
robot planning and probabilistic decision making for robots.
For more information http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~jlw/
Aleš Leonardis is Professor of Robotics at the University of Birmingham and co-Director
of the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics. His research interests
include robust and adaptive methods for computer vision, object and scene recognition and
categorization, statistical visual learning, 3D object modeling, and biologically motivated vision. He has
been an associate editor of the IEEE PAMI, an editorial board member of Pattern Recognition,
an editor of the Springer book series Computational Imaging and Vision. He was also a Program
Co-chair of the European Conference on Computer Vision 2006. In 2002, he coauthored a paper,
Multiple Eigenspaces, which won the 29th Annual Pattern Recognition Society award. In 2004 he was
awarded a prestigious national award for his research achievements. He is a fellow of the IAPR
and a member of the IEEE and the IEEE Computer Society.
For more information http://www.vicos.si/People/Ales_Leonardis
Justus Piater earned his Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, initiated by a
Fulbright graduate student fellowship. After a Marie Curie individual fellowship at Laboratoire
GRAVIR-IMAG, INRIA Rhône-Alpes, he joined the University of Liège in 2002 as a professor of
computer science. In 2008-09 he spent a year as a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for
Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen. He moved to the University of Innsbruck in 2010, where he
founded and leads the Interactive and Intelligent Systems research group.
For more information https://iis.uibk.ac.at/
Marco Gabiccini received the Laurea degree (cum laude) and the Ph.D. both from the University of
Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 2000 and 2006, respectively. During his Ph.D. he was a visiting scholar at the
GearLab, The Ohio State University, Columbus, from 2003 to 2004. Since 2001, he has been doing
research at the Department of Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering, University of Pisa. In
2006, he also joined the Interdepartmental Research Center “E. Piaggio”. He is currently a faculty
member of the Department of Mechanical, Nuclear and Production Engineering (DIMNP). He teaches
Robotics, Applied Mechanics and Biomechanics at the University of Pisa, Faculty of Engineering. His
main research interests are in the field of theory of gearing, geometrical methods in robotics and in
the areas of dynamics, kinematics and control of complex mechanical systems.
Antonio Bicchi is a Professor of Robotics at the University of Pisa, a Senior Scientist at the Italian
Institute of Technology in Genoa, and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. He graduated
from the University of Bologna in 1988 and was a postdoc scholar at M.I.T. Artificial Intelligence lab in
1988–1990. His main research interests are in Robotics and Control Systems.
He has published more than 400 papers on international journals, books, and refereed conferences.
He has served as the President of the Italian Association or Researchers in Automatic Control (2010-
2013) and as the Director of the Interdepartmental Research Center “E. Piaggio” of the University of
He is Vice President Elect for Publication Activities, and has been Editor in Chief of the Conference
Editorial Board, Vice President for Membership and Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Robotics and
Automation Society (RAS). He is Editor in Chief for the book series ``Springer Briefs on Control,
Automation and Robotics,’‘ and is in the editorial board of several scientific journals, including the top-
ranked Int.l J. Robotics Research, the IEEE Trans. on Robotics and Automation, and IEEE RAS
Magazine. He has organized and co-chaired the first World Haptics Conference (2005), and Hybrid
Systems: Computation and Control (2007). He is the recipient of several awards and honours. In 2012,
he was awarded with an individual Advanced Grant from the European Research Council for his
research on human and robot hands. Antonio Bicchi is a Fellow of IEEE since 2005.
For more information http://www.centropiaggio.unipi.it/~bicchi
Michela Antonelli obtained her M.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering and her Ph.D. degree in
Information Engineering from the University of Pisa (Italy) in 2003 and 2007, respectively. Since 2005,
Michela Antonelli has been a member of the Computational Intelligence Group at the Department
of Information Engineering. Currently, she is a fellow researcher in the Department of Information
Engineering at the University of Pisa. From 2013, Michela Antonelli joined also the Interdepartmental
Research Centre “E. Piaggio”.
Her research interests include:
- Neural Networks Design for pattern recognition, data mining and regression problems;
- Designing classification systems for imbalanced and cost-sensitive datasets;
- Risk analysis based on case based reasoning (CBR).
For more information http://www.iet.unipi.it/m.antonelli/
Ermano Arruda is an undergraduate student of Computer Science at the Federal University of
Pernambuco, Brazil. He has been a student at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, as
part of his sandwich course sponsored by the Science without Borders programme. He has also been
a visiting student at the Intelligent Robotics Lab, University of Birmingham. He is a research
collaborator at the Voxar Labs, Federal University of Pernambuco, a research group for
computational vision and human interface research. His research interests include active
computational vision, decision making under uncertainty, visual tracking and SLAM for robotics,
virtual & augmented reality applications.
Alessio Artoni obtained his M.S. (2004) and Ph.D. (2008) degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the
University of Pisa, Italy. In 2008-09 he served as Postdoctoral Researcher at the Dept. of Mechanical
Engineering of The Ohio State University, USA. He is now Assistant Professor of Applied Mechanics
at the University of Pisa. His research interests include design and analysis of power transmission
systems, robotic manipulation, robust and multi-objective design optimization. He was awarded the
second prize of the 2005 ASSIOT national competition for the best M.S. thesis on power transmission,
and he is the recipient of the 2013 AIMETA Junior Award for Mechanics of Machines.
For more information http://www.dimnp.unipi.it/artoni-a/
Matteo Bianchi received the B.S degree cum laude and the M.S cum laude in biomedical engineering
from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2004 and 2007, respectively and the PhD in automatics,
robotics and bioengineering from the University of Pisa in 2012. Currently, he is working as a
Post-Doctoral researcher at the Advanced Robotics Department (ADVR) of the Italian Institute
of Technology (IIT) and as a collaborator of the Research Center “E. Piaggio” of the University
of Pisa. His research interests include haptic interfaces, medical robotics, tactile interaction modeling,
psychophysics of the sense of touch and human manipulation, optimal hand pose sensing and
For more information http://www.centropiaggio.unipi.it/~bianchi
Manuel Bonilla received his bachelor degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the Polytechnic University
of Aguscalientes and his masters degree in Robotics at CINVESTAV, Mexico. He is currently a Ph.D.
student in Automatic, Robotics and Bioengineering at University of Pisa, Italy under the supervision
of Prof. Antonio Bicchi.
His research interest are Motion Planning for constrained systems, control for robotics and Simulation
Based Design for mechanical systems.
Zahra Boroujeni was born in Tehran, Iran in 1989. She received her B.S. degree and Ms degree in
Electrical engineering (control) from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (IUST) in
2010 and 2012, respectively. Her research interests are: Nonlinear control; Adaptive control;
Robotics and Mechatronics. She is currently working on Active Haptic Information Gathering under
Uncertainty and Grasp Planning Under Uncertainty in PaCMan project.
For more information http://iust.academia.edu/zahraBoroujeni
Edoardo Farnioli received his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of
Florence, and his masters degree in Automation Engineering at the University of Pisa. He is currently
a Ph.D. student within the course of “Automatic, Robotics and Bio-engineering” at the “Research
Center E. Piaggio”, University of Pisa, and at the “Department of Advanced Robotics” (ADVR),
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT).
His research interest mainly focuses on the analysis of grasping with synergistic underactuted
robotic hands, and the influence of the underactuation on the structural properties of the grasp. In
2012 he received the Best Paper Award at the IEEE conference “Humanoids 2012”, Osaka, as
co-author of the paper “Adaptive Synergies for a Humanoid Robot Hand”.
For more information http://www.centropiaggio.unipi.it/~farnioli
Marek Kopicki received an MSc in Theoretical Physics at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan,
Poland. He then obtained an MSc in Advanced Computer Science (2004) and his PhD in Computer
Science (2010) from the University of Birmingham where he has worked as a Research Fellow on
the FP7 projects CogX, GeRT and PacMan. His interests include machine learning, computer vision,
and robotic manipulation.
Vladislav Vadimovich Kramarev is a PhD student at School of Computer Science, University of
Birmingham. He received his M. Sc. degree in Computer Science in 2012 at Saarland University,
Germany. His research interests include compositional hierarchical approaches for object
categorization and shape retrieval, image segmentation and remote sensing.
Hamal Marino received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer engineering and his Master’s degree in
Control engineering in 2009 and 2011, respectively, both from University of Pisa, magna cum laude.
For the latter, he has been a visiting student at ETH where he developed his thesis on robust control
for magnetic levitation of microrobots under the supervision of Dr. C. Bergeles and Prof. B. J. Nelson
in the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Multi-Scale Robotics Lab.
In 2012 he received the “2nd level diploma” from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in
engineering. He is currently a PhD student in “Automation, Robotics, and Bioengineering” at the
Research Center “E. Piaggio” of the University of Pisa under the supervision of Prof. A. Bicchi. His
research involves the study of human hand motion in order to improve current robotic hands design.
His main focus is on hand synergies and the possibility to generalize them in order to understand
how they could better be suitable for various different applications.
For more information http://www.linkedin.com/pub/hamal-marino/55/947/255
Mete Ozay is a Research Fellow at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK. He
received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Engineering from Middle East Technical University, Turkey, in
2013, and he was a visiting Ph.D. student and research collaborator at the Department of Electrical
Engineering, Princeton University, USA, in 2011-2012. His research interests include pure and applied
mathematics, theoretical computer science, and physics.
Mirela Popa is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Intelligent and Interactive Systems Group of
University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her research interests are in computer vision, machine learning and
behaviour modelling and recognition. She earned her Ph.D. degree at the Technical University of
Delft, the Netherlands, in 2013 on Multi-modal Assessment of Shopping Behaviour. She has
contributed probabilistic representations useful at inferring human behaviour, inspired from language
Safoura Rezapour Lakani is a PhD student in Intelligent and Interactive Systems in Innsbruck
University, Austria under the supervision of Professor Justus Piater. She has just completed her
masters degree in Software Systems Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany. She received her
bachelor degree in Computer Software Engineering in 2008 from Iran. Her research interests are
object recognition and learning especially in robotics, interactive learning and using scene context
for object recognition.
Antonio J. Rodríguez-Sánchez is currently a senior research fellow in the department of Computer
Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He completed his Ph.D. at York University,Toronto,
Canada on the subject modeling attention and intermediate areas of the visual cortex. He is part
of the Intelligent and Interactive Systems group and his main interests are computer vision and
For more information https://iis.uibk.ac.at/public/antonio/
Carlos Rosales Gallegos received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the Universidad de
Carabobo, Venezuela, in 2003, a masters in Mechatronics from the Universitat Politècnica de
Catalunya (UPC), Spain, in 2006, and a PhD degree (with honors) in Robotics and Advanced
Automation from the UPC in 2013. Currently he holds a PostDoc position at the Research Center E.
Piaggio of the University of Pisa. His main research topic is the consideration of kinematic and
dynamic limitations for grasp synthesis under uncertainty. He is also interested in trajectory planning
and geometric methods for robot motion generation.
For more information https://sites.google.com/site/cjrosales
Alessandro Serio received his Automation Engineering degree and a PhD degree in Robotics,
Automatics and Bioengineering both from Università di Pisa, Italy, in 2009 and 2013, respectively
Currently he holds a PostDoc position at the Research Center E. Piaggio of the University of Pisa.
His main research topics are hardware and software design of robotic hands, tactile perception and
Dadhichi Shukla received his Master’s degree in Computer Vision from the University of Burgundy,
France in 2013. He completed his Bachelor’s studies in Electronics and Telecommunication
Engineering from the University of Mumbai, India in 2009. He is currently a PhD student and is working
as a researcher at the Intelligent and Interactive System Labs, University of Innsbruck. He worked on
recognition and pose estimation of an articulated object e.g. robot arm during his master thesis. He will
be working on multi-modal compositional representations of objects during his doctoral studies.
For more information https://sites.google.com/site/dadhichis/home
Claudio Zito is a doctoral researcher in Computer Science at the University of Birmingham (UK). His
research interests are in a wide variety of topics in robotics, control and machine learning
communities. His main research is concerned with planning grasping and manipulative actions for
robots which operate in partially observable environments.
Sebastian Zurek is at the Department of Computer Science,University of Birmingham, UK. He has a BA
degree in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge, and was a researcher at the Cavendish
Laboratory, where he obtained his PhD. He also has an MRes in Brain Imaging from the University of
Alexander Rietzler received his Master’s degree in Physics from the University of Innsbruck, Austria
2012. He is currently a PhD student and researcher at the Intelligent and Interactive Systems Lab,
University of Innsbruck. His research interests are cognitive robotics, with focus on robotic grasping
For more information: http://alexander-rietzler.net