In 2004 I obtained a MSc in Computer Science at the University of Naples “Federico II”, one of the oldest universities in the world. My thesis was about symbolic representations in behaviour based reactive systems. I had built a robot from scratch using the old Lego Mindstorm kit.
In 2008 I obtained a Ph.D. at University of Palermo in the Department of Computer Engineering. My thesis was in robotic architectures for indoor and outdoor museum tour-guide robots. During my Ph.D I pursued the research in probabilistic algorithms applied to autonomous robotics. I developed novel machine learning and computer vision algorithms for SLAM applications, obtaining interesting results in both indoor and outdoor environments.
In 2008 I joined the Cognitive Robotics Group at the University of Ulster as a Research Associate. I studied models of autonomy and emergence in robotics. Later I worked on learning approaches for hierarchical skills building.
In 2012 I joined the robotics group at the University of California, Berkeley where I worked on grounded language learning in robotics. Currently I am working on bridging symbolic and discrete planning, and on making sense of the world seen through vision and haptics sensors.
A longer CV can be found here.