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Interview - Bridging the Gap between Robots and Humans

Presented by Giorgio Metta

Based on the experiences with the iCub, a humanoid robot specifically designed to support research in human cognition and embodied artificial intelligence and adopted by more than 20 laboratories worldwide, Giorgio leads the research at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) to promote the low-cost commercial applications of robots in the near future.

Topics covered in this interview include:

  • Success factors for the integration of robots
  • Integration of robotics and autonomous systems
  • Human-machine interaction, collaboration and competition
Giorgio Metta, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Giorgio Metta

Vice Scientific Director and iCub Facility Director, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Giorgio Metta is Vice Scientific Director at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and Director of the iCub Facility Department. He coordinates the development of the iCub robotic project.

He holds an MSc cum laude (1994) and PhD (2000) in electronic engineering from the University of Genoa and since 2012 he is a Professor of Cognitive Robotics at the University of Plymouth (UK). He is also deputy director of IIT delegate to the training of young researchers. He is member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl, the European reference organization for robotics research.

Giorgio Metta research activities are in the fields of biologically motivated and humanoid robotics and in particular in developing humanoid robots that can adapt and learn from experience. Giorgio Metta is author of more than 250 scientific publications. He has been working as principal investigator and research scientist in about a dozen international as well as national funded projects.