My research is focused on several aspects of reinforcement learning, imitation learning, robot control, knowledge representation and human-robot interaction. Currently, I’m a research scientist at Cogitai, Inc., and a post-doc researcher at the Department of Computer, Control, and Management Engineering “Antonio Ruberti” (DIAG), Sapienza University of Rome. I’m a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, as well as of the Italian Association of Artificial Intelligence. 

I completed my Ph.D. at the same department, under the supervision of Prof. Daniele Nardi, focusing on the generation and learning of semantic-driven robot behaviors. During that period, I have been awarded a 3 years Ph.D. fellowship, a Research Starting Grant from Sapienza University of Rome, and a Robotics Fellowship in 2016 from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI). I’ve also been a visiting Research Scholar at the Robotics Institute of the Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) from August 3rd, 2015 to March 22nd, 2016, under the supervision of Prof. J. Andrew (Drew) Bagnell. I’ve also been involved, as responsible of the technical support and member of the Organizing Committee, in the RoCKIn Camp 2014 and 2015, as well as RoCKIn competitions in 2014.

Previously, I completed my M.Sc. in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in 2013 (summa cum laude), at Sapienza University of Rome, under the supervision of Prof. Daniele Nardi. I was a student in the faculty’s excellence program and I received an excellence award from the university. My master’s research focused on algorithms and tools for continuously acquiring environmental knowledge for robots, through interaction. In particular, I worked on using RGB-D information for modeling and recognizing objects with few example data, as well as on environmental abstractions to combine metric and semantic information in robot maps.

I completed my B.Sc. in Computer Engineering at University of Pisa at the end of 2011. During the last year of my Bachelor’s degree I worked on a thesis about implementations and optimizations of the Fast Fourier Transform on Digital Signal Processors. During this work, my supervisor was Prof. Pierfrancesco Foglia.