I received the « Laurea » degree (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering in 2001 from the University of Rome « La Sapienza » and a second MSc in Control Systems in 2003 from the University of Sheffield, U.K. From 2004 to 2007, I was a PhD student at « La Sapienza », then from 2007 to 2011, post-doc at INRIA Rennes. Since 2011, I am Associate Professor at Université de Montpellier, and researcher at LIRMM.
Currently, I work on physical human-robot interaction within the IDH team, which I lead since 2020. In particular, I focus on multimodal (vision- and force-based) methods for enabling safe interaction between robot and human. This research is targeted by the projects H2020 VERSATILE, H2020 SOPHIA, CoBot@LR and ANR SISCOB, all of which I manage or have managed as Principal Investigator for LIRMM. Multimodal control has also inspired two workshops, at IROS15 and IROS16, for which I was the main organiser. I have been Special Issue Guest Editor for the journals RAS, IJHR and IEEE T-ASE as well as Associate Editor for IROS from 2014 to 2021, for ICRA from 2018 to 2021, and for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics (since 2022).
At the Université de Montpellier, I am responsible, since 2015, of the Robotics Master Course. My lectures are available on my youtube channel.
From October 2017 to September 2018, I was visiting Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.