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 at Université de Montpellier, first as Associate Professor and then (since 2021) as Full Professor.
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 robots and humans. 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.
Since 2022, I am Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
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.