Antonio Frisoli

PERCRO Laboratory, TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa)
Antonio Frisoli (Eng., PhD) is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, where he is the head of the Human-Robot Interaction area at PERCRO laboratory. He received his PhD (2002) with honors in Industrial and Information Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy and the MSc (1998) in Mechanical Engineering, minor Robotics, from University of Pisa-Italy and in Industrial Engineering from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (1998). He has beenthe former chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Haptics (2012-2014, awarded as the most active technical committee from IEEE RAS). Antonio Frisoli’s research interests are in the field on design and control of wearable haptics and robots cooperating with humans, upper and lower limb exoskeletons for rehabilitation robotics and human motor control, virtual reality, advanced human computer interfaces for training, Brain Computer Interfaces. Currently he is studying new designs for exoskeletons systems, portable fingertip haptics and new brain-robot interfaces. He is author of more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and scientific journals.

Vitoantonio Bevilacqua

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
Polytechnic University of Bari

Vitoantonio Bevilacqua obtained the Laurea Degree in Electronic Engineering and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari, where he is currently Tenured Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering and previously he also taught Expert Systems, Medical Informatics and Image Processing. Since 1996 he has been working and investigating in the field of computer vision and image processing, human-machine interaction, bioengineering, machine learning and soft computing (neural networks, evolutionary algorithms, hybrid expert systems, deep learning). The main applications of his research are in medicine, in biometry, in bioinformatics in ambient assisted living and industry. In 2000 he was involved as Visiting Researcher in an EC funded TMR (Trans-Mobility of Researchers) network (ERB FMRX-CT97-0127) called CAMERA (CAd Modeling Environment from Range Images) and worked in Manchester (UK) at UK Robotics Ltd, in the field of geometric feature extraction and 3D objects reconstruction. He has published more than 130 papers in refereed journals, books, international conferences proceedings and chaired several sessions such as Speech Recognition, Biomedical Informatics, Intelligent Image Processing and Bioinformatics in international conferences. On July 2011, he was invited as lecturer at International School on Medical Imaging using Bioinspired and Soft Computing-Miere (Spain) MIBISOC FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008. GA N. 238819— where presented his research on Intelligent Tumors Computer Aided Early Diagnosis and Therapy: Neural Network and Genetic Algorithms frameworks. In January 2015 he was qualified as Associate Professor of Information Processing Systems, in March 2017 as Associate Professor of Bioengineering and from April 2017 is the Head of Industrial Informatics Lab of the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering of Polytechnic University of Bari.

Jorge Solis

Department of Engineering and Physics, Karlstad University

JORGE SOLIS is an Associate Professor of the Department of Engineering and Physics, Karlstad University, adjunct researcher of the Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University as well as visiting research at the Humanoid Robotics Institute, Waseda University. He received his B.S. degree in Electronics Systems from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico) in 1998 and the Ph.D. degree from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy) in 2004. He has been visiting researcher to the Groupe Automatique Symbolique du Laboratoire d’Analyse et d’Architecture des Systemes (LAAS/CNRS) in Toulouse, France; the Bio-Robotics Division of the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan. From 1998 to 2000 was a support engineer of the RS/6000 Hardware Department at IBM of Mexico.

His research interests are in intelligent machines and automation, medical and assistive robots, humanoid robots and educational Robots. He is author/co-author over 200 papers, presented at international conferences or published in journals, and he has edited 3 books. He is member of Robotics Commission of IFToMM, the International Federation for the Promotion of Machine and Mechanism Science as well as IEEE Senior member. He is currently co-chair for the Technical Committee in Bio robotics. He has obtained 3 finalist awards at International Conference on Robots and Intelligent Systems (2007 and 2009) and International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (2009) as well as a best paper conference award at the 12th International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering. He has been the general co-chair of the 14th Mechatronics Forum International Conference.

Jeremy L Wyatt

Intelligent Robotics Laboratory
Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Cognitive Robotics (CNCR)
University of Birmingham

Jeremy Wyatt is Professor of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Birmingham. He conducts research in autonomy, intelligent robotics, machine learning, robot manipulation, robot vision, robot task planning, robot motion planning, and decision making under uncertainty. He obtained his PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He has published more than 100 papers, edited three books, and coordinated two major international research projects in robotics: CogX (35 researchers, 6 universities) on robot planning and learning in unstructured worlds, and PacMan (25 researchers) on robot manipulation. He has won three best paper awards, and works with a variety of industry partners on early stage technology transfer in logistics, robot manipulation, computer vision and autonomy.

Michael Felsberg

Department of Electrical Engineering
Linköping University
Professor in Computer Vision and head of division […] Michael Felsberg received a Ph.D. degree in engineering from the University of Kiel, Germany, in 2002. Since 2008, he has been a Full Professor and the Head of the Computer Vision Laboratory, Linköping University, Sweden. His current research interests include signal processing methods for image analysis, computer and robot vision, and machine learning. He has published more than 100 reviewed conference papers, journal articles, and book contributions. He was a recipient of awards from the German Pattern Recognition Society in 2000, 2004, and 2005, from the Swedish Society for Automated Image Analysis in 2007 and 2010, from Conference on Information Fusion in 2011 (Honorable Mention), from the CVPR Workshop on Mobile Vision 2014, and from ICPR 2016 (best scientific paper in Computer Vision). He has achieved top ranks on various challenges (VOT: 3rd 2013, 1st 2014, 2nd 2015, 1st 2016; VOT-TIR: 1st 2015 and 2016; OpenCV Tracking: 1st 2015; KITTI Stereo Odometry: 1st 2015, March). He has coordinated the EU projects COSPAL and DIPLECS, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Mathematical Imaging and Vision, Journal of Image and Vision Computing, Journal of Real-Time Image Processing, Frontiers in Robotics and AI. He was Publication Chair of the International Conference on Pattern Recognition 2014 and Track Chair 2016, he was the General Co-Chair of the DAGM symposium in 2011, and he is general Chair of CAIP 2017.

Vittorio Sanguineti

Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering
University of Genoa
Vittorio Sanguineti is Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at University of Genova (Italy). He received a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering (1989) and a PhD in Robotics (1994), both from the University of Genova. He has been working as Post-Doctoral fellow at the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France, McGill University, Montréal, Canada, and Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, USA.
His main areas of interest are neural control of movement (upper limb, orofacial and postural control), motor learning and the applications of robotics and other interactive technologies to neuromotor rehabilitation. option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=61

Elias G. Carayannis

Department of Information Systems & Technology Management, The George Washington University – USA
Dr. Elias G. Carayannis is full professor of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as co-founder and co-director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and director of research on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, European Union Research Center, (EURC) at the School of Business of the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Carayannis’ teaching and research activities focus on the areas of strategic government-university- industry R&D partnerships, technology road-mapping, technology transfer and commercialization, international science and technology policy, technological entrepreneurship and regional economic development.
Dr. Carayannis has several publications in both academic and practitioner journals, including among others one, IEEE Transactions in Engineering Management, Journal of Engineering and Technology Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, International Journal of Technology Management. He has also published sixteen books to date on science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship with Springer Publishers, CRC Press, Praeger/Greenwood, Palgrave/MacMillan and Edward Elgar, and has several more projects under contract. He has also published working papers with the World Bank and given invited lectures on a number of occasions at the World Bank, the IADB, the European Union, and several universities.
Carayannis is the co-founder and co-director of the Global and Entrepreneurial Finance Research Institute (GEFRI) and Director of Research on Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the European Union Research Center (EURC) at the GW School of Business elias-g-carayannis

Franco Tecchia

PERCRO Laboratory, TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa)
Franco Tecchia is Assistant Professor in Computer Science with primary specialisation on Software Engineering and Comp. Graphics. He received a Master degree from the University of Pisa and a Ph.D. in Comp.Science from University College London, UK, where he was also Research Fellow in the VE and Computer Graphics group. Franco is now the head of the Computer Graphics and Virtual Environment Group at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy), working in the context of national and international research activities including the European Projects VIRTUAL, PURE FORM, CREATE, PRESENCCIA, SKILLS, BEAMING, VERE and the NoE ENACTIVE and INTUITION. He is also the coordinator of the XVR Project (, a large development effort for the creation of a “super flexible” VR framework, and the founder of VRMedia S.R.L (, an Italy-based company developing Virtual Reality systems and software for industrial applications and a member of the editorial board and Associate Editor of the journal Presence: Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (MIT PRESS)

Claudio Loconsole

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering
Polytechnic University of Bari
Claudio Loconsole (Eng.,Ph.D.) received his B.S. and M.S. cum laude in Computer Science Engineering respectively from Politecnico di Bari, Italy, in 2007 and Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2009.
In 2012, he received the Ph.D.cum laude in Innovative Technologies from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy.
He is a former Post-Doc Research Fellow at Perceptual Robotics (PERCRO) laboratory, TeCIP Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.
Currently, he is an Assistant Professor at Department of Electrical and Information Engineering (DEI), Politecnico di Bari and the scientifc responsible of the “Braille Lab” project funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research within the “Smart Cities and Communities and Social Innovation” call.
In 2012, he passed a semester as Visiting Ph.D. student at Universidade do Porto (Portugal).
He has been awarded with several international acknowledgments and prizes such as the first prize winner at “World Simulink Student Challenge” in 2011, the “Europe Future of Health Award” in 2012, the ETIC Prize (AICA-Rotary) for his Ph.D. thesis in 2013, the Tech Disruption Prize at the Global Impact Competition Italia in 2014 and the second prize winner at “Start Cup Toscana” in 2013 and in 2016.
He is an invited member at AUDI Innovative Thinking community (2015) and co-founder, secretary and member of the executive committe of the ONLUS association “SOS Visione” for the improvement of the quality of life of the visually impaired.
His research interests include human-machine and huma-robot interaction, assistive technologies, computer vision, motion planning and neurorehabilitation.

Massimiliano Solazzi

PERCRO Laboratory, TeCIP Institute
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa)

Massimiliano Solazzi (Eng., Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of Applied Mecnhanics at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa (Italy). He carries out his research at the Perceptual Robotics laboratory (PERCRO) of the Institute of Communication, Information and Perception Technologies (TeCIP). In 2010 he received the PhD Degree in Innovative Technologies, curriculum Perceptual Robotics, at the Scuola Superiore Sant‟Anna. In 2005 he received the MSc in Industrial Engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant‟Anna and the MSc in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Pisa. In 2002 he obtained the Bachelor‟s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pisa. During his studies he carried out a stage at the Center for Studies and Research Technology CEIT, San Sebastin, Spain in 2005 and visited the Mechanical Department of the University of Utah, HEML Laboratory, Salt Lake City, USA in 2008. His research interests concern: the design of robotic interfaces for virtual reality, teleoperation and rehabilitation assisted by robots, the kinematic, static and dynamic analysis and optimization of parallel mechanisms, the development of control systems for manipulators, and the psychophysical validation of human-machine interfaces. Massimiliano Solazzi has collaborated in numerous research projects both nationally and internationally. Currently he is carrying out research activities within the European projects EU ICT FP7 WearHap and EU ICT H2020 Centauro.

Nicholas Caporusso

Department of Informatics, W.R. and Yvonne Robbins College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Fort Hays State University KS, US
Nicholas received his BSc and in MSc (magna cum laude) in Computer science from the University of Bari, in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He got a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from IMT (Lucca). Both his Master and PhD theses were awarded by AICA as the best dissertations in Computer Science, in 2008 and 2012, respectively. Ultimately, he got a Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship from the Santa Clara University (California, US), thanks to a Fulbright scholarship.
In 2011 he founded QIRIS (, a non-profit organization committed to helping young people create new ventures. In 2013 he founded an internationally-awarded company which develops dbGLOVE (, a wearable IoT device for enabling blind and deaf-blind people communicate with others and interact with the world. In 2016, Nicholas founded Paperleap ( a VC-backed company supporting researchers in getting access to publishing opportunities. He recently joined the Autonomous Systems and Robotics research centre at the University of Salford as an Experienced Researcher, with a Marie Curie fellowship. His research interests include haptics, robotics, assistive technology, medical informatics, immersive interaction, touch-based communication, and gesture-based interaction.