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Seyed Reza Ahmadzadeh

Post Doc
Post Doc

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Via Morego, 30.

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About

Reza Ahmadzadeh received his Ph.D. degree in "Robotics, Cognition and Interaction Technologoes" from University of Genova. Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher with iCub Facility, Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), Genova, Italy. 

He serves as a reviewer for high ranked international journals and conferences such as:
Autonomous Robots,
Robotica , 
ICRA 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016,
Paladyn Journal of Behavioral Robotics,
IROS 2013
, 2014, 2015, 2016,
ROMAN 2015,
Hindawi

He was also the PC member in KSBT Workshop at AAAI-2015 Conference (Knowledge, Skill, and Behavior Transfer in Autonomous Robots).

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Projects

PANDORA
http://persistentautonomy.com/

PANDORA is an EU FP7-ICT STREP research project between 5 universities across Europe in response to Challenge 2 of the Cognitive Systems and Robotics call. continue reading...

Waht is PANDORA?

 


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 Selected Publications:


 

  • Towards Autonomous Valve Turning (CIT 2012)
  • Autonomous Robotic Valve Turning: A Hierarchical Learning Approach (ICRA 2013)
  • Learning Reactive Behavior for Autonomous Valve Turning (Humanoids 2014)

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Valve Turning Experiment in Laboratory Environment.




  • Learning Symbolic Representation of Action from Human Demonstrations (ICRA 2015)
  • VSL has been used by Microsoft Robotics [Video]
  • Visuospatial Skill Learning for Object Reconfiguration Tasks (IROS 2013)
  • Interactive Robot Learning of Visuospatial Skills (ICAR 2013)

setup - iros2013

 Visuospatial Skill Learning, an innovative robot learning from demonstration approach.


  • Multi-Objective Reinforcement Learning for AUV Thruster Failure Recovery (SSCI 2014)
  • Online Discovery of AUV Control Policies to Overcome Thruster Failures (ICRA 2014)
  • Online Direct Policy Search for Thruster Failure Recovery in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (ERLARS 2013)

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Selected Publications

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 Journal Papers

A. Carrera, S. R. Ahmadzadeh, A. Ajoudani, P. Kormushev, M. Carreras and D. G. Caldwell, “Towards Autonomous Robotic Valve Turning”, In Cybernetics and Information Technologies (CIT), Vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 17-26, 2012. [PDF]


Conference Papers

S. R. Ahmadzadeh, A. Paikan, F. MAstrogiovanni, L. Natale, P. Kormushev, D. G. Caldwell, "Learning Symbolic Representations of Actions From Human Demonstrations, " In Proc. IEEE Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation, (ICRA 2015), Seattle, Washington, 26-30 May 2015.


S. R. Ahmadzadeh
, P. Kormushev, R. S. Jamisola Jr., D. G. Caldwell, "Learning Reactive Robot Behavior for Autonomous Valve Turning, " In Proc. 14th IEEE-RAS Intl Conf. on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2014), Madrid, Spain, pp. 366-373, 18-20 Nov. 2014.


 

S. R. Ahmadzadeh, P. Kormushev, D. G. Caldwell, "Multi-Objective Reinforcement Learning for AUV Thruster Failure Recovery, " In Proc. IEEE Symp. Series on Adaptive Dynamic Programming and Reinforcement Learning (ADPRL 2014), IEEE Symp. Series on Computational Intelligence (SSCI 2014), Orlando, Florida, USA, 8-12 Dec. 2014.



S. R. Ahmadzadeh
, A. Carrera, M. Leonetti, P. Kormushev, D. G. Caldwell, "Online Discovery of AUV Control Policies to Overcome Thruster Failures, " In Proc. IEEE Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation, (ICRA 2014), Hong Kong, China, pp. 6522-6528, 31 May-7 June 2014.

N. Jamali, P. Kormushev, S. R. Ahmadzadeh, D. G. Caldwell, "Covariance Analysis as a Measure of Policy Robustness in Reinforcement Learning, " In Proc. MTS/IEEE Intl Conf. OCEANS 2014, Taipei, Taiwan, 7-10 Apr. 2014.

S. R. Ahmadzadeh, P. Kormushev, D. G. Caldwell, "Interactive Robot Learning of Visuospatial Skills, " In Proc. 16th IEEE Intl Conf. on Advanced Robotics (ICAR 2013), Montevideo, Uruguay, 25-29 Nov. 2013.

 S. R. Ahmadzadeh, M. Leonetti, P. Kormushev, "Online Direct Policy Search for Thruster Failure Recovery in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, " In Proc. 6th Intl Workshop on Evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Robot Systems (ERLARS 2013), 12th European Conf. on Artificial Life (ECAL 2013), Taormina, Italy, 2-9 Sept. 2013.

S. R. Ahmadzadeh, P. Kormushev, D. G. Caldwell, "Visuospatial Skill Learning for Object Reconfiguration Tasks, " In Proc.  IEEE/RSJ Intl Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2013), Tokyo, Japan, pp. 685-691, 3-8 Nov. 2013.

M. Leonetti, S. R. Ahmadzadeh, P. Kormushev, "On-line Learning to Recover from Thruster Failures on Autonomous Underwater Vehicles, " In Proc. MTS/IEEE Intl Conf. OCEANS 2013, San Diego, USA, 23-26 Sept. 2013.

S. R. Ahmadzadeh, P. Kormushev, D. G. Caldwell, "Autonomous Robotic Valve Turning: A Hierarchical Learning Approach, " In Proc. IEEE Intl Conf. on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2013), Karlsruhe, Germany, pp. 4614-4619, 6-11 May 2013.

S. R. Ahmadzadeh, S. Hasanzadeh, "Design of a TSK Fuzzy Controller for Active Suspension System and Compare the Results with the Linear Feedback Controller Actions, " In Proc. 6th Annu. Student Conf. of Mechanical Engineering (STU 2009), Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, Feb. 2009.

S. R.Ahmadzadeh, "Modeling of Hyper-Redundant Manipulators Dynamics and Design of Fuzzy Controller for the System, " In Proc. IEEE Intl Conf. on Integration of Knowledge Intensive Multi-Agent Systems (KIMAS 2005), Waltham, MA, USA, pp. 248-253, 18-21 Apr. 2005.

S. R. Ahmadzadeh,  M.A. Hajabasi, "Controller Design for Hyper-Redundant Manipulator Using Backbone Curve, " In Proc. 8th Intl Conf. of Mechanics, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran, 2003.

Master Thesis

S. R. Ahmadzadeh,  Modal Approach to Modelling of Hyper-Redundant Robot Manipulators Dynamics and Design of Fuzzy Controller for the System, M.s.c Thesis, Dept, Mechanical Engineering, Bahonar University, Kerman, Iran, January, 2004. [Abstract]

 

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Awards

PhD Scholarship by the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT)

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I numeri di IIT

L’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) è una fondazione di diritto privato - cfr. determinazione Corte dei Conti 23/2015 “IIT è una fondazione da inquadrare fra gli organismi di diritto pubblico con la scelta di un modello di organizzazione di diritto privato per rispondere all’esigenza di assicurare procedure più snelle nella selezione non solo nell’ambito nazionale dei collaboratori, scienziati e ricercatori ”.

IIT è sotto la vigilanza del Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca e del Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze ed è stato istituito con la Legge 326/2003. La Fondazione ha l'obiettivo di promuovere l'eccellenza nella ricerca di base e in quella applicata e di favorire lo sviluppo del sistema economico nazionale. La costruzione dei laboratori iniziata nel 2006 si è conclusa nel 2009.

Lo staff complessivo di IIT conta circa 1440 persone. L’area scientifica è rappresentata da circa l’85% del personale. Il 45% dei ricercatori proviene dall’estero: di questi, il 29% è costituito da stranieri provenienti da oltre 50 Paesi e il 16% da italiani rientrati. Oggi il personale scientifico è composto da circa 60 principal investigators, circa 110 ricercatori e tecnologi di staff, circa 350 post doc, circa 500 studenti di dottorato e borsisti, circa 130 tecnici. Oltre 330 posti su 1400 creati su fondi esterni. Età media 34 anni. 41% donne / 59 % uomini.

Nel 2015 IIT ha ricevuto finanziamenti pubblici per circa 96 milioni di euro (80% del budget), conseguendo fondi esterni per 22 milioni di euro (20% budget) provenienti da 18 progetti europei17 finanziamenti da istituzioni nazionali e internazionali, circa 60 progetti industriali

La produzione di IIT ad oggi vanta circa 6990 pubblicazioni, oltre 130 finanziamenti Europei e 11 ERC, più di 350 domande di brevetto attive, oltre 12 start up costituite e altrettante in fase di lancio. Dal 2009 l’attività scientifica è stata ulteriormente rafforzata con la creazione di dieci centri di ricerca nel territorio nazionale (a Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) e internazionale (MIT ed Harvard negli USA) che, unitamente al Laboratorio Centrale di Genova, sviluppano i programmi di ricerca del piano scientifico 2015-2017.

IIT: the numbers

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) is a public research institute that adopts the organizational model of a private law foundation. IIT is overseen by Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca and Ministero dell'Economia e delle Finanze (the Italian Ministries of Education, Economy and Finance).  The Institute was set up according to Italian law 326/2003 with the objective of promoting excellence in basic and applied research andfostering Italy’s economic development. Construction of the Laboratories started in 2006 and finished in 2009.

IIT has an overall staff of about 1,440 people. The scientific staff covers about 85% of the total. Out of 45% of researchers coming from abroad 29% are foreigners coming from more than 50 countries and 16% are returned Italians. The scientific staff currently consists of approximately 60 Principal Investigators110 researchers and technologists350 post-docs and 500 PhD students and grant holders and 130 technicians. External funding has allowed the creation of more than 330 positions . The average age is 34 and the gender balance proportion  is 41% female against 59% male.

In 2015 IIT received 96 million euros in public funding (accounting for 80% of its budget) and obtained 22 million euros in external funding (accounting for 20% of its budget). External funding comes from 18 European Projects, other 17 national and international competitive projects and approximately 60 industrial projects.

So far IIT accounts for: about 6990 publications, more than 130 European grants and 11 ERC grants, more than 350 patents or patent applications12 up start-ups and as many  which are about to be launched. The Institute’s scientific activity has been further strengthened since 2009 with the establishment of 11 research nodes throughout Italy (Torino, Milano, Trento, Parma, Roma, Pisa, Napoli, Lecce, Ferrara) and abroad (MIT and Harvard University, USA), which, along with the Genoa-based Central Lab, implement the research programs included in the 2015-2017 Strategic Plan.