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Alessandra Sciutti

Tenure Track Researcher, head of the CONTACT Unit
Researcher Tenure Track - Principal Investigator
COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies
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Alessandra Sciutti is Tenure Track Researcher, head of the CONTACT (COgNiTive Architecture for Collaborative Technologies) Unit of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). She received her B.S and M.S. degrees in Bioengineering and the Ph.D. in Humanoid Technologies from the University of Genova in 2010. After two research periods in USA and Japan, in 2018 she has been awarded the ERC Starting Grant wHiSPER (www.whisperproject.eu), focused on the investigation of joint perception between humans and robots. She published more than 80 papers and abstracts in international journals and conferences and participated in the coordination of the CODEFROR European IRSES project (https://www.codefror.eu/). She is currently Associate Editor for several journals, among which the International Journal of Social Robotics, the IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and Cognitive System Research. The scientific aim of her research is to investigate the sensory and motor mechanisms underlying mutual understanding in human-human and human-robot interaction. For more details on her research, as well as the full list of publications please check the Contact Unit website or her Google Scholar profile.

Education

Title: Master's Degree in Neuroengineering
Institute: University of Genoa
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2004 To: 2006

Title: Bachelor's Degree in Bioengineering
Institute: University of Genoa
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2001 To: 2004

Title: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Humanoid Technologies
Institute: University of Genoa - IIT
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2007 To: 2010

Title: Master
Institute: ISICT - Institute of advanced studies in information and communication technologies
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2004 To: 2006

Experience External

Title: Assistant Professor
Institute: University of Genoa
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2018 To: 2018

Title: Visiting Researcher
Institute: Osaka University
Location: Osaka
Country: Japan
From: 2014 To: 2015

Title: Visiting Researcher
Institute: Rehabilitation Insitute of Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Country: USA
From: 2011 To: 2012

Top Publications
2020
Tanevska A., Rea F., Sandini G., Canamero L., Sciutti A.
A Socially Adaptable Framework for Human-Robot Interaction
Frontiers Robotics AI, vol. 7
2020
Di Cesare G., Vannucci F., Rea F., Sciutti A., Sandini G.
How attitudes generated by humanoid robots shape human brain activity
Scientific Reports, vol. 10, (no. 1)
2020
Barros P., Churamani N., Sciutti A.
The FaceChannel: A Fast and Furious Deep Neural Network for Facial Expression Recognition.
Springer Nature Computer Science, vol. 1, (no. 6), pp. 1-10
Article Journal
2020
Sciutti A., Sandini G.
To move or not to move: development of fine-tuning of object motion in haptic exploration
IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
Article Journal
2019
Gonzalez-Billandon J., Aroyo A.M., Tonelli A., Pasquali D., Sciutti A., Gori M., Sandini G., Rea F.
Can a Robot Catch You Lying? A Machine Learning System to Detect Lies During Interactions
Frontiers Robotics AI, vol. 6
All Publications
2022
Vignolo A., Powell H., Rea F., Sciutti A., McEllin L., Michael J.
A Humanoid Robot s Effortful Adaptation Boosts Partners' Commitment to an Interactive Teaching Task
ACM Transactions on Human-Robot Interaction, vol. 11, (no. 1)
Article Journal
2022
Barros P., Sciutti A.
All by myself: Learning individualized competitive behaviour with a contrastive reinforcement learning optimization
Neural Networks
Article in Press Journal
2022
Mongile S., Tanevska A., Rea F., Sciutti A.
Are Robots That Assess Their Partner's Attachment Style Better At Autonomous Adaptive Behaviour?
ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI)
Conference Paper Conference
2022
Mazzola C., Incao S., Rea F., Sciutti A., Marassi M.
Human Experience And Robotic Experience: A Reciprocal Exchange Of Perspectives
Humane Robotics. A Multidisciplinary Approach Towards the Development of Humane-Centered Technologies, Publisher: Vita e Pensiero
Book Chapter Book
2022
Incao S., Mazzola C., Rea F., Sciutti A., Marassi M.
Human Experience And Robotic Experience: A Reciprocal Exchange Of Perspectives
Humane Robotics. A Multidisciplinary Approach Towards the Development of Humane-Centered Technologies, Publisher: Vita e Pensiero
Book Chapter Book
Dissemination
2022
Sciutti A.
Instagram Live Interview for She is a Scientist by Nicole Ticchi
Instagram Channel She is a Scientist
Media
2022
Sciutti A.
Robotics
round table “Incontro con straordinarie donne di scienza europee: Claudie Haignere, Alessandra Sciutti, Chiara Montanari” dedicated to secondary school students and organized by France Ambassy and Institut français Italia. Rome, Italy, 11th February 2022.
Public Event
2021
Sciutti A.
Building more "sensitive" robots
Blog: Le donne nella scienza (women in science)
Media
2021
Sciutti A.
Invited Speaker at the event “Women and STEM” (Donne e STEM: perché è importante scegliere facoltà scientifiche)
Festival “La scuola è” organized by DeAgostini Scuola. Media coverage on Alley Oop Sole24Ore
Outreach
2021
Sciutti A.
Press Conference on Promoting STEM for Girls
Press Conference organized by Regione Liguria (8th March 2021)
Public Event
Scientific Talks
2022
Sciutti A.
Adaptation in Cognitive Robotics: To Whom and To What Extent
PERSEO Winter School
School (Summer school, ...)
2022
Sciutti A.
A social perspective on cognitive architectures
University Campinas, Brazil
Institute
2022
Sciutti A.
Cognitive robots for more humane interactions
Center for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS) Talk Series at Plymouth University.
Institute
2021
Sciutti A.
A Social Perspective on Cognitive Architectures
Cognitive Architecture for Robot Agents Workshop (TrasnsAIR 2021), 22-28 March 2021
Workshop/Symposium
2021
Sciutti A.
Cognitive Robotics for Intuitive Interaction
Women in Tech Ignite session of MATLAB EXPO 2021
Conference
Oral presentations
2019
Sciutti A., Tinelli F., Gori M.
Context Dependency in Space Perception in Children with Movement Disorder
Child Vision Research Society (CVRS) 2019
Conference
2019
Sciutti A., Sandini G.
The role of object motion in visuo-haptic exploration during development
2019 Joint IEEE 9th International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics, ICDL-EpiRob 2019, pp. 123-128
Conference
2019
Nicora E., Noceti N., Sciutti A., Rea F.
Why High-performance computing is important in robotics?
BMVA technical meeting: Computer Vision + High performance Computing
Conference
2018
Sciutti A.
Bi-directional intuitive communication in HRI
Neuroscience 4 HRI workshop in conjunction with HRI 2018 (5 March)
Conference
2018
Sciutti A., Melchiori C., Lombardi G., Sandini G.
The development of visuo-haptic exploration strategies in school-aged children
European Conference on Visual Perception
Conference
Awards and Achievements
2021
Sciutti A.
ELLIS Scholar
2021
Niewiadomski R., Sciutti A.
Honorable Mention Award
2021
Sciutti A.
Listed on Academia-Net
2021
Garello L., Lastrico L., Rea F., Mastrogiovanni F., Noceti N., Sciutti A.
Selected as one of the finalists for the best paper with 'Property-Aware Robot Object Manipulation: A Generative Approach’
2020
Belgiovine G., Rea F., Zenzeri J., Sciutti A.
Best Contribution in AI for Robotics Award for the work 'Towards Effective Robot Tutoring for Skills Acquisition'.
Editorships
2021-2022
Sciutti A.
Interaction Studies
2020-2021
Sciutti A.
Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Human-robot Interaction
2019-2019
Sciutti A.
IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)
2019-2021
Sciutti A.
International Journal of Social Robotics
2019-2019
Sciutti A.
International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence and Cognition
Organized Events
2021
Barros P., Honorato L., Matarese M., Sciutti A.
Chef's Hat Cup Challenge competition
2021
Belgiovine G., Kompatsiari K., Lastrico L., Marchesi S., Sciutti A., Wykowska A.
Cognitive Psychology and Robotics: Bridging the Gap
2021
Lastrico L., Sciutti A.
iCub - viaggio nella mente di un robot
2021
De Carolis B., Gena C., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
Workshop on Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots (cAESAR) - Second Edition
2020
Vignolo A., Sciutti A., Ivaldi S., Lohan K., Varni G.
Cognitive Robotics for Interaction (CIRCE) Workshop