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Carlo Mazzola is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Cognitive Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction at the Cognitive Architectures for Collaborative Technologies unit (CONTACT) of the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT). During his Ph.D., he carried out his research in collaboration between IIT (Robotics, Brain and Cognitive Sciences unit) and the University of Genova (Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and Systems Engineering) about the study and development of Shared Perception in Human-Robot Interaction. During his Ph.D. he also visited the Cognitive Robotics Lab at the School of Computer Science of the University of Manchester. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Philosophy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano (Italy) and graduated after a research period at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (Germany) with a thesis about the role of imagination and empathy in human perception. In 2019, he was a Visiting Scientist at IIT to explore mechanisms of social perception in Human-Robot Interaction. Currently, his research area is the study and development of social skills for human-aware and trustworthy humanoid robots within the EU-funded twinning project TERAIS, where he also leads the Work Package about “Achievement of scientific excellence”.


Title: PhD in Bioengineering and Robotics
Institute: Università di Genova - DIBRIS
Location: Genoa
Country: Italy
From: 2019 To: 2023

Title: Master in Philosophy
Institute: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Location: Milano
Country: Italy
From: 2016 To: 2018

Title: Bachelor in Philosophy
Institute: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Location: Milano
Country: Italy
From: 2014 To: 2016

All Publications
Incao S., Mazzola C., Belgiovine G., Sciutti A.
A Roadmap for Embodied and Social Grounding in LLMs
Robophilosophy Conference
Conference Paper Conference
Mazzola C., Morocutti L., Pedrizzi H., Poslon X.D., Lucny A., Wingert S.M., Nagai Y., Rea F., Sciutti A.
Sketch it for the robot! How child-like robots’ joint attention affects humans’ drawing strategies
IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning
Conference Paper Conference
Wingert S.M., Poslon X.D., Mazzola C., Lucny A.
Teaching a Robot to Draw
Proceedings of the MEi:CogSci Conference, vol. 18, (no. 1)
Conference Paper Conference
Mazzola C., Incao S., Marassi M., Rea F., Sciutti A.
A Hermeneutical Approach to Provide Robots with Socially Adaptive Perception
Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications, vol. 366, pp. 344-352
Conference Paper Book Series
Tonelli A., Mazzola C., Sciutti A., Gori M.
Context-dependency mechanisms in auditory distance estimation: the effect of blindness.
European Conference of Visual Perception
Poster Conference
Awards and Achievements
Mazzola C., Aroyo A. M., Rea F., Sciutti A.
Honorable mention for the paper ‘Interacting with a Social Robot Affects Visual Perception of Space.'