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Marco Maggiali

Technologist - Facility Coordinator


iCub Tech


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Marco Maggiali was born in Genova in 1980. He received his D.Ing. degree (highest honors) from the University of Genova (Italy) in 2005. Title “Studio progetto e realizzazione di un sistema di sensori di forza e tattili embedded per la mano robotica MAC-Hand.”

He received is a PhD in Humanoid Technologies from University of Genova and Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in 2009. Title  ".Artificial Skin for Humanoid

Presently he is working in IIT as electronic designer and he is the responsable of the electronics of the iCub Facility.


Skin-based technologies and capabilities for safe, autonomous and interactive robots

Università di Genova - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne - University of Hertfordshire - Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - University of Wales - Università di Cagliari

This project will develop and demonstrate a range of new robot capabilities based on robot skin tactile feedback from large areas of the robot body. An investigation of these issues until now has been limited by the lack of tactile sensing technologies enabling large scale experimental activities, since so far skin technologies and embedded tactile sensors have been mostly demonstrated only at prototype stage. The new capabilities will improve the ability of robots to operate effectively and safely in unconstrained environments and also their ability to communicate and co-operate with each other and with humans.

Selected Publications


Giulio Sandini, Marco Maggiali, Giorgio Cannata, Giorgio Metta: Soft, flexible, sensitive and high spatial resolution tactile sensor, suitable as a “sensitive skin” for humanoid robots or, for instance, in automotive, entertainment, sportswear and nautical applications.


Journal Paper

G. Cannata and M.Maggiali, "Models for the Design of Bio-Inspired Robot Eyes" IEEE TRANSACTION ON ROBOTICS - SPECIAL ISSUE ON BIO-ROBOTICS., , pag. 27-44, VOL. 24, NO. 1, February 2008.

Schmitz A., Maiolino P., Maggiali M., Natale L., Cannata G. & Metta G. 2011, ‘Methods and Technologies for the Implementation of Large Scale Robot Tactile Sensors’, IEEE Transactions on Robotics: Special Issue on Robotic Sense of Touch, vol. 27,no. 3, pp. 389–400.


Conference Paper

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali "An Embedded Tactile and Force Sensor for Robotic Manipulation and Grasping" IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots Humanoids2005, December 5-7, 2005 Tsukuba.

G. Cannata, D. Biamino, M. Maggiali, A. Piazza: MAC-EYE: a Tendon Driven Fully Embedded Robot Eye" International Conference on Humanoid Robots Humanoids2005, December 5-7, 2005 Tsukuba.

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali: "Processing of Tactile/Force Measurements for a Fully Embedded Sensor" IEEE International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Integration for Intelligent Systems, 3-6 September 2006.

G. Cannata, M. DAndrea, M. Maggiali, F. Monti: "Implementation of Listings Law for a Robot Eye" 8th International IFAC Symposium on Robot Control, September 6-8 2006 Bologna.

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali: "Implementation of Listings Law for a Tendon Driven Robot Eye" IROS 2006 Bejing, China 11-14 October 2006.

G. Cannata, M. D'Andrea, M. Maggiali, "Design of a Humanoid Robot Eye: "Models and Experiments" International Conference on Humanoid Robots, Genova, 4-6 December 2006.

G. Cannata, M. Maggiali: "Processing of an Embedded Tactile Matrix Sensor", ROBIO 2006 Kunming, China 14-19 December 2006.

G.Cannata, M.Maggiali "Models for the Design of a Tendon Driven Robot Eye" International Conference on Robotics and Automation, ICRA 2007, 10-14 April 2007, Roma, Italy.

M.Maggiali, G. Cannata, P. Maiolino, G. Metta, M. Randazzo, G. Sandini, "Embedded Distributed Capacitive Tactile Sensor", Mechatronics 2008, June 23 25, University of Limerick, Ireland.

G. Cannata, M.Maggiali, G. Metta, G. Sandini "An Embedded Arti cial Skin for Humanoid Robots" International Conference on Multi-sensor Fusion and Integration, 20-22 August 2008, Seoul, Korea.

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Randazzo M., Natale L. and Metta G., "A Prototype Fingertip with High Spatial Resolution Pressure Sensing for the Robot iCub", IEEE International Conference Humanoids 2008, accepted for publication.

Luca Leonardo Bologna, Marco Maggiali, Giulio Sandini, Angelo Arleo, “Encoding/Decoding of spatiotemporal signals from an artificial touch sensor” IEEE International Conference on Humanoid Robots 2009- Workshop on Tactile sensing in Humanoids – Tactile Sensors and beyond

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Natale L. & Metta G. 2010, ‘Integrating Tactile Sensors into the Hands of the Humanoid Robot iCub’, ICRA 2010 Workshop on Grasping, Anchorage, Alaska, May 3, 2010.

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Natale L., Bonino B. & Metta G. 2010, ‘A Tactile Sensor for the Fingertips of the Humanoid Robot iCub’, 2010 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, Taipei, Taiwan, October 18-22, 2010.

Schmitz A., Maggiali M., Natale L. & Metta G. 2010, ‘Touch Sensors for Humanoid Hands’, IEEE International Symposium on Robots and Human Interactive Communications, Viareggio, Italy, September 12-15, 2010.

Luca Leonardo Bologna, Romain Brasselet, Marco Maggiali & Angelo Arleo 2010, ‘Neuromimetic encoding/decoding of spatiotemporal spiking from an artificial touch sensor’, International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) 2010, pp.1-6, Barcelona , 18-23 July 2010.

Bologna L.L., Brasselet R. & Maggiali M. and A. A. 2010, ‘Effective encoding/decoding of spiking signals from an artificial touch sensor’, Proceedings of the Fifth french conference on computational neuroscience (Neurocomp), pp.120-125, Lyon, France, 6-8 octobre 2010.

Cannata G., Dahiya R.S., Maggiali M., Mastrogiovanni F., Metta G. & Valle M. 2010, ‘Modular Skin for Humanoid Robot Systems’, The 4th Int. Conf. on Cognitive Systems (CogSys2010), pp.1-2, Zurich, Switzerland, Jan 2010.

Luca Leonardo Bologna Jérémie Pinoteau,  Romain Brasselet, Marco Maggiali, Angelo Arleo , ‘Encoding/decoding of first and second order tactile afferents in a neurorobotic application’, Journal of Physiology - Paris 105 (2011), pp. 25-35.


Book Chapter

G. Cannata and M. Maggiali, "Design of a Humanoid Robot Eye" Humanoid Robots New Developments, ISBN 978-3-902613-00-4, June 2007.

G. Cannata and M. Maggiali, "Design of a Tactile Sensor for Robot Hands", Sensors, Focus on Tactile, Force and Stress Sensors, in press.







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