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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
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
De Carolis B.N., Gena C., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
3rd Workshop on Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots
UMAP2022 - Adjunct Proceedings of the 30th ACM Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization, pp. 120-122
Conference Paper Conference
2022
Barros P., Sciutti A.
Across the Universe: Biasing Facial Representations Toward Non-Universal Emotions With the Face-STN
IEEE Access, vol. 10, pp. 103932-103947
Article Journal
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)
2022
Barros P., Sciutti A.
All by Myself: Learning individualized competitive behavior with a contrastive reinforcement learning optimization
Neural Networks, vol. 150, pp. 364-376
Article 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, vol. 2022-March, pp. 922-926
Conference Paper Conference
Dissemination
2022
Sciutti A.
Article with interview on sensitive robots (7 April 2022)
La Repubblica
Media
2022
Bencetti S., Dario P., Sciutti A.
Come difendersi da phishing e social engineering. La risposta di IIT in un studio coordinato da ICT, Interview by Claudio Rossetti
IIT online magazine OPENTALK - Link: https://opentalk.iit.it/come-difendersi-da-phishing-e-social-engineering-la-risposta-di-iit-in-un-studio-coordinato-da-ict/
Media
2022
Sciutti A.
Instagram Live Interview for She is a Scientist by Nicole Ticchi
Instagram Channel She is a Scientist
Media
2022
Sciutti A.
Interview for the episode Artificial Intelligence, 28th October 2022
TV series Scienziate (Scientists) for Raiscuola
Media
2022
Sciutti A.
Interview for the episode “We and the robots” (ita) by the Italian Institute of Technology 19th January 2022
Podcast “Voices from the lab”, OPENTALK IIT (https://opentalk.iit.it/voices-from-the-labs-il-podcast-dellistituto-italiano-di-tecnologia/ ).
Media
Scientific Talks
2022
Sciutti A.
“Action, Perception and beyond for Cognitive Robotics”, Invited speaker and panelist. 22nd August 2022 [virtual]
RO-MAN 2022 Workshop on "Machine Learning for HRI: Bridging the Gap between Action and Perception" (ML-HRI 2022).
Workshop/Symposium
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
Cocchella F., Sacino A., Andrighetto L., Rea F., Sciutti A.
Cognitive Anthropomorphism of humanoid robots.
"Cognitive Robotics" 4th I-RIM Conference
Workshop/Symposium
2022
Sciutti A.
Cognitive Robotics for Interaction (ita), 6th April 2022
Seminar “Social Cognition for Human Robot Interaction”, Cattolica University, Milan.
Workshop/Symposium
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
2022
Sciutti A.
40 under 40 by Fortune Italia. Selected to be on the cover of the July/August 2022 Fortune Italia magazine.
2022
Barros P., Sciutti A.
Best Paper Award for the paper " CIAO! A Contrastive Adaptation Mechanism for Non-Universal Facial Expression Recognition."
2022
Sciutti A.
Corresponding Co-Chair
2022
Sciutti A.
Member of the IEEE RAS Steering committee for the Publication Activities Board (PAB) for IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
2022
Sciutti A.
Member of the Steering Committee of the HRI community, representing the region of Europe (since Sept. 2022)
Editorships
2022
Sciutti A.
Cognitive Systems Research
2021-2022
Sciutti A., Barros P., Castellano G., Nagai Y.
Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience
2021-2022
Luo D., Cangelosi A., Wan W., Sciutti A., Tanevska A.
IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
2021
Sciutti A.
Interaction Studies
2020
Sciutti A.
Frontiers in Robotics and AI - Human-robot Interaction
Organized Events
2022
De Carolis B., Gena G., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
Third edition of the Workshop on Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots (cAESAR)
2022
De Carolis B., Gena C., Lieto A., Rossi S., Sciutti A.
Third edition of the Workshop on Adapted intEraction with SociAl Robots (cAESAR)
2022
Di Cesare G., Lombardi G., Ruta L., Sciutti A.
Understanding the affective state of others: the role of vitality forms
2022
Di Cesare G., Lombardi G., Ruta L., Sciutti A.
Understanding the affective state of others: the role of vitality forms
2021
Sciutti A., Barros P., Vannucci F.
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