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Christian Vassallo

Robotics Engineer

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Rehab Technologies - INAIL-IIT lab


IIT Central Research Labs Genova


+39 010 2896 464

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Christian Vassallo was born in Genova in 1989. He received the B.Sc. degree in computer engineering and the M.Sc. degree in robotics engineering from the University of Genoa, Genova, Italy, in 2011 and 2013, respectively. In the academic year 2012-2013 Christian joined the Erasmus program in collaboration with EMARO, completing his studies at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes (Master ARIA), France. Thank to his master thesis supervisors Christine Chevallerau and Sophie Sakka he got appasionate about humanoid robots and decide to keep the studies in such study line. In October 2013 Christian started his PhD at LAAS-CNRS at GEPETTO Team, Toulouse, France, under the supervision of Philippe Souères and Olivier Stasse and he concluded in October 2016. His PhD was part of the European project KoroiBot which aimed to improve the humanoid robot capabilities for walking inspired by humans. In particular, Christian analyzed the human strategies during walking in crowd and in collisions-risk situation, identifying the rules and the strategies that pedestrians adapt to keep safety and reach the goal. Then he transfered these control-laws to the humanoid robot HRP-2. During the PhD, Christian had several collaborations that allows him to develop skills in real-time robot control and trajectory generation.

Such passion about robotics and problem solving, together with the love for his motherland, brings Christian to join the Italian Institute of Technology at Rehab Technologies department in June 2017, where he is currently working mainly in the IIT-INAIL exoskeletons projects and leg-prosthesis.

Selected Publications

[1] How do walkers behave when crossing the way of a mobile robot that replicates human interaction rules?
C Vassallo, AH Olivier, P Souères, A Crétual, O Stasse, J Pettré
Gait & posture 60, 188-193, 2018

[2] How do walkers avoid a mobile robot crossing their way?
C Vassallo, AH Olivier, P Souères, A Crétual, O Stasse, J Pettré
Gait & Posture 51, 97-103, 2017

[3] Adaptive synthesis of dynamically feasible full-body movements for the humanoid robot HRP-2 by flexible combination of learned dynamic movement primitives
A Mukovskiy, C Vassallo, M Naveau, O Stasse, P Souères, MA Giese
Robotics and Autonomous Systems 91, 270-283, 2017

[4] The Geometry of Confocal Curves for Passing Through a Door
P Salaris, C Vassallo, P Souères, JP Laumond
IEEE Transactions on Robotics 31 (5), 1180--1193, 2015

[5] Image-based control relying on conic curves foliation for passing through a gate
P Salaris, C Vassallo, P Souères, JP Laumond
Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, 684-690

[6] Airbus/future of aircraft factory HRP-2 as universal worker proof of concept
O Stasse, F Morsillo, M Geisert, N Mansard, M Naveau, C Vassallo
Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), 2014 14th IEEE-RAS International Conference on

[7] Arm Motions of a Humanoid Inspired by Human Motion
M Tomić, C Vassallo, C Chevallereau, A Rodić, V Potkonjak
New Trends in Medical and Service Robots, 227-238, 2016


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