Fares J. Abu-Dakka received the B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Birzeit University, Palestine, in 2003, the M.Sc. and Ph.D. in robotics motion planning from Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Spain, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. He received another M.Sc. in biomedical engineering from UPV too in 2015.
Currently, he is a postdoc researcher in the learning and interaction group of the Advanced Robotics Department, Istituto Italiano di Technologia, Genova, Italy, since 2016. Between Oct. 2011 and Aug. 2013, he was a postdoc researcher in The Humanoid and Cognitive Robotics Lab (HCR) at Jožef Stefan Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia. From 2013 to Aug. 2015 he was holding a visiting professor position at the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation of the Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain. In the same department, since Sept. 2015 to Nov. 2016 he was a researcher in the PAPREC project dedicated to autonomous robotic bin-picking.
His research activities include robot motion planning, robot dynamics, robot control and learning, dynamic movement primitives, and iterative learning control.
PHOLUS: Centauro-like robot for navigating, observing, and interacting in highly unstructured environments.
IntellAct: INTELLigent observation and execution of ACTions and manipulations.
PAPREC: sistema de Prensión Automático de Piezas Revueltas En un Contenedor (Automatic grasping of piled parts from unstructured container)